UNHCR – New Podcast and Collaboration

UNHCR – New Podcast and Collaboration

Hello Blanchetters!

Back in 2015 Cate was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, leading to a fruitful partnership and collaboration.
One week after the annual World Refugee Day, the UNHCR released a new podcast inteview from the series Awake at Night. You can listen it here. Alongside the podcast the UN Refugee Agency relased two new pictures from Cate’s humanitarian missions in Lebanon (2015) and in Bangladesh (2018).

Thanks to Catepedia on the CBFchat, we have news about another project Cate was involved in: she has written the foreword for the new book Forced to Flee, featuring pictures of refugees children:

The book is on sale from June 25. More infos here

We have also added to the gallery a new picture from the Hands Up for Syria fundraising (2016)

and we have replaced the picture below with a larger version (The Ideas Box – Google Zeitgeist). Enjoy!

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actor, Oscar-winner and mother of four Cate Blanchett is the final guest of this season’s award-winning podcast series Awake at Night, hosted by the UN Refugee Agency. The podcast centres around remarkable individuals engaged in supporting refugees, and Blanchett, a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, has dedicated herself to the cause since 2014.

In a frank and emotional conversation with Melissa Fleming, UNHCR’s Head of Global Communications, Blanchett reflects on her experiences during prior field visits with UNHCR. She recalls her time in Jordan, accompanied by her son Iggy, where she met Syrian refugees: “In Jordan you have two refugee camps [Azraq and Za’atari] and one of them is completely barren, it’s almost like a moonscape. We had this extraordinary lunch with an extended family that had been in the camp for quite some time. One of the boys was going out to play soccer. But there was a 13-year-old boy, very engaged, very cheery, that didn’t go out.”

Iggy — keen to play football with all the boys in the family — was curious to know why the cheery boy didn’t join them: “I explained that he had a wound in his foot; that he had shrapnel in his ankle as he was shot on their journey there. The colour just drained from Iggy’s face and you could see him trying to put those pieces together.”

There, in the barren, hot, Jordanian desert, might have well been the moment her son Iggy understood what it meant to be a refugee: “I think, if you told him in abstract or he’d read it in a newspaper article, he would have thought about the boy being in a hospital bed, being incredibly depressed, but you could see that this boy was still full of hope.”

When asked how being a mother has helped her with her role as a Goodwill Ambassador, Blanchett says: “Simply by being a mother you form a greater empathetic, immediate connection to the experience of refugee mothers and what they will do, the lengths they will go to try and normalize their experience as fragile as it is for their children.”

As a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, Blanchett helps raise awareness and humanize the issue of forced displacement and statelessness. She has travelled with UNHCR to meet refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Bangladesh, learning first-hand about peoples’ experiences of flight from conflict and persecution, or the challenges of statelessness and then turning this experience into powerful advocacy and human storytelling. She has turned this witness into film and drama, and also into powerful testimony at fundraising events as well as high-level meetings such as at the UN Security Council and Davos.

The Awake at Night podcast series focuses on remarkable humanitarians who provide unique and intimate insights into their work. They disclose what drives them, what they have learned from the people they serve, and the challenges and hopes that keep them awake at night.

So, what keeps Cate Blanchett awake at night? When asked this question, she vividly describes meeting a Syrian woman, an architect, at a refugee community centre in Lebanon. The woman, a mother of three, told the people gathered at the centre that she was taking a boat the next week with her children to try to reach Europe: “The room fell silent and everyone said: ‘You know how dangerous that is.’ And she said, ‘I have no choice! My children have been out of school. I have no choice!’.”

Blanchett continues: “Often, for people who get on boats, it’s not the first point of trauma. They’ve experienced starvation. They have been shot at. They have travelled miles without any medical aid. Their children are at their wits’ end, already traumatized, when they get on the boat.”

“They are doing this because they are thinking profoundly about their children’s future. They are the people who are being washed up on the beaches.”

“Think. Just think about that, as you’re drifting off to sleep.”

Blanchett’s work with refugees has also exposed her to the immense resilience and courage of refugees, despite their difficult circumstances. This reminds her of another meeting: “When we were at Azraq, I encountered a young schoolteacher whose child was a month old. It was incredibly hot. It was in the desert and they’d made their tent. He took me into a courtyard and he had planted a little tree for his daughter. He would walk for a long time every day to get enough water to feed this tree. Just the love that he was pouring into this tree. He wanted it to grow and he knew that he would probably be in the camp for quite some time. He was talking about how this tree would grow and it would shade his daughter. And it made me want to weep. I thought it was like the quintessential image of hope that a father has for his daughter. That he wanted her to play under that tree.”

