A first look at the latest pandemic-inspired film Together, which is directed by Stephen Daldry (The Crown, Billy Elliot) and written by Dennis Kelly (Utopia, Pulling), has been revealed.
Starring the Bafta award-winning and Golden Globe nominated James McAvoy (X-Men, Split) and the Bafta-award winning and Emmy nominated Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe, Military Wives), Together is the hilarious and heartbreaking story of a husband and wife in the UK who are forced to re-evaluate themselves and their relationship through the reality of the COVID-19 lockdown, starting in March of 2020 until present day.
Kelly has further explained the plot as follows, “Together is about a couple who totally hate each other, but have somehow found a way of existing together by not talking to, thinking about, noticing, communicating with or being in the same room as each other — then lockdown happens. It’s about how humans negotiate their shared experiences when they think they have nothing in common other than staying alive, and it’s about how you can hate what you love and love what you hate. And Sharon Horgan and James McAvoy are brilliant in it.”
Horgan’s character is a charity worker, a coordinator for all of Europe at a refugee charity. Meanwhile, McAvoy’s character is a self employed, self-made man who runs a boutique computing consultancy, who’s also taken up growing vegetables during the pandemic. Until now, their 10-year-old son has been the one thing that has kept the two together. As per Horgan, Together was shot over a period of 10 days.
On 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.”
Together is a Shoebox Films and Sonia Friedman Productions film for BBC Two and BBC Film, produced by Guy Heeley (Locke, Denial) and Sonia Friedman (Uncle Vanya, The Dresser). Worldwide sales outside of the UK will be handled by Endeavor Content.