Monthly Archives: December 2021

1. What were your first impressions when you read the script for The Advent Calendar? What made you decide to do the film? 

You have to realise that in France, we are not really used to this kind of film. So when I first read the storyline, I felt quite thrilled and excited. But of course, I decided to do the film for the part of Eva.

It was a challenge to play a woman who’s paraplegic and each day she’s faced with challenges that might be more or even less terrifying than the day before. I was moved by her – she’s outrageous and a fighter. But I wanted to defend her. It was a real test and very demanding. Her strength and determination inspired me and I wanted to embody her. 

She’s a lonely soul, alone and isolated. She doesn’t have much faith in herself. She’s broken. 

2. Were you a fan of the horror genre before working on the film? If so, what are some of your favourite horror films?

I wasn’t really a big fan of horror movies but nevertherless I’ve been moved by:

– Suspiria (Dario Argento)

– Morse / Let the Right One In (Thomas Alfredson)

– Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)

– Don’t Look Now (Nicolas Roeg)

– The Babadook (Jennifer Kent)

3. What challenges did using a wheelchair for most of the film pose for you as an actress?

Firstly, it is really a physical challenge but I constantly had to think about not using different parts of my body – my legs of course but also my abdominal muscles (and we need those for everything). So, I was always trying to make the right moves. The difficulty starts as soon as you get in the wheelchair because you are not at the same height as other people.

4. Did you have to learn how to use the wheelchair as you prepared for the role? For part of your research for the role, did you speak to people who are wheelchair users? 

I had some physical training and I was coached by a young woman, Lara who has been paraplegic for 10 years. She taught me the movements and how to get around in a wheelchair. She also spoke a lot to me about her disability and it was a real gift to be taught by her. It actually made me want to do it properly and truthfully for her.

5. We see in the movie that a number of people are cruel to Eva because she uses a wheelchair and some even try to take advantage of her because of it. Is that something that you are now more aware of in society? 

Yes, that’s true. I always felt that our society suffers from a great lack of humanity regarding people with disabilities. There is still a lot of progress to make in providing the facilities or transport that’s needed to help disabled people have an easier Life. It is really important that they feel part of our society and not isolated. 

6. What was it like working with Patrick Ridremont as a director?

He is a grown child! He knew exactly what he wanted and he is very precise and very thoughtful. It was very pleasant to work with all the crew. There was a very good mood on the set at all times during the shoot. 

7. You have some quite difficult and confrontational scenes in the film. How do you prepare for those kinds of scenes and how do you wind down and relax afterwards?

Yes, that’s true. Thankfully, I had a stuntman with me – Nick – who taught me how to control my breath when I was filming all through the night in a lake that was 13 degrees celsius. 

And we carefully rehearsed the assault scene to ensure that nobody was hurt.

8. What was the most difficult scene for you as an actress?

I don’t remember as I was excited by all the scenes. All of them were very intense and I can’t remember one scene being more difficult than any other. 

9. Would you return as Eva if there was a sequel to The Advent Calendar?

Of course, I’m Eva 😉

10. What are the best and worst Christmas presents you have ever received?

Once my uncle bought me a huge white and gold dress, with a big train…. I felt like a princess. In fact, as far as I can remember, whenever I received presents, I was always pleased.

The Advent Calendar is now screening on Shudder.

Join filmmakers Dave Filoni and Robert Rodriguez, and star Temuera Morrison, as they take a look at the Boba Fett character and what Morrison brings to the role of the mysterious bounty hunter in the new featurette, “Being Boba Fett.” Boba Fett’s return is the subject of the original series from Lucasfilm, “The Book of Boba Fett,” which is now streaming exclusively on Disney+.

“The Book of Boba Fett,” a thrilling Star Wars adventure teased in a surprise end-credit sequence following the Season 2 finale of “The Mandalorian,” finds legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett and mercenary Fennec Shand navigating the galaxy’s underworld when they return to the sands of Tatooine to stake their claim on the territory once ruled by Jabba the Hutt and his crime syndicate.

“The Book of Boba Fett” stars Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen. Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Robert Rodriguez, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson are the executive producers. Karen Gilchrist and Carrie Beck serve as co-executive producers, with John Bartnicki producing and John Hampian as co-producer.

Summary: An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.

Year: 2001

Cinema Release Dates:  29th November 2001 (Australia), 16th November 2001 (UK), 16th November 2001 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: Available in all terrorties.

