Principal photography on romantic comedy Falling for Figaro has wrapped after shooting on location across Scotland, with post production taking place in Australia.
Set in the fierce world of opera singing competitions – featuring music from ‘The Barber of Seville’, ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, ‘Don Giovanni’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Carmen.’
Millie (Macdonald) is a brilliant young fund manager, who decides to leave her unfulfilling job and long-term boyfriend behind to chase her lifelong dream of becoming an opera singer…in the Scottish Highlands! She begins intense vocal training lessons with renowned but fearsome singing teacher and former opera diva Meghan Geoffrey-Bishop (Lumley). It is there she meets Max (Skinner), another of Meghan’s students who is also training for the upcoming “Singer of Renown” contest. What begins as a brutal competition between Millie and Max slowly turns into something more.
“Against a backdrop of the most beautiful music ever written for the human voice, Falling For Figaro is both delightfully entertaining and intensely romantic. My intention is to draw audiences into an irresistible story of love and humility and, much like opera itself, tell a story full of drama, wit and passion,” said director Ben Lewin (The Sessions).
Opera consultancy on the production is provided by renowned opera conductor Stephen Barlow and award-winning opera, theatre and TV director Elijah Moshinsky, who have both worked across the globe with the world’s leading opera companies and houses. Barlow and Moshinsky will be consulting alongside Musical Producer Chris Egan (A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon; Downton Abbey; Shazam!).
Commenting on the start of principal photography, producer Judi Levine said: “As with any film, years of commitment, imaginings and collaboration culminate in the excitement of starting production. Falling for Figaro has brought together a marvellous team of producers, A-list cast and crew, and the delight of filming against the backdrop of romantic Scottish landscape. We are all excited to be working on this delightful romance and look forward to entertaining audiences around the globe.”
Philip Wade added: “It’s amazing to be in production here in Scotland, bringing this romantic story to life with a truly world class team. We dreamed of making this film in Scotland and now here we are in the Loch Lomond and the surrounding highlands, and the grand theatres and locations of Glasgow! We must thank our wonderful partners including Screen Australia, Screen Scotland, Film Victoria & Screen NSW – we would not be here without their support!”
Producer Arabella Page Croft said: “We are extremely proud to be part of the international producing team behind this fantastic Scottish set musical project. With our stunning cast, globally recognised operatic talent, and Scotland’s finest crew working in our own wonderful locations such as Theatre Royal, Kings Theatre, The Royal Conservatoire and capturing our glorious Scottish scenery in Glen Coe and Loch Lomond, it’s a true musical highland adventure!”
Falling for Figaro is an official Australian and UK co-production written by Ben Lewin and Allen Palmer, and produced by Philip Wade (I Am Mother), Judi Levine (The Sessions) and Arabella Page Croft (Sunshine On Leith).
Principal production funding from Screen Australia and Screen Scotland in association with Wade Brothers Films and financed with support from Film Victoria. WestEnd is handling world rights and Umbrella Entertainment will release the film in Australia & New Zealand.