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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.