I’ll tell you what, it’s been a long time coming. Say what you will about past mainstream Guillermo Del Toro projects, they were never shy of a decent helping of publicity. But when it comes to his latest project Crimson Peak, we’ve has very little to go on apart from a few set photos. Now Apple has been kind enough to release an official trailer for the classical ghost story, and suddenly the level of media quiet makes a lot more sense. Despite this being a classic Del Toro tour of wild imaginative horror, it certainly looks to be a quieter, more emotional sort of film in places. Hopefully the balance will play out well in the story of a newly-wed girl moving into the grand, foreboding house of her new husband and his sister. But why am I telling you? Have a look for yourself, courtesy of Apple:
It seems a little premature to start calling Crimson Peak Del Toro’s masterpiece, but there looks to be a strong enough sinister streak to make this a worthy addition to his canon. Written collectively by Del Toro, Matthew Robbins and Lucina Coxon, the film stars Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam and Tom Hiddleston.
Will you be making the climb to Crimson Peak?
Hey, you like films right? You like films that are a bit different right? Sure you do. How about a film that’s a collection of short stories, how does that sound? I should probably stop asking questions since I don’t have a clue what your answers are.
There are certain sorts of films that don’t get much of a release because they’re too long or not commercial enough and spend the majority of their screening life on the festival circuit. This can often be a shame, since the public doesn’t get a chance to see some pretty damn intriguing projects. This is the case for The Turning, and Australian film that has been doing the round the last few months but hasn’t gotten much press until now. The lack of attention is a little surprising considering the stars that are attached, including Cat Blanchett and Hugo Weaving. The Turning adapts a short story collection of the same name by novelist Tim Winton. The film also brings together a number of different directors to helm each story. Here’s a trailer, fresh from Slashfilm and Soda Pictures:
The Turning also stars Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto, and Richard Roxburgh. Directors involved in the project include Mia Wasikowska, Anthony Lucas, 300: Rise of an Empire’s David Wenham and Justin Kurzel. Main Street Films will be releasing the film this February, and it will also show in UK and Ireland but with the 180 minute run-time cut down to a slim 107.
Will you be watching The Turning?
Honestly, I was hoping that Guillermo Del Toro would go the whole hog with the marketing campaign for his latest horror flick Crimson Peak and do it just like Pacific Rim. We’d see huge posters draped across buildings with Tom Hiddleston on them looking Victorian and grumpy, team-based websites, action figures, all that jazz. But I guess that Crimson Peak is going to be a different sort of thing to Pacific Rim. Ah well, I suppose it might still be good.
The most we’ve seen officially of Del Toro’s latest, based around a tawdry courtship between Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska and a ghostly gothic manor, is a shot of the stately emblem and a look at Jessica Chastain as Hiddleston’s jealous sibling. Now we have an official shot of Hiddletson looking dapper in what appears to be the foyer of his ancestral home. Take a look, courtesy of Screen Crush:
This all looks to be a return to a familiar groove for Del Toro. The house has a lot of distinct echoes from his earlier work and looks positively magical already. Hiddleston is definitely going for a Mr Rochester style character, a handsome, older bachelor with some grim secrets of his own. Hopefully the film won’t hug that Jane Eyre plot too tightly, but with Del Toro I doubt that will be a problem.
The film is written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins and stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam. This project has all the potential to be a commercially viable gothic return-to-form, but with an October 16 release we’llhave a hell of a long time to wait for it.
The Gotham Independant Film Awards made a lot of people very happy on Monday. Boyhood, Birdman, Foxcatcher, Nightcrawler, Under the Skin and Dear White People all had multiple nominations, and the good thing about this particularly ceremony is its unpredictability, if not for its nominees then for its winners. Last year Inside Llewyn Davis beat 12 Years a Slave for Best Feature, and relative unknown Fruitvale Station took home Breakthrough Director and Breakthrough Actor for Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan respectively.
I’m not gonna mix all the winners up in a few paragraphs and make you pick them out, because that’s not cool. So here are the winners of the 2014 Gotham Awards. Have a look!
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — WINNER
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Love Is Strange
Under the Skin
Julianne Moore in Still Alice — WINNER
Patricia Arquette — Boyhood
Gugu Mbatha-Raw — Beyond the Lights
Scarlett Johansson — Under the Skin
Mia Wasikowska — Tracks
Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — WINNER
Bill Hader — The Skeleton Twins
Ethan Hawke — Boyhood
Oscar Isaac — A Most Violent Year
Miles Teller — Whiplash
(Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum received a special Gotham Jury Award from the Best Actor nominating panel for their collective performances in Foxcatcher.)
CITIZENFOUR — WINNER Actress Life Itself Manakamana Point and Shoot
Spotlight on Women Filmmakers “Live the Dream” Grant
Chloé Zhao, director — Songs My Brothers Taught Me — WINNER
Garrett Bradley, director, Below Dreams
Claire Carré, director, Embers
Independent Film Audience Award
Boyhood — WINNER
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Ana Lily Amirpour in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night — WINNER
James Ward Byrkit — Coherence
Dan Gilroy — Nightcrawler
Eliza Hittman — It Felt Like Love
Justin Simien — Dear White People
Tessa Thompson in Dear White People — WINNER
Riz Ahmed — Nightcrawler
Macon Blair — Blue Ruin
Ellar Coltrane — Boyhood
Joey King — Wish I Was Here
Jenny Slate — Obvious Child
Phew, well there we have it. Birdman was the only film to win multiple awards and it was a relief to see Foxcatcher take away a special award in the end. It was a good mix of winners and the nominations overall reflect perfectly where the real talent was hiding this year.
What did you think of the winners? Any travesties of justice?