FILM: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
CAST: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones
Director: George Miller
From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary ‘Mad Max’ franchise, comes ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy).
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), from whom something irreplaceable has been taken.
Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.
FILM: YOU’RE NOT YOU
CAST: Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, Josh Duhamel
DIRECTOR: George C. Wolfe
Kate (Hilary Swank) is a suave, married, eminently successful classical pianist just diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Bec (Emmy Rossum) is a brash college student and would-be rock singer who can barely keep her wildly chaotic and messy affairs, romantic and otherwise, together.
Yet, when Bec takes a last-ditch job assisting Kate, just as Kate’s marriage to Evan (Josh Duhamel) hits the skids, both women come to rely on what becomes an unconventional, sometimes confrontational and fiercely honest bond.
Aimless as she is, Bec is determined to become an intimate shadow to Kate – accompanying her and translating for her through the most bewildering and awkwardly comic circumstances.
The result is a camaraderie stripped down to the barest essentials of daily sustenance and late-night confessions. But as sensual, meticulous, wilful Kate begins to rub off on whirlwind, spontaneous, free-spirited Bec – and vice versa – both women find themselves facing down regrets, exploring new territory and subtly expanding their ideas of who they want to be.
FILM: A LITTLE CHAOS
CAST: Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Stanley Tucci, Helen McCrory, Steven Waddington, Jennifer Ehle, Alan Rickman
DIRECTOR: Alan Rickman
Reunited for the first time since ‘Sense and Sensibility’, Alan Rickman directs Academy Award winner Kate Winslet in the romantic drama ‘A Little Chaos’.
The year is 1682. Sabine De Barra (Winslet), a strong-willed and talented landscape designer, fulfils her chosen vocation in the gardens and countryside of France.
One day, an unexpected invitation comes: Sabine is in the running for an assignment at the court of King Louis XIV (Rickman). Upon meeting with her, the King’s renowned landscape artist André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts) is initially disturbed by Sabine’s distinctive eye and forward-thinking nature, but eventually chooses Sabine to build one of the main gardens at The Sun King’s new Palace of Versailles. Under pressure of time and as she charts her own course, Le Notre comes to recognize the value of “a little chaos” in Sabine’s process.
While pushing herself and her workers to complete the Rockwork Grove as an outdoor ballroom, Sabine negotiates the perilous rivalries and intricate etiquette of the court, going about challenging gender and class barriers.
Sabine forges a surprising connection with the King himself, and wins a vote of confidence from the King’s brother, Philippe (Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci).
As she gradually comes to terms with a tragedy in her past, Sabine’s professional and personal interactions with André bring out honesty, compassion, and creativity in both of them.
“This is a human, and in many ways very modern, story,” says Rickman of the 17th-century set romantic drama ‘A Little Chaos’, which is his second feature as director following ‘The Winter Guest’.
He remembers, “Alison Deegan’s script landed unannounced in my letter box.
As I read it, I was struck by Alison’s deep knowledge of the subject matter, by her incredibly refreshing use of language, and by her very personal take on the interplay between men and women.”
‘A Little Chaos’ re-imagines the creation of the Rockwork Grove, a unique element of France’s “Sun King” Louis XIV’s magnificent Palace of Versailles. Le Notre, established as a famous and celebrated architect, is tasked with overseeing the creation of an outdoor ballroom. He turns to Sabine De Barra, an outsider to court and a landscape designer, to bring a fresh perspective. Rickman notes, “While their respective visions of beauty for the garden might initially be seen as contradictory, a true meeting of minds begins to take shape.
“Any audience member will be able to enter this story, whether knowing a lot about the period or nothing at all. Some of what we are dramatizing happened, and some of it did not. We are looking at history through a kind of prism.”
The screenplay’s key departure from the historical record was in the creation of the character of Sabine.
Producer Gail Egan offers, “The character of Sabine is what gives our film such resonance. One of the things Kate Winslet said when she first read the script was that this was an incredibly modern story, only set in a different period. Sabine takes on life, creativity, and emotions in a very modern way; we can relate to her attitude, her pride, her pain, her hopes and dreams, and her redemption.
“I’d worked with Alan when I was 19, on Sense and Sensibility. We had always remained in touch ever since,” says Winslet
“I knew that our friends Emma Thompson and Phyllida Law had had a wonderful time when Alan directed them in ‘The Winter Guest’, so I was naturally intrigued to join with him on this.”