The castle that serves at the Baekelands' retreat in Mallorca is an 800-year-old castle in Spain, which is allegedly haunted by a ghost named Blanca.
The beach scenes were shot during a high tourist season, and according to Tom Kalin, German nudists were the most common tourists at the location. They had to be wrangled out of some shots, much to the consternation of the crew, and to Julianne Moore, whose daughter Liv was on set.
One of Barbara's gowns was created specifically for the film by designer Karl Lagerfeld after he heard Julianne Moore was starring.
The entire film was shot in Spain.
The two leads, Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne, later each won their first Academy Award in 2015, both for a leading role.
The castle that serves as the Baekelands' retreat in Mallorca is an 800-year-old castle in Spain, which is allegedly haunted by a ghost named Blanca.
Sam Green, played in the film by Hugh Dancy, challenged the film's accuracy in an interview given to the Daily Mail (published 12 July 2008). He protested the representation of him as bisexual and denied that Barbara and Tony Baekeland's relationship was incestuous. He commenced legal action against the film-makers which was still unresolved at the time of his death in 2011. As a member of Andy Warhol's circle, he is also played in the film Factory Girl (2006).
Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore both won Oscars for Leading Roles in the 87th Academy Awards. Redmayne won for portraying Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014)_ and Moore for portraying Alice Howland in Still Alice (2014). In both films they played characters who suffered from debilitating disorders: Redmayne/Hawking dealing with ALS (or Lou Gehrig Disease) and Moore/Howland dealing with Alzheimer - this latter film had as one of its directors Richard Glatzer, who died of complications of ALS a few months after the movie's release.