Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)

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Based On The Classic Love Story By Thomas Hardy

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene, who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching wilfulness; Frank Troy, a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.


Matthias as: Gabriel Oak.
Other cast: Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple, Bradley Hall, Jessica Barden.
Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg.
Written by: Thomas Hardy (novel), David Nicholls (screenplay).
Produced by: Christine Langan, Andrew Macdonald, Anita Overland, Allon Reich, Joanne Smith.
Box office: The movie opened #23 in the U.S. with $164,985 (limited) and #7 on it’s wide opening weekend with $2,287,234. The total worldwide box office is currently $29,729,450.
Release: May 1, 2015 (U.K.) | May 22, 2015 (U.S.A.)
Run time: 119 min.
Rated: Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence.
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Trivia & Fun Facts

• Carey Mulligan suggested Matthias for the role of Gabriel Oak after having seen him in De rouille et d’os (2012).
• Matthias is the only non-British in the cast.
• Carey Mulligan made an appearance on The Graham Norton Show to promote the film. Matthias’ “The Drop” co-star and friend Noomi Rapace was also one of the guest.

Awards & Nominations

Nominated – 2015 Istanbul International Film Festival, Golden Tulip Award (International Competition)

Production Notes

Thomas Hardy gave the world one of the great heroines of all time in his novel Far From the Madding Crowd – and created an epic, sweeping love story for the ages. Strikingly modern even in 2015, the exuberant Victorian farmer Bathsheba Everdene starts out a simple country girl who has inherited her uncle’s farm, and becomes a fierce-willed, impulsive heiress who is faced with a myriad of life choices. She’s surrounded, and confounded, by intriguing suitors – the down to earth farmer Gabriel Oak, the seductive soldier Sergeant Troy and the wealthy landowner Mr. Boldwood. But as she weaves through a turbulent tangle of passion, obsession and betrayal, she must etch out her own hard-won path to what she really desires.

The pastoral beauty and sly humor that characterize Bathsheba has kept Hardy’s novel one of the most popular of all time. The story has inspired an abundance of stage and film adaptations throughout the years since its publication in 1874 – Bathsheba even inspired The Hunger Games’ author Suzanne Collins to name Katniss Everdeen after the Hardy heroine.

The last time this Hardy work was filmed for the screen was for John Schlesinger’s 1967 hit starring Julie Christie. This current adaptation, starring Carey Mulligan (Shame, An Eduction) as Bathsheba, is directed by Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, The Celebration).

Why do Hardy’s comically flawed but deeply human characters still ring true 140 years later? The answer lies in their still-potent mix of spirited temperaments and dark complexities. The film’s screenwriter David Nicholls notes: “Far From The Madding Crow has elements of tragedy but it also has a tremendous lightness, brightness and romance interspersed with moments of pathos and drama. It combines to give you a real sense of the energy of life.”

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