In the 1970s, through 1980, the photographer Francesca Woodman made images of young women, most often herself, in a blurry, foggy, subliminal state. She called one famous series her ghost pictures. They were achieved through slow shutter speeds, which meant that instead of being the record of a blinked instant, they captured movement through time and mid-air: in one a female figure leans forward, body flexed, awkward, in fizzing focus, while her head shakes frantically, blurrily, as if ridding herself of a wasp. Many of the figures are almost transparent. I am here, they insist. But watch me disappear.
When Carey Mulligan was working on her latest film, Shame, she saw a documentary about the Woodman family and Francesca’s work inspired her character Sissy – a damaged, needy, tinnily upbeat young woman, whose singing act becomes her last desperate attempt to forge a relationship with her brother. When she is working on a film, says Mulligan, she often makes scrapbooks for her character. “It really is so childish. It’s like my way of saying,” – she puts on a child’s voice – “‘I’m qualified!’ … I had little Woodman pictures in the book, stuff like that.” Her voice goes quiet. “If anyone ever read them I’d be mortified because they’re just full of shit. They’re not clever and there’s nothing creative in them. It’s just me reassuring myself.”
The annual Met Costume Institute Gala is considered by many to be the biggest night in the fashion calendar. And this year’s looks set to be no exception.
Carey Mulligan, Anna Wintour, and Miuccia Prada will co-host the 2012 event, which will take place on May 7.
The committee will be rounded out by Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann as Exhibition Creative Consultant, and Nathan Crowley as Production Designer.
In the last year, Carey Mulligan appeared in two much-admired movies, “Drive” and “Shame,” and gave an acclaimed performance in “Through a Glass Darkly,” a stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1961 film. But before that run, she hadn’t worked for nearly a year, disatisfied with the scripts she was receiving. “Everything seemed exactly the same as stuff I’d been doing,” she told the Bagger recently.
Since her breakout turn in “An Education” in 2009, Ms. Mulligan has played a lot of characters who have a sense of desperation – if not despair — and Sissy in “Shame,” directed by Steve McQueen, certainly fit the bill. But Ms. Mulligan saw another side of her.
“She’s hopeful,” Ms. Mulligan said. “She sort of reminded me of me in that respect. She keeps on getting knocked back and she keeps trying. She never sees that her life is limited, she doesn’t know that she’s not talented enough to be a singer, or to be an actress. That’s how they rang similar to me, that’s probably why I was so drawn to thing.”
She laughed. That striving, she said, “bears repeating in all of my work.”
Here, Ms. Mulligan talks to our colleague Charles McGrath about “Shame,” acting in theater vs. film and her attraction to characters on the verge of madness.
Click here to view the TimesTalk interview.
Last night, Carey attended the National Board of Review Awards Gala, looking lovely in a pale pink dress. She decided to keep a low-profile and skipped the red carpet, but I have found a handful of pictures of her posing with Shame co-star Michael Fassbender and Never Let Me Go/Pride & Prejudice co-star Keira Knightley. Enjoy!
Public Appearances > 2012 > Jan 10 | National Board of Review Awards Gala
As previously reported, Carey Mulligan took part in the NY Times Arts & Leisure Weekend today, and I have just added the first few pictures of her from the event. Hopefully we will be able to find a transcript/video of the discussion online soon! Also, Amanda recently posted a portrait session that Carey did back in December – enjoy!
Public Appearances > 2012 > Jan 08 | NY Times Arts & Leisure Weekend – TimesTalks
The BAFTA Long List has just been released, and the lovely Ms. Mulligan has been listed twice! She is a potential nominee for both Leading Actress for her performance in Shame, and Supporting Actress for her role in Drive. The final list of nominees will be announced on January 17, with the awards ceremony itself being held on February 12.
