Frears takes Tamara Drewe to Cannes
Director Stephen Frears is set to bring a taste of English country life to Cannes when he debuts his latest film Tamara Drewe.
Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper and Tamsin Greig star in the adaptation of Posy Simmonds' comic strip, which took inspiration from Thomas Hardy's Far From The Madding Crowd.
The film will be screening out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
Gemma, 24, plays the title character, who returns to her childhood home in rural Dorset after reinventing herself from a shy, gawky teenager into a sultry beauty.
The dark comedy sees Tamara torn between two potential suitors, her teenage boyfriend Andy and rock musician Ben, as she attempts to write her first novel.
Cannes veteran Frears, who headed the festival's jury in 2007, made films such as The Queen, High Fidelity and My Beautiful Laundrette during a directorial career spanning almost 40 years.