Magnolia Pictures, Code Red Productions & King / Etheridge Productions
In association with Viddywell
A MAGNOLIA PICTURES RELEASE THE GOOD DOCTOR
A film by Lance Daly
90 min., 1.85, 35mm
2011 Tribeca Film Festival
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SYNOPSIS Martin Blake (Orlando Bloom) is an ambitious but anxious young doctor, eager to impress his superiors and colleagues: Chief Resident Waylans (Rob Morrow), self-assured fellow intern Dan (Troy Garity) and no-nonsense nurse Theresa (Taraji P. Henson). But things are not going Martin’s way and he can’t seem to shake off his insecurities. When 18-year-old patient Diane (Riley Keough) is admitted for a kidney infection, Martin steps in, getting the much-needed boost of self-esteem he craves. But things take a dark turn as his enthusiasm begins to become an obsession.
THE GOOD DOCTOR STARTS PRACTICING It’s nice to think that if it wasn't for the poorly organized partnership between Jet Blue and Aer Lingus, I would have never had the chance to make the film.
That is how director Lance Daly describes how he came to read the script of THE GOOD DOCTOR. He was given the screenplay by Orlando Bloom’s producing partner, but never got around to reading it. A few weeks later, en route from San Francisco to Dublin, Daly missed a connection at JFK and ended up meeting Bloom in New York. Bloom reminded Daly about THE GOOD DOCTOR and Daly promised to read the script on the flight home to Dublin.
“I was pretty much disgusted that I hadn't read it sooner as it was clearly a work of genius from the great mind of John Enbom,” says Daly. “The way I reacted to the script when reading -- constantly surprised, shouting at the page near the end -- was exactly how I'd like an audience to react to a film.”
“I also liked the moral ambiguity of it”, Daly continues. “It seemed like an antidote to all this good and evil nonsense that we hear a lot of these days - especially in a story set in America.”
Before Daly came on board to direct, the film was developed as a labor of love among its producer friends Dan Etheridge, Jonathan King, Julia Lebedev and their long-time close friend, writer John Enbom.
The producers had each worked individually with John on multiple other projects, including his first feature, The Low Life, his first outing as a writer-director, Starstruck; and most recently on the lauded TV show ‘Party Down.’”
“John gave us the script of THE GOOD DOCTOR hot off his computer, and we knew immediately we needed to make it,” says Dan Etheridge, who also served as co-creator and executive producer of “Party Down.”
“The script was sublime -- a thoroughly unique yet accessible suspense drama that constantly subverted your expectations, all focused around an unforgettable central character, Dr. Martin Blake,” says producer Jonathan King.
However, in the classic tradition of indie cinema, it took some time and concerted effort to get the film off the ground. As with most projects, the producers needed the perfect actor for the lead role – someone who would allow for audience empathy even as ‘Martin’ made the morally upside-down choices that pepper the movie.
Sharon Miller, Orlando Bloom’s producing partner at his production company Viddywell, read the script, and enthusiastically introduced it to Bloom. They shared the producers’ vision for the role and the project, so much that Bloom came on board to play Martin and to produce as well.
The next step was to find the right director for the project. Bloom had met the acclaimed Irish director Lance Daly after a screening of Daly’s film Kisses. Bloom loved the film, and sitting through a Q&A, he really responded to the truth that Daly directs and lives his life by. “You come out of the movie with a sense of hope which is kind of crazy because it’s a very dark film,” says Bloom. “When I read THE GOOD DOCTOR I really felt that I couldn’t think of another director that could do it. Lance is very visual. There isn’t a room, or a window, or a wall of this hospital that hasn’t been used to its fullest potential. There isn’t a character, or a line of dialogue that hasn’t been used to its fullest potential, and Lance has been key to that.”
Bloom’s fellow producers wholeheartedly agreed after meeting with Daly. “Lance articulated a compelling vision for our film,” says King. “We thought Kisses was beguiling, and all of us knew that with him on board we had our package.”
