Apologies for the delay with these but I’ve only just managed to get hold of them in HQ – but I’ve just updated the gallery with images of Carey Mulligan at the “Skylight” photocall which took place on March 10, just before the show began its Broadway run.
Thanks to our lovely friend Luciana I’ve just added scans of Carey Mulligan from May’s issue of Empire. It’s lovely to see Carey in a magazine again, with a new photoshoot as well.
Focus Features has acquired the North American rights to “Suffragette”, the new film starring Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham-Carter and Carey Mulligan. Directed by BAFTA Award winner Sarah Gavron from a script written by Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan, the film is set for a Fall 2015 domestic release.
The cast of the U.K. film includes Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, BAFTA Award winner Ben Whishaw, British Independent Film Award winner Anne-Marie Duff, Golden Globe Award nominee Brendan Gleeson, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. Focus has also acquired the distribution rights for Latin America, India, South Korea, and most of Eastern Europe including Russia; Universal Pictures International will release the film in those territories. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel made the announcement today.
“Suffragette” is produced by Faye Ward and Alison Owen, Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) directs the cast.
“Suffragette” is a moving drama that empowering all who are striving for equal rights in our own day and age. The stirring story, inspired by the early-20th-century campaign by the suffragettes for the right of women to vote, centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother who comes to realize that she must fight for her dignity both at home and in her workplace. Realizing that she is not alone, she becomes an activist alongside other brave women from all walks of life. The early efforts at resistance were passive but as the women faced increasingly aggressive police action, the suffragettes become galvanized – risking their very lives to ensure that women’s rights would be recognized and respected.
Peter Schlessel, CEO of Focus Features, said, “Suffragette is a story that will resonate with men and women across the generations; it is about parents and children, courage and dedication, and making hard choices. Sarah, Abi, Alison and Faye are women who represent an amazing convergence of filmmaking talent. We’re proud to partner with Pathé to bring this powerful drama to audiences worldwide.”
The deal was negotiated by Focus Features’ Beth Lemberger, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, and Lia Buman, President of Acquisitions, with Cameron McCracken, Managing Director, Pathé Productions, and Muriel Sauzay, Head of Sales, Pathé International.
The cast and crew of “Suffragette” have posed for a photograph to celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday (March 8).
Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter were joined by director Sarah Gavron, producers Faye Ward and Alison Owen and screenwriter Abi Morgan.
Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, also joined the cast and crew for the special occasion.
Streep plays political activist Emmeline opposite Mulligan’s Maud – a fellow activist in the feminist movement – in the project from Pathé, Film4 and the BFI Film Fund.
Speaking about the importance of International Women’s Day, Streep said: “Every daughter should know this history, every son write it on his own heart.”
Meanwhile, Gavron said: “International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women throughout the world and I am overjoyed that my film can be part of that celebration.
“The story of the ordinary British women who were willing to sacrifice everything in their fight for the right to vote is an inspiration to all of us in our ongoing fight for equality.”
“Suffragette” will be released in the UK on September 11.
After Bill Nighy saw David Hare’s play “Skylight” in 1995, he telephoned the playwright to tell him he had never had a better night in the theater. “I was exhilarated,” Mr. Nighy recalled. “It was everything I loved and admired, and I picked up the phone and said, ‘David! I’ve just seen “Skylark.’ ”
Mr. Nighy, tall, elegant and handsomely grizzled, gave the kind of patent-worthy self-deprecatory grimace that will be familiar to fans of his films “Love Actually” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” “So that went well,” he said.
Mr. Hare evidently didn’t hold the slip of the tongue against him. Twenty years later, Mr. Nighy, 65, is playing Tom Sergeant, the lead male role in “Skylight,” for the third time in 18 years, in a production directed by Stephen Daldry that will begin a 13-week Broadway run at the John Golden Theater on March 13.
