Suzanne Allain Biography & Facts
Mr. Malcolm's List is a 2022 period drama directed by Emma Holly Jones and written by Suzanne Allain, based on her novel of the same name. It stars Freida Pinto, Sope Dirisu, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ashley Park, Zawe Ashton, and Theo James.
The film was released in the United States and Canada on July 1, 2022, and later in the United Kingdom and Ireland on August 26.
A young woman in 1800s England helps her friend to get revenge on a suitor who rejected her for failing a requirement on his list of qualifications for a bride.
Freida Pinto as Selina Dalton
Sope Dirisu as Mr. Malcolm
Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Lord Cassidy
Ashley Park as Gertie Covington
Zawe Ashton as Julia Thistlewaite
Theo James as Captain Henry Ossory
Divian Ladwa as John
Naoko Mori as Mrs. Thistlewaite
Sophie Vavasseur as Lady Gwyneth Amberton
Sianad Gregory as Molly
Dona Croll as Lady Kilbourne
Paul Tylak as Mr. Dalton
Dawn Bradfield as Mrs. DaltonProduction
Suzanne Allain self-published her novel Mr. Malcolm's List in 2009 and subsequently adapted it into a script. The script was discovered by filmmaker Emma Holly Jones when The Black List did a podcast script reading of the highly rated script submitted through the website in 2015. Jones pursued the rights and then brought on producer Laura Rister and subsequently Laura Lewis to produce the feature film adaptation. The team decided to make a short film, overture as a teaser to the feature version and partnered with Vice Studios’ Refinery29 and their Shatterbox short film series for female filmmakers to make the short. It was shot in October 2018 in London and was released online on February 14, 2019 and, to date, has had over 2 million views. It starred Gemma Chan, Sope Dirisu, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Freida Pinto. Based on its success, Suzanne's novel was published in 2020 by Berkley Press and the feature film was financed. The team partnered with producer Katie Holly and her Blinder Films to shoot in Ireland.
Filming began in March 2021 in Ireland, with Zawe Ashton, Theo James and Ashley Park joining the cast. Bleecker Street acquired the US distribution rights for the film, while Universal Pictures acquired the international distribution rights for the film.
The film was released on July 1, 2022, in the United States by Bleecker Street and in Canada by levelFILM, and was later released in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2022, by Vertigo Releasing. Universal Pictures will release the film internationally. It was released on video on demand in the United States on July 21, 2022.
In the United States and Canada, the film made $1 million over the four-day Independence Day weekend, finishing seventh. The film dropped out at the box office top nine in its second weekend, grossing $255,116 with $241 average revenue.On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 82% of 109 reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The critical consensus reads, "Mr. Malcolm's List references countless Regency romps without particularly distinguishing itself from the pack, but it gently entertains as a diversely-cast ode to Jane Austen's works.
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