Swan Song
Swan Song (2021 Benjamin Cleary film).jpg
Promotional release poster
Directed byBenjamin Cleary
Written byBenjamin Cleary
Produced by
  • Mahershala Ali
  • Rebecca Bourke
  • Jonathan King
  • Jacob Perlin
  • Adam Shulman
  • Mimi Valdés
Starring
CinematographyMasanobu Takayanagi
Edited byNathan Nugent
Music byJay Wadley
Production
companies
Distributed byApple Studios
Release date
  • December 17, 2021 (2021-12-17)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Swan Song is a 2021 American science fiction romantic drama film written and directed by Benjamin Cleary (in his feature directorial debut). The film stars Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Awkwafina, Glenn Close, and Adam Beach.

Swan Song was released in select cinemas and on Apple TV+ on December 17, 2021.

Plot

When a loving husband and father Cameron Turner is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he is presented with the option of sparing his family grief by having him replaced with a clone. Turner is torn about whether to discuss the option with his wife.

Cast

Production

In February 2020, Apple TV+ announced it had acquired the rights to the film, to be written and directed by Benjamin Cleary and star Mahershala Ali.[1] In September, Naomie Harris joined the cast,[2] and Awkwafina and Glenn Close signed on in November.[3][4] Adam Beach announced he was added to the cast in December.[5]

Principal photography began on November 9, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada[6][7] and concluded on February 6, 2021.[8] The film was released on December 17, 2021.[9]

Reception

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 79% of 99 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The website's consensus reads, "Swan Song occasionally strays on the wrong side of maudlin, but Mahershala Ali's work in dual roles lends this sci-fi drama genuine heart."[10] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 66 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[11]

Accolades

Ceremony Category Recipient(s)/Nominee(s) Results Ref.
22nd Black Reel Awards Outstanding Actor Mahershala Ali Nominated [12][13]
75th British Academy Film Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
2nd Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Actor in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie Nominated
Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie Nominated
79th Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Mahershala Ali Nominated [12][13]
18th Irish Film & Television Awards Best Film Nominated [14]
Best Director Benjamin Cleary Nominated
Best Script Nominated
Best Editing Nathan Nugent Nominated
Best Sound Steve Fanagan Won
Best VFX Ed Bruce & Manuel Martinez Nominated
Rising Star Benjamin Cleary Nominated [15]
53rd NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Mahershala Ali Nominated [12][13]

References

  1. ^ Apple Sets Benjamin Cleary Film ‘Swan Song’ Starring Mahershala Ali
  2. ^ Naomie Harris Joins Mahershala Ali In Apple Original Film ‘Swan Song’
  3. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 18, 2020). "Awkwafina Joins Mahershala Ali And Naomie Harris In Apple Pic 'Swan Song'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  4. ^ Welk, Brian (November 19, 2020). "Glenn Close Joins Mahershala Ali in 'Swan Song' for Apple TV+". TheWrap. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  5. ^ Beach, Adam [@adamruebenbeach] (December 1, 2020). "Honored to be in this one 🎬 t.co/sSvEn3dcug" (Tweet). Archived from the original on April 18, 2021. Retrieved June 27, 2021 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Swan Song Production Start Date
  7. ^ Hollywood North Buzz - YVRShoots [@yvrshoots] (November 26, 2020). "It's Apple original movie #SwanSong with Mahershala Ali filming in an East Vancouver neighbourhood. Thanks @viidub, @R_Aravern & @wiebeypie. t.co/SmBcQnZpCT" (Tweet). Archived from the original on April 18, 2021. Retrieved June 27, 2021 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2021-04-09. Retrieved 2021-01-23.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (September 13, 2021). "Apple Bites Into Oscar Season December 17: Here's First Images Of Swan Song With Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Glenn Close & Awkwafina". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 13, 2021.
  10. ^ "Swan Song". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved February 10, 2022.
  11. ^ "Swan Song". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  12. ^ a b c Lattanzio, Ryan (13 December 2021). "2022 Golden Globe Nominations: 'Licorice Pizza,' 'Squid Game,' 'West Side Story,' and More". IndieWire. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  13. ^ a b c Hipes, Patrick (January 9, 2022). "Golden Globes: The Power Of The Dog, West Side Story, Succession Lead Way – Complete Winners List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 10, 2022.
  14. ^ "IFTA 2022 NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THE IRISH ACADEMY AWARDS". Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  15. ^ "IFTA ANNOUNCES THE SCREEN IRELAND - IFTA RISING STAR NOMINEES 2022". Retrieved 4 March 2022.