The Justice Of Bunny King: first trailer for Tribeca title with Essie Davis, Thomasin McKenzie

Last Night In Soho: Thomasin McKenzie Teases Eloise’s ‘Sixth Sense’

Across a handful of screen roles, Thomasin McKenzie has announced herself as a major new performer to watch – she was captivating in Leave No Trace, formidable in Jojo Rabbit, and now she’s leading a very different kind of Edgar Wright movie in Last Night In Soho. The film marks Wright’s first major move into psychological horror, swapping the Cornetto gags and souped-up action of Scott Pilgrim and Baby Driver for a mind-bending, time-bending, neon-lit trawl through the central London neighbourhood. In the middle of it all is McKenzie’s Eloise, a wannabe fashionista who forges a mysterious connection back to the 1960s and Anya Taylor-Joy’s singer Sandy. Here’s a moody new shot of McKenzie in the film, as seen in Empire’s upcoming issue.

“It’s genuinely something I’ve never seen before,” says McKenzie of Wright’s latest, hinting at plenty of twists in the plot – which remains tightly under wraps for now. “Very unique. I love things where you’re reading a script, and you know where it’s going, and then it just goes in a completely different direction.” And it seems there are surprises in store from Eloise herself too. “She’s almost got kind of a sixth sense,” she teases. “She can feel things that are on another level that most people can’t see or feel.”

Last Night In Soho is written by Wright and 1917’s Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and after a number of lockdown-induced delays we’ll finally see what the seedy streets of Soho have in store on 29 October.

Source: Empireonline.com

New “Old” film still

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Olivia Wilde Taps Thomasin McKenzie To Play Kerri Strug In Wilde and Searchlight’s Biopic ‘Perfect’

Following an extensive search, director Olivia Wilde looks to have found her Kerri Strug setting Leave No Trace breakout Thomasin McKenzie to play the Olympian gymnast in Perfect for Searchlight. Wilde will direct from a script by Ronnie Sandahl. Nik Bower & Jeremy Baxter will produce through Riverstone Pictures along with Thomas Benski & Moss Barclay who will produce through Pulse Films. Deepak Nayar of Riverstone and Marisa Clifford of Pulse will exec produce along with Wilde and Sandahl.

An intimate and unflinching portrait of grit and determination, Perfect charts the story behind Kerri Strug’s historic Olympic vault to secure America’s first ever gymnastics team gold.

Since her directorial debut on the coming-of-age-comedy Booksmart, studios have been lining up to work with Wilde. When she attached herself to the Perfect package at last year’s EFM, Searchlight moved fast to land rights the script paying $15 million for global rights.

Even though she is currently in post on her next directing job Don’t Worry Darling, Wilde has spent the last couple of months meeting with talent for the role of Strug. In the end, McKenzie audition blew away execs and Wilde with her ultimately landing the job. Production is expected to start top of 2022.

As for McKenzie, she first introduced to audiences a breakout role in Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace for which she was recognized with multiple awards nominations and was recognized by National Board of Review for Breakthrough Actor of 2018. She subsequently starred in Taika Waititi’s Academy Award nominated film Jojo Rabbit, as well as True History Of The Kelly Gang in the same year. Upcoming, McKenzie will be seen as the female lead in multiple projects, including Old for director M. Night Shyamalan and Last Night In Soho for director Edgar Wright. McKenzie is currently in production on the BBC adaptation of Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life.

She is repped by UTA, Industry Entertainment, Untitled Entertainment, Gail Cowan Management.

Source: Deadline.com

Thomasin McKenzie & Sian Clifford To Lead Cast For BBC Adaptation Of Kate Atkinson’s ‘Life After Life’

The BBC has set the cast for its four-part adaptation of Kate Atkinson’s best-selling and award-winning novel Life After Life.

Produced by Brexit: The Uncivil War producer House Productions, the series will feature fast-rising actress Thomasin McKenzie, star of Jojo Rabbit and Leave No Trace, and BAFTA-winning Fleabag star Sian Clifford.

James McArdle (Man in an Orange Shirt), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), and Jessica Hynes (Years and Years) will also feature, alongside Patsy Ferran (Black Narcissus), Harry Michell (Yesterday), Laurie Kynaston (The Trouble with Maggie Cole) Joshua Hill (Small Axe), and Maria Laird (Derry Girls).

Outlaw King and Traitors writer Bash Doran has adapted the novel, while John Crowley, the two-time BAFTA-winning director who helmed Saoirse Ronan starrer Brooklyn, directs.

Life After Life tells the vivid story of the alternate lives of Ursula Todd (McKenzie), who dies one night in 1910, only to be born and survive on the same night. She finds herself time and again, living and dying in different circumstances only to be reborn into a new, alternative iteration of life once more. Her journey spans two World Wars and an encounter with Hitler.

Doran and Crowley executive produce, as does Atkinson. Ross and Howell are executive producers for House Productions, and Lucy Richer and Ayela Butt for the BBC. The producer is Kate Ogborn (The North Water). BBC Studios is selling the show internationally.