There, as in London last summer, when the play sold out for its entire run and attracted a record number of viewers to a live broadcast, he will act opposite Carey Mulligan, who plays Kyra Hollis, the young woman with whom Tom had a six-year affair that ended three years before the play begins.
Ms. Mulligan, 29, drew acclaim for her portrayal of Nina in Ian Rickson’s 2007 production of “The Seagull,” which reached Broadway the next year. Ms. Mulligan, Ben Brantley wrote in The New York Times, “may well turn out to be one of the great actresses of the 21st century.”
She has certainly turned out to be one of the busiest, largely working in film since earning a 2010 Oscar nomination for playing a teenager who has an affair with an older man in “An Education,” and starring as Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 “The Great Gatsby,” among other roles.
Ms. Mulligan laughed heartily at Mr. Nighy’s “Skylark” story. “I’ve never heard that before,” she said delightedly.
A second trailer for “Far From the Madding Crowd” has been released today, featuring an whole host of new scenes and giving a more in-depth look at the plot. Watch it in full below:
Carey Mulligan describes her trip through the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo and the inspiring children she met along the way.
In October I traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo as a global ambassador for War Child UK, a worldwide network of humanitarian organizations focusing on children traumatized by war. Abandoned half-built buildings, abandoned half-destroyed buildings, and slums form the bulk of the cityscape of Goma, on the border with Rwanda. Nothing works. Corruption, power outages, and impassable roads—and the palpable threat of chaos—are part of daily life. One in ten children born today in the DRC won’t live to see a fifth birthday. Since the outbreak of fighting in 1998, 5.4 million people have died there.
Within these dire conditions I saw the extraordinary work of War Child and met children who, despite every element working against them, astonished me with their warmth, intelligence, determination, and desire to build a better life. I met Grace, a thirteen-year-old orphan with cerebral palsy who, having been abandoned by her stepmother, was found on the streets by a kind stranger who called the War Child help line. Children who have been forced to carry weapons as child soldiers, who have lost everyone they love, or who have been victims of sexual violence can call this number and get referrals and counsel from trained social workers. Through counseling sessions, Grace’s stepmother was encouraged to care for her again—but just a few months after their reconciliation, Grace stepped on a rusty nail and, because of the almost completely defunct health-care system in the DRC, was hospitalized only after it was too late to save her leg.
Along with a team from War Child, I walked into a dark hospital room with four other beds, shook Grace’s hand, and sat by her side. We talked to her about her life before the accident; about going to school. Her eyes lit up when she showed me the two scrappy school textbooks that were her most prized possessions—she told me she loved to read, and that she wanted more than anything to continue her education. The stench of the place was overwhelming; my jeans quickly became wet with the urine that soaked Grace’s mattress. As we talked, a brusque doctor thrust a hospital bill for $2,000 (and counting) into my hands and said that Grace wouldn’t be allowed to leave until it was paid. Grace’s stepmother—haunted, drawn, incapable of communicating—simply wept. She told me that even if the bill was paid, they would have nowhere to go.
Within weeks, a plan developed by War Child began to unfold. Grace’s hospital bills were negotiated down in partnership with the local government and will be paid by War Child, which is also in talks with other local agencies specializing in children with disabilities, so that when she left the hospital she was able to receive the specialist care she needs. Grace is a very smart girl, and once she has recovered she’ll be given help to get back into school to finish her education. In short, thanks to War Child, Grace—along with thousands of other children in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Gaza, Jordan, and Uganda—will have the chance of a future again.
For children who live with trauma, fear, and grief amidst wars they should have no part of, War Child is there to give them comfort, tell them they are not alone, remind them that there are people around the world who care about them and will do everything they can to keep them safe.?
Last weekend was the 10th Anniversary Winter Weekend held by ASMALLWORLD in Switzerland. Carey was in attendance to support War Child, and HQ images of her from the three main events over the weekend have now been added to the gallery. I’ve also added some HQ stills from Carey’s appearance on The Graham Norton Show from January of this year.