11/30/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/30/2021 14:18
Halle Berry's Directorial Debut Bruised Is #1 Film Of The Week In The U.S. And #2 Film Globally
Academy Award Winner Halle Berry and Netflix will continue to collaborate though a new partnership that will see Berry star in and produce new films.
The news comes as Berry's feature directorial debut, Bruised, released globally on Netflix last week and landed at the #1 spot in the U.S., and #2 spot on the Top 10 Global English Film List. The film was #1 in 21 countries and was watched for 47.7M hours in its first five days.
In Bruised, Berry also stars in the triumphant story of a fighter who reclaims her power, in and out of the ring, when everyone has counted her out.
Outside of the deal Berry will next be seen in two upcoming Netflix features, sci-fi The Mothershipfrom writer/director Matt Charman which Berry will also Executive Produce, and action film Our Man From Jersey alongside Mark Wahlberg.
Quote from Halle Berry: "My directorial debut, Bruised, was a labor of love and I knew that Scott and Ted would treat it with great care. The Netflix team has not only been collaborative and creative, but extremely passionate and a delight to work with. I am beyond grateful for the partnership and look forward to telling more stories together."
Quote from Scott Stuber, Head of Global Film: "There are few people with a career like Halle Berry. She's an award winning actress, producer and as audiences saw this past week, she's an incredible director. We're thrilled to be in her corner as she delivers power in front of and behind the camera in Bruised and look forward to telling more stories together."
About Halle Berry
Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry continues to break down barriers acting in a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles and most recently added the title of 'director' to her already impressive filmography.
For her brilliant performance in MONSTER'S BALL, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the first Black woman to ever receive that honor. Berry's performance garnered her numerous other awards including Best Actress awards for SAG, the Berlin Silver Bear, and the National Board of Review. No stranger to accolades, Berry also earned an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG and NAACP Image Award for her extraordinary performance in HBO's telefilm, "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," which she also produced. Berry was nominated for a Golden Globe for "Best Actress" for her role in FRANKIE AND ALICE. Berry's career has spanned three decades, including performances in DIE ANOTHER DAY, JUNGLE FEVER, LOSING ISAIAH, BULWORTH, SWORDFISH and JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM.
Up next, Berry is set to make her highly anticipated directorial debut in her new film, BRUISED, in which she also stars. The plot follows a disgraced MMA fighter who must fight a rising MMA star, while journeying to become the mother her child deserves. The film first debuted at the 2020 Toronto Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix and is set to release on the streaming platform on November 24, 2021. Additionally upcoming, Berry will be seen in Roland Emmerich-helmed sci-fi epic MOONFALL, for Lionsgate. MOONFALL follows the journey of three unlikely heroes mounting a last-ditch mission into space to save the world from annihilation after a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit. The film is due in theaters February 4, 2022.
Most recently, Berry completed filming on Netflix's THE MOTHERSHIP, which she will star in and executive produce. Oscar-nominated BRIDGE OF SPIES screenwriter Matt Charman wrote the script and will be directing the film for his feature directorial debut.
Berry has garnered praise not only for her roles on-screen, but for her philanthropic work with a range of organizations focusing on women and children and underserved communities. She is an active supporter and chair member of the Jenesse Center in Los Angeles. The Jenesse Center was founded in 1980 and assists victims of domestic violence and aims to change the pattern of abuse in the lives of women and children. She previously partnered with Michael Kors' Watch Hunger Stop campaign and the United Nations World Food Programme to raise awareness for building a world with zero hunger. This partnership saw Watch Hunger Stop commit its global reach and resources to WFP's goal of building "a world with zero hunger." In support of this, Berry visited rural Nicaragua to raise awareness. Berry joined forces with Novo Nordisk and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to launch the Diabetes Aware Campaign and has supported a vast amount of charities and organizations such as, Revlon Run/Walk, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Afghanistan Relief Organization, Stand Up to Cancer, Love Our Children USA and Clothes Off Our Back and Black Lives Matter.
In 2020, Berry founded rē•spin which is a platform created to provide broader access to health and wellness content and products through inclusivity and conversation. Rooted in discovery and learning, the heart of rē•spin is its global community connected around the core belief of a holistic mind, body, and soul approach to wellness.