9 items from 2014
There's only one of the Parentcraft gang still pregnant in the series finale of this antenatal drama, and so naturally its the turn of Vicky (Christine Bottomley) to give birth tonight. But there are physical and emotional complications as the baby's father Chris decides to drop a poorly-timed bombshell.
Elsewhere Simon (Luke Thompson) throws a surprise party for Roanna (Hermione Norris), and Rick (Will Mellor) and Diane (Jill Halfpenny) prepare to take Hope home - in the shadow of Rick's impending court hearing.
The opinionated comedian returns to the channel of the same name for a second series of thoroughly modern dilemmas. This week he contemplates the absurdity of recycling pornographic magazines, and reveals what happened when he decided to develop pictures from an old-fashioned camera.
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Rochdale-born actor Christine Bottomley graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before landing her first TV acting role in 2001. She has since appeared in several prominent BBC productions including the Emmy- and Bafta-winning drama The Street (2006), as well as Land Girls and Hope Springs (both in 2009). She has also starred in ITV's Great Night Out and appeared alongside Peter Firth in recent crime drama Undeniable. In 2010, Bottomley was nominated for best supporting actress at the London Critics' Circle awards for her role in Clio Barnard's The Arbor, which was followed by further film roles in Nigel Cole's All in Good Time and Frances Lea's Strawberry Fields. Bottomley is in Keeping Rosy, in cinemas now, and will return to the small screen for Kay Mellor's »
- Leah Harper
★★☆☆☆ The feature debut from commercials director Steve Reeves and produced by Isabelle Georgeaux and Richard Holmes - the pair behind Amit Gupta's Resistance (2011) -Keeping Rosy (2014) is a compact and modest low budget drama that nevertheless showcases the clear talent of its first-time helmer. Maxine Peake, last seen in cinemas with Steph Green's superior Run & Jump (2013), stars as a hard-nosed careerist forced to embrace her maternal side after a tragic altercation involving her Eastern European cleaner. Though largely unremarkable, solid performances from Peake and Christine Bottomley (The Arbor) as her straight-talking sister help to lift the occasionally uninspiring material.
- CineVue UK
Charlotte works in the city, and has just learnt that her less-qualified male colleague has been promoted above her. Less than happy, she takes redundancy and wonders how she’s going to fill the rest of her life. Childless, she’s devoted her whole life to her career, lives in a modern, characterless flat and is very alone. But what follows is far from a churned-out tale of the modern women, forced to choose between a family and her job, struggling against the vein of patriarchy that is still so apparent in modern society. It certainly challenges these issues, albeit in an almost surreal way.
The film works well as a study of the internal conflict within human beings, our ability to transform and adapt, »
- Nia Childs
This tale of a career woman who is made redundant gets less plausible with each succeeding disaster
Maxine Peake (Shameless) stars as a brittle career woman whose whole life changes in a matter of hours – starting from the point where she gets made redundant – in this thriller that offers diminishing returns. There's a massive, oh-my-God twist in the first 10 minutes that sets in motion a disastrous chain of events, which would be a shame to spoil because that first half hour is the best part. Suffice it to say, the character grows more likable as she become more desperate, and Peake, with her clenched jaw and sharp eyes, is outstanding in a movie not worthy of her talents. Blake Harrison and Christine Bottomley impress less as stereotyped working-class characters who get sucked into the mess and make matters worse. Other flaws include the trite, doom-laden score and plausibility problems, but the cinematography is elegant, »
- Leslie Felperin
Independent films have a tough time getting exposure so when one turns up that really impresses you, it makes you want to shout from a mountaintop for people to take the time to see it. Keeping Rosy is an example of a film that deserves to be noticed, but did you know it is released starting tomorrow, June 27th? I’m sure the answer is no; and that is a real weakness in the film industry in the UK at the moment. Smaller movies tend to get lost in all the publicity for the “blockbusters.” Films like Keeping Rosy deserve to be seen and to be a success, in my review hopefully I’ll show why.
Charlotte (Peake) is a career driven women with eyes on a promotion. »
- Paul Metcalf
Having been fortunate enough to be invited on to the set of compelling drama Keeping Rosy, the one thing missing from the day, was Christine Bottomley, who wasn’t shooting on the day of our visit. However we then had the opportunity to speak to the talented actress on the phone a few months down the line – to discuss her work on the feature, which is released this coming Friday.
Bottomley discusses the delight in performing in a female-driven piece, telling us of her own experiences as a woman in cinema, and how the industry has changed across the past decade in that regard. She also talks about working alongside her close friend Maxine Peake, and tells us a little about her next project, In the Club.
Having been lucky enough to be on set for Keeping Rosy, I’ve spent the past few months desperately waiting to see how »
- Stefan Pape
Keeping Rosy, 2014.
Directed by Steve Reeves.
When Charlotte loses her job, it sparks off an unpredictable series of events that will change her life forever, for better or worse. Matters are further complicated when an innocent child becomes involved.
Independent British films usually tend to be one of two things: 1) a depressing, pretentious piece of film-making that takes it self far too seriously for the sake of neo-realism, 2) a solely narrative film with very little depth or compulsion, i.e anything with Danny Dyer starring. It suffices to say, Keeping Rosy is a pleasant break from those two categories. Keeping Rosy is grounded in its aims, it’s not too ambitious, as far as minimalist drama goes, Keeping Rosy hits the nail pretty much on the head, it’s gripping, unpredictable, powerful and very concise.
Maxine Peake stars as Charlotte, »
- Sam Thorne
Maxine Peake feels like one of Britain’s best kept secrets – as the immensely talented performer still remains in lower-budget, independent productions, shining in everything she’s in, be it comedy or drama. There is always the danger that as she gets older the roles will start drying up – but she’s been given the chance to show off her credentials in the forthcoming feature Keeping Rosy – and Peake told HeyUGuys on the set of the harrowing thriller, that she believes characters of this ilk are actually more interesting.
“Women and men are far more interesting as they get older,” she said. “All that wisdom and experience is fascinating, and I don’t know why we don’t tap in to that more in Britain. We get trapped in what is quite an American thing, where it all has to be about youth and beauty, which is fine to look at, »
- Stefan Pape
9 items from 2014
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