Official: Filming starts on The Song of Names

Official: Filming starts on The Song of Names


norman lebrecht

September 26, 2018

Sixteen years after we sold the film rights in my first novel, principal photography begins tomorrow in London.

It has been a long haul, brought ultimately to fruition by the conviction of the Canadian producer Robert Lantos and director Francois Girard.

The cast includes Tim Roth, Clive Owen and Catherine McCormack. The score is by Howard Shore.

Filming in London, Budapest, Treblinka, Montreal and New York.

I can’t wait to get on set.

More details here.



  • Marie Lamb says:

    Congratulations, Norman!

  • Adam Stern says:

    Very exciting, indeed! How much of a hand have you had in it thus far (overseeing the script, giving casting input, etc.)? I’ll look forward to its hitting the theatres.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    How exciting. May it be a successful production.

    You should get a cameo. Bystander #3 or something like that.

  • Byron L says:

    Congrats! That’s an impressive amount of location shooting. Hopefully you can tag along for some of it.

  • greta beigel says:

    Congratulations Norman. Must be thrilling for you after such a long saga.

  • buxtehude says:

    Clive Owen — extra hooray.

    Is it your screenplay too?

  • Chris says:

    Fantastic! It’s a terrific book and I’m excited to see the movie when it’s finished.

  • JamesM says:

    It’s a wonderful book and longtime coming as a film. Congratulations Norman! May you go from strength to strength!

  • Anmarie says:

    What great news!

    Although, Norman, I have to say that the book was so powerful that it was difficult to keep reading beyond a certain point…

  • R. Brite says:

    How very exciting. François Girard is incredibly talented and inventive, and I’m sure he will do a wonderful job, especially given the starry cast.

    • Dr Presume says:

      If it’s as good as Girard’s other films “32 Short Films About Glenn Gould” or “The Red Violin”, it’ll be worth seeing. If it’s as bad as Girard’s other film “Silk”, it’ll be one to avoid!

  • Michael Hurshell says:

    Mazeltov, Norman!

  • William E Ford says:

    Wonderful! Congratulations.

  • Luigi Nonono says:

    You think you’ll be allowed on set? Tim Roth is perhaps the finest actor for any role involving music.

  • Bruce says:

    Didn’t know you were a novelist! Just ordered the book.