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:

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Anna Karenina Concept Trailer 2012

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

“The rules of a period film have been completely broken” – Keira Knightley.

Not so long ago, The Rabbit Film brought you the Official Trailer of this up and coming new period drama film, directed by Joe Wright.

Now, a new trailer has been released, with the actors talking about what to expect from the film.

Check it out here!

Director Focus: Joe Wright an up and coming British Director

Words by Naomi Jefferys

David Lean, Noel Coward, Carol Read, Alfred Hithcock, Laurence Olivier, Mike Newell, Danny Boyle

A new director will soon be amongst this esteemed list of British directors, Joe Wright, possibly best known for his adaptation of Pride and Prejudice which was released in September of 2005. Pride and Prejudice was Wright’s debut feature film and was critically claimed and enabled him to make a name for himself.

Joe Wright had humble beginnings in his quest to breaking in to the Film Industry. Having suffered from dyslexia from a young age, he subsequently left school without any GCSEs. However, Wright was always interested in the Arts and took classes at the Anna Scher Theatre School. Next he spent a foundation year at Camberwell College of Arts; he then studied fine art and film at Central St Martins.

Clearly Wright has had humble beginnings, and has always had creative flair and energy throughout his schooling life. He began his career in television and slowly made his way up to his debut film Pride and Prejudice. This film starred Keira Knightley, Tom Hollander, Matthew McFadyen, Penelope Wilton and a very young Carey Mulligan.

In many ways, Joe Wright could be considered an Auteur; he frequently re-casts and re-uses actors in his films. For example, Keira Knightley starred in both Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, Knightley could be considered Wright’s muse. He has said in the past: “It’s like being asked why you love your wife, and it’s rather bland to say she’s talented and beautiful and bold, because it’s such a subjective thing,” Both Atonement and Pride and Prejudice achieved phenomenal critical success and cemented Wright’s standing amongst British directors.

However, like all good directors, Wright has had hits and misses. Noel Coward, who directed the British classic, Brief Encounter which received phenomenal success and is still cherished by the British public today. However, Coward’s The Astonished Heart received largely negative reviews and was not a box office hit. So evidently, even the best directors get it wrong sometimes.

The Soloist which was released in 2009 and received mixed reviews some critics stating Wright’s “uneven directing” and a lack of “narrative focus”. However, Wright is a young director and even the best directors don’t receive the correct response for a film which they’ve worked so hard on. But, that is the film business; it’s all about the timing!


What is evident about Joe Wright is that he is a hard-working director and he doesn’t let failure influence his future work. His most recent film, Hanna an action thriller received largely positive reviews and showed that Wright could stretch his creative vision to a fast paced, action filled film.

Joe Wright is a director of high standing and has demonstrated that he can pull the audience’s heart strings in films such as Atonement and Pride and Prejudice which subsequently won the British public’s respect. Wright has also shown that he can apply his talents to fast paced action films. His next film, Anna Karenina is screen adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel of the same name and stars Keira Knightley and Tom Hollander.

So Mr Wright have what you got in store for us now?