A tale of friendship, betrayal and dealing with the world around us, Sally Potter’s “Ginger and Rosa”, which screened at this year’s London Film Festival, stars Elle Fanning and Alice Englert as the titular characters. Best friends from birth, their lives begin to take different paths against the backdrop of early 1960s Britain, the Cuban Missile Crisis and a burgeoning protest scene against the nuclear bomb.
London Film Fest REVIEW: Elle Fanning and Alice Englert shine, but “Ginger and Rosa” is let down by an easy metaphor
Watch: Elle Fanning and Alice Englert grow up and act out in first trailer for coming of age drama “Ginger and Rosa”
Elle Fanning goes British in the first trailer for Sally Potter’s 1960s coming of age drama “Ginger and Rosa” (formerly “Bomb”), joining newcomer Alice Englert in the tale of the two titular best friends growing up amidst a tumultuous time in history. The film premiered to mixed reviews in Telluride and will be seen by a much larger pool when it screens in Toronto starting this Sunday. The two girls giggle, hold hands and protest the Cold War together, but the inevitable fissures in their bond are already visible, with Englert’s more sexually adventurous Rosa sharing some slightly inappropriate eye contact with Aleesandra Nivola, who plays Alice’s dad.
The trailer does nothing but amp up our anticipation of this film even more, with an ethereal Sofia Coppola meets Andrea Arnold meets “Mad Men” tone, and glimpses of the strong supporting cast that includes Oliver Platt, Annette Bening and Christina Hendricks. “Ginger and Rosa” has no US distribution yet, but hopefully that will change over the next week or so.
Watch the first trailer below.
First Look: Elle Fanning and Alice Englert are “Ginger and Rosa” in stills from 1960s coming of age drama
Sally Potter’s 1960s set coming of age drama “Ginger and Rosa” (formerly titled “Bomb”) was just announced this morning to be a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival and the first photo from the film as been released as well. Rising stars Elle Fanning and Alice Englert (who filmed this before landing potential teen franchise “Beauitful Creatures”) star as a pair of lifelong best friends whose diverging ideologies at such a politically volatile time in history also clashes with personal betrayals.
Fanning’s Ginger is at the heart of the story, with Alessandro Nivola as her father, a charismatic writer who puts his family at risk when he has an affair with Englert’s Rosa. Annette Bening, Timothy Spall, Oliver Platt and “Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks round out the supporting cast.
“Ginger and Rosa” has no distribution or release date yet. The first photo from the film can be seen below.
Newcomers Kristopher Higgins and Justin Castor to play two of the West Memphis Three in “Devil’s Knot”
With all the high profile names joining the ever-growing cast of West Memphis Three dramatization “The Devil’s Knot” – Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, “The Killing” star Mireille Enos and most recently Alessandro Nivola – the trio of accused teenagers at the center of the high profile court case remained uncast. That has now changed as Deadline reports Justin Castor has been chosen to play James Baldwin in the film, while Kristopher Higgins will play Jessie Misskelley. Casting for the role of Damien Echolls, painted as the leader of the trio, has yet to be announced.
Colette Wolfe and Kristoffer Polaha have also joined the cast of the Atom Egoyan directed film. Baldwin, Misskelley and Echolls were accused and convicted of killing three young boys in 1994, and the case immediately drew high profile media attention as far-reaching as Hollywood since there was no physical evidence implicating the teens. They were finally released from prison in 2011 and several documentaries have already been made about their case, including the critically acclaimed “Paradise Lost” trilogy and Peter Jackson’s upcoming “West of Memphis.” Egoyan’s film will be the first dramatization of events featuring actors.
Castor has made guest appearances on “Glee” and “CSI: NY” and will make his feature film debut on “Devil’s Knot.” Higgins recently recurred as Peter on ABC Family series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” starring Shailene Woodley, and also had roles in teen-friendly fare including Disney’s “Prom” and Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi actioner “In Time” opposite Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.
Here’s a first look at Abigail Breslin in new film Janie Jones also starring Elisabeth Shue and Alessandro Nivola. Premièring back in April at Tribeca Film Festival, the film has received solid reviews ready for wide release on October 28th this year.
Also starring Brittany Snow, Frank Whaley, Joel Moore and Peter Stormar, the film follows an ageing rocker, whose life is suddenly transformed when his teenage daughter is left in his care.
Rocker Ethan Brand (Alessandro Nivola) and his band, the Ethan Brand Experience, are on the comeback trail when a former flame (Oscar® nominee Elisabeth Shue) drops a bomb in his lap—their 13-year-old daughter, Janie Jones (Abigail Breslin). Ethan refuses to believe Janie is his kid, but when her mom suddenly leaves for rehab, the child has no place to go but with the band.
With no inclination toward fatherhood, Ethan continues his hard-living ways, leaving Janie to fend for herself in the dive bars and sleazy motels along the way. As his drug- and booze-fueled antics take their toll on and off stage, the band deserts him one by one, until he and Janie are left alone.
Desperate to finish the tour and revive his career, Ethan stays on the road as a solo act with Janie in tow. As Ethan’s self-destructive spiral threatens to derail his comeback, Janie uses her own surprising musical talents to help guide him down the rocky road to redemption.
(via Coming Soon)
Below the cut we have several images from the film, plus the new poster and a trailer.