Happy New Year everyone! (I know it’s a little late to say that, but given that this the first news update of 2017, I figured why not). Rebecca was featured in yesterday’s edition of The Times–promoting the upcoming UK release of Christine and sharing some insight on dementia, which her father, Sir Peter Hall, was diagnosed with several years ago.
THE TIMES – ‘I have melancholy resting face,” the actress Rebecca Hall, 34, says, apologising. It’s true that her angular face — which has been compared to a Modigliani painting — can look severe in repose. However, when larking about, she looks like a beautiful tomboy.
There’s also a new glow of happiness, which she puts down to life with her new husband, the American actor Morgan Spector (whom viewers of Boardwalk Empire will know as Frank Capone). Hall never thought she would get married and swore she would never date an actor. After years of a peripatetic actor’s life, though, she has finally put down roots. They married in New York in September 2015. Home is now Brooklyn with Spector and their two cats, Max and Viv. “It’s so unfair when people talk about crazy cat ladies. I know plenty of men who have cats. My husband got me into cats and I love them so much.”
The marriage took everybody by surprise. Many people seemed to think that Hall was still with the British director Sam Mendes. After Mendes’s six-year marriage to Kate Winslet broke up in 2010, Hall was forced to deny that she and Mendes, a close friend, were in a relationship.
They had worked together intensively on the Bridge Project for which Mendes took Shakespeare and Chekhov around the globe using a British/American company that included Ethan Hawke and Simon Russell Beale (with Hall cast as Varya in The Cherry Orchard and Hermione in The Winter’s Tale). The rumours went away, but quietly, a year after his divorce, they got together.Read More
Great news! And ICYMI, we’d like to point out that Rebecca is nominated for not one, but four awards at the upcoming Women Film Critics Circle (Dec 19) for her amazing performance in Christine. Pretty impressive, right?
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The Dinner from U.S. director Oren Moverman (The Messenger) and starring Richard Gere, Rebecca Hall, Laura Linney and Steve Coogan, and The Party, the latest star-studded effort from U.K. helmer Sally Potter (Orlando), will have their world premieres in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival next year.
Organizers on Thursday announced the first handful of competition films for the 2017 fest, which is set to run Feb. 9-19.
The Dinner, which The Orchard picked up for North America at Marche du Film in Cannes this year, is the story of two families who, over the course of a single meal, struggle with the most difficult decisions of their lives. Chloe Sevigny and Adepero Oduye co-star in the drama adapted from Herman Koch’s best-seller.
Potter’s dramedy The Party is set during a celebration at a London home that unfolds in real-time onscreen. The veteran U.K. director has lined up an impressive ensemble cast for the feature, including Patricia Clarkson, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, Bruno Ganz, Timothy Spall, Emily Mortimer and Cherry Jones.
Other Berlin 2017 entries include The Other Side of Hope, from acclaimed Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki (Le Havre), which will have its international premiere in Berlin, and Spoor from Oscar-nominated Polish helmer Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness).
Also in the running for Berlin’s Gold and Silver Bears next year will be On Body and Soul, from Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi; Ana mon amour from Romanian helmer Calin Pater Netzer, winner of the Berlin Golden Bear in 2013 for Child’s Pose; and Beuys, a documentary on controversial German artist Joseph Beuys by acclaimed nonfiction filmmaker Andres Veiel (Black Box Germany).
Colo, from Portugese filmmaker Teresa Villaverde; Alain Gomis’ Felicite and Una Mujer Fantastica from Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio also made the Berlin competition cut.
In addition to the competition titles, Berlin confirmed four films that will get special, out-of-competition gala screenings at the 2017 fest. These include Fernando Trueba’s period comedy The Queen of Spain, the sequel to 1988’s The Girl of Your Dreams, starring Penelope Cruz and Mandy Patinkin; Raoul Peck’s biopic The Young Karl Marx featuring German star August Diehl as the founder of communism; and Last Days in Havana from director Fernando Perez.
Berlin also will hold a special screening of a newly restored version of Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day, a 1972 German TV series written and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and starring Hanna Schygulla, Gottfried John, Luise Ullrich, Werner Finck and Irm Hermann.
THE WRAP – “Christine” chronicles the mental struggles of television reporter Christine Chubbuck, who shot herself during a live broadcast in 1974. But actress Rebecca Hall, who is riveting as Chubbuck in the dark drama from director Antonio Campos, says that’s not all the film has to offer — it also highlights the overall issue of mental health.
