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Mia Wasikowska (born 14.10.1989) Mia Wasikowska is an Australian actress famous for her breakthrough title role in 'Alice in Wonderland'.

Childhood: Mia Wasikowska was born and raised in Canberra, Australia. Her parents are Marzena Wasikowska and John Reid, both photographers. She moved to Poland for a year in 1998 as a child for her mother's work. She trained in ballet from the age of 9 'til she was 14, training 35 hours a week with it in mind as a career.

She quit due to an injury and too much pressure to look good. She later became interested in acting and contacted several talent agencies online with only one response.

Acting career: Mia Wasikowska made her acting debut in 2004, appearing in two episodes of the soap 'All Saints'. Her first film was 2006's 'Suburban Mayhem'. In 2007, she appeared alongside Radha Mitchell and Sam Worthington in the horror film 'Rogue'.

In 2008, she took to the States to star in the series 'In Treatment' during which she had to leave school for a time. That year she also starred in 'Defiance' opposite Jamie Bell. In 2009, she appeared in the biopic 'Amelia' with Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor and Christopher Eccleston. That year also saw her in 'That Evening Sun' with Hal Holbrook, for which she had to learn a Southern American accent in two hours for the audition.

The following year she landed the leading role in Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland' opposite Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway. The movie grossed over $1 billion at the box office. That year also saw her in the comedy 'The Kids Are All Right' with Annette Bening and Julianne Moore.

In 2010, she portrayed the title character in Cary Fukunaga's mini-series 'Jane Eyre' opposite Michael Fassbender. She was cast at the recommendation of director Gus Van Sant after appearing in his movie 'Restless'. In 2011, she was in 'Albert Nobbs' opposite Glenn Close and Antonia Campbell-Hughes after Amanda Seyfried dropped out. That year she joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In 2012, appeared alongside Shia LaBeouf in 'Lawless' and in 2013 starred with Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode in 'Stoker'.

Personal life: Mia Wasikowska enjoys photography, often using a Rolleiflex camera and taking photos on the set of her movies. One picture, featuring Jamie Bell, was a finalist in the 2011 National Photographic Portrait Prize. The actress currently lives in Sydney, Australia.

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The Turning Review

Life-changing moments feature in each of the nine short films in this Australian anthology, and each is told with remarkable artistry and sensitivity. While the filmmakers use different styles of filmmaking, there's a clever connection between the shorts, as themes of inner longing are made resonant by earthy honesty. So even if each brief segment film feels like just a fragment of an idea, taken together the film is remarkably moving.

It opens and closes with the animated "Ash Wednesday", using the T.S. Elliot poem to explore the idea of communal memory. From here a variety of mini-stories unfurl, often using the same character names even though the films are dramas, comedies or documentaries, and many have no dialogue at all. The lighter clips include "Reunion", in which a couple (Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh) are surprised that spending Christmas with his mum isn't as awful as expected. "Cockleshell" follows a young guy (Toby Wallace) who's obsessed with the girl (Brenna Harding) next door. And both "Big World" and "Boner McPharlin's Moll" take lively kaleidoscopic looks at how reality is often nothing like our idea of how things should be.

Other segments are dark and provocative, including "Aquifer", about a man (Callan Mulvey) who is pushed by a news headline to recall a painful childhood memory. Two young boys (Jakory and Jarli-Russell Blanco) have a creepy adventure while on a beach day out with their dad and uncles in "Sand". The most moving film is "Commission", in which a young man (Josh McConville) drives to the outback to tell his estranged dad (Hugo Weaving) that his mother is dying. The best performance comes from Rose Byrne in the eponymous "The Turning", as a trailer-trash wife and mother whose friendship with a rich woman (Miranda Otto) sparks a religious epiphany. And the most unforgettable short is "Long, Clear View", impressively directed by Mia Wasikowska, which follows a young boy (Matthew Shanley) playing with his dad's rifle.

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Madame Bovary

'Maps To The Stars' May Finally Earn Moore An Oscar

Tags: Julianne Moore - Mia Wasikowska - John Cusack - Robert Pattinson

Julianne Moore is one of the greatest actresses never to have won an Oscar, even though she's been nominated four times and has a mantle full of SAG statuettes, Emmys, Golden Globes and critics' group awards.

Julianne Moore appears opposite Mia Wasikowska in 'Maps To The Stars'
Julianne Moore appears opposite Mia Wasikowska in 'Maps To The Stars'

But that could change this year with her Cannes-winning performance in David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, a viciously astute attack on the myth of the Hollywood dream. Even the critics who hated the film were mesmerised by Moore's performance as a middle-aged actress desperately clinging to her fame.

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Maps to the Stars Review

As it explores Hollywood's inbred underbelly, this film becomes increasingly deranged and also rather dark and creepy, but it's so fiercely entertaining that it's impossible to look away from the screen. With razor-sharp performances, a brutally witty script by Bruce Wagner and snaky direction from David Cronenberg, the film is perhaps too knowing as it explores a group of fiercely ambitious people who will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Things kick off as Agatha (Mia Wasikowska) arrives in Los Angeles and is collected by chauffeur Jerome (Robert Pattinson), who is also of course an aspiring screenwriter and actor. Focussed and determined, Agatha visits the ruins of a Hollywood Hills home before using a friendship with Carrie Fisher to get a job as an assistant to acclaimed actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore). Facing middle age, Havana is desperate for a comeback role in a remake of the movie that made her mother a star. Meanwhile, 13-year-old teen pin-up Benjie (Evan Bird) has completed rehab and is ready to act again, encouraged by his manager mother (Olivia Williams) and self-help guru dad (John Cusack), who are unnerved when they hear that Agatha is back in town. Clearly everyone has a secret that can jeopardise their career paths. And they're connected in ways no one wants to acknowledge.

The knotted mess of the plot is carefully unpicked over the course of the film, which only makes everything that much more intense and nasty. While it's blackly funny, the movie's overall tone is extremely grim, as these wealthy stars are crippled by emptiness and desperation. They're also willing to do just about anything to get ahead, from celebrating someone else's misfortune to blatantly lying about their pasts.

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Picture - Mia Wasikowska and Ed Speleers... Gloucester United Kingdom, Monday 18th August 2014

Mia Wasikowska and Ed Speleers - Mia Wasikowska, Lindsay Duncan and Ed Speleers film scenes for 'Alice in Wonderland:Through the Looking Glass' on location in Gloucester - Gloucester, United Kingdom - Monday 18th August 2014

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