Published by Sara Published on February 12, 2021

In preparation for the premiere of ‘The Laureate’ next month at the Berlinale 2021, our gallery has now been updated with the first official poster, behind the scenes photos and HD screen captures from the very first teaser trailer for the film (which you can watch below if you haven’t seen it yet!). The Covid-19 pandemic will unfortunately greatly affect how much the cast will be able to promote the film, but we still hope we’ll get a fair share of new Dianna content the coming month. *Fingers crossed*

If you’re interested, you can also view a special ‘A Director’s View’ featurette over at youtube, in which Writer/Director William Nunez talks about The Laureate in New York City before it went into production.

Set against the glamorous backdrop of Britain’s roaring ’20s, The Laureate tells the story of young British War Poet Robert Graves, who is married with four children when he meets and becomes romantically involved with Laura Riding, a writer from America. Defying the conventions of polite society, Riding moves in with Graves and his wife living as a menage a tois. Then with the arrival of strappingly handsome Irish poet Geoffrey Phibbs, the arrangement becomes a menage a quatre. But soon tensions and rivalries become so fraught that Graves is a suspect for attempted murder.

Directed by William Nunez, and co-starring Tom Hughes, Laura Haddock, Julian Glover, Patricia Hodge, Christien Anholt & Fra Fee, The Laureate is set to have its premiere at the Berlinale 2021’s Industry Event from March 1–5!

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Published by Sara Published on January 30, 2021

Jason Sheppard recently did an interview with William Nunez, the director of Dianna’s upcoming film The Laureate, in which he shared a lot of interesting information about the project! I’ve included my personal Dianna-related highlight, and below you can read the full interview with Nunez. I’ll have a big The Laureate photo update for you soon!

“For Dianna Agron, we actually got her through our agent at CAA who introduced us. We had a meeting in New York and hit it off. I felt that she was a really wonderful actress that needed to be given a part that can showcase what she can do. And it’s not just what’s there in Glee. I believe that she is actually a legitimately talented actress. And I think she really delivers in this.”

Source | The Laureate stars Tom Hughes (Victoria), Dianna Agon (Glee), Laura Haddock (Netflix’s White Lines), Fra Fee (Les Misérables) and Julian Glover (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) in this romantic drama about British war poet Robert Graves (Hughes) and the women in his life, wife Nancy Nicholson (Haddock) and American writer, Laura Riding (Agron) who served as his muses in London during the 1920s.

William Nunez, a graduate of NYU film school and a former TV news director, wanted to film this story for many years. As an admirer of Grave’s written works, Nunez was equally interested in exploring the topics of desire fuelling creativity and how PTSD affected individuals after the war. With his background in news and passion for history to aid Nunez in authenticity and getting straight to the heart of his characters, and with the cooperation of members of Graves’ family, Nunez has now made his literary ménages à trois, The Laureate. He spoke to us about the long journey to bring the movie to screens.
Jason: Can you tell me a bit about how you got involved with The Laureate and what appealed to you about the story of Robert Graves?

William Nunez: The Laureate has been a long gestating project of mine. The genesis of it started back in the ’90s. Robert Graves was always my favorite writer, mainly because as a kid I would watch I, Claudius, which was shown on public television once a year. My mother had a book of his and as I learned more about Grave’s work, I loved it. In the ’90s, I read a biography of his and knew he lived in Majorca, Spain, but that was about it. I read about his partnership with Laura Riding and thought it might make an interesting movie, but I was just out of university and was young, and didn’t think I was authoritative enough to write and direct something with these adult themes and relationships. So I put it away for a while and over a decade later, I came back to it.

Jason: What was it about Robert Graves that compelled you so much to want to bring his story to the screen?

William Nunez: I’m always fascinated by creativity and whether it’s a painting, piece of music, or a book, the struggles and the internal conflicts and inspirations that artists go through interest me. That’s what drew me to Robert. He needed a muse, in order to create his expressions and his first wife, Nancy, was one and then Laura Riding became his next one. And even after he broke up with Laura, he continued with that practice. It fascinated me how we need conflict, which I guess most artists do in a way to create and The Laureate has a lot of conflict in it, which is a kind of outrageous, but that is how he transitioned himself from the well-known war poet to author which is what he became known for in poetry circles, aside from Goodbye To All That and I, Claudius.

Jason: Can you describe the methods of research you underwent in order to depict the 1920s on film?

William Nunez: The history I already kind of knew, but since I knew what my budget would be, I needed to be contained. I mainly researched production design and the fashions of the time, the mannerisms, even to how the light switches looked like. I try to get it as accurate as possible. In terms of the history, I knew what it was anyway, because history has always been my other passion. And I just went into my research trying to get all the minor details right so that people can go, ‘okay, these guys got these little bits right, and they got the era right, in the language of everything correctly.’ So that’s where my research mainly laid for this project. (more…)

Published by Sara Published on January 28, 2020

Before I start today’s post, I would just like to say happy new year to all our visitors from Dianna Agron Heaven! Updates slowed down towards the end of last year here, partly due to the lack of Dianna news, and partly due to offline commitments that made it hard for me to go online as much as I would have liked. However, we’re still here, and I can’t wait to follow Dianna in 2020 with you all! I also have more rare photos of Dianna that I will be sharing with you the next couple of weeks, so I hope you’ll all stay with us this year 🙂 I have a lot of fun plans for the site I can’t wait to share with you! We’re also already off to a great start to the new year news- and projects-wise, and I’ll give you all a quick update on what Dianna is currently up to in this post.

Dianna’s upcoming film Shiva Baby will premiere at this year’s SXSW festival, which is held between March 13 and 22! We don’t have a lot of information on it yet, but hopefully Dianna will be in attendance to promote the film. I will keep you updated on any new information that is released – but for now, you can read the plot for the film below, taken from the official SXSW line-up:

Shiva Baby | Director/Screenwriter: Emma Seligman
A young woman struggles to keep up different versions of herself when she runs into her sugar daddy and her ex-girlfriend at a shiva with her parents. Cast: Rachel Sennott, Polly Draper, Molly Gordon, Danny Deferrari, Dianna Agron, Fred Melamed, Glynis Bell, Sondra James, Jackie Hoffman (World Premiere)

And now to perhaps the most exciting update: Dianna has finally began filming for The Laureate! This is something we’ve been waiting for for a long time now, so it’s definitely a great start to the new year. She and her co-stars/crew have shared several photos from the set on Instagram, which you can find in our gallery – previews and links can be found below! I will do my best to keep you all updated on the filming, so keep checking back for news.

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Published by Sara Published on October 9, 2018

Headlock isn’t the only upcoming Dianna film we finally have news about this month, today we learned more about “The Laureate” as well! Dianna’s co-star Laura Haddock shared a photo of the production draft/script on her official instagram, and revealed that filming will begin in 3 weeks (November 2018). The film is set to be shot in Ireland, Belgium and England, and the cast include Tom Hughes, Kathy Bates and Derek Jacobi. Stay tuned for more news!

Set against the glamorous backdrop of Britain’s roaring ’20s, The Laureate tells the story of young British War Poet Robert Graves, who is married with four children when he meets and becomes romantically involved with Laura Riding, a writer from America. Defying the conventions of polite society, Riding moves in with Graves and his wife living as a menage a tois. Then with the arrival of strappingly handsome Irish poet Geoffrey Phibbs, the arrangement becomes a menage a quatre. But soon tensions and rivalries become so fraught that Graves is a suspect for attempted murder.