Gemma Arterton - News Poster

News

Rome Film Review: ‘Valley of Shadows’

A pallid boy, a dark forest and an indefinable sense of dread powerfully conjure up the primal fears of childhood in Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen’s superbly assured feature debut “Valley of Shadows.” Shot in 35mm by the director’s brother Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen using achingly beautiful images that feel as if they’re recalling some forgotten legend of Norse mythology (with a touch of Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are”), the film isolates this eerily fair-skinned child in a shadowy landscape of inchoate menace, accompanied by Zbigniew Preisner’s richly realized orchestral score. Post-Toronto exposure doesn’t seem to be as widespread as it deserves, though further festival play might entice buyers willing to take a chance on a haunting sleeper.

While the imagery is influenced by a wide range of artists from Gustave Doré to Norwegian landscape painter Lars Hertervig, “Valley” is completely modern in design even as its concept remains timeless. The location
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Whitney Cummings Comedy ‘The Female Brain’ Sells to IFC (Exclusive)

Whitney Cummings Comedy ‘The Female Brain’ Sells to IFC (Exclusive)
IFC Films has nabbed U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Whitney Cummings’s “The Female Brain.” The ensemble comedy is based on a book of the same name by neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine — it’s a bestseller that made the controversial argument that women’s behavior differed from that of men because of hormonal differences.

The Female Brain” is directed by Cummings, who also stars as Dr. Brizendine. The cast includes Toby Kebbell, Beanie Feldstein, Cecily Strong, Sofia Vergara, Deon Cole, Blake Griffin, Lucy Punch, and James Marsden. The project was financed by Black Bicycle Entertainment and produced by Erika Olde and Night and Day Pictures’ Michael Roiff. IFC will release the picture on Feb. 9, 2018. Along with directing and appearing in the movie, Cummings co-wrote it with Neal Brennan.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Film Review: ‘Santa & Andrés’

The unlikely friendship between a gay dissident writer and the rural woman tasked by the Cuban Communist Party to watch him is sensitively rendered in Carlos Lechuga’s sophomore feature “Santa & Andrés.” Set in eastern Cuba in 1983, when Castro’s insistence on ideological conformity made life all but impossible for anyone whose political beliefs and sexual orientation veered from official policy, the film is an intimate, carefully paced and expertly played drama about the power of a shared humanity to override dogma privileging fear and separation. Sadly, Cuba’s official film propaganda body, the Icaic, has sought to suppress “Santa & Andrés” from Cuba and Cuban film showcases, but its strengths have been praised since Toronto, and art-house demand will undoubtedly be helped by playing up the attempted censorship angle.

Farm worker Santa (Lola Amores) is assigned to monitor Andrés (Eduardo Martínez) for the three days in which a “Forum for Peace” is taking place nearby. The fear is
See full article at Variety - Film News »

IFC Films Acquires Rights To Dominic Savage’s ‘The Escape’ Starring Gemma Arterton

  • Deadline
IFC Films Acquires Rights To Dominic Savage’s ‘The Escape’ Starring Gemma Arterton
IFC Films has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to The Escape, a drama from writer-director Dominic Savage starring Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Escape, which is heavily improvised, follows Tara (Arterton) who loves her children deeply and all those around her. Despite her seemingly perfect life, Tara feels trapped; she knows there is something fundamentally missing. When her friends and family fail…
See full article at Deadline »

IFC Buys Gemma Arterton Drama ‘The Escape’ (Exclusive)

IFC Buys Gemma Arterton Drama ‘The Escape’ (Exclusive)
IFC Films has nabbed U.S. and Canadian rights to “The Escape,” a character study that features a bravura turn by Gemma Arterton as an unhappy wife and mother. The film, which was written and directed by Dominic Savage (“Love + Hate”) and co-stars Dominic Cooper (“The History Boys”), premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

It earned strong reviews at the Canadian festival, with Variety’s Guy Lodge praising the lead performance, and writing that “‘The Escape’ works as an unsparing showcase for Arterton’s growing range and maturity as an actress.” Arterton has previously starred in “Clash of the Titans,” “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” and “Tamara Drewe.”

