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  Nicole   July 14, 2016

VARIETY – The world premiere of Scottish director Colm McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic thriller “The Girl with All the Gifts,” starring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and newcomer Sennia Nanua, will open the 69th Locarno Film Festival.

The buzzed-about zombie pic, which unfolds in an underground bunker where children are being examined by scientists hoping to find a cure for a fungal spore that has infected the planet, will kick off the Swiss fest dedicated to indie cinema on August 3. “Girl” will screen on Locarno’s 8,000-seat Piazza Grande venue with talents Arterton and Nanua in tow. Nanua, 13, plays a uniquely gifted child in the lead role.

Based on the novel by M.R. Carey, “Girl” is financed by the BFI (British Film Institute), Creative England, and Altitude Film. Camille Gatin and Angus Lamont produced. U.S. rights were acquired in Cannes by Saban Films. Warner Bros. is releasing in the U.K.

“Aside from how well the film is made – and its great cast – we were impressed by the way the zombie theme, which is ultimately about ‘other people,’ is handled in a political sense,” artistic director Carlo Chatrian said.

He added that he sees “an underlying will [in the film] not necessarily to welcome ‘other people’ but at least to understand them.” (source)

  Nicole   July 14, 2016

EVENING STANDARD – Gemma Arterton has revealed she had a taste of fame aged six when she was brought on stage by Paul Daniels — at the theatre where she went on to make her West End musical debut.

The actress was raised in Kent but used to visit family in London. She told ES Magazine: “[I remember] going to summer parties in Brockwell Park or Ally Pally with my family. I remember seeing a Paul Daniels magic show at the Adelphi when I was about six. They got me up on stage, which is funny because I was back up there when I did Made In Dagenham last year.”

On Saturday, she is presenting a celebration of Shakespeare — with speeches, dialogues and theatrical anecdotes — at Cadogan Hall with Sir Patrick Stewart. She told BBC Radio: “It’s interesting for me because I get to speak Shakespeare and stuff that I wouldn’t normally get to speak. It’s great, so I’m excited if not nervous… because I’m also singing a little bit in front of everyone with the orchestra.”

The actress said her first brush with the Bard was her first stage job in Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Globe, and recalled having to shriek to scare off a flock of pigeons as they flew down to “devour” brioche that had been used in a bunfight in her scene.

“It did make sense of my final line, which was ‘Excuse me so, a heavy heart bears not a nimble tongue’.”

She has just finished a starring run in Nell Gwynn in the West End and will next be seen in romantic comedy We Happy Few. She has also signed up for the BBC’s remake of Watership Down.

Arterton said: “I do enjoy [musical theatre], but I think it is so nerve-racking, singing, and also the demands it makes on you physically… But I’m sure I will be singing again in some capacity, I seem to always sing in things now. My next play, I’m doing Saint Joan at the Donmar — there’s no singing in it so I’m quite pleased.”

The Rada graduate, 30, rose to fame in the 2008 Bond movie Quantum Of Solace. She told ES Magazine this was once foretold by a black-cab driver: “One asked me what I did, and I told him I was an actor. When I got out he said, ‘You’re a lovely girl. Mark my words, you’ll be in a Bond film one day’.” (source)

  Nicole   July 01, 2016

THE DAILY MAIL – Gemma Arterton is gearing up for battle as the Maid Of Heaven (aka Joan Of Arc).

The actress will portray the virgin warrior in George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, which will be staged at the Donmar Warehouse in London’s Covent Garden.

Donmar artistic chief Josie Rourke will direct the play, which will run from December 9 until February 18.

Shaw takes the story of the peasant girl who has a series of visions from God, telling her to lead a French army to meet the English forces at Orleans, to its tragic conclusion.

Arterton, who recently completed a run as Nell Gwynn with Shakespeare’s Globe, said she felt honoured to be taking on a part she has been familiar with since her days as a student at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Shaw bestowed a share of his royalties to Rada, so there are always projects involving his work. ‘Saint Joan has got a lot of soul and it’s poetic,’ Gemma told me.

However, she admitted: ‘It wouldn’t have been something that I’d have imagined myself doing, to be honest with you. It’s not as though I’m the obvious choice.’

