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Empire July 2021

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United Kingdom
12 Issues

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this month

IT WAS, IT’S fair to say, the most unusual awards season in history. We had masks on the red carpet, awkward Zooms and Steven Soderbergh tracking shots. But it was also, in many respects, one of the most exciting and unexpected. We saw films that may not have enjoyed that spotlight in prior years basking in the golden glow. We also saw a crop of extraordinary British filmmaking and acting talent represented in both the nominees and the winners; perhaps unsurprising when you look at those that have come to dominate the world stage over the last couple of years. So we wanted to celebrate those people: the British New Wave. Twenty-six bold, brilliant men and women from both in front of and behind the camera, who are not only…

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talk to us

COMMENT OF THE MONTH SEEING THE LIGHT After what seems like forever without being able to see movies on the big screen, your ‘Let There Be Light’ feature on what we can expect to see as cinemas reopen was like manna from heaven. I read every word on every imminent release, and got increasingly excited. Upcoming highlights for me are Dune, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, The Matrix 4, and especially No Time To Die. 2021 promises to end on a high after what has been a terrible year for us all. LUKE RUSSELL, WAKEFIELD, VIA EMAIL Frankly, we’d watch an episode of Hollyoaks on the big screen at this point — but would prefer Matrix 4. Go and see all of those new releases with your brand-new Picturehouse card. Enjoy! Picture house Empire’s star letter wins a Picturehouse…

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no./1 handmaking a new genre of british film

HOW DOES WRITER-director Mark Jenkin follow a debut as memorable as award-winning one-off Bait? Jenkin’s micro-budget hit — about a taciturn village fisherman tackling gentrification — won critical acclaim and a BAFTA. Now Jenkin — who also shot, edited, processed the film and post-synced the sound on Bait — pivots from abstract drama to earthy isolation horror with eagerly anticipated second feature, Enys Men. Can he repeat the trick? “It’s still got some moments of craziness,” Jenkin says, ahead of an eight-week edit. Enys Men (pronounced “Mane”), which is Cornish for “Stone Island”, sees a lonely wildlife volunteer (played by Mary Woodvine) studying a rare flower, when a mysterious Bronze Age standing stone appears to be getting gradually closer to her cottage. Though some have described the film as a horror, Jenkin…

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no./2 from the west midlands to westeros

Steve Toussaint is glad that he never bagged a role in Game Of Thrones. At one point, it seemed like every British actor alive had snagged a supporting role on HBO’s blockbuster fantasy, and sure enough Toussaint, a fan of the show, had tried and failed to book a gig. “But it never happened,” he says now. “I’m very happy I didn’t get those other parts.” The Seven Gods — or fate — had other ideas. Toussaint has since landed a plum role on the much-anticipated spin-off prequel show House Of The Dragon, not as a day player but as Corlys Velaryon, the lord of a noble house of Westeros. “He’s basically the richest man in the land,” Toussaint explains. “He’s called the Sea Snake, because he is this great sailor…

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ellora torchia

ON HER MYSTERIOUS CHARACTER IN BEN WHEATLEY’S IN THE EARTH “She was really intriguing. I didn’t really know what to make of her when I first read the script. There was a lot of back and forth, in a really healthy, creative and stimulating way. Ben answers text messages at all hours of the day. He’s got such a strong vision, there was never a moment that you felt unsafe.” ON HER OTHER HORROR MOMENT IN MIDSOMMAR “The big scene with the cliff, where the people fall off — I think we filmed that for, like, four days. One scene. Everybody was just crying the whole time! Ari [Aster, director] has another brilliant mind. Working with Ben was completely different — we filmed the entire film in 15 days.” ON FALLING INTO ACTING “My parents…

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no./3 the period drama inspired by hamilton

PERIOD MOVIES CAN be tricky beasts. But Emma Holly Jones was determined to make Austen-like romantic comedy Mr. Malcolm’s List her debut feature, after making a prequel short film, set in the Regency-era world of Suzanne Allain’s novel — featuring a diverse cast inspired by a trip to Broadway. “Hamilton changed my perspective on period films,” Jones says. “I’m English, I’m white, and the ones I have loved I’ve seen myself in forever. I thought it was time that someone did [the Hamilton approach] to Jane Austen.” That 2019 short, starring BAFTA nominee Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, Gemma Chan, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Freida Pinto, who she had found through a casting agent, racked up nearly two million views on YouTube, setting up the main feature story about a young woman of polite society…