Deadline – A pioneer in the field of computer-generated performances with such films as Lord of the Rings (portraying Gollum) and King Kong—in which he plays Kong himself—Andy Serkis found his directorial breakthrough in The Jungle Book, which was pushed to 2018 so as not to conflict with Jon Favreau’s 2016 adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic collection of stories. But no matter—in the meantime, Serkis shot another film, Breathe, which bowed at the Toronto Film Festival this week.
Starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy—an Emmy frontrunner for her turn as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, that can’t quite process that reality at the moment—the film tells the true story of Robin Cavendish (Garfield), a young man paralyzed by polio, and Diana, the strong, brilliant woman who supported her husband through his deep depression and ultimate acceptance of his fate. With very little expectation of a long life for Robin, he and Diana elect to invent a new life for themselves, straying from Robin’s mandated hospital stay and pioneering in technology to better the lives of those suffering from this terrible condition.
Interestingly, this remarkable true story came to Serkis through his business partner at Imaginarium Productions, Jonathan Cavendish, the son of the couple on display in the film. Known for his work in very different kinds of movies, Serkis made a passionate pitch to direct the film. “Five or six years ago, we started Imaginarium [Productions]. It was a performance capture studio and a production entity with the view to creating lots of different projects, ‘next generation storytelling’ sort of projects, and then we had an old slate of films that he was wanting to make. One of these films was a film called Breathe, which he’d been working on for some time before we got together,” Serkis explains. ” I read it one night and, as most people did who read the script originally, I couldn’t stop crying. It was just so powerful, such a brilliant piece of writing, and I said to Jonathan, ‘I know I’m sort of more known for directing dwarves, goblins and creatures of Middle-earth, and jungle animals, but I really would love to direct this. What do you think?’”
“He said, ‘Absolutely’—without a blink, he just said, ‘Yeah,’” the director remembers. “So we started to develop it, and what I loved about it—what really inspired me to want to do it, actually, apart from the fact that it was the most amazing love story—was that it seemed to me to be a story about pioneering. At that point in the story when Diana says, ‘How can I make life better for you?’ and he says, ‘Get me out of here,’ from then on, they are basically creating life afresh in a way that had never been done before.”
Like Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything—a film which delivered that actor his first Oscar—Garfield is confined to a chair throughout the film, with a ventilator attached to keep him breathing. Undoubtedly, the role must have presented physical and logistical challenges for Garfield, among others, but as with his remarkable turn in last year’s Hacksaw Ridge, the actor is ever modest, placing the focus on the material and the remarkable people who really experienced these events.
“There’s a magic to it. There was a magic to their lives, there’s a magic to Jonathan, there’s a magic to the script that Bill Nicholson wrote, without wanting payment until the film got made. There was a magic to the whole process, and it was palpable,” Garfield says. “From my first reading of the script, I was so deeply and profoundly moved because it felt like a story that was so much more than about these two people. It was about how we can create meaning as human beings, how we can create lives of meaning and of joy, and of community amidst such terrible tragedy and loss, and laugh at the cosmic joke of existence.”
“And those words don’t do it justice,” he continues. “Their lives felt like a poem.”
A real logistical challenge for Serkis—more familiar with the extended shooting schedules of blockbuster films—the director and actors had to tell their story in 7 weeks, three of those weeks, in South Africa. While the production schedule was “incredibly intense,” it was the singular purpose of those involved with the production that made it all possible.
“We really were blessed, actually, because we had a fantastic crew—the most amazing people in all departments—who were all there because they wanted to tell the story,” Serkis says. “So that was brilliant. But watching these guys work together was so phenomenal, and what they released in each other was just beautiful to watch every single day.”