McKenzie said: “I’m drawn to Life After Life because it makes me laugh, cry, clench my fists in anger or whoop with empowerment. Bash has done a stunning job at adapting Kate Atkinson’s masterpiece, and working with John has already taught me a great deal – reinforcing my love for collaborating and creating.”

Source: Deadline.com

The Hollywood Reporter photoshoot outtakes (2018)

I added new photoshoot outtakes to the gallery taken by Eric Ryan Anderson for The Hollywood Reporter in 2018. Click on the gallery link to see all new photos.

2018 photoshoot outtake

I added a HQ photoshoot outtake taken at SCAD Savannah Film Festival on 27 October 2018. Click on the photo to see it full size.

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly article

Kiwi actress Thomasin McKenzie and Miranda Harcourt’s daring new roles

Photography by Victoria Birkinshaw

Thomasin McKenzie is used to walking red carpets in glamorous gowns and starring beside Hollywood greats like Scarlett Johansson, but it’s the simple pleasures in life, like lemony chickpea soup, that keep the young Kiwi actress happy.

Chatting from her family home in Wellington, beside her acting coach mother Miranda Harcourt, 58, Thomasin credits home-made comfort food for getting her through some big days on set.

“For a while, it’s all I wanted, lemony chickpea soup,” grins the blue-eyed beauty, 20, who wowed audiences with her performance as Jewish teen Elsa Korr on Taika Waititi’s satire film Jojo Rabbit.

Soup, the mother-daughter duo agree, really is good for the soul. “As an actress, you tell stories, whether they’re harrowing or comedic, and you’re constantly giving out all this emotion, so at the end of the day, I’m a bit like a zombie,” Thomasin admits. “Coming home to a favourite dinner and support system around me who understand is all I really want.”

Over the past couple of years, former Gloss actress Miranda and her film-maker husband Stuart McKenzie have accompanied their daughter to London, continuing their own projects and exploring art galleries while Thomasin worked.

“We’d home-school our youngest daughter Davida, who is 14 now, and then it’d be like, ‘What can we do for Thomasin when she gets home?’ Stuart is so good at making lemony chickpea soup. We’ve used the recipe so much, the photograph in the book has completely faded!” Miranda laughs.

“After a day on set, Thomasin just needs calm time, the food that makes her feel healthy and happy, and to go to bed.”

Thomasin, smiling, throws a spanner in the works by admitting that she’s getting a little sick of the family favourite.

“What?!” Miranda gasps, her eyes widening behind her black-rimmed glasses. “No!” It’s an overcast day as the Weekly chats with the talented pair from the house they’ve been in for 18 years, where Miranda’s actress mother, Dame Kate Harcourt, 94, lives downstairs.

Lights from streets as far as Porirua, a half hour’s drive from their home, twinkle below the lounge window, which overlooks the ocean.

Thanks to Stuart’s love of art, works fill every wall. A statement piece made from an old painted black filing cabinet, by award-winning Kiwi multi-media artist Merylyn Tweedie, greets guests at the front door.

“We got it when Thomasin and Peter [now 22 and a law student] were babies,” says Miranda. “One day I went outside to look for our car, which had my library books in it, and Stuart told me he’d swapped the car for this sculpture. Well, those books never went back!”

While art talk is fun for Miranda and her daughter, who both attended Wellington’s private Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, there’s something closer to Thomasin’s heart she wants to chat about.

Photography by Victoria Birkinshaw

Since the end of last year, the Leave No Trace star has been an ambassador for So They Can, a New Zealand initiative that provides education to children living in poverty in Kenya and Tanzania. Along with her mother, who went to school with Cass Treadwell, the founder of So They Can, Thomasin is about to embark on its 1HumanRace challenge.

“Throughout March, you have to move 85km in whatever way you choose, and the goal is to raise money for the 85 per cent of girls living in Pokot, Kenya, who are subject to female genital cutting, or forced into child marriage between 9 and 13 years of age,” shares Thomasin, who played Pixie Hannah on Shortland Street in 2016.

“It’s a great thing to do because you’re putting in the work and moving to make a difference, rather than sitting at a computer and making a donation and then forgetting about it.”

The organisation has so far graduated 474 teachers from its Tanzanian Teachers’ College to support the next generation.

For Thomasin, helping those who are less fortunate feels natural. “I don’t want to be the type of person who attaches her name to something but doesn’t actually make the physical effort,” she explains. “With acting, it’s easy to get inside of your own head, so it’s really important to live your life for other people as well, not just selfishly for yourself.”

Thomasin was 13 when she discovered her passion for acting, after appearing as a young Louise Nicholas on the film Consent, and learning she could tell worthy stories on screen.

“What’s important as an actress is to make sure you keep your humanity sharp,” adds Miranda, who is an acting coach for big Hollywood stars.

Acting, Thomasin says, is also an emotional rollercoaster.