PRODUCTION….STAT! Though it took many years to find the perfect package, once the producers did, everything happened rather quickly. The production’s financier, producer Julia Lebedev’s company Code Red Productions, immediately grasped the potential for the project when they came on board in August 2009. Pre-production started in October, and the actual shoot began in February 2010. Although the shooting schedule wasn’t easy, Daly’s directorial style and a nimble cast and crew managed to finish in the scheduled 25 days.
Finding the right hospital proved the greatest single challenge. Daly’s original plan to build a set proved too expensive, so production started looking for the real deal. “It was important practically and creatively,” says Dan Etheridge. “There are so many architectural and decorative flourishes in a hospital that we’ve all become so accustomed to – the slightly wider doorways or the subtle railings on the walls, for example. Bringing these touches to a set is costly and hugely time-consuming. Not to say that our production designer and her team didn’t have their work cut out for them giving re-birth and a unified new aesthetic to a defunct hospital.”
Initially, producers scoured the Southeastern US, hoping to take advantage of tax incentives and closed hospitals in various states. Ultimately, the California tax incentive became available, and they were able to stay home, with all the attendant benefits of shooting in Los Angeles. The now-closed Century City Hospital provided their main home for the bulk of the shoot.
“It felt authentic to shoot in a real hospital,” says Taraji P. Henson. “Quite spooky as you don’t know who died in these beds, but it made it all very real.” Adds Orlando Bloom, “I had a visitor come on set who said ‘Oh my God, I had an operation in this hospital’ and I was like ‘well, it was probably in this room as this place is tiny’. So it definitely lent itself.”
PLAYING DOCTOR… NURSES AND RESIDENTS With Orlando Bloom in place to play the title role of Dr. Martin Blake, the producers and Lance Daly assembled a stellar ensemble of seasoned actors and fresh faces to complete the cast, including Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Rob Morrow (“Numbers,” Quiz Show) Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Michael Peña (Crash, Battle: Los Angeles), Golden Globe nominee Troy Garity (“Soldier’s Girl”), J.K. Simmons (“The Closer,” Juno), and Riley Keough in her first leading role.
All of the actors were very much in agreement that the main reason that made them be part of the film was Enbom’s screenplay. “I read it in one seating, which is unusual, and I was just completely compelled by the story,” says Rob Morrow. “I couldn’t imagine where it was going and that rarely happens, and as soon as I finished it, I just jumped at the chance. It’s a great yarn.”
“I was both excited and daunted by the idea of portraying this guy,” says Bloom. “What attracted me to Martin was this flawed human quality we can all relate to. I think the darkest sides of our character and the parts of ourselves that we don’t talk about or reveal to the world is sort of the world that Martin lives in. He acts without any thought of consequences – instinctively, impulsively, and without any responsibility or consideration or thought for what he’s doing. I think it’s a part of the human brain that we all kind of tame and work on.”
Troy Garity’s attraction to the script was the idea of there being a bad doctor amongst the hallways of the hospital. “I always have a paranoia that I’m risking my life in the hands of these other humans, and what if one of them is a bad apple or not quite mentally stable, and I feel this film really plays on that quite well.”
Taraji Henson cites two deciding factors for signing on. “I read the script and I’m like, oh, this is sick – I want to be a part of this. And then Orlando Bloom is easy on the eye.”
Daly’s one bone of contention during casting was the role of Diane. “Everyone had a different opinion and there were many stages to the selection. Part of this may be because I unwisely stated that the film would live or die on whoever we cast as Diane - a little melodramatic perhaps but with a grain of truth - and it became a high stakes game in the weeks leading to shoot. In the end we cast Riley Keough who turned out to be magic.”
With only one supporting role in a feature under her belt, Keough joined the experienced cast to great acclaim. “Riley’s remarkable,” says Orlando Bloom. “She’s instinctively got a quality that just lights up the screen.”
“I feel very lucky to get to work with someone special like Lance,” says Keough. “I don’t know how to describe it. He really knows how to get what he wants across to me clearly. And all the actors were just incredible to watch, and they made it so easy for me which was the best thing I could have asked for.”
