Cracks review written by Joseph Burgo.
If you enjoy smart, well-acted and beautifully filmed British movies where psychological nuance drives the story rather than plot, then be sure to see Cracks (2009), starring Eva Green.
This exquisite film was directed by Jordan Scott, and produced by her father Ridley Scott and uncle Tony Scott. Based on a novel by Sheila Kohler, Cracks revolves around a charismatic teacher Miss G (Eva Green) at an English boarding school for girls, located on Stanley Island in the year 1934. Miss G’s influence on her “team” of students recalls the way Maggie Smith enthralled and shaped her own young proteges in The Prime of Miss Jean Brody (1969), though with more sinister undertones.
Miss Brody was narcissistic and self-deceived; Miss G suffers from crippling agoraphobia and takes flight from reality into grandiose fantasies of herself as a world traveler. While she inspires her students to believe in themselves and their potential, she also relies upon their adulation and belief in her lies to sustain those delusions.
It seems likely that Game of Thrones casting would borrow from the similarly themed, but very much canceled, Starz series Camelot. Now that the show is off the air, the cast will be looking for new jobs, and Clive Standen hints that one of them will be joining HBO’s Game of Thrones. Standen, who played Gawain in Camelot, took to his Twitter and said “Just heard some massive casting news for season 2 of GOT’s…3 amazing actors (one Camelot alumnus) great choices”
One could assume that he heard it from whoever was cast in the role. There are a few likely possibilities. James Purefoy (King Lot) has openly expressed his love for Game of Thrones. It would make sense that he’d want to work on a show he likes so much. Eva Green (Morgan) has been a fan favorite for the role of Lady Melisandre, a beautiful and dangerous woman with supernatural elements about her. And then of course, there’s the most obvious choice for who the mysterious casting could have been. Jamie Campbell Bower (King Arthur himself) was originally a part of the pilot, playing Ser Waymar Royce. He filmed scenes and everything, but the role was taken over by Rob Ostlere for the final aired version. Having already been a part of production at one point, Bower seems like the most likely person to be cast.
At this point only two roles have been officially announced with names attached to them. Natalie Dormer was the first cast as Margaery Tyrell, the wife of Renly Baratheron. Last week, the role of Brienne, Maid of Tarth, was given to Gwendoline Christie.
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After directing the likes of Hallam Foe and Young Adam, director David Mackenzie returns with an ambitious film about a global apocalypse, seen mostly through the eyes of a budding couple, played by Ewan McGregor (here reteaming with Mackenzie) and Eva Green.
On an ordinary day reports start to flood in from all over the world of people losing their sense of smell. The government can’t seem to locate the cause (Water supply? Toxin? Environmental issue? No one seems to know.) and despite telling everyone that the “virus” is not contagious they can’t be certain. More and more people get infected and eventual the world starts to return to at least some form of normality. However, just as the world has gotten used to a life without smell another sense is lost… and then another and then another…
With a big help from Max Richter’s wonderfully bleak score, Mackenzie manages very skilfully to convey a simultaneous sense (no pun intended) of both hopefulness and hopelessness. That may sound strange but just in the same way as films such as John Hillcoat’s The Road or Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men, Perfect Sense gets you to feel fear that everything isn’t going to be all right but at a same time a strong hope that it might.
I’ve just updated the gallery with 5 scans from 3 different issues of Madame Figaro that featured Eva during 2010. I don’t know their dates because I only have them as clippings, that’s why they’re all in the same folder, but the interviews are really worth a reading and anything old and new related to Miss Green is welcome, right? 😉
Scans from 2010 > Madame Figaro (France) – 2010
The ambitious project starring Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower and Eva Green wont continue because of “production challenges,” says Starz.
Starz has decided not to move forward with a second season of its period piece, Camelot.
Though the series came out of the gate strong, delivering Starz’ largest ever opening for a new drama in early April, it struggled to break out in a particularly crowded cable landscape (see AMC’s The Killing, HBO’s Game of Thrones and Showtime’s Borgias). A Starz rep noted hefty production hurdles in a statement: “Due to significant production challenges, Starz has decided not to exercise the option for subsequent seasons of Camelot with our production partners GK-tv, Octagon Films and Take 5 Productions.”
The ambitious project — a contemporary retelling of the Arthurian legend starring Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower and Eva Green– was the first series order made by Chris Albrecht, who took the reins as chief executive in early 2010. As he and his executives have said, the series fit squarely with the channel’s desire to focus on big, popcorn fare that can play well domestically as well as internationally. In this case, the Irish-based Camelot did satisfy the latter.
The news comes just a month and a half after Starz unveiled a Camelot game on Facebook, a means to further engage viewers and generate ancillary revenue for the period show.
The gallery has been updated with a new still of Eva and Ewan in Perfect Sense. Enjoy!
Movies > Perfect Sense > Stills
When your father is someone as prolific as filmmaker Ridley Scott, your directorial debut is bound to come up just a little bit short. But in Jordan Scott’s case, a little bit short is still very, very good.
The younger Scott forges her way into feature film territory with “Cracks,” a period drama/thriller about a tight-knit group of girls at an English boarding school.
At St. Mathilda’s, the diving team reigns supreme, and Di (Juno Temple), the team captain, is the queen bee and favorite of their glamorous, free-spirited teacher and diving coach, Miss G (Eva Green). But when Fiamma (Maria Valverde), an aristocratic Spanish student, arrives, Miss G’s attention quickly shifts, and Di’s jealousy flairs.
