James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan are starring in a new film set in the first days of lockdown in the UK.
Together, which is directed by Stephen Daldry, is the story of a family, like so many, who found a way to survive – together.
The film has been written by Dennis Kelly.
She, played by Horgan is a charity worker, a co-ordinator for all of Europe at a refugee charity. She’s the daughter of a dentist father and an ‘old socialist’ mother – the only grandparent still around.
He, played by McAvoy is a self employed, self-made man who runs a boutique computing consultancy. He’s been forced to furlough his staff and take up growing vegetables – something he’s very proud of.
Athur/Arty is their ten year-old son and the one thing that has kept his parents relationship together. Until lockdown.
Speaking about the film, McAvoy said: “Dennis writes so wittily for these characters and his script had me within the first few pages. When I heard Sharon was involved with Stephen Daldry directing it was a no brainer. It’s a hilarious, heartfelt, entertaining and unconsciously funny exploration of a relationship and a couple facing real tragedy across a year we have all lived through. ”
Horgan added: “I think everyone who got involved in this film had no intention of doing a covid drama but then we read Dennis’ script and changed our minds. We shot this in ten days so it was a beautifully stressful experience. Working with Dennis again – and Stephen Daldry and James McAvoy both of whom I’ve admired for years was a joy. But it also felt like we were making something important. And the fact that it feels like news means that the Covid death toll, the tragedy of so many lives lost unnecessarily has not been talked about enough”.