The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby – His and Hers
Ned Benson wrote, directed, and partially funded his first film – The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby – His and Hers. Landing a few scripts on the Black List and working as a script doctor just wan’t cutting it, so Ned took matters into his own hands. The intention of the film was partially to make a statement on the subjectivity of relationships, and partially to make a statement on the subjectivity of watching movies.
Yes, the film is actually two films that can be watched in any particular order – but ideally in succession (there’s an intermission). The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (the name is derived from Paul McCartney’s iconic song) describes a love relationship between a husband and wife. Each film interprets a different perspective, one from His viewpoint, the other from Hers.
Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Mama) and Scottish actor James McAvoy (Trance, X-Men: First Class) are the complex characters who fall in and out of love. After a terrible argument on the streets of New York, McAvoy’s character is mowed down by a speeding cab. Each film shares scenes that are just from their viewpoint, some scenes are identical and some are completely unique. Shooting The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby - His and Hers, took forty days, twice the length of shooting a single film.
The Myriad Pictures film, with no U.S. distributor yet, was mostly privately funded. The double-barrel sociological experiment aspect was a selling point, enticing many private investors including: Jessica Chastain, Cassandra Kulukundis, Todd J. Labarowski, Ned Benson and Emanuel Michael. The producers are looking for a distributor that will agree to giving the story a joint theatrical run (meaning both films back-to-back), the way it will be shown at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival.
Viola Davis (The Help), Bill Hader (SNL) and William Hurt (History of Violence, Into the Wild) also star.Search for James McAvoy movies on Amazon