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.
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.
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.
Sally Hawkins attends the Glamour Women of the Year at Berkeley Square Gardens where she also picked up a Best Film Actress award. 3rd June 2014.