‘The Boyfried Game’ is a short film, directed by Alice and selected at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of the Short Cuts Programme 7. You can watch the trailer below. Congratulations on her directorial debut!
On the verge of adolescence, Tomika and Edith discover they are not so alike when their favourite “boyfriend game” takes a sinister turn. An exhibition of astonishing cinematic control, this ode to innocence lost is by turns raw and revealing.
THE GUARDIAN – Twenty-year old Alice Englert has long brown hair, deep eyes and a moodily beautiful face that grows sunny when she smiles. Audiences fell a little bit in love with her in Ginger and Rosa, the award-winning British indie film in which she co-starred with Elle Fanning.
In 2013 she landed the coveted female lead in Beautiful Creatures, much touted as the next Twilight. The film failed to reach the heights predicted by the Hollywood media machine, but it did land Englert in the mainstream.
Now, she’s surfing the wave of TV’s revival, with a key role in the critically acclaimed BBC series Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, based on the bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke and directed by Toby Haynes.
“It’s sort of hilarious really. I mean, I die in the first episode. I’ve only got one line and then I die!” says Englert, laughing. But “I do a lot more in my afterlife.”
Englert plays Lady Pole, a young wife who unexpectedly succumbs to an illness and is brought back to life by the use of magic. Set in 19th century England at the time of the Napoleonic wars, the seven-part drama follows two magicians, the scholarly and ambitious Mr Norrell (played by Eddie Marsan) and the hapless yet gifted Jonathan Strange (played by Bertie Carvel). But magic has not been practised in England for 300 years – it is unpredictable and the trickster can be tricked.
“What I loved exploring with Lady Pole, and through what I think is this quite poetic use of fantasy and magic, is what happens to a young woman when she stops being pleasant, when things stop being comfortable and easy,” says Englert. “You’ll see as you watch that she is actually tied into two worlds, in both of which she is helpless.”
NEW ZEALAND HERALD – James Rolleston has landed yet another major role in a local feature. The Boy star who last year added The Dead Lands and The Dark Horse to his list of film credits is starring in The Rehearsal, an adaptation of the debut novel by author Eleanor Catton.
Rolleston plays Stanley a naive drama student in an ensemble which also includes Kerry Fox, Miranda Harcourt, Tandi Wright, and Cohen Holloway.
Among his younger cast mates are Alice Englert – the daughter of director Jane Campion – as well as country singer Marlon Williams in his first acting role and teenage internet star Jamie Curry.
Filming began today on the movie which is the first New Zealand production for director Alison Maclean since her 1992 debut feature Crush. The book has been adapted by her and writer Emily Perkins.
“It’s thrilling to be working in New Zealand again, seeing it with fresh eyes. I’m just astounded by the calibre of the cast, and looking forward to bringing Eleanor’s novel to life as a film, ” says Maclean.
The Rehearsal was published in 2008 and is the story of a scandal at a music and drama school told from different perspectives.
Catton’s Booker Prize winning The Luminaries is also headed to the screen, with plans to turn it into a television mini-series.
New stills from episode 3 and 4 of ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’ have been released and now added to the gallery.
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