“I think that the film does something really good for society,” Hall told TheWrap. “People have come up to me and said, “Thank you for making this film,’ or in tears about the effect it’s had on them, which makes me proud that it exists.”
“I want people to go see it because there is a misunderstanding that this will be a horribly depressing movie about someone who can’t get out of bed — that’s a misconception about depression. Often, people with depression are engaged in a very active fight to live. And that’s what you are witnessing. It’s disturbing, yes, but it doesn’t make you flatline.”
Hall only had about 15 minutes of footage of Chubbuck to study during her preparation for the film, but she said the lack of first-hand material didn’t hamper her. “The truth is, there isn’t really anyone who doesn’t have someone in their circle who is affected by mental health issues,” she said.
“So it’s not like I didn’t have things to draw on.”Read More
If you have some time to spare (the interview is almost an hour!), then please do make sure to watch this brilliant video of Rebecca from SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Career Retrospective from a couple of weeks ago. Rebecca discusses her roles in The Prestige, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Town, Please Give, The Gift and of course, her most recent work as Christine Chubbuck.
Rebecca is featured as part of the Best Movies and Performances of 2016 feature for DuJour–and I’ve uploaded the gorgeous new photoshoot to the gallery. In case you can’t tell, I’m kind of in love with these photos.
DUJOUR – “I think that if anyone looks at Christine from a distance and goes, ‘Oh how fascinating, how macabre,’ it’s dangerous. Even though she is an unusual character who did a shocking thing [the newscaster shot herself on air], it was a statement that came out of deep pain and suffering. It’s unthinkable in the abstract, but I think the film allows you access to try and understand how she could have gotten to that point. It walks alongside her and observes her, but also allows space for everything that can never be known about anyone. To me, Christine feels like a sort of harbinger of a lot of things we talk about now, whether it’s mental health issues or suicide. And the biggest tragedy for me is that, for all of her constant self-monitoring and her performance of how she thinks she will be acceptable in the world, she is actually loved by the people around her. But she can’t see that, and doesn’t feel like she will ever be understood by anyone.”
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DEADLINE – Rob Brydon, Kelly Macdonald and Rebecca Hall are set to star with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in Holmes & Watson, the Sony Pictures comedy about the sleuthing duo. Last seen in The Huntsman 2, Cinderella and The Trip, Brydon will play Scotland Yard head Inspector Lestrade. Boardwalk Empire and No Country For Old Men star Macdonald will play Mrs. Hudson, the housekeeper of Holmes & Watson’s famous home at 221B Baker Street. The Scottish actress recently wrapped Simon Curtis’ untitled film on A.A. Milne, opposite Dohmnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie for Fox Searchlight, and she’s starring in the “Hated In The Nation” episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror second season.
Hall will play Dr. Grace Hart, the first female doctor to practice in London. She is currently in the awards-season chatter for her daring work as the tragic local newswoman title character in the indie Christine. Ferrell plays Holmes and Reilly is Watson in the Sony comedy, which is being produced by Jimmy Miller’s Mosaic and Adam McKay at Gary Sanchez, and Clayton Townsend. Etan Cohen is directing. It reunites the stars of Talladega Nights and Step Brothers.
Jonathan Kadin is overseeing for Columbia. Chris Henchy and Jessica Elbaum are overseeing for Gary Sanchez.
VARIETY – In “Christine,” Rebecca Hall stars as journalist Christine Chubbuck, who committed suicide on live television. Hall and director Antonio Campos talked about Chubbuck’s life and portraying depression in the biographical film during the Variety and AARP Movies for Grownups Screening Series.
“It’s ironic. There’s a common misconception about depression, actually,” Hall said, explaining that many think “people with depression don’t laugh or don’t crack jokes or don’t do things that are energetic.”
“For me, the basis of my characterization was that she is active,” she went on. “She’s not passive. She’s actually desperately trying to survive.”
Believe it or not, award season is right around the corner and on Thursday night Rebecca attended HFPA and InStyle’s Miss Golden Globe Party at Catch LA in West Hollywood. Rebecca is being named on several contenders lists as a possible outsider for an Academy Award nomination for her role in Christine–so we can no doubt expect to see plenty more of her in coming weeks and months as part of the lead-up to the 2017 Oscars. Nomination or not, I’m so happy to see her receive the recognition she truly deserves for this film.
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