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Picture - Shirley Henderson - Set Fire... London United Kingdom, Tuesday 28th October 2014

Shirley Henderson - Set Fire To The Stars - UK film premiere held at the Ham Yard Hotel. - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 28th October 2014

Set Fire To The Stars


Picture - Shirley Henderson - The Arqiva... London United Kingdom, Sunday 18th May 2014

Shirley Henderson - The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2014 (BAFTA) - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 18th May 2014

Picture - Shirley Henderson - The Arqiva... London United Kingdom, Sunday 18th May 2014

Shirley Henderson - The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards - Afterparty held at The Grosvenor House hotel - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 18th May 2014

In Secret Review


Filmmaker Charlie Stratton takes a rather obvious approach to Emile Zola's iconic 1867 novel Therese Raquin, ramping up the melodrama while drenching everything in shadowy doom and gloom. It's such a bleak film that it sometimes feels like a spoof, pushing every emotional story element to the breaking point. But the resilient premise still has something to say.

In deeply repressed 19th century French society, Therese (Elizabeth Olsen) is an orphan raised by her over-involved aunt (Jessica Lange), sharing a bed with her sickly cousin Camille (Tom Felton). When she comes of age, Therese is simply expected to marry Camille, after which all three move to Paris to open a shop. Soon Therese meets Camille's old pal Laurent (Oscar Isaac), who sparks her lust in ways the wheezy Camille never could. And as they begin a torrid affair, Therese and Laurent know that they can only be together after Camille is dead. So they hatch a nefarious plan, but life doesn't play out quite as they expect it to.

Writer-director Stratton makes everything so stylised that it can't help feeling stagey, with streets, sets and costumes that are relentlessly drab. The main colour scheme is dark greys and browns, and everything is swamped in murky shadows as the characters swap anguished glances. The actors do what they can with this. Olsen and Isaac manage to generate some sweaty chemistry, which transforms into something very different in the final act. Felton finds some humanity underneath Camille's obnoxious exterior. Lange merrily chomps the scenery as the glowering, over-reacting matriarch. And casting Matt Lucas, Mackenzie Crook and Shirley Henderson in key supporting roles can't help but add some unexpected comedy ("I have a touch of the vapours!").

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BAFTAs 2014: 'The IT Crowd' And 'Southcliffe' Lead British TV Award Nominations

Tags: Richard Ayoade - Olivia Colman - David Tennant - Dominic West - Helena Bonham Carter - Maxine Peake - Chris O'Dowd - Rory Kinnear - Shirley Henderson

The nominations have been announced for this year's BAFTA TV Awards, which will be held on Sunday 18th May. After an outstanding year in television, this year's awards will make for gripping viewing with nominations covering all categories of TV talent. Channel 4's comedy series, The IT Crowd, leads the way with four nominations alongside the broadcaster's chilling crime drama, Southcliffe, according to BAFTA.

Richard Ayoade
Actor Richard Ayoade & Comedy 'The IT Crowd' Could Clean Up At The 2014 TV BAFTAs.

The IT Crowd dominates the best performance in a comedy categories as Richard Ayoade and Chris O'Dowd are each nominated whilst their co-star Katherine Parkinson has been nominated for best female in a comedy and the show's final episode is up for best sitcom.

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