“F***k Films”

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Jessica Hynes, writer and co creator of ‘Spaced’ won the RTS Television Award for Best Comedy Performance on the 20th March 2013.

Hynes, who is perhaps best known for her role as Daisy in ‘Spaced’ and most recently as Siobhan Sharpe in BBC Four’s ‘Twenty Twelve’, had some relevant points, but was mainly headline grabbing stuff – but, was she right to damn an industry which she is technically part of?

“I love television, I love it and everyone goes on about film,” she lamented. “They are like: ‘Films’. F**k film. F**k films. ‘Oh, I make a film, I make a film’, f**k them…Television is my f**king heart. I love it. I love it.”

Television and Film are one in the same industry, often, the same actors who started in Television move on to the Big Screen, to Blockbusters and Indie Films, to Animated Movies and Action Films. It is sometimes hard to forget where some of the biggest names in the biggest started in Television, for example, George Clooney starred in E.R as Dr Doug Ross, Johnny Depp starred in 21 Jump Street as Officer Tom Hanson.

Now, of course, Clooney and Depp are some of Hollywood’s most prized and highest paid actors in the business, but, they were just like every other actor all those years ago.

Hynes herself has starred in friend Simon Pegg’s blockbuster’s, including ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘Burke and Hare’, both big in the UK, cementing Pegg as one of Hollywood’s newest exclusive members, whilst simultaneously excluding Hynes. Is her speech not an attack on the business, but her lamenting a career she has (or ever will ) have? 

We can, of course, never know, on the surface her speech seems a little bit like a drunken rant, high on a win and trying to get a few laughs.

What I will say, is that Film is often a most difficult industry, everyone knows everyone, its notoriously hard to get in to, but once you’re in, magic can happen. Film is a medium which is limitless, eternal, exciting, frustrating, infuriating, but most of all, Film is amazing.

Don’t “f***k films”, appreciate them.

Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor

*Quote courtesy of Digital Spy Jessica Hynes’ speech

*Image courtesy of The Independent Online

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One to Watch – Michelle Dockery

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Michelle Dockery, you may have heard of this name over the past few years, if you haven’t, then you’ve probably been living under a rock. This actor is perhaps best known for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in the phenomenally successful period soap opera drama, Downton Abbey.

Born in Essex, she was acting from a young age. She starred in the Old Vic Theatre’s production of Pygmalion in the summer of 2008, she recieved rave reviews for her performance as Eliza Doolittle. The British Theatre Guide wrote,;”A luminous Michelle Dockery in absolutely sparkling form steals the show in Sir Peter Hall’s transfer from Bath.” Whilst the Independent said: “She has a touching silent mournfulness too, when she’s exquisitely dressed in cream silk gowns…”

Clearly this actor has an affiliation with the Stage, having starred in many productions at the National Theatre, Almeida Theatre and the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. But it is Period programmes  in which this actor has cemented her name, from the small screen in productions like Cranford and BBC’s Turn of the Screw and as Susan in Sky1 Hogfather.

This Summer, along with the return of the hotly anticipated third series of Downton Abbey, she stars as Princess Myagkaya in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina. Her role is small, but in this lavish production, with a host of other British actors, this could be the beginning of a fruitful silver screen career for Michelle Dockery.

However, the Rabbit Film believes that in order for this clearly talented actor to not be typecast as a Period Drama actor, she needs to do something modern, something now, something of today. Whether it is a gritty film, or a modern BBC drama, the actor needs to avoid being typecast. An example of another actor who could have been typecast as a Period actor is Anna-Maxwell Martin, star of the BBC’s Bleak House in 2005. Since then she has set out to star in modern dramas, such as Accused, Poppy Shakespeare and Freefall. 

Keep an eye out for Michelle Dockery, she has been nominated for multiple awards and this year, she has been nominated for an Emmy for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. It wouldn’t surprise the Rabbit Film if she was starring in her own film within the next two years.