The Escape” centers on Tara, a woman who loves her family, but feels trapped and unfulfilled by her life in a housing estate. She runs away after failing to receive an empathetic response to her frustrations from friends and loved ones. Tara goes on a journey of self-discovery, one that
See full article at Variety - Film News »

First look at Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki in Vita & Virginia

A first look image has arrived online for the upcoming romantic period drama Vita & Virginia featuring Elizabeth Debicki and Gemma Arterton as Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville West; take a look at the image here…

Vita & Virginia’ is the true story of the passionate relationship between literary trailblazer Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki), and the enigmatic aristocrat Vita Sackville West (Gemma Arterton). The film tells the story of the birth of the novel their intoxicating encounters inspired; Woolf’s bold experiment in art and androgyny, ‘Orlando’.

When their paths cross, the magnetic Vita decides the beguiling, stubborn and gifted Virginia will be her next conquest, no matter the cost. The film is a celebration of their unconventional bond; a vivid exploration of gender, sexuality, creativity and passion. ‘Vita & Virginia’ is a love story, told in a contemporary style, about two women – two writers – who smashed through social barriers to find solace in their forbidden connection.
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

AFM First Look: Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton in ‘Vita & Virginia’

AFM First Look: Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton in ‘Vita & Virginia’
Protagonist Pictures has released a first look at “Vita & Virginia,” currently in post-production. Protagonist is handling worldwide sales for the drama at American Film Market. “Vita & Virginia,” which stars Elizabeth Debicki as writer Viginia Woolf and Gemma Arterton as Vita Sackville West, follows the passionate relationship of the literary pair from the Bloomsbury set.

The film, set in the 1920s, is based on the relationship between the women, when Sackville West pursues Woolf, no matter the cost. The filmmakers characterize the films as a “timeless love story, told in a contemporary style, about two women who smashed through social barriers to find solace in their forbidden connection.”

Chanya Button directs from a script she co-wrote with Eileen Atkins. Pic also stars Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones and Peter Ferdinando. Evangelo Kioussis for Mirror Prods. and Katie Holly for Blinder Films produce. Executive producers are Simon Baxter, Christopher Figg, Nicolas Sampson, Norman Merry, Dave Bishop and Gemma Arterton.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Afm: Lightning Takes Rights to Rhys Ifans’ ‘Dominion’ (Exclusive)

Afm: Lightning Takes Rights to Rhys Ifans’ ‘Dominion’ (Exclusive)
Lightning Entertainment has acquired worldwide sales rights to Rhys Ifans’ “Dominion,” a biographical drama about the last days of the poet and writer Dylan Thomas, Variety has learned exclusively.

It launches sales of the title at the American Film Market, which opens Wednesday in Santa Monica. “Dominion” is directed by Steve Bernstein (“Decoding Annie Parker”) from his own script.

The film is produced by Richard Gladstein, Nolan Mcdonald, Jacek Szumlas and John Malkovich. The cast includes Malkovich, Rodrigo Santoro, Romola Garai, Tony Hale and Zosia Mamet.

“I don’t think I have seen anything quite like Rhys’s performance in my entire career — brave, hilariously funny, brilliant,” Bernstein said. Ifans is currently starring in “Berlin Station” on Epix.

Thomas passed away in 1953 at the age of 39.

Related storiesGreater Palm Springs Launches Production Incentive Program (Exclusive)Afm First Look: Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton in 'Vita & Virginia'Afm: Emma Roberts, Danielle Macdonald Topline 'Paradise Hills' (Exclusive)
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Richard Armitage interview: Audible’s Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde, My Zoe, The Hobbit and more

Duncan Bowles Nov 15, 2017

Richard Armitage chats to us about his new audio production, Dracula, The Hobbit, his upcoming projects and more...

Just the other month we had the pleasure of chatting to Richard Armitage when he was promoting Pilgrimage, but as luck (and his productivity) would have it, we were given the opportunity for a catch up about his latest voice performance, with the Audible release of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde.

Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story comes as part of The Monster Collection, a Gothic trilogy which also includes a reading of Frankenstein by Dan Stevens and Dracula by Greg Wise. There’s also ‘an exclusive introduction by Dr. Maria Mellins and Dr. Peter Howell, Senior Lecturers in Gothic literature at St Mary's University, London’ who, strangely enough, are both people I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years – it’s a small world indeed.
See full article at Den of Geek »

First Look: Elizabeth Debicki as Virginia Woolf

by Murtada

click to embiggenHere’s our first look at Elizabeth Debicki as Virginia Woolf in Vita & Virginia, currently shooting in Ireland. The film will tell the story of the love affair between the noted author and socialite Vita Sackville-West (played by Gemma Arterton). Set in 1920s London, Vita & Virginia is the sophomore feature of director Chanya Button, following 2015 comedy drama Burn Burn Burn.

