Directed By: Sam Mendes

Written By:  Sam Mendes

Produced By:

  • Pippa Harris
  • Sam Mendes


  • Olivia Colman
  • Micheal Ward
  • Tom Brooke
  • Tanya Moodie
  • Hannah Onslow
  • Crystal Clarke
  • Toby Jones
  • Colin Firth

Genre: Drama, Romance

Cinematography: Roger Deakins


  • Olivia Colman as Hilary Small
  • Micheal Ward as Stephen
  • Colin Firth as Mr. Ellis
  • Toby Jones as Norman
  • Tom Brooke as Neil
  • Tanya Moodie as Delia
  • Hannah Onslow as Janine
  • Crystal Clarke as Ruby
  • Monica Dolan as Rosemary Bates
  • Sara Stewart as Brenda
  • Ron Cook as Mr. Cooper
  • Justin Edwards as Jim Booth

Edited By: Lee Smith

Production Company: Neal Street Productions

Distributed By: Searchlight Pictures

Release Dates:

  • 3 September 2022 (Telluride)
  • 9 December 2022 (United States)

Running Time: 113 minutes


  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Language: English


Firstly, Sam Mendes is the writer and director of the 2022 romantic drama movie Empire of Light. Besides, Starring in the movie are Colin Firth, Michael Ward, Tom Brooke, Tanya Moodie, Hannah Onslow, Crystal Clarke, and Olivia Colman.

Also, Empire of Light had its world premiere on September 3, 2022, at the Telluride Film Festival. Searchlight Pictures is slated to distribute the movie in theaters in the US on December 9, 2022. And in the UK on January 13, 2023.

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Critics gave the movie mixed reviews, praising Colman, Ward, and Jones’ acting, Mendes’ directing, the cinematography, and the score, but disagreeing on the narrative.

Moreover, In April 2021, it was revealed that Sam Mendes had chosen Searchlight Pictures as the home for his upcoming movie. Which he would write and direct on his own this time. Roger Deakins was confirmed as the movie’s cinematographer, while Olivia Colman was reportedly in talks to play the lead role. However, Olivia Colman and Michael Ward would both be added to the cast in July.

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Moreover, The cast was expanded in December to include Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Crystal Clarke, and Tanya Moodie. Also, On February 7, 2022, shooting commenced at Margate, Kent, on the Isle of Thanet. Following which, Tom Brooke and Hannah Onslow’s participation was officially announced in late February. Finally, He scores for the movie was written by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.