JONES'S DIARY" started life in 1995 as a column in the UK's Independent
newspaper, written by journalist Helen Fielding. It was a brilliantly
comic, week-by-week account of the life of a single, thirty-something
woman, looking for love amidst the confusion of a post-feminist world.
was then I realised that I was destined to turn into Miss Haversham, or
Glenn Close in
Fielding turned her columns into a novel in 1996, Bridget Jones became a
global cultural phenomenon: a book that sold over 4 million copies, and
a character that symbolised the aspirations and confusions of women all
over the world.
"BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY" is a film, starring Renée Zellweger ("Nurse
Betty", "Jerry Maguire"), Hugh Grant ("Notting Hill", Four Weddings And
A Funeral"), and Colin Firth ("Shakespeare In Love", "The English
Patient") with a screenplay by Helen Fielding, Andrew Davies and Richard
Curtis. The film is directed by Sharon Maguire and produced by Tim
Bevan, Eric Fellner and Jonathan Cavendish.
story centres on Bridget, a 30-something "singleton", convinced that
everyone is getting it right except her. Her ambitions are few - she
would like to lose weight and find true love - but seemingly
unattainable. Her romantic life is in a state of perpetual crisis. At
the start of the New Year, Bridget decides it's time to take control of
her life and start writing a diary.
decided to get a grip on my life and start a diary, recording all the
her friends Jude, Sharon and Tom provide her with hopeless advice,
Bridget finds herself torn between two men, her charming, sexy, but
dangerous boss Daniel Cleaver and Mark Darcy, a old family friend, who
seems at first to be aloof and dull, until his true self is revealed.
Bridget's unsuccessful attempts to control her chaotic life and develop
inner poise are charted by her diary entries. As the hilarious dilemma
unfolds Bridget discovers that she has an irrepressible ability to
survive the confusion around her.
cast also includes Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Sally Phillips, Shirley
Henderson, James Callis, Embeth Davidtz, Honor Blackman and Celia Imrie.
Filmed on location in and around London and at Shepperton Studios, BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY is produced by Working Title Films. The director of photography is Stuart Dryburgh, the production designer is Gemma Jackson, the costume designer is Rachael Fleming, the make up and hair designer is Graham Johnston, the sound mixer is David Crozier, and the editor is Martin Walsh.