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This Changes Everything – First trailer, special screening and promotional material

This Changes Everything – First trailer, special screening and promotional material

Hello dear Blanchetters!

The first trailer for This Changes Everything has been released a couple of days ago, but there isn’t a single frame with Cate. The trailer announces that wider release is set for July 22nd during a special screening in US cinemas (the documentary is set to debut on June 28 for a limited release). Tickets can be bought here


No pictures from the trailer, but fear not! The official Instagram account is promoting the movie, some stills may come from it. Stay tuned!

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Peter Lindbergh – Women’s Stories featuring Cate Blanchett for W

Peter Lindbergh – Women’s Stories featuring Cate Blanchett for W

Hello Blanchetters!

We have just found out a brand new documentary featuring some unseen footage.
A quick recap: back in 2016 W Magazine, for its yearly Oscar issue commissioned the cover photoshoot to the great Peter Lindbergh. The famous photographer has filmed the creative process and released it in two different videos.

This Febrary, during the last Berlin Film Festival a new documentary dedicated to Peter Lindberg was amongst the competition: Peter Lindbergh – Women’s Stories.


In the documentary’s trailer there are few seconds of new footage from that Best Performance editorial from 2016.


The feature opened in Germany on May 30. There aren’t any news of a possible distribution outside Germany.

Interview, Beauty Papers and Von – Magazine Scans (and some pics)

Interview, Beauty Papers and Von – Magazine Scans (and some pics)

Hello Blanchetters, a long awaited post!

We had purchased and scanned the last three magazine featuring a brand new photoshoot with Cate Blanchett. Meanwhile we have also found some pics to add in the photoshoot section. (Remeber to clear your cache to see the updated pics)
Enjoy!

Interview Magazine – March 2019
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Behind the scenes




BTS Sources: 2

Beauty Papers
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Photoshoot



Promotional videos focused on each characther


Ellen Von Unwerth’s VON
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Photoshoot and Behind the scenes



BTS source: Von’s Insta

First pictures form the set of Stateless

First pictures form the set of Stateless

Hello dear Blanchetters!

Cate is currently filming Stateless in Adelaide, Australia! The first pictures from the set came out yesterday, enjoy!



UPDATES: News on Mrs. America and Stateless series starring Cate Blanchett

UPDATES: News on Mrs. America and Stateless series starring Cate Blanchett

Hey Blanchetters!

Things are pretty quiet in Cateland right?
But we had quite the week with Cate’s 50th birthday. So many beautiful messages and actions from the fans!

During the past few weeks some news became available on the two new series projects Cate is attached to.
Firstly, we have the CBS / FX Network mini series Mrs. America where Cate will play Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative woman who helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment initiative that would guarantee the equal rights of women (USA).

Blanchett is also in executive production of this limited series and she will be joined by stars James Marsden, Sarah Paulson, Uzo Aduba (as Shirley Chisholm), Rose Byrne (as Gloria Steinem), Margo Matindale (as Bella Abzug), Tracey Ullman (as Betty Friedan), Kayli Carter, Ari Graynor, Melanie Lynskey, John Slattery and Jeanne Tripplehorn.

“I am extremely excited about delving into the material as there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to peel back the layers of this recent period of history, which couldn’t be more relevant today,” Blanchett said in a statement.

Created by Dahvi Waller, the series has a nine-episode arc and the production is set to start this year, with filming from 19th June until November 1st in Toronto, Canada.

Cate will have a busy second semester! She is also going to produce an Australian TV Series.

Stateless is a new TV series about immigration detention in Australia co-created by Cate Blanchett, Tony Ayres and Elise McCredie. Cate will star in the series and, alongside with Andrew Upton, will also act as executive producer of this Australian Broadcasting Corporation limited series.

McCredie and Belinda Chayko are writing the series that will be directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse (The Dressmaker) and Emma Freedman.

Blanchett said while the story was focused on Australia, it explored global themes: “The desire for personal freedom, the need for social stability, an escalating lack of faith in the political process and the deeply unsettling impact this has on individual lives.”

The cast also includes Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale), Dominic West (The Affair), Rachel House, Jai Courtney, Clarence Ryan, Fayssal Bazzi, Claude Jabbour, Rose Riley, Kate Box, Helana Sawires and Asher Keddie.

Inspired by real events, Stateless tells the story of four strangers in an Australian immigration centre: an airline hostess leaving a cult, an Afghan refugee escaping persecution, a father saddled with a dead-end job, and a bureaucrat steeped in a national scandal.

Stateless is expected to air on the ABC in 2020 , it will be distributed worldwide by NBCUniversal. Production is set to begin in June.

Stay tuned!!!

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