BEAULIEU, UNITED KINGDOM – May 18, 2012: Academy Awardwinning director Martin Scorsese is joining Lord Attenborough andAnthony Haas to produce the feature film drama SILVER GHOST. Theproject will be a co-production between Scorsese's SikeliaProductions and Zuma Productions. SILVER GHOST will tell the story of motoring pioneer Lord JohnDouglas-Scott Montagu of Beaulieu, his wife Cis and his secret loveaffair with his secretary and mistress, Eleanor Velasco Thornton.It also tells of John's connection and friendships withRolls-Royce founders Charles Rolls and Henry Royce and Britishartist and sculptor Charles Sykes. Eleanor was the inspiration forthe iconic Spirit of Ecstasy mascot, designed by Sykes, that tothis day adorns all Rolls-Royce cars. Martin Scorsese remarks, "When I read the story of SILVER GHOST, Iwas mesmerised. |
I immediately thought: this is a picture that hasto be made. And when I was asked to come aboard as a Produceralongside Richard Attenborough and Anthony Haas, I didn't hesitatefor a moment." "Martin Scorsese is a giant of the cinema and I am thrilled to becollaborating with Marty and Anthony," said LordAttenborough. "What a team to bring this extraordinary storyto life." "SILVER GHOST is a most complex love story, not only betweenmen and women, but men and machines. Set at the turn of the lastcentury, it delineates the fascinating story of Charles Rolls andHenry Royce and the highly charged love affairs within the Montagufamily." John Montagu's son, Edward, founder of the National MotorMuseum, notes, "It is a remarkable story which has long beena family secret.
I am delighted that Martin Scorsese has joinedRichard Attenborough and Anthony Haas in bringing it to thescreen." Anthony Haas adds, "SILVER GHOST is one of the great untold storiesof the last century which Richard Attenborough and I havedeveloped. It is a wonderful endorsement to have Martin Scorsesewanting to make this film with us and we are very much lookingforward to working together." "SILVER GHOST covers the thrilling and tragic events duringwhich one of the greatest engineering names in the world wascreated," said Sir Ralph Robins, past Chairman, Rolls-Royceplc. Zuma Productions Ltd was established to produce SILVER GHOST and isheaded by producer and creator of BAFTA nominated projects, AnthonyHaas, together with his producing partner Richard Attenborough.
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