She met with Rourke and asked the director why on earth she had picked her for the Maid of Orleans. ‘I’m so not her; I guess because she’s religious and pure, and it’s not the type of thing I usually play. My characters have usually got a bit more sass.’

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  M.   April 17, 2016

By Charlotte Griffiths

How did Prince Charles celebrate his 11th wedding anniversary with the Duchess of Cornwall?

By taking her to see a play about another Royal Charles with a passion for his mistress.

My spies spotted the couple at London’s Apollo Theatre to watch Gemma Arterton, starring as Charles II’s lover Nell Gwynn.

The Prince was riveted by the play while, according to cast member Michele Dotrice, ‘Camilla seemed to be having a great time larking about with her lady-in-waiting’.

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  M.   April 11, 2016

by David Hutchison – Apr 4, 2016

Comedy plays are often unfairly snubbed by theatre awards shows, Gemma Arterton has claimed.

Arterton, who was in the running for best actress at the Olivier Awards for her role in Nell Gwynn, told The Stage the problem also stretched further than theatre, with TV and film comedies also not getting due recognition.

The Shakespeare’s Globe production of Nell Gwynn was nominated for four awards, and won playwright Jessica Swale the award for best new comedy.

Speaking on the red carpet before the awards, Arterton said no one on the show’s team expected to be nominated “because our show’s a comedy”.

She added: “Comedies don’t usually get nominations and things. I think in general – TV, film and theatre – they get a bit overlooked. So we’re just really thrilled.”

Arterton was pipped by Denise Gough for the best actress prize. Gough took home the award for her role in the National Theatre’s drama People, Places and Things.

Speaking to The Stage, Arterton also claimed transferring new plays to the West End was vital in order to “get new talent out there”.

She said: “Luckily, our marginal theatre and fringe theatre and Off-West End theatre do develop plays from scratch. And we’re really lucky that theatres like the Royal Court, the Globe, the National get new talent out there – it’s so important.”

The actor suggested that new writing was the only way to create new theatre classics.

“I like the idea of Nell Gwynn being done for years and years and years to come, because it’s a timeless play. And the same with all these new plays that are coming up,” she said.

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  Nicole   April 04, 2016

RADIO TIMESWhen you started out, what was the dream?
I came from a background where acting was seen as a poncey job, so I never thought it was something I could do and get paid for. We didn’t go to the theatre or cinema very often and we didn’t really watch TV… Even when I was at drama school, I thought, “I’ll probably have to do another job to supplement this.”

Was a film career your main goal?
It took me by surprise. After Rada, my agent said, “Now you have to go up for this and this,” and you just do. I was so naive, I went up for everything and was suddenly meeting the Bond people [for Quantum of Solace], thinking, “God, I’m never going to get that!” Then I got it and was like, “Oh, I’d better do it because it’s Bond…” That was my life for three years. I’m lucky to have got it! Especially when you’ve got a student loan.

Do you remember your first review?
I was really damaged by reviews last year when I did Made in Dagenham. It was a huge project for me and we got really good ones and REALLY bad ones. They picked on me, which is fine, but it’s hard when you’ve got to go on stage again that night, and the next night, for four months after that… So when I started in Nell Gwynn, I decided not to read any.

I did Ibsen at the Almeida a few years ago and [Guardian critic] Michael Billington came on press night and we were all so nervous – I ripped my trousers, it was a nightmare! Anyway he re-reviewed it at the end of the run and wrote an article about how it’s ridiculous that we review one performance, right at the start.

TV is now attracting big film stars and directors – why do you think that is?
There used to be a bit of snobbery around doing TV, especially for film actors, but it gives us greater scope. So much freedom comes with that. I think it’s the future actually…

And now theatre performances are on live at the cinema, which I’m unsure of… A performance is something you were either there for or not – that’s what’s magical about it. And also for my own ego, I hate the idea of doing a theatre performance on screen – it’s a totally different style of acting, and I don’t think they merge.

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  M.   April 02, 2016

GALLERY LINKS:
– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2016 > Radio Times (UK) – April 2, 2016
– Movies & Television > She Who Brings Gifts (2016) > Posters & Covers
– Movies & Television > Love’s Labours Lost (2016) > On Set (Palacio Real de Olite) – March 13, 2016