The clincher here though is the involvement of Dame Eileen Atkins, a Woolf scholar and the definitive authority on the famous writer...
See full article at FilmExperience »

Director Dominic Savage On Tapping Gemma Arterton’s Background For ‘The Escape’ – Toronto

  • Deadline
Director Dominic Savage On Tapping Gemma Arterton’s Background For ‘The Escape’ – Toronto
There are few more intimate films at Toronto this year than Dominic Savage's The Escape, which follows Gemma Arterton's Tara as she is forced to engage with one of the last societal taboos, playing a wife and mother unsatisfied by a seemingly idyllic life and fighting to break free of her situation and the depression it carries. The film is heavily improvised and draws strongly on Arterton's suburban background against which its narrative is set. Dominic Cooper plays…
See full article at Deadline »

Watch: Gemma Arterton Yearns for More from Life in Exclusive Clip of “The Escape”

The Escape

A chance encounter with a book may lead to life-changing consequences in “The Escape.” The drama follows Tara (Gemma Arterton, “Their Finest”), a stay-at-home mom who is struggling with depression. Our exclusive clip of the film, which is now screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, finds Tara sharing her discovery — and the epiphany it leads to — with her businessman husband, Mark (Dominic Cooper, “Preacher”).

As Tara explains to Mark, the book explores medieval tapestries in Paris and different aspects of the self — and it inspires her to explore herself. “I saw this book and it made me think what I need to do,” she says. “Because I think I need to, like, get out and do something with my life that’s not just being here. And I thought maybe I could do this art course.”

Check out the clip to see Mark’s reaction to his wife’s sudden burst of inspiration. “The Escape” is written and directed by Dominic Savage (“Freefall”).

https://medium.com/media/0afc62f37eb400b2ac77c8d21f3cb018/href

Watch: Gemma Arterton Yearns for More from Life in Exclusive Clip of “The Escape” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
See full article at Women and Hollywood »

‘The Escape’: Gemma Arterton Falls In Love In Paris [Tiff Exclusive Clip]

  • The Playlist
Not many actresses have managed to rebrand as successfully as Gemma Arterton. Just a few years back, and she was known mostly for her short-lived stint as a Bond girl, and for standing around delivering exposition in bad blockbusters like “Clash Of The Titans” and “Prince Of Persia.” But since then, Arterton’s been able to show us what she’s really capable of.

In the past few years, Arterton’s eschewed tentpoles for small, interesting indie movies in the U.S.

Continue reading ‘The Escape’: Gemma Arterton Falls In Love In Paris [Tiff Exclusive Clip] at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

Saban Films Acquires Us Distribution Rights to Remake of George A. Romero’s Day Of The Dead

  • DailyDead
Featuring arguably the most beloved zombie ever put to film, George A. Romero's Day of the Dead is a seminal standout in the horror genre that has grown a diehard fanbase in the thirty-plus years since its release. New takes on Romero's groundbreaking 1985 film were featured in 2005's Day of the Dead 2: Contagium and 2008's Day of the Dead, and now Saban Films has acquired the Us rights to Millennium Media's new Day of the Dead reimagining, with a release expected late this year:

Press Release: Toronto – September 9, 2017 – Saban Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to a slate of films from Avi Lerner’s Millennium Media. The trio of titles includes Isaac Florentine’s Acts of Vengeance starring Antonio Banderas, Karl Urban, Robert Forster and Paz Vega; Paul Solet’s Bullet Head (formerly Unchained) also starring Banderas, John Malkovich and Adrien Brody; and Day of the Dead
See full article at DailyDead »

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Escape’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Escape’
It’s not uncommon for prospective parents, before taking the plunge and starting a family, to ask themselves some dark, nagging questions: What if I’m a terrible parent? What if I don’t even like parenting? What if my child doesn’t like me? What if it’s a mistake? For the vast majority, such thoughts melt away once the child is born, and instinctive love takes over. But there are some for whom these doubts endure, and it’s in this thorny, extended post-partum state that British writer-director Dominic Savage’s intelligent, empathetic character study “The Escape” immerses itself.