The rest of the cast is adding to Keough’s praise for Daly. “Lance is a wonderful young director and he’s very powerful, but in an unassuming way,” says Troy Garity. “He goes for very natural performances and always wants to sort of strip back the actor. He gives very calm and precise behavioral notes and it’s just been great working with him.”
“I keep calling him Kubrick, “concludes Rob Morrow. “Very symmetrical frames, linear, everything’s lined up very precise. It’s Kubrick with a Hitchcock sensibility.”
Daly was pleased with how well everyone worked together, considering the tight shooting schedule of 25 days. “The entire cast worked towards exactly the same goal and everyone appreciated that time was short and were very patient. It kept things moving at a good pace and also created a good sense of camaraderie. Orlando led this charge by patiently waiting on set while we moved things around, standing in for himself for a lot of setups and always being well prepared. And I think this focus is clear in the quality of performance he delivered in the end. If it wasn't for all the rice cakes on set, he'd be the perfect leading man.”
ABOUT THE CAST ORLANDO BLOOM (Dr. Martin Blake; Producer) was born in Canterbury, England and trained at the National Youth Theatre in London. He later earned a scholarship to train with the British American Drama Academy. Having completed his scholarship, Bloom made his feature film debut in WILDE, starring Stephen Fry and Jude Law.
Bloom was next accepted to London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he performed in many staged productions, including PEER GYNT and TWELFTH NIGHT. Upon graduation, a then unknown Bloom was cast in the films that launched his career: Peter Jackson’s Academy Award winning trilogy, THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Bloom captured the attention of international audiences and filmmakers alike as ‘Legolas.’
In the summer of 2003, Bloom starred opposite Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Disney hit, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, directed by Gore Verbinski.
Having fortuitously worked with Ridley Scott on BLACKHAWK DOWN, Bloom went on to star in Scott’s KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, written by William Monahan for 20th Century Fox. Bloom followed the epic Crusades film with his first contemporary American role. He starred opposite Kirsten Dunst in Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical, ELIZABETHTOWN, produced by Crowe and Tom Cruise, for Paramount Pictures.
Bloom then reprised his role as ‘Will Turner’ in the box office record-breaking PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST, and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END.
In the wake of those blockbusters, Bloom made his debut on London's West End in a revival of David Storey's 1969 drama, IN CELEBRATION. Produced by Sonia Friedman and directed by Anna Mackmin, the production and Bloom were well-received by both critics and audiences alike.
Bloom's additional film credits include NED KELLY opposite Heath Ledger; Wolfgang Peterson’s TROY opposite Brad Pitt; the Cayman Islands ensemble HAVEN opposite Zoe Saldana; and NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU opposite Christina Ricci.
Most recently, Orlando starred in Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut, SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS in which he stars opposite Laura Linney, Juliette Lewis and Mark Ruffalo. The film won the Audience Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Orlando followed SYMPATHY with Horton Foote’s MAIN STREET, in which he stars opposite Colin Firth and Patricia Clarkson.
Bloom was recently seen in Paul W.S. Anderson’s THE THREE MUSKETEERS, opposite Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz.
RILEY KEOUGH (Diane) is the daughter of singer Lisa Marie Presley and her then husband Danny Keough. In 2004, the fashion world took notice when famed photographer, Annie Leibovitz, shot Riley for the cover of Vogue -- alongside her iconic mother and grandmother. An invitation from Dolce and Gabbana to attend their fall fashion show in Milan followed -- and ignited a media firestorm.
Riley quickly became a fashion darling, walking the catwalk for Dolce and Gabbana and Christian Dior, and appearing in campaigns for brands such as David Yurman, Mango and Christian Dior which she represented for four seasons.
Despite early success in the fashion industry, Riley had aspirations to enter the film industry and in 2009 she made her film debut as Marie Currie in THE RUNAWAYS starring opposite Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. In 2010 Riley completed production on the THE GOOD DOCTOR , playing the role of Diane Nixon, a young patient with a kidney infection, who’s kept ill in order to make her ‘Good Doctor’ played by Orlando gain the respect he craves and as the title character Jack in Bradley Rust Gray's JACK AND DIANE.
TARAJI P. HENSON (Nurse Theresa) earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress opposite Brad Pitt in David Fincher’s THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON. She starred in the hugely successful KARATE KIDopposite Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan and in DATE NIGHT with Tina Fey and Steve Carrell. For her role in Tyler Perry’s I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF, she received the 2009 Diversity Award for Best Actress. She also stars in the upcoming PEEP WORLDplaying Rainn Wilson’s love interest; THE GOOD DOCTORwith Orlando Bloom; ONCE FALLEN costarring Ed Harris; and LARRY CROWNE for director and star Tom Hanks. Taraji is currently in production in New Orleans on the bio-pic FROM THE ROUGH about the first female Head Coach of an NCAA Division I men's golf team.
Henson received rave reviews for her role in Focus Features’ TALK TO ME opposite Don Cheadle. She costarred in the ensemble action drama SMOKIN’ ACES with Ben Affleck and Alicia Keys. Henson was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Feature Film by the Black Movie Awardsand received the BET Best Actress nod for her performance as Shug in the gutsy drama HUSTLE & FLOWalso starring Terrence Howard. She starred in Sony’s NOT EASILY BROKEN opposite Morris Chestnut, opposite Forest Whitaker in HURRICANE SEASON, and with Kathy Batesin Tyler Perry’s THE FAMILY THAT PREYS.
Henson made her singing debut in HUSTLE & FLOW and performed the Academy Award-winning song, “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” on the Oscar telecast. She reunited for the third time with John Singleton to film FOUR BROTHERS with Mark Wahlberg and Andre 3000 for Paramount. Henson costarred with Simon Baker and Sanaa Lathan in Focus Features’ SOMETHING NEW. Henson is well remembered for her role as Yvette opposite Tyrese in BABY BOY.
On television, she will next star as the title character in Lifetime’s TAKEN FROM ME: THE TIFFANY RUBIN STORY, which depicts the true story of a mother whose child was illegally taken from her, premiering in January 2011. Taraji was a series regular on David E. Kelly’s BOSTON LEGALand recurred on ABC’s ELI STONE. Taraji was featured in Jamie Foxx’s video, “Just Like Me,” and also appeared in Estelle’s video, “Pretty Please.”
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., the Howard University graduate resides in Los Angeles with her son. Henson has a strong dedication to helping disabled and less fortunate children and reveals, “I always stress to kids to have faith in themselves—the greatest recipe for success is self-confidence.”
ROB MORROW (Dr. Waylans). As an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, Rob Morrow is a critically acclaimed actor, writer, and director with an established career in television spanning over three decades.
Morrow recently starred in THE WHOLE TRUTH opposite Maura Tierney and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
On the big screen, Rob will next star in the independent film THE GOOD DOCTOR opposite Orlando Bloom. He was recently seen in Rob Reiner's THE BUCKET LIST starring opposite Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, which grossed over $170 million worldwide.
Morrow's other film credits include: Michael Hoffman's critically acclaimed film, THE EMPEROR’S CLUB opposite Kevin Kline; Robert Redford's Oscar-nominated film QUIZ SHOW opposite Ralph Fiennes and John Turturro; Daisy VonScherler Mayer's THE GURU opposite Heather Graham; Albert Brooks' comedy MOTHER; Bruce Beresford's LAST DANCE opposite Sharon Stone; and Sean Smith and Anthony Stark's INTO MY HEART opposite Claire Forlani and Jake Weber.
Morrow recently starred on the long running CBS hit drama, NUMB3RS. He is also well known for his critically acclaimed portrayal of New York doctor gone-to Alaska, Joel Fleischman, on the hit television series, NORTHERN EXPOSURE, which garnered him three golden globes and two Emmy Award nominations for "Best Actor in a Dramatic Series." He also starred on the critically acclaimed Showtime original television series, STREET TIME.
His other television credits include starring as John Wilkes Booth in the TNT movie THE DAY LINCOLN WAS SHOT, Lifetime's CUSTODYopposite James Denton, the CBS Hallmark Entertainment mini-series ONLY LOVE opposite Marisa Tomei, the Showtime movie THE THIN BLUE LIE opposite Randy Quaid and Paul Sorvino and the CBS movie, JENIFER opposite Laura San Giacomo, Annabella Sciorra, Jane Kaczmarek, and Marisa Tomei.
As a director, Rob’s credits include three episodes of NUMB3RS, an episode of HBO's crime drama OZ, three episodes of Showtime's original television series STREET TIME, and three episodes of CBS' highly lauded drama JOAN OF ARCADIA. Morrow made his directorial debut with THE SILENT ALARM, which premiered at the 1993 Seattle Film Festival, and went on to screen at the Hamptons, Boston, Edinburgh, and Sundance Film Festivals, with its television debut on Bravo. He also directed MAZE, an independent feature, which he wrote, produced and co-starred in with Laura Linney in November 2001.
A native New Yorker, Morrow began his theater career working for Tom O'Horgan and Norman Mailer. On Stage, Morrow starred in the hit Broadway show The Exonerated, a drama based on the true tales of six innocent death-row inmates, opposite Penn Jillette and Mia Farrow. Morrow also appeared in Third Street, at the Circle Repertory Theatre and London's West End production of Birdy. He has also been committed to the theater as a founding member of the nonprofit ensemble Naked Angels, along with Marisa Tomei, Fisher Stevens, Ron Rifkin and Nancy Travis, among others.
Morrow is on the Board of Directors of Project ALS. Co-founded by Jennifer Estess, who was diagnosed with ALS in 1997, Project ALS is committed to funding the research necessary for finding effective treatments and a cure for people living with ALS, a fatal neuromuscular disease.
MICHAEL PEÑA (Jimmy) has distinguished himself in Hollywood as an actor with a wide range of performances who has worked with an impressive roster of award winning directors. Peña earned notable recognition for his performance in Paul Haggis’ provocative Oscar® winning film CRASH, alongside Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon and Terrence Howard. Critically acclaimed for the film’s interpretation of complex race relations in contemporary America, Peña has garnered multiple best ensemble nominations for his role as Daniel the locksmith, winning awards from the Screen Actors Guild and the Broadcast Film Critics Association for the cast’s performance.
Peña was recently seen in TOWER HEIST, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Ben Stiller. Set in present day New York, he plays the comedic elevator attendee in this Universal feature alongside Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Eddie Murphy, and Alan Alda. He also guest starred in this season of the popular HBO comedy EASTBOUND AND DOWN. Other recent credits include Werner Herzog and David Lynch's psychological thriller MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONEwhere he starred alongside Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe and Chloe Sevigny. He also recently finished filming BATTLE: LOS ANGELES co-starring Aaron Eckhart, directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Neil Moritz. Peña will next star in Lance Daly’s drama THE GOOD DOCTOR.
Peña’s recent film credits include THE LUCKY ONESco-starring Rachel McAdams and Tim Robbins, Jody Hill’s comedy OBSERVE AND REPORT with Seth Rogen and Robert Redford’s political drama LIONS FOR LAMBS alongside Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep.
Peña’s other credits include Oliver Stone’s WORLD TRADE CENTER, which chronicled the heroism of American servicemen in the direct aftermath of the September 11th attacks; Clint Eastwood’s MILLION DOLLAR BABY; Matthew Ryan Hoge’s THE UNITED STATES OF LELAND; Gregor Jordan’s BUFFALO SOLDIERS; Antoine Fuqua’s SHOOTER, and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BABEL.
On television, Peña was most recently seen starring in the HBO film WALKOUT. Based on the true story of a young Mexican American high school teacher who helped stage a massive student walkout in the mid-1960s, Pena received an Image Award for Best Actor in the television category for his performance. He also guest appeared on the F/X drama THE SHIELD for its fourth season as one of the central leads opposite Glenn Close and Anthony Anderson. Other television credits include Steven Spielberg’s NBC series SEMPER FI.
