From acclaimed filmmaker Sam Mendes (1917, Skyfall) comes the moving and Academy Award®*- nominated film, Empire of Light. This deeply personal tale of love, friendship and compassion is set around a fading cinema in an English coastal town in the 1980s. The film has been described as “an achingly lovely film – the best Sam Mendes has yet made” (Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair) and features an acclaimed performance from Olivia Colman as a cinema manager coping with mental health issues. Empire of Light is now available digitally and will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD on February 21.
Empire of Light is a moving drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times. Set in and around a faded old cinema in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, it follows Hilary (Olivia Colman), a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward), a new employee who longs to escape this provincial town in which he faces daily adversity. Both Hilary and Stephen find a sense of belonging through their unlikely and tender relationship and come to experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community.
The bonus featurette includes - Creating Empire of Light. Go behind the scenes of this personal film with writer-director Sam Mendes, and uncover the story’s origins and the director’s love of cinema. See how the perfect location was found to rebuild a classic movie theater that had the cast in awe. *Bonus features vary by product and retailer.