After ‘Breathe’ premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, Claire Foy went out all day to promote the movie and, to do so, she visited Variety Studios and spoke at a press conference with Andrew Garfield, her co-star, and Andy Serkis, the director. She was also the day before giving interviews and talkin about her new movie and upcoming projects. Check the informations below:
Claire Foy‘s new movie, ‘Breathe’, premiered on September 11 on Toronto International Film Festival and the actress was all smile while walking on the red carpet, check the videos and pictures below:
Today, Entertainment Weekly and Netflix released new content for the second season of ‘The Crown’. A teaser and stills were shared, combined with an article. Check it out:
Entertainment Weekly – Without a dragon or superhero or zombie in sight, The Crown became an immediate international hit when it debuted on Netflix last fall, earning star Claire Foy a Golden Globe and netting the streaming service 13 Emmy nominations. Creator Peter Morgan’s (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) sumptuous look at England’s royal family took viewers into what felt like every corner of Buckingham Palace — and many of the British Empire’s farthest-flung territories — to tell the story of Elizabeth II’s ascent to power, covering her public triumphs and private challenges with an equal degree of precision.
The series’ second season, which covers 1956–64, will follow Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip (Foy and Matt Smith, reprising their roles for just one more season) everywhere from Tonga to Papua New Guinea, and even the Antarctic — while focusing more on their private lives as the family expands with the birth of Princes Andrew and Edward. In this first look at the new season (out Dec. 8 on Netflix), we see a much more self-assured leader emerging, even if things at home are still fractious at the onset.
“I think [Queen Elizabeth] starts to realize she needs to pay more attention to her personal life now that the other part of her life is going all right,” says Foy. But the swinging ’60s aren’t an easy time to be the monarch: “The world’s changing faster than anyone can catch up with. There is no letup. She just keeps having to go from one crisis to another to another, and at some point, it’s about five crises at the same time and you have no idea how she manages to get up in the morning,” says Foy.
Below, find an even deeper dive into some exclusive first-look images from the season.
When President Kennedy (Dexter’s Michael C. Hall) and his impossibly stunning wife, Jackie (Jodi Balfour), come to the palace, the Queen is equally enthralled and intimidated. “Her focus is really on this dazzling woman — and not just because of her husband’s flirting, but the whole attention on Jackie as a phenomenon,” says the episode’s director, Stephen Daldry, of this imagined version of what might have happened during the president’s actual 1961 visit. “The Queen’s beginning to feel the first aches and pains of middle age, and here is this woman who seems to have a huge role even within foreign policy.” Adds Foy: “The Kennedys were a real symbol of the ’60s and the world moving forward, and the Queen is very much stuck in the past at that point. It’s a real wake-up call.”
Having it All
At the end of the first season, Elizabeth had become comfortable in her role as monarch and in exercising her authority. Her home life was the struggle. And finding her footing doesn’t get any easier for the Queen. “She’s neglected her personal life, so there are all sorts of things she has to sort out,” says Foy of her character’s evolution in season 2. So will we see a shift in Elizabeth and Philip’s relationship? “As politics change around them and as they become older, there are huge changes that take place in them as human beings,” says Smith. “But to talk about [specifics] would give things away. You will have to watch!”
In the Family Way
In addition to delving more into Prince Charles’ troubled youth, season 2 of The Crown introduces two new royals: his and Princess Anne’s siblings, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. “We never really got to do the new-mother thing [in season 1]. We just jumped a period of time, so you will see a bit of that,” says Foy. Adds Smith:“It’s The Crown. It’s still about politics and the crown and how these two wrangle their marriage and how they bring up their children.”
Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby) — whose doomed affair with Capt. Peter Townsend ended in sadness in season 1 — starts a relationship with society photographer Tony Armstrong-Jones (played by Matthew Goode), a story set in the bohemian, artistic world of London’s Chelsea neighborhood. “We follow her struggles to find a relationship that is not only suitable, but a man who she feels that she could love,” says Daldry. “It’s a chaotic situation, and they get into trouble. It’s fun.”
The Crown season 2 debuts on Netflix on Dec. 8.
Also, we have added some stills in UHQ in our gallery, check them out: