Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig’s much-anticipated new film One Day starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess is set for release on the 19th of August. The film, which follows hot on the heals of Scherfig’s highly acclaimed An Education, sees two friends continually meet on July 15th – the anniversary of the first time they met – over a twenty year period.
One Day is adapted for the screen by David Nicholls from his beloved bestselling novel of the same name. After one day together – July 15th, 1988, their college graduation – Emma Morley (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew (Jim Sturges) begin a friendship that will last a lifetime. She is a working-class girl of principle and ambition who dreams of making the world a better place. He is a wealthy charmer who dreams that the world will be his playground. For the next two decades, key moments of their relationship are experienced over several July 15ths in their lives. Together and apart, we see Dex and Em through their friendship and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. Somewhere along their journey, these two people realize that what they are searching and hoping for has been there for them all along. As the true meaning of that one day back in 1988 is revealed, they come to terms with the nature of love and life itself.
Scherfig said of the controversial casting of an American actress in the role of British girl Emma, “It’s definitely a warmer interpretation of Emma because Emma is more provincial and shy and sometimes overcompensating. Anne is a very warm actress. She has the warmth of Elizabeth Taylor or Judy Garland…I love Emma as she is in the book, obviously, but I also love Anne Hathaway’s version of her.”
Scherfig was well prepared recreating the look and feel of the 1990s having set An Education in the 1950s. “There were more people involved this time and the way the two films are set up is different. One Day takes place in a period that I remember as well, which makes a big difference. I have a stronger sense of it.”
And, like An Education, she wasn’t going to allow being Danish to hamper her interpretation of Britian. “I’m helped by people who are not only British but also the best possible people to get to do all of this; do the costumes, buy every little thing that’s inside every character’s handbag in case we open that handbag and do a close-up of the contents. There are so many people telling that story together.”
Scherfig believes the fact Nicholls adapted his own book will ensure the essence of the original will come through on screen. “I hope David will feel that it’s his film, too. And whenever I thought about it – is it Emma’s film or is it Dexter’s film, or whose film is it? – I thought of it as David’s film.”
See the trailer for Lone Scherfig’s new film One Day below: