Shooting Begins On Monumental Pictures’ How To Build A Girl

Critically acclaimed British Director Coky Giedroyc, has begun production on How To Build A Girl; an adaptation by Caitlin Moran of her best selling, semi-autobiographical novel.

The coming of age comedy is a Monumental Pictures film produced by Alison Owen and Debra Hayward. Film4 developed the project from the outset with Monumental Pictures and are co-financing the production with Tango. The executive producers are Daniel Battsek, Ollie Madden and Sue Bruce-Smith for Film4, Tim Headington and Lia Buman for Tango, Zygi Kamasa and Emma Berkofsky for Lionsgate and Caitlin Moran.  How To Build A Girl is made with the support of BFI Locked Box Initiative; Lionsgate will distribute the film in the UK with Protagonist Pictures handling worldwide sales. Sara Curran brokered the deal for Monumental Pictures. The shoot will take place in the UK this July and August. 

How To Build A Girl will star Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird, Bad Neighbours 2) alongside Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones, the upcoming Jojo Rabbit), Paddy Considine (Journeyman, Pride), Sarah Solemani (Bridget Jones's Baby, Him & Her), Laurie Kynaston (England Is Mine, Cradle to Grave), Joanna Scanlan (Pin Cushion, Notes on a Scandal), Arinzé Kene (The Pass), Frank Dillane (In the Heart of the Sea), Tadhg Murphy (Guerrilla) and Ziggy Heath (Spies of Warsaw). 

It’s 1993, and there’s only one way for a fat, bright, funny, working-class sixteen year old (Beanie Feldstein) to break out of her tiny, crowded house in Wolverhampton, and go on the somehow noble sex-quest she desires - to reinvent herself as swashbuckling, top-hat-wearing rock critic Dolly Wilde, and explode all over London. The only question is - was Dolly Wilde the right girl to build?

Alison Owen says “We are excited that Caitlin’s brilliant literary heroine is finally making it to the big screen, and can’t think of anybody more inspiring than Beanie to bring Caitlin’s exquisitely funny character to life.” Debra Hayward adds “We’ve been incredibly lucky to add Paddy Considine and Sarah Solemani, as Johanna’s ‘unconventional parents’, to our already stellar cast. And there are more surprises to come.”