One To Watch – Maxine Peake

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Maxine Peake – this is an actor who has a broad range, an actor who is not afraid to push herself for the roles she wants. She is perhaps best known for her role as as Twinkle in Victoria Wood’s dinnerladies and as legal eagle Martha Costello in the BBC drama series, Silk, 

Maxine Peake was born in Bolton, Manchester in 1974. Peake’s interest in Drama began when she started at Bolton Octagon Youth Theatre, she was rejected for three years from Manchester Polytechnic Theatre School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. However, at 21 she obtained a place at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Her television career began when she was cast in Channel 4’s Shameless and in Victoria Wood’s situation comedy, dinnerladies. From 2006 onwards, Peake was at the heart of many dramas on TV, from playing Myra Hindley in See No Evil: The Moors Murders, to playing Miss Wade in Little Dorrit. 

But her breakthrough roles were in Criminal Justice, where she recieved rave reviews and was able to show her emotional range, in this lavish BBC drama.

You can next see her in the Second Episode of Room At The Top

And in the eagerly anticipated film adaptation of Private Peaceful.

This is an actor one should always watch, with a broad range and who gives gutsy, all out performances, which is probably why she has a legion of fans.

The Rabbit Film Section – What To Expect This Year


Words by Naomi Jeffreys

So, what can you expect from The Rabbit Film Section this year?

This year, we aim to get as many exclusive interviews from actors, producers, screenwriters and directors, all for you.

You can expect an exclusive interview with an actor who is forging her silver screen career in an upcoming period drama adaptation — but we won’t say who it is yet, you’ll just have to keep coming back to us to see who it is!

We also have an interview with an American producer in an Independent film, which is going to be posted very soon.

The Rabbit Film is passionate about all things film and by extension, music and theatre,. Anything which challenges us as a reader or an audience member.

But what we need is YOU, to keep coming back to us, because we write for you, the reader.  So keep reading, keep watching, listening films.

-Naomi Jeffreys, Editor of Film Section, The Rabbit, University of Essex

One to Watch – Omar Sy

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

“I hope without believing” is the actor’s motto, which allows him to never feel disappointed. ”  Enter, Omar Sy, a Senagalise born French actor who catapulted to fame in the beautiful film Untouchable or The Intouchables. 

Omar Sy portrays the tough, yet endearing Driss who through caring for Phillipe, a quadraplagic, about life, love and friendship. He carries the film with such ease, such passion and with so much laughter that he captured the hearts of  French audiences and soon to be audiences around the world.

He was also the first black actor to win the prestigious Cesar award for his role as Driss. Clearly this actor knows what he is doing in front of the camera and his friendship with Phillipe is endearing, heart warming and belly achingly funny. His quick wit and excellent comic timing makes Omar Sy one of the best film actors around.

He told the Daily Beast: “When I was young, a lot of things were closed off to me. I was always told, don’t do this, you can’t do that—instead of stopping me, it made me think, I can do that, I must do that,” he said. “People only look at you and say you are black and you are from the banlieue and all the doors are closed. I had the desire to be something else. If I see a door that is a little open, I will find a way to get through.”