Merchant Ivory Productions is a film company founded in 1961 by late producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory with whom my partners ( Thomas Scott Kaplan who was a kid out of Oxford now a billionaire natural resources investor, philanthropist and art collector; Daniel Sarnoff whose family founded NBC, and RCA, and the late Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza for whom King Jaun Carlos of Spain built an art gallery to house his art the largest private art collection in the world) entered into a five film financing agreement. Ismail Merchant was hot off his Oscar win for the film “Room With A View” had won three Oscars, Best Art Direction; Gianni Quaranta, Brian Ackland-Snow, Brian Savegar, Elio Altamura, Best Costume Design; Jenny Beavan, John Bright and Best Adapted Screenplay; Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Before the ink had dried on our contracts, Ismail had this brilliant idea that my partners and my fledgling entertainment company partially finance a film “The Deceivers”. No one really wanted to do, but then there was Pierce Brosnan the film would be made in India and how could you not make a film with the man who made ‘Star Trek Wrath Of Khan’ and said;
I was always a filmmaker before I was anything else. If I was always anything, I was a storyteller, and it never really made much of a difference to me what medium I worked in. – Nicholas Meyer
Life comes full circle at times and when it does it’s always a good thing and in this case it’s Sean Brosnan and his first directorial debut ‘The Kid’.
Sean Brosnan is not stranger to Hollywood, or talent. The film ‘The Kid’is mostly about Sean, and the (picture above) Sean films a scene right outside the building in which I once lived in Venice (in the apartment that was set for Sly Stallone film ‘Cobra’).
THE KID is a story of a young aspiring poet at the age of twelve, who because of harsh circumstances in his life; a mother who passed away and his father, a mechanic, still struggling to come to terms with it, is forced to grow up too fast. He finds his family in a group of kids older than he is and is thrown into a world of alcohol, drugs, parties and girls.
Much wiser than his years and almost everyone around him, Frankie literally sees himself as a man when he’s alone, while the rest of the world simply sees him as just a kid, except for one nineteen year old girl named Charlie.
Actor/Writer/Director, Sean Brosnan, assembled a multi award-winning cast and crew for this project. The film was produced by Sanja Banic and Sean who also wrote it. Sean’s talent shines in the film he knows that the camera lens if allowed to roam free can capture the soul and he lets it do just that, not to mention that the script is real and Sean keep’s it all real in the film ‘The Kid’
Sean has seen his share of Oscar hoopla, last year he was at the Vanity Fair party having a blast and I am sure this year Sean and Sanja will be doing the same. It would be great to have him over in Toronto at the Toronto International Film Festival one day he is a rare talent whose time has arrived. As the hours tick-away to showtime for the Oscars, this is a kid to keep an eye on, Sean Brosnan.