Miss G’s fervent interest in the cool, mature Fiamma blooms into full-blown obsession, and her behavior and composure take a downward slide into questionable. When she gets involved in a midnight feast that brings the girls together in a moment of tentative friendship, it turns into a night that will change all of their lives.
“Cracks,” adapted from the novel of the same name by Sheila Kohler, contains all the schoolgirl drama, repressed sexual tension and petty rivalries one would expect in an old-fashioned boarding school setting.
Essentially, Perfect Sense is a romantic love story set against an apocalyptic backdrop. It tells of how a chef, Michael (Ewan McGregor ), and a scientist, Susan (Eva Green ), fall in love as an epidemic begins to rob people of their sensory perceptions.
Kim Fupz Aakeson’s cunningly written screenplay imagines a world in which the inhabitants slowly lose their senses, one by one. The apocalypse is refreshingly personal and, to an extent, psychological. Whilst we are made aware – through cleverly placed and constructed newsreel-style footage – that the epidemic is happening globally, Perfect Sense chooses to focus on a handful of characters rather than the world at large. The most important of these are Michael and Susan, who are drawn together as their lives descend into chaos.
The storytelling style, though an enthralling rollercoaster of emotional highs and lows, is deliberately restrained, with Mackenzie cleverly approaching the material in a subdued, intimate and character-centric way – immediately setting Perfect Sense apart from other films of its nature. For the dark subject matter it’s also surprisingly optimistic: after each sensory loss, those affected look to find a way of coping by returning to some form of normality.
Sci-fi romance Perfect Sense is to be released in UK cinemas by Arrow Films on October 7, following this weekend’s European premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Perfect Sense stars Ewan McGregor, Eva Green (Casino Royale, The Golden Compass, TV series Camelot), Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Snatch) and Stephen Dillane (44 Inch Chest).
It’s directed by British filmmaker David Mackenzie (Spread, Young Adam, Hallam Foe) and written by Kim Fupz Aakeson (To Love Someone, Pure Hearts),
McGregor plays Michael, head chef at a Glasgow restaurant, and Eva Green is Susan, an epidemiologist who is hearing reports across the world of people inexplicably losing their five senses one by one.
Perfect Sense will be premiering tomorrow at the Edinburgh Film Festival and there will be an additional showing on Sunday. Check out www.edfilmfest.org.uk for more information including tickets, venues and more.
David McKenzie’s Glasgow-set tale of love in a time of apocalypse sees a welcome reteaming of Young Adam’s (EIFF 2003) director and star. Ewan McGregor is Michael, head chef at a swanky restaurant, and Eva Green the aloof epidemiologist who catches his eye, and who is hearing reports across Scotland (and the world) of people whose emotions are running wild – just before they lose their sense of smell. Then another sense fails … A timely tale indeed – of undeniable, and, ultimately, devastating power.
You can also find more information here on the film’s Facebook page.
Thanks to Ian of Sigma Films for getting in touch with us.
Scans > La Vanguardia (Spain) – June 13, 2011, thanks to Chini
“I’m the money,” asserts Vesper Lynd (aka Eva Green) to Daniel Craig’s James Bond in the 2006 remake of Casino Royale. As the sexually charged banter ricochets between Green’s character and Craig’s, her smoldering blue eyes give off an intensity sharp enough to penetrate the cold heart of her colleague, yet warm enough to win over her audience, who, despite her guarded exterior, find Vesper vulnerable, sweet, clever and likeable. She’s smarter and more sensual than your average Bond girl, and in this breakout role, we watch Green evoke more range in one gaze than many actors do in an entire feature.
That was five years ago, and since this killer performance — which won the young actress a BAFTA — Green has been steadily carving her niche as master of dark, impassioned roles. She took to these very early on, starting with her film debut in the Bernardo Bertolucci incestuous drama The Dreamers, where she memorably bathes with her onscreen brother and their modest American “protégé.” In Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven, she’s the fierce Queen of Jerusalem at the time of the Crusades, and in The Golden Compass, again alongside Daniel Craig, she’s the queen of witches, but this time her powers allow her to fly. Currently, Green stars as Morgan in the new cable series Camelot on Starz — a network known for original series with penchant for sex and drama — as a Goth seductress and the ambitious heir to King Arthur’s throne, battling her brother for control of the kingdom. Next is her dream character, Angélique Bouchard, in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, a remake of the classic 1960s vampire TV show, scheduled for a 2012 release. Alongside Johnny Depp, who plays Barnabas Collins, Green is a love-scorned witch — a siren, but like none we’ve ever seen.
But for all these powerful female roles, where she reduces her lovers to pieces, in person, the French-born Eva Green is anything but. The self-proclaimed “shy” actress is actually quite mellow. Save for her remarkable good looks, it’s hard to imagine this calm starlet — whose wry humor that every once in a while cuts through her serious demeanor — as a man-eater. With a throaty voice that sounds well beyond her 30 years when speaking English coupled with a breathy French dialect that could win over even the most staunch Anglophile, Green at times appears to live in two separate worlds.
As we prepare ourselves to say goodbye to Camelot this Friday, the UK gets ready for the return of the King!
Scans > What’s On TV (UK) – June 11-17, 2011, thanks to Lorna
Scans > Daily Record Saturday (UK) – June 11, 2011, thanks to Lorna
Scans > Daily Express Saturday (UK) – June 11, 2011, thanks to Lorna
Scans > Daily Star – Hot TV (UK) – June 11, 2011, thanks to Lorna
Scans > Your TV Week (UK) – June 11-17, 2011, thanks to Lorna