British/Taiwanese co-production film The Receptionist has started filming in North London in mid August 2015. Inspired by a tragic true story, The Receptionist, directed by Jenny Lu, follows the lives of women whose dreams of a better life in London have been crushed by the harsh reality and seeming cruelty of the world, which has forced them to take up jobs in an illegal massage parlour.
As seen through the eyes of a receptionist working at the massage parlour, the film shows a hidden Britain that we are all too willing to overlook or forget. It also tells a very human story of friendship, of shared experiences and how some are able to live and survive while others will simply fade away under their burdens.
The film, executive produced by BAFTA winning producer Damian Jones, stars Teresa Daley who has recently appeared as ‘Loli’ in Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, HBO mini series ‘Grace’ and TV movie ‘Days We Stared at the Sun’ for which she won the Best Supporting Actress in a mini-series award at the 2011 Golden Bell Awards in Taiwan. It also stars Chen Shiang Chyi, who won the Golden Horse Award for Best Actress in 2014 for the film ‘Exit’, and Josh Whitehouse, who recently starred in the BAFTA nominated film ‘Northern Soul’.
The Receptionist is due to be released in early 2017.