In Aid of UNHCR – STIL Lifestyle Auction
Posted on
Jul 2, 2022

In Aid of UNHCR – STIL Lifestyle Auction

Hi, Cate fans!

Cate Blanchett has donated a custom-made suit by Grayscale in support of Ukraine and UNHCR. According to STIL Lifestyle, where some of her pre-owned items has been sold in 2020 in order to raise funds for UNCHR, the suit that Cate donated will be auctioned this Autumn along with other donated items from “most iconic, inspiring, and stylish women”. All proceeds will go to UNHCR.

The Channel 4 documentary “Ukraine: Life Under Attack” that Cate narrated was also co-executive produced by her. Follow the link below to watch.

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World Refugee Day & Dispatches Episode Narration
Posted on
Jun 19, 2022

World Refugee Day & Dispatches Episode Narration

Good day! A new video of UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett has been released ahead of #WorldRefugeeDay tomorrow (June 20th). You can head to UNHCR.org for more information and how to donate. She also narrated an episode of Dispatches — Ukraine: Life Under Attack — about the battle for Kharkiv which is “told through the eyes of civilians and emergency workers who bore the brunt of the Russian onslaught.” The episode premieres on June 27th at 10pm BST on Channel 4.

 

 

 

Cate Blanchett on Course Correction Podcast
Posted on
Apr 12, 2022

Cate Blanchett on Course Correction Podcast

Hi, everyone!

Cate is a guest on Course Correction podcast season 3 episode 4. The third season of the podcast is in partnership with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) “to illuminate all aspects of the refugee experience”. Cate talked about her work with the agency and refugees as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. You can listen on links below. There’s also the interview on the recent magazine scan from Palace Scope that we posted previously.

We’d like to thank Rebecca for her donation to the site!

Course Correction Podcast

Nelufar Hedayat speaks with Academy Award-winning actor Cate Blanchett about her experiences as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador advocating for refugees. Blanchett explains that educating refugee children and young adults provides opportunities to be leaders in rebuilding their homelands while also benefiting their host countries.

This is a Google translated article

Cate Blanchett: “What I like above all is going against the grain”

An honorary Caesar for Cate Blanchett! That’s what warmed our hearts. As if the mere presence of this great lady of the cinema, with her intelligence above the fray, her fascinating magnetism, was already a promise of happiness. As if a close-up on her was enough to make us happy. Her feline smile, the magical sparkle of her aquamarine gaze, full of stars, the glamorous blonde and her pink complexion… “A special effect in itself,” a journalist once said of this luminous wonder of a woman, who, at 52, seems to be constantly getting younger. And this elegance, worthy of the greatest Hollywood goddesses! When host Jimmy Fallon asked her about the honorary trophy awarded to her by the French Académie des César, she exclaimed happily: “French cinema has influenced me so much!”

And what a career! From her beginnings as a “messy young girl terrified of sophisticated women”, as she says, the journey is dizzying. “I was born in Melbourne, my father was Texan and my mother Australian. Just before entering university to study fine arts, I traveled for a year. In Italy, I slept in convents, I was fascinated by the nuns.” In Egypt, she did some extras in a film about boxing! When she returned to Australia, she discovered her vocation: the theatre. While rising the wave of Australian stars, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, she graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney. The movie theater? “Frankly, I could stop cinema. I would also be happy staying at home knitting,” says the divine, who, against all odds, readily shows herself to be schoolboy, full of playfulness, and very rock’n’roll. Let’s not forget that she played the role of Bob Dylan! “But the desire to transcend is always stronger. Becoming an actress stabilized me. The mystery and unpredictability of this job suits me well. Being an actress consists above all in not being interested in oneself, but in taking the point of view of a gallery of characters that I carry around with me. What I like above all is to go against the current.”

