‘Promising Young Woman’ – Emerald Fennell: A Force to Reckon With

Posted in DVD/Blu-Ray, Interviews by - March 05, 2021
‘Promising Young Woman’ – Emerald Fennell: A Force to Reckon With

Promising Young Woman has not only accumulated a handful of nominations (and will likely gather a bunch more) but it is also a game changing movie written and directed by Emerald Fennell.

Emerald Fennell has had quite a successful career so far both in front of and behind the camera. The 35 year old actress is best known for her role as Nurse patsy Mount in the hit British series, Call the Midwife and most recently for playing Camilla Parker Bowles in The Crown.

She has also written for the show, Killing Eve but one day a thought came to her that kicked off her journey of writing and directing her critically acclaimed first film, Promising Young Woman.

The film centers around Cassie, a woman driven by a mysterious and tragic event in her past, who seeks out vengeance on unsuspecting men.

Promising Young Woman is now available to own for the first time on Digital and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on March 16, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film is a riveting, genre-bending must-own dark comedy of the year that combines masterful filmmaking with an unapologetic look at female empowerment and social justice with a deeply powerful twist. It  offers a gripping and foreboding comedic look at toxic culture norms that permeate throughout society and showcases an incredible ensemble cast lead by Academy Award® nominee Carey Mulligan (An Education, Drive) and with an iconic soundtrack, fans can now go behind-the-scenes of the provocative and sensational film with exclusive bonus content on the Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital including featurettes with the cast and crew taking fans deeper into the edge-of-your-seat story that has everyone talking.

The captivating film has won over an impressive 48 awards to date and has racked up over an astonishing 165 award nominations to date. Garnering four Golden Globe® nominations including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and Best Screenplay, the film has also earned six Critics Choice Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay, BAFTA longlisted in 13 Categories including Best Film Outstanding British Film, Director and Original Screenplay, a 2021 SAG Award® nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, a 2021 Writers Guild Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, nine Hollywood Critics Association Award nominations and was named one of the Top Ten Films of the year by the National Board of Review.

Everyone said Cassie (Mulligan) was a promising young woman…until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story.

Featuring incredible must-see performances from the entire cast, the bold and gritty Promising Young Woman  is led by critically acclaimed Mulligan who received the Los Angeles Film Critics Best Actress award for her role and has a phenomenal supporting cast including Bo Burnham (Eight Grade, The Big Sick), Alison Brie (Sleeping With Other People, “GLOW”), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, Thor: Ragnarok), Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde, American Pie), Laverne Cox (“Orange Is the New Black,” Grandma), Connie Britton (“Dirty John,” “Friday Night Lights”), Alfred Molina (Frida, Spider-Man 2), Adam Brody (Shazam!, “The OC”), Max Greenfield (“New Girl,” The Big Short), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad, Kick-Ass), Chris Lowell (The Help, Up in the Air), Sam Richardson (“Veep,” “New Girl”), and Molly Shannon (“Divorce,” Superstar).

Emerald Fennell is overjoyed at the accolades and attention the film is receiving and never in her wildest dreams did she imagine that it would be celebrated and talked about in the way that it has.

Our Bonnie Laufer caught up with Emerald Fennell via ZOOM from her home in London to discuss the film and also her recent role in the hit series, The Crown.

A Promising Vision – Writer/Director Emerald Fennell discusses her inspirations for writing this bold, genre-bending film.
Two-Sided Transformation – A look at why Carey Mulligan was the perfect choice to play “Cassie” and how filmmakers used wardrobe, hair, and makeup to express the balance between light and dark.
Balancing Act – Cast members discuss their unexpected reactions to the careful balance of levity and tragedy in director Emerald Fennell’s take on female revenge.
· Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Emerald Fennell

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Bonnie is a 25-year broadcast entertainment reporter currently on CH Morning Live and on her YouTube channel. She's heard weekly on Sirius XM as on the Ward & Al Show. She's interviewed more than 20,000 celebs, including Angelina Jolie, Barbra Streisand, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and Oprah Winfrey,
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