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Alice Englert on Berlin, Ben Whishaw, and 'boys with jackhammers'


Alice Englert made her acting debut in a short film, The Water Diary, directed by her mother, Jane Campion..

Now the young actress (whose credits include Sally Potter's Ginger and Rosa and BBC One's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell) has made one of her own.

The Boyfriend Game premiered at Tiff last year, but Englert couldn't attend - "I was in New Zealand acting in a film. It was a bummer not to go".

The film has now been invited to the Berlinale, and Englert won't miss it.

The Boyfriend Game was shot over two days at the Colo River in Nsw, and is about "two little girls, friends, playing a game they've created at a farmhouse in the Australian bush. They discover difficulties when they become competitive over one of their imaginary boyfriends"..

"I came up with the idea because I was once an eleven year-old girl
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'I never thought fame would make me happy'

The actor and daughter of Jane Campion talks choosing passion over cash and whether her mum makes sexy films

It's midday in Soho and Alice Englert bundles out of a cab, a dishevelled whirlwind of smiles and hellos and one quick cigarette before the Guardian drags her into a basement. It's actually one of the district's more charming basements, in the depths of an old patisserie. Anyway, Englert is used to being yanked into unwelcoming places: last winter she spent five weeks being physically attacked and psychologically tortured in the foreboding forests of Bodmin Moor. Here, there are cakes.

For his debut film, In Fear, director Jeremy Lovering needed a cast who were happy to be terrorised. In Fear follows a young couple (Englert and Iain De Caestecker) who, driving to an isolated country hotel, find themselves lost in a labyrinth of narrow roads and looming trees. Filmed chronologically and set in real time,
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Watch ‘Beautiful Creatures’ Star Alice Englert in Jane Campion’s ‘The Water Diary’

Both leads in Beautiful Creatures are relative newcomers, but actress Alice Englert is more of an out-of-nowhere choice for such an anticipated adaptation. She’s been garnering raves for her performances in festival favorites like Sally Potter’s Ginger & Rosa and the recent Sundance debut In Fear, but otherwise this Thursday will really mark her introduction to general moviegoers. And I’ll admit, she’s excellent in Beautiful Creatures, standing out as a dramatic centerpiece amidst the enjoyable over-the-top stints by Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson and Emmy Rossum. Between that, the other two features I mentioned and Roland Joffe’s upcoming Singularity, the 18-year-old could very well be the next big thing, and perhaps the best of such since Jessica Chastain. So, where did she come from? Very literally she came from Jane Campion, the Oscar-nominated director of The Piano. She even had her first real starring role in one of her mother’s films, the
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On The Rise 2012: 10 Actresses Poised For The Big Time

While there are still not enough good roles for women out there, particularly in mainstream Hollywood, that hasn't stopped a batch of young female stars from exploding from out of nowhere in recent years. Head-turning performances have helped launch faces like Carey Mulligan, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Felicity Jones and many others into the stratosphere, and the success last weekend of "The Hunger Games" has hopefully put to rest the fallacy that huge audiences won't turn up to big movies carried by a woman.

With that in mind, and hot on the heels of our ten picks for actors on the rise yesterday, we've chosen ten actresses who, while yet to be household names, have wowed audiences and casting directors in recent years, and look like strong contenders to headline the big movies of the future. Check our picks our below, and weigh in with your own tips in the comment section.
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The Next ‘Twilight’? Jack O’Connell and Alice Englert to Lead ‘Beautiful Creatures’ Adaptation

Sometime around 2008, when The Twilight Saga was proving to be beyond bankable, bookstores were deluged with a bevy of Ya titles that all seemed hellbent on capturing the presumed magic of Stephenie Meyer’s series. As if some of their plotlines didn’t already sound interchangeable enough (magic, mythical creatures, forbidden love, weak characterization), most of their cover art looked oddly similar – which is why I can recall seeing the covers of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl‘s Caster Chronicles series, but never happened to pick them up to take a look. It looks like I might need to change that, at least if I want to stay current with my Ya-books-getting-turned-into-movies news. The first book in the five-book series is set for a big screen adaptation, thanks to Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment, and while Beautiful Creatures already got a major credibility bump when Viola Davis joined its cast last week, now
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Jack O'Connell & Alice Englert Land the Leads in 'Beautiful Creatures'

Not to be confused with the drama Beautiful Creatures from 2000, this project is an adaptation of another popular young adult book series titled Beautiful Creatures, written by Kami Carcia and Margaret Stohl. Alcon Entertainment is developing at Warner Bros, and they've just announced their two leads who will star in the film, along with Viola Davis who was just cast last week. Jack O'Connell ("Skins", This is England, Harry Brown) and newcomer Alice Englert (The Water Diary) will star as the two teenage lovers - a local boy, and a "mysterious new girl who uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town." Based on the first novel in the five-book Caster Chronicles series, Beautiful Creatures will be written and directed by Richard Lagravenese (Living Out Loud, Freedom Writers, P.S. I Love You). The coming of age story will start shooting in April in New Orleans. Jack O'Connell
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Bright Star Trailer

It's here.

Trailer voiceovers always sound like somebody is reading a children's book aloud, straining for light short story affect or blustery novelistic import. This one falls somewhere inbetween... light novella import? In truth I wish trailers wouldn't have them at all... I always want to just snatch the book from the disembodied voice to look at the pictures for myself.

And what pictures.

It's way too soon to call anybody a lock for Oscar anything (there's always much competition) but certainly the visuals of Bright Star will be talked up later in the year. Can Greg Fraiser, a fairly new cinematographer with mostly shorts to his name (including one for Jane Campion "The Water Diary"), compete with the well known names vying for a cinematography nomination? Can costume designer Janet Patterson (Peter Pan, Oscar and Lucinda), who has been nearly as elusive as Jane Campion since the 90s be nominated again?
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