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DEADLINE – “Never been with anyone else your entire lives – that so crazy,” the couple’s friend says. “Our sex life is really, really great,” she replies. “Compared to what?” another pal chimes in. “The two of you are so perfect and constant and inevitable and boring — aren’t you curious? You must be.”

So sets up Permission, a romantic dramedy starring Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens as said perfect yet boring pair. Anna and Will have shared so many firsts: kiss, love and only relationship. The aforementioned conversation takes place 10 years into their coupling, at Anna’s 30th birthday party – as Will is about to propose. But the thought of what might have been and could be lingers. So Anna proposes that they try opening their relationship – as a sexual experiment – and they venture out of the purely monogamous boundaries.

Gina Gershon, Francois Arnaud, Morgan Spector, David Joseph Craig and Jason Sudeikis co-star in writer-director Brian Crano’s film, which premiered at Tribeca. Hall, Margot Hand, Giri Tharan and Joshua Thurston produced it. Good Deed Entertainment got Permission in January and will release it in theaters on February 9.

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Another day, another great interview with Rebecca – this time with online magazine The Laterals. The article also comes accompanied by a stunning photoshoot, which has been uploaded to the gallery.

THE LATERALS – Many of the films Rebecca Hall is famous for involves fiercely resolute women: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Prestige, Christine, and The Town. It is obvious she is beautiful. But what you might miss is her steely opulence, which has nothing to do with good looks. It’s about captivating you, which she brilliantly uses as theatrical leverage. However, what we find most remarkable is her skill at creating a mixture of imperfections, masterfully blending her role and herself. Characters are simply strangers she aims to figure out. Rebecca delves in and finds their light, their madness, what keeps them charged—and then composes a finite presentation that propels itself off screen. Her goal isn’t to win your affections, she wants you to question them.

Although Rebecca Hall has deep familial roots in the arts, it never defined her. Instead, it instilled a grounded sense of independence. Her unusual upbringing—a renowned English director for a father, an American opera singer for a mother, life in the countryside of Sussex, and a private girl’s school—all provided her insight. Perhaps that is why she seamlessly connects with her roles, and with you. Rebecca was only 10 years old when she made her professional debut on a UK television show. Some of her more notable work thereafter was in the theatre, where her performances earned her a number of accomplishments including the Ian Charleson Award and a role on Broadway. Her dossier spans a variety of genres that’s as complex as her skillset. With plenty more scripts on the horizon, we have much more to look for in Rebecca Hall—Holmes and Watson with Will Ferrell and A Rainy Day In New York with Jude Law—just to name a few. Regardless of what role she’s in, you won’t want to look away.

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I’ve added scans of Rebecca’s cover feature in the latest issue of Off Camera to the gallery. The magazine is an online documentation of an in-depth interview hosted by director and photographer, Sam Jones. The show airs on DirecTV, but the full episode is available for purchase here. I’ll do my best to capture the whole episode, as well as publish the transcript from the interview in our press archives.

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With huge thanks once again to the lovely Emily, I have added further coverage of Rebecca’s appearances at the 74th Venice Film Festival, which ended earlier today. Doesn’t she look incredible?


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As you’ll no doubt know already, Rebecca is part of the competition jury at the Venice Film Festival – which commenced a few days ago. Not only is this a fantastic honor for Rebecca, but it also means we get to see her quite often during the course of the festival, looking incredible at various premieres, photocalls and private dinners. Our first batch of photos have now been added to the gallery – and more will follow soon. Huge thank you to Emily for her donations.


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THE NEW YORKER – Rebecca Hall made her New York stage début, in 2005, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, playing Rosalind in “As You Like It,” and if you were lucky enough to see her in the role it is unlikely that you have forgotten the experience. Hall, who was twenty-three at the time, exquisitely conveyed the sometimes tremulous combination of knowingness and naïveté that characterizes Rosalind, Shakespeare’s most winning comic heroine. Hall’s performance felt perfectly naturalistic—her Rosalind was absolutely real and present—and, at the same time, her delivery showed an adept grasp of Shakespearean verse: if you knew and loved Rosalind’s lines, it was thrilling to hear the subtlety with which Hall delivered them. It also did not hurt that Hall looked perfect for the part: like Rosalind, Hall is “more than common tall,” which meant that she was able to stand eye to eye and equal to equal with Orlando, her eventual beloved, played by a promising newcomer named Dan Stevens.

The production also showed the mastery of its director, Sir Peter Hall, the founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the former head of London’s National Theatre, and Rebecca Hall’s father. Given Shakespeare’s dramatic fascination with the relations between fathers and their offspring, and with the complicated questions of lineage and inheritance, the casting choice looked less like nepotism and more like a fruitful artistic convergence. “My father was a real Shakespearean fascist, in that he had a view about how it should be done, in terms of how you speak the verse,” Hall recalled recently. “But, at the same time, he taught me that, instead of being restrictive, understanding how to play the verse gives up the meaning. Like, if you have a breath at the end of a line and the sentence isn’t complete, then you’ve got to find a reason why there’s a pause for thought there. And your reason is what gives you interpretation. So within those parameters, he gave me complete freedom.” Hall’s key to unlocking the character of Rosalind was in identifying the character’s trepidation—the fear experienced by someone who is cognizant of the demands entailed by the complexity of adult love, and finds herself on the brink of it for the first time. “Isn’t that, on some level, the experience of first love, and isn’t that what the whole play is about—how terrifying it all is?” Hall said.

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PLAYBILL – The New York premiere of Clare Lizzimore’s play Animal begins performances May 24 at Atlantic Theater Company Off-Broadway. Gaye Taylor Upchurch directs a cast led Machinal star and Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall.

Animal will officially open June 6, and is scheduled to play through June 25 at Atlantic Stage 2, located at 330 West 16th Street, New York.

In Lizzimore’s dark comedy, Hall plays Rachel, a woman who has it all: marriage, a house, and her career. Until she suddenly has a creeping feeling, and then the visions begin. Animal is about “the underside of domesticity, the complexity of the brain in chaos, and the thin line between sinking and survival,” read production notes from the Atlantic.

Rounding out the cast are Kristin Griffith (Bottom of the World), Greg Keller (Our Mother’s Brief Affair), David Pegram (War Horse), Morgan Spector (A View from the Bridge), and Fina Strazza (Matilda the Musical).

Playwright Lizzimore’s first play Mint was produced at the Royal Court in London and long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize. As a director, her production of Mike Bartlett’s Bull at The Young Vic received the 2015 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, and transferred Off-Broadway to 59E59 Theaters.

Animal features scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Sarah J. Holden, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by Stowe Nelson, original music by Daniel Kluger, and casting by Caparelliotis Casting: David Caparelliotis, CSA and Lauren Port, CSA and Joseph Gery.

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