Principal Photography on the feature film ROOM begins today

Lenny Abrahamson (Frank, What Richard Did) has begun principal photography on the feature film ROOM, produced by Element Pictures and No Trace Camping. Emma Donoghue adapted the screenplay from her book, the award-winning international phenomenon, Room.

The film stars Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now), Jacob Tremblay (The Smurfs 2, Somnia), Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, Nixon) and William H. Macy (Shameless, Magnolia). Also joining the cast are Sean Bridgers (Rectify), Tom McCamus (The Samaritan) and Megan Park (What If).
Told through the eyes of five-year-old-Jack (Tremblay), Room is a thrilling and emotional tale that celebrates the resilience and power of the human spirit. To Jack, Room is the world…. It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma (Larson) eat and sleep and play and learn. But while it’s home to Jack, to Ma it’s a prison.  Through her fierce love for her son, Ma has managed to create a childhood for him in their ten-by-ten-foot space. But as Jack’s curiosity is building alongside Ma’s own desperation – she knows that Room cannot contain either indefinitely.
Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney (Frank, The Guard, What Richard Did) is producing ROOM with David Gross (What If, Goon). Executive producers are Andrew Lowe (Frank, The Guard, The Wind that Shakes the Barley) for Element Pictures and Jeff Arkuss (What If) and Jesse Shapira (What If, Goon) for No Trace Camping. Emma Donoghue, Rose Garnett (Film 4) and Tessa Ross (Film 4) also serve as executive producers.
Producer Ed Guiney commented that “ROOM is a collaboration between two of Ireland’s greatest creative talents; Emma Donoghue, who wrote the screenplay based on her bestselling and international lauded book and Lenny Abrahamson, undoubtedly one of the most gifted film makers working anywhere right now.  I am certain that they will deliver something truly extraordinary and I am thrilled to be part of this amazing venture.”
ROOM is being filmed at Pinewood Studios and on location in Toronto, and will be post produced at Screen Scene in Dublin. The creative team includes director of photography Danny Cohen (The King’s Speech), production designer Ethan Tobman (That Awkward Moment), costume designer Lea Carlson (Take This Waltz), and Abrahamson’s regular collaborators, editor Nathan Nugent (Frank) and composer Stephen Rennicks (Frank, What Richard Did).
ROOM is an Element Pictures and No Trace Camping production, in association with Telefilm Canada, Film4, and the Irish Film Board. A24 has acquired rights to the film in the US, and Elevation Pictures is distributing the film in Canada. UTA handled the domestic sale. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.
About Element Pictures:
Element Pictures is run by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with offices in Dublin and London, working across production, distribution, and exhibition. Upcoming Element productions include Yorgos Lanthimos’ first English language film, The Lobster, starring Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell, Ben Wishaw, Lea Seydoux and John C. Reilly; Glassland, directed by Gerard Barrett and starring Jack Reynor, Will Poulter and Toni Collette and 11 Minutes, by renowned Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski. Currently shooting are Room, an onscreen adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s award-winning bestselling novel directed by Lenny Abrahamson, and A Date for Mad Mary, the debut film from Darren Thornton.
Recent Element productions include Abrahamson’s last film Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall, a co-production with Sixteen Films. Previous films include What Richard Did (Lenny Abrahamson), Shadow Dancer (James Marsh), The Guard (John Michael McDonagh), and The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach). Element Pictures Distribution handles Studio Canal’s slate in Ireland as well as direct acquisitions. The company also runs the 4 screen Light House Cinema, one of Dublin’s premiere art house venues.
About No Trace Camping:
No Trace Camping has been developing, producing and financing feature films since 2008. The company most recently produced the feature romantic-comedy What If (The F word), directed by Michael Dowse and starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. It was released worldwide in August 2014. Their first film, GOON, written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg (Superbad), starred Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, and Liev Schreiber and came out in February 2012.
No Trace Camping has offices in Los Angeles and Toronto.
About FilmNation Entertainment:
Founded in 2008 by veteran international film executive Glen Basner, FilmNation Entertainment is a new kind of film company – global, versatile and full-service; and is a go-to destination for many of the world’s most renowned filmmakers (including Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar, Jeff Nichols, Sofia Coppola, J.C Chandor and Anton Corbijn).  FilmNation can board a project in a myriad of ways (as a producer, financier, sales agent, international distributor or marketer) and at any stage in a film’s lifespan including development. FilmNation titles have grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office and the future looks to be even more successful with the company’s diversified global sales slate and the company’s own productions led by production vet Aaron Ryder. FilmNation has also forged a number of strategic relationships with some of the most prolific, respected producers and financiers operating in the film.
About A24:
Launched in the summer of 2012, A24 is a New York-based media company focused on the distribution, financing, and production of feature films and television projects. Recent releases include Sundance breakout Obvious Child, featuring a star making performance by Jenny Slate, and Jonathan Glazer’s singular Scarlett Johansson film, UNDER THE SKIN. In 2013, the company released Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, James Ponsoldt’s THE SPECTACULAR NOW, and Harmony Korine’s record-breaking Spring Breakers. Upcoming titles include J.C. Chandor’s highly anticipated A Most Violent Year starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain and Noah Baumbach’s acclaimed While We’re Young featuring an all-star cast of Ben Stiller, Adam Driver, Naomi Watts, and Amanda Seyfried.
About Elevation Pictures Corp:
Founded in 2013, with finance partner Teddy Schwarzman of Black Bear Pictures, Elevation Pictures has already established itself as one of Canada’s leading film and television distribution companies. Elevation’s team of seasoned production and distribution executives, including co-presidents Laurie May and Noah Segal, are committed to bringing a robust film and television slate to audiences with both commercial and critical appeal. For more information, visit
About Film4
Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established.
Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award-winners such as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh’s Another Year, Chris Morris’ Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers and Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant.
Film4’s recently released slate includes Damon Beesley and Iain Morris’s The Inbetweeners 2, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, Richard Ayoade’s The Double, David Mackenzie’s Starred Up, Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, Lone Sherfig’s The Riot Club and Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner and Yann Demange’s ’71. Forthcoming releases include Kevin Macdonald’s Black Sea, Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette, Todd Haynes’ Carol, Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, Debbie Tucker Green’s Second Coming and Alex Garland’s Ex Machina.
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