Sally Hawkins
The latest Paddington (2014) poster.

The latest Paddington (2014) poster.

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

BBC Two is working on three filmed adaptations of Shakespeare’s History plays that include Richard III and Henry VI in two parts.

In April, Benedict Cumberbatch joined Richard III and today BBC Two confirms that Judi Dench will play Cecily, Duchess of York, alongside his titular king. Sophie Okonedo has also been cast as Queen Margaret across all three films. As for Henry VDownton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville has been cast as Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, and Sally Hawkins will play his wife Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester in Part 1. Keeley Hawes plays Queen Elizabeth in Part 2, and Richard III. Tom Sturridge will be Henry VI in both installments. The films are part of the BBC’s greatest commitment to the arts in a generation.

The BBC Two dramatisations begin filming later this year, with a transmission date yet to be announced.

'To Have and to Hold'

Sally’s episode of Casualty is being shown on Drama channel tomorrow, Wed. 20th at 12am.

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Or you could just watch it here now, it’s in 5 parts.

Vote for The Phone Call

If you haven’t seen it, it’s available to watch online but only until 27th August. Click here to watch - and vote in the Short List Film Festival. 

 ’Godzilla 2’ gets June 2018 release date
Warner Bros. and Legendary have scheduled the next installment in their “Godzilla” franchise for a June 8, 2018 release.

 ’Godzilla 2’ gets June 2018 release date

Warner Bros. and Legendary have scheduled the next installment in their “Godzilla” franchise for a June 8, 2018 release.

Made in Dagenham, tonight at 9pm on BBC Four.

Made in Dagenham, tonight at 9pm on BBC Four.

Academy invites 271 New Members

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and recent nominees Michael Fassbender, Barkhad Abdi, Sally Hawkins and June Squibb are among the actors who’ve been asked to join the Academy’s ranks. 

I met Maud! Elaine Cassidy yesterday and she was so lovely. It’s only showing until 26th July, but if you get the chance, I’d recommend Fathers and Sons at the Donmar. 

From independent movies to box-office smashes, Sally Hawkins is the actor on every director’s speed dial. With the Oscar nomination to prove it. By James Conrad Williams

"Blue Jasmine was a dream for me," says Sally Hawkins of her Oscar-nominated turn as Ginger in Woody Allen’s much-lauded film centred on the unravelling mind of a New York socialite. "I never thought I’d be lucky enough to work with Woody once, let alone twice [they previously collaborated on Cassandra’s Dream]. And to work alongside the great Cate [Blanchett]? It doesn’t get better in terms of talent, wit and heart." 

Despite being known for independent gems such as Made in Dagenham and Happy-Go-Lucky, 2014 saw Sally, 38, tackle the world of action-adventure in current box-office monster (quite literally) Godzilla. “I’ve never done such a large-scale film before,” she says. “It was so interesting to be involved. Especially alongside such greats as Juliette Binoche, Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe.” 


And as for Oscar night? “Terrifying and brilliant,” she laughs. “My parents were my guests, so it was wonderful to see it through their eyes. It helped me enjoy the magic and bask in that. I knew I was unlikely to win, so that pressure was taken off me. But everywhere I turned there was a hero of mine. I had to stop myself from gasping. I’m not the coolest! I’m just glad I was allowed to go to the ball and no one tapped me on the shoulder and asked me to leave!”
- July 2014, Glamour Magazine. 

From independent movies to box-office smashes, Sally Hawkins is the actor on every director’s speed dial. With the Oscar nomination to prove it. By James Conrad Williams

"Blue Jasmine was a dream for me," says Sally Hawkins of her Oscar-nominated turn as Ginger in Woody Allen’s much-lauded film centred on the unravelling mind of a New York socialite. "I never thought I’d be lucky enough to work with Woody once, let alone twice [they previously collaborated on Cassandra’s Dream]. And to work alongside the great Cate [Blanchett]? It doesn’t get better in terms of talent, wit and heart." 

Despite being known for independent gems such as Made in Dagenham and Happy-Go-Lucky, 2014 saw Sally, 38, tackle the world of action-adventure in current box-office monster (quite literally) Godzilla. “I’ve never done such a large-scale film before,” she says. “It was so interesting to be involved. Especially alongside such greats as Juliette Binoche, Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe.” 

And as for Oscar night? “Terrifying and brilliant,” she laughs. “My parents were my guests, so it was wonderful to see it through their eyes. It helped me enjoy the magic and bask in that. I knew I was unlikely to win, so that pressure was taken off me. But everywhere I turned there was a hero of mine. I had to stop myself from gasping. I’m not the coolest! I’m just glad I was allowed to go to the ball and no one tapped me on the shoulder and asked me to leave!”

- July 2014, Glamour Magazine. 

A few years ago James Lucas, of London Fields, took a rough script to his friend and colleague Mat Kirkby, a commercials director at Ridley Scott Associate Films. He’d written it on a three-hour flight to Bucharest. Kirkby saw potential in the work and so the pair set about an after-hours collaboration to bring the story to life.

“I made her (Hawkins) this little sort of mousy character that you maybe underestimate,” he says. “You perhaps learn that she’s actually very tenacious and she doesn’t want to let go of this guy.”

Hawkins, who was recently nominated for an Oscar for her part opposite Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, is extraordinary in the role. The camera is zoomed on her desperate features for a good portion of the film’s 20-minute running time, capturing a fluid facial performance that brilliantly bears the weight of an extremely heavy situation. 

Kirkby explains that during filming the actress would work through the entire script in single takes. “She’d get into the whole flow of this 20-minute performance and feel it. She was shaking and crying and after each take she had to have a good old sit down,” he says. “I don’t know if I’ll ever see anything like that again. It was like watching it happen live, it was quite incredible.”

Having waited close to a year for confirmation that Hawkins would be available for the project – with a two-week window confirmed at short notice – the Academy Award-winning Broadbent signed up two days later. “So one was ten months and one was two days,” Kirkby says. “You get someone like Jim Broadbent straight away because he would love to do it opposite Sally.”

Full article: eastendreview.co.uk

June 16th, 2014.

Paddington Official Trailer, 2014. 

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