TOP 10 AUTUMN FILM RELEASES
Film editor Emma Simmonds picks out the season’s best cinematic treats
MACBETH Snowtown director Justin Kurzel serves up a bold, thrillingly ferocious twist on ‘the Scottish play’, with a barnstorming Michael Fassbender in the title role. See feature, page 16 and review, page 61. Fri 2 Oct. SUFFRAGETTE
You’ll need your hankies at the ready as screenwriter Abi Morgan (Shame) shows how British women battled for the vote against overwhelming opposition. Carey Mulligan plays a young foot soldier, while Meryl Streep pops up as Emmeline Pankhurst. Mon 12 Oct.
CRIMSON PEAK Guillermo del Toro returns with a lavish-looking ‘old dark house’ horror featuring the frighteningly good Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska. Fri 16 Oct. THE LOBSTER
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his time as a performer.’ On Hirsch’s performance, he adds, ‘he channelled some craziness. We’ve had so many different comparisons. Some people have said he’s like Frank Booth from Blue Velvet.’
Just Jim premiered in the Visions strand at SXSW in March of this year to a good response and Roberts says he ‘stupidly decided to sit in the audience but people laughed and people liked it and it was bizarre. I go in expecting people to hate it. I don’t know why but I just do.’ Considering Roberts has made such an impressive feature, you might expect that he studied ilmmaking. He did, but not in the traditional sense. ‘Every set I’ve been on, I’ve been watching and seeing what I can learn,’ he explains. ‘I was looking at it from every different angle, talking to the DPs and to the gaffers and so forth. It’s probably wise to go to ilm school but you can learn so much from just watching ilms. I don’t have to show up on set and know about every single lens. I just need to know what I want and what my voice is as a ilmmaker.’
Relecting on how to keep grounded after ive years of a proliic acting career and now making his own ilm, Roberts says, ‘I don’t really listen to too much. I avoid that. I’ve been acting for 14 years and I’m not Daniel Day-Lewis. I don’t change who I am every performance.’ And, he slyly quips, ‘I surround myself with people who think I’m terrible.’
Just Jim is on general release from Fri 25 Sep.
Colin Farrell searches for love in brilliantly conceived circumstances in a black comedy from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth) that’s a genuine one-off. See review, page 63. Fri 16 Oct. PAN Peter Pan gets the origin story treatment in Joe Wright’s latest, starring Hugh Jackman, which promises to be another feat of visual imagination. Fri 16 Oct.
After the record-breaking and emotional Skyfall, Bond is back and expectations are higher than ever. Daniel Craig slips back into the suits, and Christoph Waltz is his shadowy adversary. Mon 26 Oct. STEVE JOBS
Danny Boyle helms and Aaron Sorkin pens the story of the Apple co-founder. That man Fassbender is the hardly obvious, but hopefully smart choice for Jobs. Fri 13 Nov. THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 2 The end is nigh as Katniss and co take on the Capitol in the inal instalment of the superior YA franchise. Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie joins the throng. Fri 20 Nov.
BRIDGE OF SPIES Steven Spielberg follows the Oscar- winning Lincoln with an espionage thriller starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance. Fri 27 Nov. CAROL Todd Haynes’ Patricia Highsmith adaptation blew everyone away (including us at The List) when it premiered at Cannes, with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara looking like deinite Oscar nomination material. Fri 27 Nov.
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