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  M.   September 03, 2013

British actress Gemma Arterton was spotted on the set of her upcoming feature by Anne Fontaine called “Gemma Bovery” with ‘Elsa Zylberstein, Pip Torrens and Fabrice Luchini.

Gemma Bovery is a graphic novel written by Posy Simmonds. Originally published as a serial in The Guardian, it was published in book form in 1999. It is the tragicomic story of the life and death of an English expatriate in Normandy, drawing many parallels to Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.

Gemma Bovery (2014) > On The Set (Lyons-La-Forêt, France) – August 28, 2013

  M.   August 31, 2013

British actress Gemma Arterton was spotted on the set of her upcoming feature by Anne Fontaine called “Gemma Bovery” with Niels Schneider. They were seen at a market in Lyons-La-Forêt in the Normandy region of France, 29 August 2013.

Actor Fabrice Luchini plays the part of the town baker, accompanied by his wife, played by Isabelle Candelier.

Gemma Bovery (2014) > On The Set (Lyons-La-Forêt, France) – August 27, 2013
Gemma Bovery (2014) > On The Set (Lyons-La-Forêt, France) – August 29, 2013

  M.   August 27, 2013

by Nia Daniels

Gemma Arterton is one busy lady – having just finished filming a new comedy series, she is heading for France to use her newly-acquired language skills in her first French film.

Filming recently wrapped on Inside No.9, a new BBC Two comedy from Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith (Psychoville etc). The 6 x 30 series examines the extraordinary, macabre and sometimes just mundane, goings on behind the door of several very different ‘No. 9s’.

The anthology is a BBC in-house production, from seasoned comedy honcho and exec producer Jon Plowman.

Arterton will soon head for France, where she is due to being shooting Gemma Bovery, a film based on Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel – first published in The Guardian – which is in turn based on Flaubert’s classic Madame Bovary. It sees our heroine moving to Normandy to start a new life. Ruby Film & Television is the UK company involved in this international co-production. This is the second time Arterton will have starred in a Posy Simmonds film adaptation, having previously played the title role in Tamara Drewe for director Stephen Frears.

Arterton is also due to join the cast of Ned Rifle, the third in Hal Hartley’s tragi-comic trilogy about the Grim family. The feature follows on from Henry Fool (1998) and Fay Grim (2007).

She will also have to find time to voice the newly-announced family animation Once Upon a Time in the Kitchen, along with Nicholas Hoult and Stephen Fry, who will also lend their voices to the fantasy adventure about the rivalry between various kitchen utensils.

In the meantime, you can always head to the cinema, where, from 27 September, you can see Arterton in the crime thriller Runner, Runner with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake. Or there’s always the forthcoming DVD release of the fantasy thriller Byzantium, directed by Neil Jordan and co-starring Saoirse Ronan.

Bonne chance with your French film Gemma, and come back to Blighty soon.


  M.   August 27, 2013

Mel Raido joins Gemma Arterton in the adaptation

07 August 2013 | Written by Phil de Semlyen

Tamara Drewe‘s Gemma Arterton may be gearing up to tackle another Posy Simmons graphic novel, but she can’t do it on her own. Good news, then, because Spooks and Strike Back‘s Mel Raido has signed up to join her in Anne Fontaine’s adaptation of Gemma Bovery.

Raido will play Gemma Tate’s (Arterton) ex, a roguishly charming but occasionally obnoxious food critic, who returns to Gemma’s life in the Norman village in which she’s settled. The problem? She’s since married Charlie Bovery, and her desires and duties are soon at loggerheads.

Riffing on Gustave Flaubert’s great novel Madame Bovary, the results should offer interesting cultural osmosis with Coco Before Chanel director Fontaine, Arterton and co decamping to rural France for a tale of love, lust and camembert.


  M.   June 28, 2013

Written by Nancy Mills

What can an ex-Bond girl learn from playing a choir director who teaches oldsters to sing? “I had to learn how to play the piano and conduct,” says Gemma Arterton, who played Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace and stars with Vanessa Redgrave and Terrence Stamp in Unfinished Song, now in theaters.

“I’m always thinking about learning new things. It’s inevitable that everyone gets old, but there’s no reason not to find joy later on in life. Music is very cathartic, and it brings people together. It has this inescapable emotional effect. When you hear a piece of music, or especially if you sing it, it can be quite a release.”

Arterton, 27, who sang with several bands before becoming successful as an actress, hasn’t given up her own musical ambitions. “Next year I might be singing for a living,” she says. “I’m hoping to do a musical adaptation of Made in Dagenham (a film about women striking for equal pay at a Ford car plant in England) in London’s West End.”

Her challenge now is learning to speak French to play the title role in the film Gemma Bovery, based on Posy Simmonds’ graphic-novel homage to Madame Bovary.


  M.   June 27, 2013

By Matt Prigge

Gemma Arterton is a Bond girl, but being a Bond girl in the 21st century is different than in the 20th. A small bit in “Quantum of Solace” led to leading roles in other big-budget productions like “Prince of Persia,” “Clash of the Titans” and “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.” But she’s made sure to do enough smaller films, like “The Disappearance of Alice Creed,” to remind viewers of her deep history in theater. She currently has two new movies in American theaters: “Unfinished Song” is a dramedy/weepie where she leads a chorus of old singers, including Vanessa Redgrave; and in “Byzantium,” from “Interview With the Vampire” director Neil Jordan, she’s a bloodsucker perpetually on the run with daughter Saoirse Ronan.

