Dutchess County's Carolyn Marks Blackwood helped bring Philomena to silver screen

January 09, 2014 05:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Philomena, the new film about the search by a retired Irish nurse for the son who had been taken from her 50 years before, when she was a young unwed mother virtually incarcerated in an Irish nunnery, is getting rave reviews. It has been nominated for three Golden Globe awards, for Best Actress (Judy Dench), Best Screenplay (written by Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, who also plays the British journalist on assignment to help the older woman in her quest) and Best Film. That’s thrilling news to executive producer Carolyn Marks Blackwood, especially given that its subject matter, which is based on a true story, was somewhat risky from a commercial standpoint. “I don’t think a Hollywood studio would go for a film about an old lady looking for her child,” she said. “It’s not a good pitch.”
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