Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) - Synopsis
"London, January 2000.... Countdown till release of film - gaaah!!! Whole world about to see me on big screen. Am sure that big screen will add more pounds. Suspect non-twig-like people not allowed in film. Good thing is will now have very famous name and posh gyms will be falling over themselves to offer me memberships..."
"Boyfriends: 0 (awaiting surge once film has been seen and am very famous and complimentary gym memberships have made into ravishing female never to be dumped or taken for granted again)"
BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY stars Renée Zellweger as the neurotic 30-something, Chardonnay-swigging, chain-smoking, hopelessly romantic Bridget, Hugh Grant as the dashingly sexy but dangerous love-rat Daniel Cleaver and Colin Firth enigmatic yet aloof family friend Mark Darcy.
The supporting cast includes Jim Broadbent as Bridget's timid father; Gemma Jones as her over-bearing mother; Sally Phillips as fiery Shazza; Shirley Henderson as disillusioned Jude, James Callis as extrovert Tom, Embeth Davidtz as Bridget's nemesis Natasha, and the legendary Honor Blackman and Celia Imrie, both of whom cameo as Bridget's parents' hilarious friends.
The story follows Bridget's unsuccessful attempts to control her chaotic life, balancing her attempts to give up smoking, drinking and lose weight with those to find Mr. Right and become one of the elusive "Smug Married" clique. Her friends Jude, Shazza and Tom offer hopeless advice as Bridget finds herself torn between two very different men - one the seductive boss she cannot resist, the other a snooty acquaintance she finds herself falling for.
"BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY" is based on a character created by author Helen Fielding.
""No of times scheduled to kiss Mark Darcy in script: 1 (poor). No of times intended to kiss Mark Darcy (question of artistic integrity): 58. No of kisses managed to plant on Mark Darcy...1 (not as good as expected but must be responsible method actress and not abuse position)""
Working Title Films is Britain's leading film production company. Together, co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner have over 40 films to their credit, including the most successful British film of all time "Notting Hill (1999)", the international success "Bean (1997)" and critically acclaimed features "Elizabeth (1998)", "Billy Elliot (2000)", "Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)", "High Fidelity (2000)", "O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)" and the forthcoming "Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)".
"BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY" is a Working Title Films production. The Director of Photography is Stuart Dryburgh ("Runaway Bride (1999)", "Piano, The (1993)"), the Production Designer Gemma Jackson ("Winslow Boy, The (1999)", "Borrowers, The (1997)"), the Costume Designer Rachael Fleming ("Beach, The (2000)", "Trainspotting (1996)"), the Make-Up and Hair Designer Graham Johnstone ("Plunkett & Macleane (1999)", "Trainspotting (1996)"), and the editor Martin Walsh ("Mansfield Park (1999)", "Hilary And Jackie (1998)"). The film was shot on location in London and at Shepperton Studios.