Raised in Chicago, Peña began acting when he beat out hundreds of others in an open call for a role in Peter Bogdonovich’s TO SIR, WITH LOVE 2 starring Sidney Poitier.
TROY GARITY (Dan). When Troy Garity garnered the opportunity to portray his father, Senator Tom Hayden, in the Abbie Hoffman biopic STEAL THIS MOVIE alongside Vincent D’Onofrio and Janeane Garofalo, he may not have “stolen” the show, but he did pave the way to multiple features.
One of which, Showtime’s critically hailed SOLDIER GIRL garnered him both a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Actor” as well as a nod for an Independent Spirit Award. The film which screened to a standing ovation at Sundance, depicts the true story of a soldier (Barry Winchell) murdered by his company members for falling in love with a transsexual. This growing recognition appears to have Garity moving in the direction of his legendary mother, actress Jane Fonda. He has since starred in a succession of dramatic features including Danny Boyle’s SUNSHINE alongside Cillian Murphy; opposite Sissy Spacek in the drama LAKE CITYEICHMANN with Franka Potente, FRAGMENTS with the likes of Forest Whitaker and Dakota Fanning, and MERCY from writer and co-star Scott Caan.
Garity also appeared in the comedy MY ONE AND ONLY with Renee Zellweger and has since completed work on A DAY IN THE LIFE with Mekhi Phifer, KEROSENE COWBOYS with Cam Gigandet, and Bill Pullman, as well as THE GOOD DOCTOR with Orlando Bloom.
In MGM’s BANDITS Garity created his own niche within his acclaimed acting family, starring for director Barry Levinson alongside Bruce Willis, Cate Blanchett, and Billy Bob Thornton. He also starred alongside Ice Cube and Eve in the hit ensemble comedy BARBERSHOP for MGM. The sequel was equally successful. He also appeared in Brett Ratner’s New Line caper AFTER THE SUNSET.
Additional credits include the recent independent feature MILWAUKEE, MINNESOTA in which he portrays an idiot savant ice fisherman, Michael Rymer’s Sundance entry PERFUME which offers an improvisational look into the fashion industry, Richard Donner’s CONSPIRACY THEORY with Julia Roberts and Mel Gibson, as well as the lead in director Rafal Zelinski’s BOHEMIA.
Over the years, Garity has worked to hone his craft, having spent his childhood performing “comedia del arte” at The Laurel Springs Camp for the Arts in Santa Barbara, followed by a move to New York where he trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He eventually became an Academy Repertory Company Player, appearing in nearly a dozen stage productions.
Garity briefly switched gears to direct his first music video that premiered at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.
Currently residing in Los Angeles, like his parents, Garity is also a staunch political activist, and in fact, actively works with the Peace Process Network that is a worldwide gang violence prevention coalition.
J.K. SIMMONS (Detective Krauss) has appeared in diverse projects spanning motion pictures, television and stage performances on and off Broadway. He played J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s SPIDER MAN trilogy. His motion picture credits include HIDALGO, THE LADYKILLERS, THE MEXICAN, OFF THE MAP, FOR LOVE OF THE GAME, THE GIFT, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, RENDITION, BURN AFTER READING, and, memorably, his portrayal of the off-beat but not deadbeat father, Mac McGuff, in the hit comedy JUNO.
Recent films include JENNIFER’S BODY, EXTRACT, THE VICIOUS KIND, I LOVE YOU MAN, BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO ENDINGS and the Academy Award nominated film UP IN THE AIR.
On the small screen, Simmons plays LAPD Assistant Chief Will Pope in TNT’s hit series THE CLOSER. He also played Vern Schillinger on HBO’s acclaimed drama OZ, while playing a recurring role as Dr. Emil Skoda on NBC’s LAW AND ORDER.
Simmons has appeared on the Broadway stage in performances of Guys and Dolls, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, A Change In The Heir, Peter Pan and A Few Good Men.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
LANCE DALY (Director). Lance Daly's debut feature LAST DAYS IN DUBLIN, a no budget love letter to the Irish capital, was given 36 public screenings at his local cinema in 2001. Later it was shown on TV.
