Academy Award® Winner Kate Winslet plays the downtrodden, suburban heroine Mildred in HBO’s miniseries adaptation of James M. Cain’s novel MILDRED PIERCE premiering June 2011 on Sky Atlantic HD. The five part drama offers an intimate and inspirational portrait of a uniquely independent woman in post-depression America. MILDRED PIERCE explores the leading lady’s unreasonable devotion to her insatiable daughter Veda, as well as the complex relationships she shares with the indolent men in her life.
Following the demise of a lengthy, loveless marriage, Mildred’s situation seems bleak. Left a “Grass Widow” having given her philandering husband Bert (Brían F. O’Byrne) his marching orders, she panders selflessly the demands of her daughters, contrary Vera (Evan Rachel Wood) and endearing Ray (Quinn McCoglan). Mildred strives to keep them in the style to which she aspires.. When things don’t go according to plan, middle class Mildred is embarrassedly forced into a dreary waitressing job in a local diner, having spent too many years playing housewife to have concentrated on acquiring a ‘skill set.’
It is here her fortunes appear to reverse and fate in the form of an outspoken, affable waitress named Ida (Mare Winningham) intervenes. Mildred appears to strike gold in a chance meeting with wealthy playboy and renowned eligible bachelor Monty Beragon (Guy Pearce). From this point onwards, the real drama unfurls – a maze of secrets and lies, affairs and intrigue.
MILDRED PIERCE is directed and written by Academy Award® Nominee Todd Hayes (Far From Heaven, I’m Not There) and co-written by Jon Raymond, based on the 1941 classic novel by James M. Cain. Joan Crawford won an Oscar for her portrayal of Mildred the 1945 adaptation of the novel and HBO’s adaptation features an all-star cast including Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, James Legros, Melissa Leo, Brían F. O’Byrne and Evan Rachel Wood.
MILDRED PIERCE premieres this June in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Sky Atlantic HD.