Monthly Archives: March 2011

BBC Oranges and Sunshine Preview Features Scene With Hugo

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There’s been a flurry of pre-release publicity for Hugo Weaving’s next film Oranges and Sunshine, including press interviews with his costars Emily Watson and David Wenham as well as Margaret Humphries, the real-life social worker Watson portrays in the film. Director Jim Loach has done several interviews and attended preview screenings throughout the UK. He appeared on the BBC earlier today to discuss the film and the real-life policies that inspired it (and provoked high-level government apologies in both Britain and Australia. Unfortunately I can’t embed the clip here directly, so go to the BBC’s webpage to watch at optimal resolution. 😉 Also: the Jim Loach segment begins at 9.19 after unrelated segments on childrens’ books and monasteries. Of particular interest to Hugo fans is an extended film clip before Loach’s interview featuring the beach scene we’vew seen in film stills and trailer footage. Hugo and Emily Watson’s characters Jack and Margaret Humphries discuss Jack’s past and the circumstances of his childhood deportation to Australia.  Hugo Weaving hasn’t done any interviews for the film yet, but stay tuned… I suspect that will change.

Also: The Key Man ended its SXSW run with positive reviews from the Boston Globe, Professor Wagstaff and Red Carpet Crash. So on the whole its prospects might not be as dire as previously thought.  (In fact there were only a few negative reviews whose impact was overinflated by aggressive cross-posting by their writers.) 😉 No ticket sale dates have yet been posted for Uncle Vanya at The Kennedy Center, so keep watching this space.

… And I gotta plug the early April screenings of Last Ride at the Museum of Modern Art again. I know not everyone is in close enough proximity to attend, but don’t want anyone who’s in proximity to miss this unique oportunity to see one of Hugo’s most intense performances.

UPDATE: There’s a new scan of a Jim Loach interview promoting Oranges and Sunshine here, and two new rave reviews posted to Screen Daily and ThisIsNottingham.

Last Ride in NYC

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 Here's a brief item cross-posted from my personal LJ:

I have some great news for Hugo fans in the NYC area. Hugo's 2009 film Last Ride, which the actor has called one of his personal favorites, will receive its New York premiere on April 7 and on April 9 at the Museum of Modern Art. Unfortunately, tickets can't be purchased online unless you're a member of the museum, but can be purchased on the day of the screening at the museum's information desk or, after 4.30pm, at the theater box office (full ticketing info here). Last Ride will be paired with the short film "Stunt Love".

Complications aside, it'll be a great opportunity to see one of Hugo's most iconic (and underseen) performances on the big screen, as it was meant to be seen. Hopefully this will presage an eventual DVD release or cable showing of Last Ride in the US too.

Hugo Weaving and Tom Russell in Last Ride, 2009

The Key Man has received mixed reviews in two screenings (so far) at SXSW in Austin, with the deciding factor in most viewers' opinions being whether they loved or hated the film's deliberate homage to 1970s filming techniques and period style, music, etc. No one so far has faulted Hugo's performance and some have genuinely loved the film. No formal reviews have been posted but I put up a selection of twitter reviews at my personal LJ, and The Irish Times gave the film a sentence or two of praise. Only time will tell whether the film is a cult classic in the making or an unfortunate period misfire a la The Tender Hook, which is still worth seeing for Hugo's performance.  I do know we deserve the opportunity to see the film and judge for ourselves.

Hugo Attends Premiere of Zebra at STC

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Here's our first official "Out & About" pic of the year, as Hugo and Katrina posed for a pic (along with Cate Blanchett, Andrew Upton, Bryan Brown, Rachel Ward, Barry Otto and others) at the premiere of Brown's new play Zebra. The pic seems to confirm earlier reports that Hugo recently injured his wrist, but since Hugo hasn't personally spoken of the matter, I won't speculate further but will only wish him a speedy recovery.  this means Hugo won't be appearing at the premiere of The Key Man in Austin, TX later today… but that was always a long shot, and one can hardly blame Hugo for preferring to stay home and support his friends.

BTW this comes direct from the print edition of the Sunday Telegraph.


 Picture: Richard Dobson
Detail of Hugo Weaving and Katrina Greenwood courtesy the Daily Telegraph (online). For a full gallery of portraits from the premiere in higher resolution than the print version, go here.

There's also a new rave review for Hugo's film Oranges and Sunshine at The Guardian. They also feature an interview with director Jim Loach about the film's making and inspiration.

Key Man Poster Debuts

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key-man-poster

Two days in advance of its SXSW world premiere, The Key Man's cool, retro poster debuted at Film School Rejects (… Let's just ignore the website's insultingly reductive, "nerd"-centric view of these amazing actors, though, shall we?) 😉 There's also an interview  with the director, Peter Himmelstein, over on IndieWire. Himmelstein describers his film as both set in the 1970s and deliberately evoking the films of that era. It hinges on insurance fraud, with Jack Davenport's hapless character caught in a scheme between two con men played by Hugo Weaving and Brian Cox. The film also gets a mention in Moving Picture Network's "13 Must-Sees At SXSW".

It's looking more and more like Variety was right in calling Uncle Vanya's Washington DC run an "exclusive", at least for now. No one I talked to at BAM knew about a reprise there. Various different news sources in both the US and Australia have given different date ranges for the DC engagement… The Kennedy Center lists August 4-27, so I'd go with that… and not hedge my bets on a New York run. It's understandable that a cast of this calibre would be in demand individually, so we're very lucky the STC could get them back together for this long.  More info at Broadway World, Family Circle, The New York Times, Clef Notes and Drama Queens, WENN and ABC News (Australia).

As most of you have probably heard, there was another devastating earthquake this morning, this time along the eastern coast of Japan, followed by a tsunami. The death toll is already in the hundreds. It's difficult to be too insular and focused on entertainment when suffering is happening on this scale… Our thoughts and hopes go out to those affected. Please donate to the Red Cross or a charitable organization you trust if you feel so moved.

Uncle Vanya Washington DC Dates Announced!

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The Kennedy Center in Washington DC has announced its 2011-12 schedule, and STC's Uncle Vanya, in which Hugo Weaving costarred with Cate Blanchett, Richard Roxburgh, John Bell and Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver is indeed coming. The dates are 4-27 August, the venue the Eisenhower Theater. So we'd best start making plans now.  Tickets are not yet on sale, nor have all the specific showtimes been posted yet, but keep watching this space (and, of course, the Kennedy Center's webpage) for more info as it becomes available! 🙂 There's also a story in the Washington Post.

No word yet on a Broadway or BAM engagement, but I'll keep you posted… I'm heading out to BAM to see Hugo's old clowning teacher Geoffrey Rush tomorrow in Diary of a Madman anyhow, so I'll do some asking around. 😉

Also, Oranges and Sunshine keeps accruing glowing reviews as it has preview screenings across the UK. The latest is in Lost in the Multiplex, which says Hugo's performance "provides the highlight. Weaving is utterly believable, embodying a character that has internalised years of hurt, regret and abuse, yet remains proud and strong. It’s a truly masterful turn. I’ve not seen a better performance in years." More raves are on view at Good Film Guide and STV.


Hugo Weaving with Hayley McElhinney