Cross-dressing comic Eddie Izzard is making a film about his life.
Izzard will be the subject of Diva 51, a revealing feature-length documentary.
The film will explore the subject of his transvestism – he once famously described himself as “a lesbian trapped in a man’s body“.
Cameras have been following him for the past three years as he has risen to become a star on both sides of the Atlantic.
Combining footage of his shows, backstage scenes and interviews with family and friends, Diva 51 will provide an intimate portrait of the comedian and actor.
It will show his exhaustive efforts to crack America, culminating in two Emmy awards for his stand-up show and a Tony nomination for his performance in A Day In The Death of Joe Egg on Broadway.
Robin Williams, Tim Roth and Eric Idle also feature in the documentary, paying tribute to Izzard’s talents.
Izzard was at the Cannes Film Festival promoting the film, which is in the early stages of production and is set for release in 2005.
“There’s an element of my wild and large, rollicking ego about doing it, but I want the film to dig deep,” he told Variety magazine.
Izzard was not the only comic making his presence felt at the Cannes Film Festival.
Cold Feet star John Thompson was reportedly ejected from a party aboard a luxury yacht in the marina for being “too boisterous“.
Among other film announcements made at the festival, Orlando Bloom and Leonardo di Caprio are vying for the title role in an adaptation of Patrick Suskind’s best-selling novel Perfume: The Story of a Murder, about an 18th century French serial killer.
Husband and wife actors Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connolly have been confirmed to play Charles Ryder and Julia Flyte in the big screen version of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited.
Three rival biopics of 16th century dramatist Christopher Marlowe are going into production, the latest being Roland Joffe’s Marlowe, which supposes the writer did not die in a bar brawl aged 28 but fled to Italy.
And new mum Gwyneth Paltrow is setting up a British-based production company to make films for herself to star in.
Meanwhile, Directors Ridley Scott and John Woo have joined forces to make a new film for children’s charity Unicef.
All The Invisible Children is a unique project featuring seven short films about the plight of children around the world.
Scott, director of Gladiator, Blade Runner and Black Hawk Down, has teamed up with his daughter Jordan to make Britain’s contribution, the story of a British photo-journalist worn down by the horrors of what he has seen.
The other six stories will be directed by international film-makers including Woo, the Hong Kong director behind Face/Off and Mission Impossible II.
Most, if not all, of the films will feature real children rather than actors. The other film-makers represent Africa, Serbia, Italy, Brazil and yet-to-be-announced country.
Brazil’s director is Katie Lund, co-director of the critically-acclaimed City of God which focused on the often brutal lives of children growing up in the favelas.
“Audiences know me for my action films but I wanted to do something different,” Woo said. “This is a chance to do something meaningful and good for society. It is a great honour for me.”
Jordan Scott, who has so far concentrated on advertising and music videos, will be working with her father for the first time.
Describing her film, she said: “I wanted it to be for people who feel safe and relaxed in whatever western country they live in, people who have never lived through a war and probably never will.
“It’s very easy to look the other way even if you do want to help, because it’s uncomfortable and horrible to look at.
“The photo-journalist in the story has seen some terrible things and doesn’t want to go back and face them. But he meets a lot of children along the way you change his mind. It shows that even if you think you are making a small contribution, it is actually a huge contribution to the children you are helping.”