7 items from 2016
Early in Patricia Rozema’s “Into the Forest,” an intimate sci-fi portrait of sisterhood which has been adapted from Jean Hegland’s 1996 novel of the same name, one of the film’s few male characters casually declares that it’s the end of the world. He may not be wrong: It’s been 10 days since an unexplained power outage has sent the entire country back to the Stone Age, and there doesn’t seem to be any hope that the lights will come back on again anytime soon.
In northern California, where Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) and her younger sister Nell (Ellen Page) live in a secluded glass house with their dad (Callum Keith Rennie), our precariously fragile civilization has already started to crumble. And yet — after the man of the house dies in a freak accident and the two girls are left to care for themselves — hints begin to »
- David Ehrlich
There’s always been more than a touch of Jane Austen about the films of Whit Stillman, the incisive social satirist behind 1998’s The Last Days of Disco and 2011’s Damsels in Distress. Stillman’s 1990 debut feature Metropolitan drew inspiration from Mansfield Park, and his subsequent studies of social manners have all possessed an arch observational tone that one imagines Austen might have appreciated. In 2003, he was reported to be working on a project called Winchester Races, which would marry material from the unfinished Austen novels The Watsons and Sanditon. Here, he draws on the title and plot respectively of two early epistolary works; Love and Freindship (Stillman duly standardises the young Austen’s spelling) and Lady Susan. The subtitle of the former was Deceived in Freindship and Betrayed in Love, »
- Mark Kermode
Anyone who’s followed the career of Whit Stillman wasn’t surprised to hear that he was adapting the obscure Jane Austen novella “Lady Susan” into his new film “Love & Friendship.” The writer/director established his Austen fandom with his first movie, 1990’s “Metropolitan,” which featured two characters debating the merits of “Mansfield Park” (while they themselves […]
- Noel Murray
Exclusive: La Confidental star will also star in the stage play adaptation.
Guy Pearce is to make his directorial debut with Australian paranormal drama Poor Boy, based on the stage play in which he starred.
The Australian actor, known for roles in La Confidental, Memento and Cannes 2014 title The Rover, will also play the lead in the feature. The cast also includes Frances O’Connor (Mansfield Park, The Missing), Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge!), Callan Mulvey (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and Sarah Peirse (The Hobbit).
The story centres on a dead man, a young boy and two families mysteriously linked by synchronous events seven years earlier. Production is planned for Melbourne in 2017.
Producer Al Clark, whose credits include The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert and who »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood will go "Into the Forest" this summer in Patricia Rozema's thriller about two sisters struggling to survive a continent-wide power outage. The film's first trailer and poster hint at the dangers lurking from without — and potentially within as well. Read More: Why Ellen Page and Ian Daniel Traveled the World For 'Gaycation,' But Ended Things In America The new footage is intentionally vague in terms of specific plot details, making it clear that the siblings face an existential threat on their Pacific Northwest homestead but keeping us guessing as to exactly what that danger entails. Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie, Michael Eklund and Wendy Crewson all co-star in Rozema's adaptation of Jean Hegland's 1996 novel of the same name. Read More: A24 Acquires Ellen Page Apocalypse Drama 'Into the Forest' Rozema previously directed such films as "Mansfield Park" and "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. »
- Michael Nordine
Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema has eclectic resume, ranging from her breakout “I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing,” to the romantic drama “When Night Is Falling,” to the Jane Austen adaptation “Mansfield Park,” to the family film “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.” Now she’s taking another stylistic turn with “Into The Forest,” based on the book by Jean Hegland, […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
While Charlotte Rampling may have scuttled her Oscar chances because of her recent remarks about the diversity controversy in Hollywood (which she later clarified), the "45 Years" actress is soldiering on with a Jane Austen adaptation that is not "Sense And Sensibility," "Pride And Prejudice," "Mansfield Park," "Emma" or "Persuasion." Read More: Review: Andrew Haigh's Elegant And Empathetic '45 Years' Starring Charlotte Rampling & Tom Courtenay Screen Daily reports that Rampling will star in "Sanditon," an unfinished Austen novel that has never seen a big-screen version. Jim O’Hanlon, who directed a 2009 BBC TV version of "Emma," will be behind the camera of this Simon Reade ("Private Peaceful")-penned story that follows a young woman who summers at Sanditon, looking for love. Here's the book synopsis: Charlotte the Heywood, captivating heroine of Sanditon, is smart, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
7 items from 2016
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