“It’s not the glamorous kind of job some people assume it to be. Even though it’s wonderful, it’s a lot deeper than just showing up in front of a camera with some make-up on,” she explains. “There’s a lot of yourself that goes into acting. Like Mum said, a big part is feeding yourself in other ways.

It’s not so healthy just to be focused on acting, when for me, having experiences and passions to draw from keep me grounded and motivated.”

This evening, Thomasin has a session with a dialect coach she met in London while working on Last Night in Soho, which screens in New Zealand this November. “The Kiwi accent is quite harsh, so it’s a bit difficult to break out of that, Thomasin laughs. “There can be such subtle differences, like if there’s one noise that sounds off, it ruins the whole thing! It takes a lot of work to do a good job to get other accents down.”

Photography by Victoria Birkinshaw

Surprisingly, despite her critically acclaimed success, Thomasin has never had any formal acting coaching. “Mum has always been an amazing resource for me. She understands a scene just like that, and how tiny tweaks in the dialogue can change the entire scene,” she enthuses. “Dad’s also the first one I talk to if I’m reading a script because he’s a writer and has amazing instincts around whether a script is good or not.”

Thomasin has wondered whether she’d be acting if it wasn’t for her talented family.
“Mum, Dad and I have quite a unique relationship because obviously they’re my parents, but there’s a business relationship, too. When we travel around the world together for work, we’re often talking about business and ideas, and what we think of a script,” she tells. “I’m really lucky, but it has also meant I’ve always wanted to define myself and figure out why I’m doing this, for my own reasons. I do wonder what else I’d be. Maybe a vet!”

Before she heads overseas again soon, this time without her parents, to work on an unannounced series in London, Thomasin’s making the most of being at home and with friends.

“I’m reading scripts and we’re going through the visa application process, which is always really stressful!” she shares. “It won’t be the first time I’ve travelled alone, though. Late last year I went to the Dominican Republic to film Old.”

Source: nzherald.co.nz

OLD Official Trailer

Advice industry urged to get fit to raise funds for vulnerable girls in Africa

Wealth and advice professionals are being called on to take part in a sponsored fitness challenge in March to help combat FGC and child marriage in Kenya.

International charity So They Can, the not-for-profit partner of Momentum Media’s Women in Finance Awards, has launched a fundraising initiative aimed at combating Female Genital Cutting (FGC) and child marriage in Kenya.

The charity, which delivers education and empowerment programs in some of the most vulnerable communities in East Africa, has launched a new initiative designed to raise awareness of the bleak future faced by vulnerable girls in some parts of Africa, and raise essential funds to deliver the education needed to help protect them from forced marriage and FGC.

1HumanRace calls on participants to run, walk, swim, cycle, or ‘simply move’ 85 kilometres in March to help So They Can reach its sponsorship target of $85,000.

Momentum Media directors Alex Whitlock and Jim Hall have signed up to the challenge and are encouraging wealth and financial advice professionals to challenge themselves to get fit, keep moving and improve their wellbeing while helping raise much needed funds.

“It’s been a tough year for a lot of people in the wealth and finance industry,” Mr Whitlock said.

“There’s been an impact for so many people on their physical and mental wellbeing due to the COVID restrictions. What better way to kickstart a healthier 2021 and raise essential funds and awareness to help prevent terrible suffering for young women in East Africa?”

Working in Kenya and Tanzania, So They Can partners with local governments and communities to deliver education and empowerment projects that create lasting change.

According to sector research by ActionAid, 85 per cent of girls aged 9-13 years old in Pokot, Kenya, are subjected to FGC and child marriage. In East Pokot, where So They Can works, an uneducated girl is seen as the property of her father and brothers, while an educated girl is seen as a person with human rights.

Through So They Can’s Keeping Girls in School project, the organisation works with the whole community to build understanding of the risks of FGC and the importance of girls’ education.

So They Can’s co-founder and CEO, Cassandra Treadwell, commented, “Last year, I spoke to a group of young girls in East Pokot. Each one had been forcibly circumcised, each one had run away from a child marriage and some had made the heart-breaking decision to leave behind their own children to escape physical abuse and save their own lives.

“The girls asked me to share their story and 1HumanRace is our platform to do just that. We’re hoping as many people as possible will join us.”

Ms Treadwell will also be participating in the challenge as will several high-profile supporters, including Jojo Rabbit actress Thomasin McKenzie, who is participating with her mother, fellow actress and So They Can ambassador, Miranda Harcourt.

Ms Harcourt said, “I am so proud to be an ambassador for So They Can, to be part of their 1HumanRace challenge and to be the voice for the 85 per cent of courageous girls living in the rural region of Pokot, Kenya.

“I’m encouraging all of my friends and family to accept the challenge to raise awareness and funds to support these girls. Together we can be a voice for these girls and support education and freedom for all girls and women.”

To find out more and join the movement, visit sotheycan.org/1humanrace.

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