Remarkable Women 

Genre: Documentary Tv-series

Duration: 6 x 60 min

Directors: Mervi Enqvist, Margaux Dupont, Bronwyn Berry

Producers: Merja Ritola, Jane Applegate, Bronwyn Berry, Essi Haukkamaa, Marie-Clémence Paes

Budget: Approx. 380 000€ / episode (1,9 milj. €)

Languages: Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Italian, Irish, Swedish

Shooting Countries: Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, USA

Production Companies: Greenlit Productions (FI), Laterite Productions (FR), VLAM! Productions (FR)

Treatment: Available for Joyce episode

Status: Pilot in post-production

Financiers: TBC

Filming: 2022-2023

Series Completion: 2024

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Greenlit Productions is collaborating with American writer/producer, Jane Applegate, writer/director Margaux Dupont / VLAM! Productions and Marie-Clémence Paes / Laterit Productions in Paris, to produce an innovative hybrid documentary series about remarkable women behind iconic men around the world. Each episode features expert interviews, archival footage, cutting-edge animation and scripted scenes.

 

The working title for pilot episode: Remarkable Women: The Tale Behind Ulysses is in post-production in Paris, with expert interviews shot in the United States, France and Ireland. Six remarkable women were behind the writing and publication of James Joyce’s ground-breaking novel, Ulysses. The book celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2022. 

 

Two American women, Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap, were convicted on obscenity charges for publishing excerpts of the banned, burned and censored novel in The Little Review. Sylvia Beach, an American woman who founded Shakespeare and Company in Paris, devoted years of her time, money and energy to publishing the novel when other publishers refused to touch it. Adrienne Monnier, an innovative French bookshop owner, was Sylvia’s business advisor and long-time lover. Monnier provided advice and morale support during the writing and publication of Ulysses.

 

British social activist, heiress and publisher, Harriet Shaw Weaver, provided the equivalent of 1.5 million euro to the Joyce family for decades to keep them afloat for years during the writing and after the publication of Ulysses.

 

The sixth woman behind the success of James Joyce, was his wife and muse, Nora Barnacle Joyce.

Nora tended to their children, helped Joyce when his eyesight was failing and kept the family intact for decades while Joyce worked only on his writing.

 

Other episodes in the TV or streaming series will feature stories about the women behind the success of other men including: two women, Eva Agata Törngren and Ida Lönnrot, who supported Finnish poet and cultural hero, Elias Lönnrot. Aino Aalto who was an architect and a wife for famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh, and engineer Emily Roebling, who completed the Brooklyn Bridge after her husband fell ill. We are working with female filmmakers from around the world to collect and tell many other untold stories.