Bolstered by Gemma Arterton’s unvarnished, affecting lead turn as a young stay-at-home mom in soulless suburban England who’s slowly consumed by depression she’s made to feel guilty for having, Savage’s film thoughtfully and credibly outlines the conflict between a superficially abundant lifestyle and overwhelming internal lack. It
See full article at Variety - Film News »

“I love watching old movies…” Stephen Woolley interview: ‘Their Finest’

Their Finest is out to buy this week. Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy, it tells the story of British propaganda during the Second World War and the strong bond developed between people from all walks of life in the face of conflict.

This warm-hearted and intelligent film is co-produced by the legendary Stephen Woolley (of A Company Of Wolves and The Crying Game amongst others), who with Amanda Posey and Elizabeth Karlsen delved into the archives and uncovered the fascinating truth behind the celluloid war effort. We caught up with Stephen for an in-depth chat about the production…

Thn: How did the project come to your attention?

Stephen Woolley: I was given the book (Their Finest Hour And A Half by Lissa Evans) and I loved it. The humour of it was exactly on my level. People were saying “You’d love it because it’s
See full article at The Hollywood News »

Elizabeth Debicki and Isabella Rossellini join Gemma Arterton in Vita & Virginia

Protagonist Pictures has announced that Elizabeth Debicki (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) and Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet) have joined Gemma Arterton (The Girl with All the Gifts) in the upcoming period drama Vita & Virginia, based on the love letters of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West.

Arterton will take on the role of socialite Vita Sackville-West, with Debicki portraying Virginia Woolf (a role that was originally reported to be filled by Eva Green). The film will also feature Rupert Penry-Jones (The Strain) and Peter Ferdinando (Ghost in the Shell).

“Vita & Virginia will be a fresh, provocative study of creativity, passion, sex and sexuality; and it offers an exciting opportunity to bring the story behind the creation of Orlando, one of Virginia Woolf’s greatest works to life in a bold, vivid, contemporary way,” states director Chanya Button. “With my lifelong passion for Woolf’s writing, it is a great privilege
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Elizabeth Debicki & Isabella Rossellini Join ‘Vita & Virginia’; Thunderbird Takes UK Rights

  • Deadline
Elizabeth Debicki & Isabella Rossellini Join ‘Vita & Virginia’; Thunderbird Takes UK Rights
Elizabeth Debicki and Isabella Rossellini have joined Gemma Arterton in period drama Vita & Virginia based on the love letters of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. Shooting starts in September in Ireland on the sophomore feature from Chanya Button (Burn, Burn, Burn). Button co-wrote with Eileen Atkins. Rupert Penry-Jones and Peter Ferdinando also star in the true story of socialite Sackville-West (Arterton) and literary icon Woolf (Debicki) in 1920s London. When…
See full article at Deadline »

Elizabeth Debicki to Play Virginia Woolf in 'Vita & Virginia'

Elizabeth Debicki to Play Virginia Woolf in 'Vita & Virginia'
Guardians of the Galaxy and The Night Manager actress Elizabeth Debicki will play the writer Virginia Woolf in Vita & Virginia, the upcoming period drama based on the love letters between Woolf and 1920s socialite Vita Sackville-West.

Gemma Arterton is attached to play Vita in the drama, the sophomore feature from British director Chanya Button (Burn, Burn, Burn).

Italian actress Isabella Rossellini has also joined the cast of the film, which is set to begin principle photography in Ireland in September. Rupert Penry-Jones and Peter Ferdinando co-star.

The film is an adaptation of the award-winning play by actress and writer...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini Join Virginia Woolf Biopic ‘Vita & Virginia’

Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini Join Virginia Woolf Biopic ‘Vita & Virginia’
Elizabeth Debicki and Isabella Rossellini have joined the cast of Virginia Woolf biopic “Vita & Virginia” for Protagonist Pictures, it was announced Wednesday by Protagonist CEO Dave Bishop. The finance, production and sales company has also closed a deal with distributor Thunderbird Releasing to take all U.K. rights on the film.

The Night Manager” star Debicki, who recently appeared in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” will play Virginia Woolf opposite Gemma Arterton in the period drama, which tells the true story of the unconventional love affair between socialite Vita Sackville-West (Arterton) and Woolf. Rossellini’s role has not been announced.

“‘Vita & Virginia’ is the true story of two of the most fascinating and progressive women of their time, who end up in the throes of a passionate affair which shapes their work and changes their lives forever,” said Vanessa Saal, managing director of sales and distribution for Protagonist.
See full article at Variety - Film News »
loading
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Credited With | External Sites