This was followed by THE HALO EFFECT, which closed the 2004 Dublin Film Festival. This dark comic tale of fast food and gambling starring Stephen Rea was nominated for five IFTAs. It had a short theatrical release in Ireland. That felt like progress.
KISSES premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2008, where it was awarded Best Irish Film. Momentum grew slowly through many international festival appearances which eventually lead to theatrical releases in Europe and the US. Lance got Best Director at the IFTAs and was happy that a film had finally traveled abroad.
THE GOOD DOCTOR, a new film directed by Lance, this time in the U.S. starring Orlando Bloom, with a cast that includes Riley Keough, Michael Pena, Taraji P. Henson, Rob Morrow and J.K. Simmons, will be released by Magnolia Pictures in 2012.
JOHN ENBOM (Writer) was raised in Corvallis, Oregon, and attended Yale University. He wrote for VERONICA MARS on the CW, THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES on Fox, and is the co-creator and executive producer of PARTY DOWN on Starz. He lives in Los Angeles.
JONATHAN KING (Producer) is Executive Vice President of Participant Media where he oversees production of the company’s slate of narrative feature films. Participant was founded in 2004 by businessman and philanthropist Jeff Skoll. The company’s mission is to produce entertaining films that inspire audiences to become active in creating social change. Some notable Participant films are SYRIANA, THE VISITOR, THE CRAZIES, THE COVE, FOOD INC and AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH.
For eight years, King was President of Laurence Mark Productions, working on films such as DREAMGIRLS and FINDING FORRESTER. King has worked as a production and acquisitions executive for companies including Focus Features, Miramax Films, and MGM. As an independent producer, King’s credits include THE GOOD DOCTOR, GUINEVERE, and 54.
King currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Board of the Florida State University Film School; the steering committee of Outfest’s Legacy Project (outfest.org/legacy), a joint venture with the UCLA Film and TV Archive that restores and preserves groundbreaking works of LGBT cinema; and the board of directors of The John Alexander Project (thejohnalexanderproject.org), a new non-profit supporting and promoting independent journalism.
DAN ETHERIDGE (Producer) is a film and television producer in Los Angeles. Most recently, Etheridge served as Executive Producer and Co-Creator of the acclaimed half-hour cable comedy PARTY DOWN, alongside partners Rob Thomas, John Enbom, and Paul Rudd. Starring Adam Scott, Megan Mullally, and Ken Marino, PARTY DOWN aired its second season in April 2010 on Starz. Previous television series include VERONICA MARS for WB/CW, for which Etheridge also directed an episode, and ABC’S CUPID.
Etheridge has also produced an array of studio and indie movies. Most recently, he produced THE NINES along with Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen for writer-director John August (GO; BIG FISH), starring Ryan Reynolds. He also co-produced COME EARLY MORNING from writer-director Joey Lauren Adams, starring Ashley Judd. Both films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Originally from Virginia, Etheridge graduated from USC’s Peter Stark Program for Film/TV Producing in 1992 and received a BA from Yale in 1990.
CODE RED PRODUCTIONS Presents
A KING/ETHERIDGE Production
In Association with VIDDYWELL
THE GOOD DOCTOR ORLANDO BLOOM
with TARAJI P. HENSON
and MICHAEL PEÑA
Casting by JEANNE MCCARTHY & NICOLE ABELLERA
Costume Designer JILL NEWELL
Editor EMER REYNOLDS
Production Designer EVE CAULEY TURNER
Director of Photography YARON ORBACH
Production Designer EVE CAULEY TURNER
Line Producer SAMSON MUCKE
Co-Producer JULIA LEBEDEV
Executive Producers LEONID LEBEDEV, SHARON MILLER
Produced by JONATHAN KING, DAN ETHERIDGE, ORLANDO BLOOM
Written by JOHN ENBOM
Directed by LANCE DALY