Florence Foster Jenkins is known as “the worst singer of all times”. Yet she sold out Carnegie Hall in 1944 and had a large camp following. It’s too good a story to stay off the big screen.
The Florence Foster Jenkins Story goes into production this month … with Joyce DiDonato (pictured) in the title role. Joyce says: ‘In all my experience, I don’t know that I’ve ever encountered a singer who has lived more radically for the sheer act of singing, and the uninhibited sharing of that singing, than the legendary Florence Foster Jenkins. Portraying her on film, my intention will not be to create any kind of a caricature, but instead to enter fully into her zany, passionate world where singing was paramount and the audacity of her desire to sing ‘like a bird’ ruled all.’
The film, to be released in November 2016, is produced by the Berlin based 3B-Produktion and distributed by Edition Salzgeber. Additional partners: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, DFFF (Deutscher Filmförderfonds), ZDF/Arte, SRF, ORF, NRK, SVT, Galerie Kornfeld Berlin and (!) Donna Leon.
The Donna Leon?