Enola Holmes is an American - British adventure film directed by Harry Bradbeer, released in 2020.
It is an adaptation of the literary series Les Enola Holmes by American novelist Nancy Springer, and more precisely of the first novel entitled La Double Disparition. It features the little sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, himself created by the British writer Arthur Conan Doyle.
Enola is the youngest in the Holmes family, born in 1884. She lives alone in the British countryside with her mother, Eudoria, who educates her in an unorthodox way. When Eudoria mysteriously disappears, Enola finds herself forced to contact her brothers, Mycroft and Sherlock.
The latter being a famous detective, Enola thinks he can help him find his mother. However, when they discover that their little sister is far from being a model of wisdom and politeness, they decide to send her to boarding school to make her acceptable in society. Dissatisfied, Enola disguises herself and escapes in the direction of London, where she is led to solve a mystery.
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Original title: Enola Holmes
Director: Harry Bradbeer
Screenplay: Jack Thorne, based on the literary series The Enola Holmes Investigations: The Double Disappearance of Nancy Springer and the character of Sherlock Holmes created by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Music: Daniel Pemberton
Artistic direction: Andrew Munro and Ashley Winter
Sets: Michael Carlin
Costumes: Consolata Boyle
Photography: Giles Nuttgens
Editing: Adam Bosman
Production: Alex Garcia, Ali Mendes, Mary Parent, Paige Brown and Millie Bobby Brown
Associate production company: Joshua Grode, Michael Dreyer and Harry Bradbeer
Production companies: Legendary Pictures and PCMA Productions
Distribution company: Netflix
Budget: n / a
Country of Origin: The United States / United Kingdom
Original language: English
Genres: adventure, police
Run Time: 123 minutes
Release date: September 23, 2020 (Netflix)
Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes
Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes
Sam Claflin as Mycroft Holmes
Helena Bonham Carter as Eudoria Vernet Holmes
Louis Partridge as Lord Tewksbury
Burn Gorman as Linthorn
Adeel Akhtar as Inspector Lestrade
Susie Wokoma as Edith
Hattie Morahan as Lady Tewksbury
David Bamber as Sir Whimbrel
Fiona Shaw as Miss Harrison
Frances de la Tour as Tewksbury's grandmother
In February 2019, the Legendary Pictures Productions acquired the rights to adapt the book series, The Enola Holmes Mysteries, by Nancy Springer. A film adaptation project then went into production with Harry Bradbeer directing and Warner Bros. to distribution. Actress Millie Bobby Brown signs to play the title role but also to co-produce the film.
At the beginning of 2020, as the world is affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Netflix service begins to acquire several films whose production has been completed to ensure that it can offer content to its subscribers, the epidemic had caused the interruption shootings. The service then begins negotiations with Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. to recover the distribution rights of the film to distribute it on its platform.
In April 2020, Netflix announces that it has officially acquired the distribution rights for the film which will be offered on its platform as an original production.
Millie Bobby Brown is the first actress to join the project when it was announced in February 2019. In June 2019, she was followed by Helena Bonham Carter who signs for the role of the mother of Enola as well as by Henry Cavill who will play the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. That same month, Adeel Akhtar and Fiona Shaw also join cast.
In July 2019, Sam Claflin signed for the role of Mycroft Holmes, brother of Enola and Sherlock. At the same time, the presence of Louis Partridge, Susie Wokoma, Frances de la Tour and Burn Gorman is also revealed.
The filming begins in July 2019in London, the capital of the United Kingdom. Some scenes also took place at the Luton Hoo, a mansion in the town of Luton.
In April 2019, Daniel Pemberton was announced to compose the music for the film.
In the United States, the film received a mostly positive reception from critics. On the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, it obtains a score of 92% positive reviews, with an average score of 7.11 / 10 based on 92 reviews, allowing it to get the "Fresh" label, the certificate site quality.
According to the critical consensus written by the site, the film brings "a breath of fresh air to Baker Street“. It also highlights the performance of Millie Bobby Brown, well received by critics.
Shortly after Netflix acquired the film, it was announced that Arthur Conan Doyle's rights holders, the Conan Doyle Estate, were attacking the novelist behind the series of novels, Nancy Springer, as well as her publisher. Penguin Random House, for copyright and trademark infringement.
In “The Enola Holmes Investigations”, Sherlock Holmes is presented as warmer and capable of feeling emotions. According to the rights holders, these personality traits were introduced in the works of Arthur Conan Doyle published after 1923, which are not yet in the public domain, unlike those published before this year and which can be used freely.
This version of the character is therefore still protected by copyright and can only be used with permission, which is not the case with the series of novels and its adaptation. Nancy Springer and the production of the film would therefore be breaking the law using this version of Sherlock Holmes. Netflix, Legendary Pictures and the producers of the film adaptation are also targeted in the complaint because they are adapting the Springer novels.