Country: USA, UK

Director: Chris Columbus

Screenwriter: Steve Kloves

Cast: Terrence Baylor (The Bloody Barron), Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood), David Bradley (Mr. Filch), Richard Bremmer (He Who Must Not Be Named), David Brett (Dedalus Diggle), John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Eleanor Columbus (Susan Bones), Emily Dale (Katie Bell), Paul Marc Davis (The Ghost Of The Cavelier), Warwick Davis (Goblin Bank Teller/Professor Flitwick/Voice Of Griphook), Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Ray Fearon (Firenze (voice)), Scott Fern (Terrence Higgs), Simon Fisher-Becker (Fat Friar), Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon Dursley), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Richard Harris (Albus Dumbledore), Ian Hart (Professor Quirrell), Josh Herdman (Goyle), Leila Hoffman (Augusta Longbottom), David Holmes (Adrian Pucey), John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley), Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan), Christina Petrou (Amanda), James Phelps (Fred Weasley), Oliver Phelps (George Wesley), Leslie Phillips (The Sorting Hat (voice)), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley), Adrian Rawlins (James Potter), Alan Rickman (Professor Snape), Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia Dursley), Hazel Showham (Septima Vector), Dominic Smith (Phillip), Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall), Geraldine Somerville (Lily Potter), Leila Sutherland (Alicia Spinnet), Danielle Tabor (Angelina Johnson), Will Theakston (Marcus Flint), Saunders Triplets (Baby Harry Potter), Verne Troyer (Griphook), Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley), Zoe Wanamaker (Madame Hooch), Emma Watson (Hermoine Granger), James Waylett (Crabbe), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Nina Young (The Grey Lady), Luke Youngblood (Lee Jordan)

Running Time: 152 mins

Classification: PG (Australia), 13 (Thailand), PG (UK), PG (USA)


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Summary:  Eddie Brock attempts to reignite his career by interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady, who becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage and escapes prison after a failed execution.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  25th November 2021 (Australia), 2nd December 2021 (Thailand), 15th October 2021 (UK), 1st October 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA, UK, Canada

Director: Andy Serkis

Screenwriter: Kelly Marcel

Cast: Jack Bandeira (Young Cletus), Sean Delaney (Young Detective Mulligan), Stephen Graham (Detective Mulligan), Tom Hardy (Eddie Brock/Venom), Naomie Harris (Frances Barrison/Shriek), Woody Harrelson (Cletus Kasady/Carnage), Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Little Simz (herself), Peggy Lu (Mrs. Chen), Olumide Olorunfemi (Young Shriek), Scroobius Pip (Siegfred), Reid Scott (Dr. Dan Lewis), J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson), Alfredo Tavares (Kennedy H), Sian Webber (Dr. Pazzo), Michelle Williams (Anne Weying)

Running Time: 97 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 15 (UK), 13 (USA)


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You can read our review of Venom: Let There Be Carnage that appeared in The Phuket News here –


Summary:  A childless couple, María and Ingvar discover a mysterious newborn on their farm in Iceland. The unexpected prospect of family life brings them much joy, before ultimately destroying them.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  14th October 2021 (Australia), 10th December 2021 (UK), 8th October 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: Iceland, Poland, Sweden

Director: Valdimar Johansson

Screenwriter: Sjon, Vladimar Johansson

Cast: Hilmer Snaer Gudnason (Ingvar), Lara Bjork Hall (Ada (voice)), Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson (Petur), Noomi Rapace (Maria)

Running Time: 106 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


David Griffiths’ and Kyle McGrath’s Lamb Review:

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It’s not just a call… It’s a warning.

From Warner Bros. Pictures comes Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson in the dual role of Gotham City’s vigilante detective and his alter ego, reclusive billionaire Bruce Wayne.

Starring alongside Pattinson (“Tenet,” “The Lighthouse”) as Gotham’s famous and infamous cast of characters are Zoë Kravitz (“Big Little Lies,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy,” “12 Years a Slave”) as Edward Nashton; Jeffrey Wright (“No Time to Die,” “Westworld”) as the GCPD’s James Gordon; John Turturro (the “Transformers” films, “The Plot Against America”) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (“The Magnificent Seven,” “Interrogation”) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (“Farewell Amor”) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” films, “Black Panther”) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (“The Gentlemen,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) as Oswald Cobblepot.

Reeves (“The Planet of the Apes” franchise) directed from a screenplay by Reeves & Peter Craig, based on characters from DC.  Batman was created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger.  Dylan Clark (the “Planet of the Apes” films) and Reeves produced the film, with Michael E. Uslan, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo and Simon Emanuel serving as executive producers. 

The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team included Oscar-nominated director of photography Greig Fraser (“Dune,” “Lion”); Reeves’ “Planet of the Apes” production designer, James Chinlund, and editor, William Hoy; editor Tyler Nelson (“Rememory”); and Oscar-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran (“1917,” “Little Women,” “Anna Karenina”).  The music is by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino (the current “Spider-Man,” “Jurassic World” and “Star Wars” films, “Up”).

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a 6th & Idaho/Dylan Clark Productions Production, a Matt Reeves Film, “The Batman.”  The film is set to open in theaters beginning 3 March 2022 and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.