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Jan26 2018

SUNDANCE 2018 – “Colette” Interview

People Didn’t Understand ‘Colette’ 16 Years Ago Says Director Wash Westmoreland

In 2001, following a trip to France to see the places early 20th-century French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette lived and worked, writer/director Wash Westmoreland wrote the script for Colette in just ten days. “It only took 16 years after that to make the film,” he said at Deadline’s Sundance Studio. The film–starring Keira Knightley and Dominic West–follows Colette’s first marriage to Henry Gauthier-Villars, known as Willy–a Svengali type who encouraged her to write, and then took credit for her extremely popular work. Westmoreland also depicts her resulting awakening and refusal to bow to oppressive societal rules.

“In a way the project was ahead of its time when I was pitching to people and saying, ‘Oh and then Colette gets this lover who’s this woman who’s completely male-identified and she’s kind of a forerunner of today’s trans community,’” Westmoreland said. “I’d just get this completely blank stare from development people. That was 16 years ago and now of course that’s something people are very interested in.”

For Knightley, the story was intriguing.

“I think my first introduction would have been Gigi, the musical, and then I got obsessed with Cheri and The Last of Cheri,” she said of Colette’s writing. “I didn’t know anything about the first marriage, and her husband taking credit for her work, so I find it fascinating, the whole thing.”

“History hasn’t been very kind to him,” West added of his character, Willy. “He’s now known as the guy who stole Colette’s talent and art, and that’s what we’re hoping to disseminate with this film.”

For Westmoreland, Colette and Willy were very much an iconic celebrity couple of their time, like John Lennon and Yoko Ono. “The modern example of it would be Kim and Kanye,” he said. “Through their marriage you see a lot of the issues that were happening around gender, and the changes that were happening between men and women are reflected through their marriage.”

Jan23 2018

Keira at 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Our beauty Keira was at the 2018 Sundance film festival in Park City, her new movie “Colette” premiered at Sundance Film Festival on Saturday. She looked beuatiful and radiant, rocked a tuxedo to the premiere of Colette. She was joined on the red carpet by the film’s director John Cooper, as well as her co-star and on-screen husband Dominic West.  I’ve added a bunch of photos to the gallery, be sure to take a look.









Jan20 2018

‘I think everyone has battled their fair share of monsters’

Keira Knightley has revealed she has been sexually assaulted four times on evenings out as she hit out at the ‘culture’ of ‘silencing and bullying women’.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star, 32, spoke out in praise of the #MeToo movement and said the film industry tolerated the idea that men ‘are allowed to behave in different ways than women’.

The London-based actress said the ‘minor’ assaults had all happened in bars, and that a group of her friends had all suffered similar experiences.
‘In my personal life, when I’ve been in bars, I can count four times when I’ve been assaulted in a minor way,’ she told Variety magazine.

‘I think everyone has battled their fair share of monsters. It’s not just actresses. It’s teachers; it’s lawyers.
‘I’m not talking about rape, but I’m talking about the people who had been grabbed in pubs or their breasts had been fondled by somebody they didn’t know or they’d had someone shove a hand up their skirt.’


Knightley also revealed she shuns roles in modern-day films because she notes that the female characters are often raped or treated disrespectfully, which is why she chooses to star in more history-based movies.

‘I always find something distasteful in the way women are portrayed, whereas I’ve always found very inspiring characters offered to me in historical pieces,’

she said.

Knightley shot to fame in Pirates Of The Caribbean and went on to star in Pride & Prejudice and The Imitation Game, about the life of Alan Turing, and the Duchess in which she played the 18th-century aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, the Duchess of Devonshire.

Her next film is historical drama Colette, based on the French novelist of the same name.

While she does not single out any contemporary films herself, Brie Larson won the Best Actress Oscar in 2016 for her portrayal of a woman held captive and repeatedly raped in the film Room.

Other films featuring similarly disturbing scenes include The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and the 2009 Oscar-winning Precious.

Dec13 2017

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (STILLS)

Entertainment Weekly has revealed one images for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, director Lasse Hallstrom’s upcoming adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic Christmas tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, which gives us a first look at Mackenzie Foy as Clara and Keira Knightley as The Sugar Plum Fairy; take a look below.



Dec04 2017


Keira Knightley attends the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards at Theatre Royal on December 3, 2017 in London, England.


Nov30 2017

Keira and James at the mothers2mothers Winter Fundraiser

Keira Knightley and James Righton attend the mothers2mothers Winter Fundraiser, hosted by Salma Hayek Pinault and Francois-Henri Pinault. The dinner is in support of mothers2mothers’ work to create a generation free from HIV.


Nov30 2017

Sundance: Keira Knightley, Daisy Ridley and #MeToo Movement Films Make Lineup

The #MeToo movement is hitting Sundance.

A Gloria Allred documentary titled Seeing Allred will make its world premiere at Sundance 2018, joining a lineup of films that also includes the Keira Knightley-starrer Colette, Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot and the Daisy Ridley post-Star Wars vehicle Ophelia. The festival on Wednesday unveiled the 110 films from 29 countries that will screen as part of the U.S. Competition, World Competition and NEXT sections. Of the dramatic competition hopefuls, roughly one-third are directed by women. That’s a positive sign for the indie film industry when compared to studio film world, where women continue to represent less than 10 percent of directors.

“I don’t think you ever take a sigh of relief. It takes constant vigilance,” said John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival. “I think what’s really changing for our audiences and for the filmmakers is just an awareness of how important other voices are not just to change in the world but also just as far as the entertainment factor, for fresh stories, for stories that are not just dull and boring. I think that’s what independent film has always done.”

The festival is set to kick off in and around Park City, Utah, on Jan. 18 and run through Jan. 28.

This year’s batch of films were selected from 13,468 submissions, including 3,901 feature-length films and 8,740 short films. Of the feature film submissions, 1,799 were from the U.S. and 2,102 were international. Last year, the fest drew 71,638 attendees.

A complete list of films screening in the U.S. Competition, World Competition and NEXT as well as Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight and Kids sections follows.

Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film. Films that have premiered in this category in recent years include Fruitvale Station, Patti Cake$, Swiss Army Man and The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

Colette / U.K. (Director: Wash Westmoreland, Screenwriters: Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer, Producers: Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley) — A young country woman marries a famous literary entrepreneur in turn-of-the-century Paris: At her husband’s request, Colette pens a series of bestselling novels published under his name. But as her confidence grows, she transforms not only herself and her marriage, but the world around her. Cast: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Elinor Tomlinson, Aiysha Hart. World Premiere