Byzantium” is one of those vampire films that goes out of its way to avoid being a traditional vampire film.
I was approached really early on, when the script was still based on a play. It was totally different. The vampire aspect was a figment of the girl, Eleanor’s, imagination. It was more about mental illness and abuse, with this girl saying to her psychologist that she was living with a vampire. What attracted me was this weird relationship between the girl and her mother. When Neil [Jordan] came on, he decided to make it more of a vampire movie. But that relationship remained. It felt similar to my own childhood. I was raised with two women, my sister and my mother, who was very young.

It’s noticeably smaller in scale than “Interview With the Vampire,” which was mostly about men.
It’s hard to make movies about women, especially when they’re strong. It was really hard to make this. There was a big actor lined up for the Darvel part, which Sam Riley played. He dropped out at the last minute, and all the financing fell through — even though the part wasn’t that big. We all agreed to do it for half the fee. It was hard, but we did it.

Does doing a film like this on a relatively small budget give everyone the drive to make it even better?
I think it was frustrating for Neil because he’s so grand in his vision. I liked that because I think it had to be dilapidated. This film is grand and dilapidated at the same time. We had to get creative and work out how to do that. I like that, as stressful as it is for the production. Having worked on big budget films where there’s an abundance of money, sometimes you can get a bit slow. Like “C’mon let’s just do it!” When you have no money it gives it an edge.

What has been your experience with bigger films?
I had really bad experiences on big budget movies, and I’ve had good experiences as well. With “Hansel and Gretel,” I was very involved, very much in the loop. Other ones, you’re treated like a little pawn to be moved around. I found that very frustrating coming from theater, where you’re so in it. Read More

  Nicole   June 19, 2013

British actress Gemma Arterton does not need to worry about typecasting with roles ranging from a fairy tale character and literary heroines to MI6 agent Strawberry Fields in the 2008 James Bond film “Quantum of Solace.”

In “Unfinished Song,” a comedy-drama that opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, Arterton, 27, stars as Elizabeth, a music teacher in a boys’ school.

She also directs a choir for seniors, which includes Marion, played by Vanessa Redgrave, and forges a special friendship with her cantankerous retired husband, played by Terence Stamp.

The following week Arterton will be seen in U.S. theaters as a sexy vampire in Neil Jordan’s film “Byzantium.” Arterton spoke to Reuters about her choice of characters, sharing the big screen with Redgrave and Stamp, and her first French-speaking role in the upcoming film “Gemma Bovery.”

Q: You have some interesting films coming out. Two are opening in the space of a week. How did you manage that?
A: It’s weird that it happened that way. I made them about three months apart. It’s nice. I remember when the Bond film came out in the UK I also made the TV show called “Tess of the D’Urbervilles” and they were so different and it was really good that it happened. It’s nice when people can see the range.

Q: “Unfinished Song” is a small British film that is about as far away as you can get from a Bond film. What attracted you to the role?
A: The script. I was making an action-comedy at the time and it was a long shoot, a four- or five-month shoot, and I thought I just want to do something real, something close to home. My agent sent me the script and I read it and I was crying.

Q: In the film you develop a special relationship with Terence Stamp. What was that like?
A: Everyone thinks that Terence Stamp is a very serious, stern Englishman. I was thinking he was going to be a very grumpy guy but for some reason we just got on really well and we brought out the best in each other and we’re friends now …
In the film we warmed to each other and ended up helping each other in certain ways. He is such a lovely guy. It was so lovely to see him play that kind of role. Usually he plays these gangsters or villains and for him to take on that role was a real decision because he is playing an old man. He was nervous about it but it was beautiful and he did such a good job.

Q: How intimidating was it working with Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp, both highly acclaimed British actors?
A: It was incredible. Vanessa is one of my all-time theater idols. For me she just represents the ultimate in strength and dignity. She can do anything. Working with her made me quite nervous and I was fascinated by the way she was working. This film was really, really important to do. It was a love letter to her sister (Lynn Redgrave), who died of cancer. You could feel it was a special thing for her.

Q: How do you choose your roles?
A: At first I was quite mindless. I didn’t really think about it. I was pleased I was being offered stuff … And then I realized I’m not happy with what is going on and had to be a bit more thoughtful. Now I think about what I want to do in relation to what I have just done.

Q: What projects do you have coming up?
A: I am just preparing now for my next film, which is my first French film. It is called “Gemma Bovery” and Anne Fontaine is directing it. She directed “Coco Before Chanel.” It is my first French-speaking movie so I am a bit nervous about it.

Q: Are you fluent in French?
A: I started learning French in January and then in February this script came through called “Gemma Bovery,” based on “Madame Bovary” … For me it’s a really big challenge but I feel if I can do it then I have opened another door. I love French cinema and some of my favorite actors are French. It would be something I would really be proud of doing. I start filming that in August.