A Wonderful Thing Is Going To Happen

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

“A wonderful thing is going to happen!” Henrik Ibsen 

Film and Theatre, theatre and film – it is not often the two are intertwined, but, as performance art is an ever changing medium, it seems that playwrights and screenwriters have been pushing that boundary, blurring the lines, for a greater experience for their respective audiences.

Joe Wright took a whole new perspective in his newest film, Anna Karenina, where the primary characters lived inside a theatre, new rooms were created from stage boarding; which was highly effective. He literally transposed the sense of the aristocracy being observed all the time, never being able to let their guard down. This therefore created a highly claustrophobic world for the titular character Anna Karenina, portrayed by Keira Knightley.

The same can be said for Theatre, there have been productions were directors intertwine film and theatre. This is true to …some trace of her, where the actors had multiple cameras on the stage and were projected on a screen above. It was a feat, where the audience could see the film being made, whilst watching it on the screen above.

“Film as dream, film as music… straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.”


Toronto International Film Festival Part IV

 Keira Knightley is 'Anna Karenina' in a new trailer for the film

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

“Romantic love will be the last illusion of the old order.”

Anna Karenina, this will be in the name of every movie goers lips in the next couple of months. This lavish-spectacle of a film showcases all the upcoming British talent, whilst simaltaneously cementing Keira Knightley as one of the best actors in the world.

The synopsis of the film, according to IMDB is: ‘Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.’

So, the reviews are in across the pond at the Toronto Film Festival. Collider.com said: “Joe Wright is a gifted director.  His direction is daring, inventive, captivating, and unforgettable. “, ” Everything is beautifully orchestrated, costumed, and choreographed, but the players are prisoners. ” Whereas Twitch.com wrote: “Other supremely talented character actors make their requisite appearances, including a simpering and underused Kelly McDonald.”

The Rabbit Film saw Anna Karenina and thought it was a beautifully shot, cleverly directed Blockbuster film, showcasing the undeniable talent of Keira Knightley and a host of other British talent. Wright’s vision of the film, to set the action inside a theatre is clever, literally taking how Aristocrats in that time period must have felt, that they are being constantly watched, that there is no place to hide and that it is an awfully claustrophobic world.

Anna Karenina is out in cinemas in the UK now.

Check out these Red Carpet images of the Anna Karenina cast:

One to Watch – Alexandra Roach

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

This Welsh actor is about to have a fantastic year, much like the Olympians and Paralympians, 2012 is the year for this actor to shine.

Having starred in the long running Welsh soap, People of the Valley until 2005, she spent time with the National Youth Theatre before studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and graduated in 2010.

From that point on, she had high profile roles in British dramas such as; BBC Three’s Being HumanCandy Cabs and  The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher. Her first silver screen role came in The Iron Lady, where she played a young Margaret Thatcher.

But, her first starring role is in a film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful, as Molly Monk. The Rabbit Film has been given an exclusive look at the film and the review will be up soon. The actor also stars in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, as Countess Nordston.

Clearly, this is the beginning of a successful film career for Alexandra Roach, she is destined for good things. Keep an eye out for this name.

Private Peaceful is out in UK cinemas from Friday 12th October 2012.