Bérénice Bejo (Peppy Miller) – The Artist
Carey Mulligan (Sissy) – Shame
Charlize Theron (Mavis Gary) – Young Adult
Emma Stone (Skeeter Phelan) – The Help
Helen Mirren (Rachel Singer) – The Debt
Jodie Foster (Penelope Longstreet) – Carnage
Kate Winslet (Nancy Cowan) – Carnage
Kristen Wiig (Annie) – Bridesmaids
Meryl Streep (Margaret Thatcher) – The Iron Lady
Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre) – Jane Eyre
Michelle Williams (Marilyn Monroe) – My Week with Marilyn
Olivia Colman (Hannah) – Tyrannosaur
Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander) – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Tilda Swinton (Eva) – We Need to Talk About Kevin
Viola Davis (Aibileen Clark) – The Help
Alexandra Roach (Young Margaret Thatcher) – The Iron Lady
Bryce Dallas Howard (Hilly Holbrook) – The Help
Carey Mulligan (Irene) – Drive
Emily Watson (Rosie Narracott) – War Horse
Evan Rachel Wood (Molly Steams) – The Ides of March
Jessica Chastain (Celia Foote) – The Help
Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2012 – Longlist Page 5
Judi Dench (Dame Sybil Thorndike) – My Week with Marilyn
Kathy Bates (Gertrude Stein) – Midnight in Paris
Kathy Burke (Connie Sachs) – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Marion Cotillard (Adriana) – Midnight in Paris
Melissa McCarthy (Megan) – Bridesmaids
Octavia Spencer (Minny Jackson) – The Help
Olivia Colman (Carol Thatcher) – The Iron Lady
Shailene Woodley (Alexandra King) – The Descendants
Zoe Wanamaker (Paula Strasberg) – My Week with Marilyn
Carey has just won the best supporting actress award at the Hollywood Film Awards as well as the Detroit Film Critics Society Awards for her role in the tense drama Shame, directed by Steve McQueen where she plays Sissy, sibling to Michael Fassbender’s character, Brandon. AGENT2 brings you this interview before the UK release of Shame.
Your character in Shame, Sissy, is another fantastic and really interesting part…
Yes. My agent gave me the script. She read it and she told me that there is this insane part of Michael Fassbender’s sister and I read it and I thought, ‘No way on earth will Steve McQueen ever let me play this.’ I thought they would cast someone gritty and American. So I met Steve thinking that there was no way this would come off and he kept on trying to leave! Like ten minutes into our meeting, he was like, ‘Right, okay, thanks.’ And I was, ‘Oh, no!’ And I kept making him sit down again.
What did you say to him?
I just said, ‘Look, Steve, the thing is’, and then I wouldn’t have anything to say. But we did end up talking about The Seagull, which is my big obsession. Playing Nina in The Seagull, I have never really recovered from it and I want to play Nina for the rest of my life, but I couldn’t find a film role that was on the same level, or as difficult or as interesting. Then when I read Shame I thought it was as difficult as Nina and that is what I told him, to convince him to let me do it.
Stage and screen star Carey Mulligan has been added to the line-up for The New York Times’ Arts & Leisure Weekend, and will be featured in a talk on January 8 from 2pm to 3:15pm.
As previously reported, this four-day celebration of the arts will take place at The TimesCenter, January 5-8, 2012.
Highlights will include the cast and creators of CBS drama The Good Wife — including Emmy Award-winner Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, Josh Charles and the show’s creators, Robert and Michelle King (January 6 at 6pm); Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee David Cross (January 5, 8pm); award-winning actor and director Alan Rickman, currently on Broadway in Seminar (January 7, 10am); celebrated composer and musician Philip Glass (January 7, 2pm); and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (January 7 at 4pm).
Among the other featured artists are Chris Cornell, Patricia Cornwell, Clive Davis, Simon Doonan, Paul Feig, Alison Krauss, Cesar Millan, Errol Morris, Will Reiser, Seth Rogen, and Kristen Wiig.
Click here for more information and Arts & Leisure Weekend tickets.
December 25th, 2011 · Site
Hello! I’d just like to wish all of you lovely visitors, and Carey herself, a very Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a great holiday, and that it’s filled with festive fun!
The nominations for the 32nd London Critics’ Circle Film Awards have been announced, and Carey has been nominated for British Actress of the Year for her works in Drive and Shame.
BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Olivia Colman – The Iron Lady (Fox/Pathé), Tyrannosaur (StudioCanal)
Carey Mulligan – Drive (Icon), Shame (Momentum)
Vanessa Redgrave – Anonymous (Sony), Coriolanus (Lionsgate)
Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)
Rachel Weisz – The Deep Blue Sea (Artificial Eye)
The winners will be revealed in a ceremony to be held on January 19 at BFI Southbank.