John Crowley, Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey , Nick Hornby - EE British Academy Film Awards 2016 (BAFTAs) held at Royal Opera House - Press Room at British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016
Director John Crowley and writer Nick Hornby never even try to temper the flood of emotions that this story elicits, instead wading straight in. Thankfully, they manage to resist sentimentality at every step, although perhaps some more offhanded, edgy humour would have helped balance it better. Because as is, this film can be rather overwhelming at times, thanks to the sensitive, honest performances from the cast and a subject most people can identify with: how it feels to leave home.
It opens in 1950, as Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) is reluctantly preparing to leave her home and family in rural Ireland for a new life in New York City, arranged with the help of an Irish priest, Father Flood (Jim Broadbent). As she settles into the boarding house run by Mrs Kehoe (Julie Walters), she gets a department store job and starts studying bookkeeping, all of which helps take her mind off her homesickness. She also meets the persistent, charming Italian-American Tony (Emory Cohen), and they fall lustily in love. Just as life doesn't seem so bad after all, Eilis gets bad news and has to travel home to see her family. There, she meets the eligible bachelor Jim (Domhnall Gleeson). And now she will have to make a decision about where her home is.
The film's tone is open and emotive from the very start, with warmly glowing cinematography, a surging musical score and lots of over-serious conversations. The hills of Ireland have never looked so green, the bustling streets of Brooklyn never seemed quite so exciting. There are some comedic touches here and there, but the main tone here can be summed up in the word "yearning". This is a film that's easy to identify with for anyone who has ever moved away from home, especially as it explores conflicting loyalties and unexpected opportunities. These themes are much stronger than the romantic triangle that drives the film forward.
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Author/screenwriter Nick Hornby is set to pen his first Tv drama with an adaptation of writer Nine Stibbe's book, Love, Nina.
Bosses at the Bbc have commissioned the Oscar nominee to write the script for the five-part series, which documents the true story of Stibbe when she moved to London at the age of 19 to become a nanny.
In the book, Stibbe relies on letters she writes to her sister over a five-year period to document her adventures and mis-adventures with the lively and opinionated children of Mary-Kay Wilmers, the editor of the London Review of Books.
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Reese Witherspoon gives a beautifully stripped-back performance in this epic journey based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed. The title has a double meaning, as it follows this wild child through the Wild West in a quest to find her centre. This metaphor is as obvious as Cheryl's badly over-loaded backpack, but while the messages are unmistakable the filmmaking and acting are raw and natural. And the settings are spectacular.
After a chaotic patch of wanton living, seen in flashback, Cheryl (Witherspoon) sets off to hike a thousand miles along the Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada. She has no idea what she's doing, but bravely goes for it, overcoming feelings of loneliness before getting to know some fellow hikers along the trail as she traverses deserts, mountains and forests amid sunshine, rain and snow. All of this gives her a chance to make sense of a variety of memories involving her mother (Laura Dern), her ex-husband (Thomas Sadoski), her younger brother (Keene McRae) and her best friend (Gaby Hoffmann). And there are plenty of issues that need to be sorted out.
The film is structured in a way that lets us learn about Cheryl's past gradually. Important facts and events are dribbled in throughout the hike, shaping Cheryl's physical odyssey into a journey of self-discovery, which is more than a little gimmicky. Especially when "telling" quotes are printed right across the screen. Thankfully, Nick Hornby's script and Jean-Marc Vallee's direction never moralise about her history of promiscuity and drug abuse. These things are not the problem: they are symptoms of what's wrong with Cheryl. And this gives the film a maturity lacking in most Hollywood-studio films that are happy to find easy explanations and solutions.
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'Wild' actress Reese Witherspoon has slammed the film industry for being ''centuries behind'' when it comes to gender equality.
Reese Witherspoon thinks Hollywood is ''centuries behind'' when it comes to gender equality.
The 'Wild' actress has slammed the film industry, claiming its views on gender disparity are outdated and insisting bosses don't accurately represent women in movies.
When asked if she considers herself to be a feminist, the 38-year-old star said: ''Obviously I'm a feminist, and I'm incredibly aware of the huge, huge problems [with gender disparity] in Hollywood.
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Reitman will direct Hornby's adaptation of Skip Hollandsworth's magazine article about a real-life family of bank robbers.
I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family will be a family affair for Reitman - his dad Ivan will produce the film. Father and son last collaborated on Oscar-nominated George Clooney movie Up in the Air.
Nick Hornby - Photographs of a variety of stars as they arrived for the Premiere of the biographical drama 'Wild' at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at AMPAS in Beverly Hills, California, United States - Thursday 20th November 2014
Reese Witherspoon has admitted playing heroin addict Cheryl Strayed in 'Wild' was the hardest but most rewarding role she has ever taken on.
Reese Witherspoon has admitted playing Cheryl Strayed in 'Wild' was the role of a lifetime.
The 'Legally Blonde' actress stars as the divorcee in the drama based upon Cheryl's real-life memoir 'Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail' which she penned after losing her mother and embarking on a thousand mile hike.
The blonde beauty - whose production company, Pacific Standard, adapted the biography for film - confessed the character was the hardest but most rewarding role she has ever taken on.
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Check out the trailer for the black comedy below
A Long Way Down hits cinemas on March 21st
The four unlikely friends meet when attempting to commit suicide on top of a tall building on New Year’s Eve.
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Nick Hornby was left disappointed by Bob Marley live performance and suggested people let nostalgia take over when they remember the show they wish had taken place.
The 'High Fidelity' author admitted he can barely remember seeing the reggae legend on stage, but tries not to admit that, or how let down he remembers feeling by the show.
He told Middle 8 magazine: ''If one of these experiences ever comes up in a conversation with a young person, the young person will say something like, 'Wow. That must have been awesome.'
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'Skins' writer Jack Thorne has been hired to write magical adventure 'Mortimer Wintergreen', being produced by Johnny Depp.
Jack Thorne will write the script for Johnny Depp's 'Mortimer Wintergreen'.
The 'Skins' and 'This is England '86' scribe will pen the script for the Warner Bros. magical adventure film, which is being produced by Johnny's Infinitum Nihil production company, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The project - which is set to be directed by 'Nanny McPhee Returns' helmer Susanna White - is an adaptation of the 1987 Myron Levoy novel, 'The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen', about two young siblings who run away from their cruel aunt and go on adventures with the titular magician and his magic hat.
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Singer Ben Folds and novelist Nick Hornby have formed an unlikely alliance to record a new album. The former frontman of the BEN FOLDS FIVE has collaborated with the author of 'High Fidelity' to create a new collaborative piece of work, entitled 'Lonely Avenue', which was released yesterday (28th September 2010).
44-year-old Folds created the music for Hornby's lyrics, and also played piano on the album, and in an interview with CNN he said "The big thing for me is to be making records that all feel like, in some way, that it's my first record, and that determines the success of it, I think. This record feels like a first record because the process was different, everything was different, and I didn't have an iron grip over what it would be". One of the album's tracks, 'Levi Johnston's Blues' is about the moment that Bristol Palin'S then boyfriend found out he would be the father of her child.
Ben Folds last studio album was 2008's 'Way to Normal', but he has released a number of compilation and live records in recent years. Nick Hornby released his latest novel, 'Juliet, Naked', in 2009.
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