When does an actor’s roles merge with her life? Two Oscars (best supporting role in 2005 for The Aviator, best actress in 2014 for Blue Jasmine), four children (three sons now teenagers and a daughter), a husband she describes as a “legend”: the friendly screenwriter and director Andrew Upton, with whom she ran the Sydney Theater Company. Conquering Hollywood and staying away from it – half in the picturesque suburbs of Sydney, half in England – is only given to the greatest. And all these crazy and impossible bets of a chameleon actress, starting with that, sumptuous, of Queen Elizabeth, a role that would crown her on the international scene at 29 years old. And propelling her to Todd Haynes, Jim Jarmusch, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Terrence Malick… which in no way prevented her from conquering mainstream cinema! The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy, of course, but also Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Thor: Ragnarok (role of evil creature acclaimed by her sons), Ocean’s 8, Cinderella, several animated films…

Last year, Cate Blanchett fiercely defended a feature film, Apples, to help its director. This year, she has already blown us away in two shocking roles: overly tanned TV host and ultra-bright teeth in Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up. And a femme fatale, limping and bamboozling Bradley Cooper, in Nightmare Alley, by Guillermo del Toro . Two films nominated for the Oscars. We will also see her again soon in Borderlands, a science fiction by Eli Roth, who had already directed her in the children’s film The House with Clocks in Its Walls . And in Tár from Todd Field, where she plays an orchestra conductor. “I don’t choose my roles, they choose me. Of course I really wanted to act with Bradley Cooper! But, at the end of the day, it’s always the director first. When someone like Guillermo, for whom I also did a voice in Pinocchio, calls me, I go for it! It is the directors who provoke the momentum, the desire for an encounter, the desire to immerse themselves in their world and to come back from it larger.”

Among her dreams as filmmakers, two are coming true. Cate Blanchett will be the heroine of the first film in English by Pedro Almodóvar: A Manual for Cleaning Women based on the novel by Lucia Berlin: the story of a woman who has known a thousand lives. And, after having worked with the other two amigos, Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) and del Toro, she will turn under the direction of Alfonso Cuarón in the Disclaimer series: there she will be a journalist, threatened when her own secrets are revealed by a novelist played by Kevin Kline. Cate Blanchett is co-producing both projects through her own production company, Dirty Films.

It is also under this banner that she produced and adapted, two years ago, two series reflecting her humanitarian commitment: Mrs. America and Stateless . The first deals head-on with feminism. Cate Blanchett, it should be remembered, is one of the great figures of #Mee Too in Hollywood. The other series, based on a true story, denouncing Australia’s immigration policy. “The more the world regresses, the more I have to get involved,” says the one who was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2016. “We must keep hope, especially for the younger generation, but , and it’s the same for the climate, I am appalled by the fight to be led. When we were filming Don’t Look Up, we hadn’t realized how much our satire was becoming a realistic documentary!” And if Cate Blanchett, when she presided over Venice, had chosen to wear only “recycled” outfits, it was not to lecture. “To encourage each of us,” she insists, “when we can, to do our part.” Feet in reality, head in the stars! Latest news is that Ms. Blanchett set to add a private art gallery to her Victorian mansion in Sussex. A wing to replace an old shed, with preservation of the bats that lived there… This new building, dedicated to the actress’ contemporary art collection will also include a meditation space and a studio for her rehearsals. When we tell you that Cate Blanchett is a bit of a rock star!

Source: Course Correction, Palace Scope

Cate Blanchett UNHCR video and Apples conversation clip
Posted on
Mar 23, 2022

Cate Blanchett UNHCR video and Apples conversation clip

Hello, blanchetters!

A new UNHCR video has been released for Women’s History Month. Meanwhile, Apples which was directed by Christos Nikou and executive produced by Cate was released in Japan on March 11th with new conversation clip released. Watch them below.

Apples

CATE BLANCHETT Watching “Apples” reminded me of Alfonso Cuarón’s words, “A good director has a solid sense of the” pause “in the movie.” There was a solid “pause” in this movie as well, and I felt that the story unfolded naturally as I got into the experience of memory loss. It was very complete and captivated. I couldn’t believe this was the first feature film. I wanted to meet the director, so I met Christos. I hit it off right away. My wish is to help bring this “Apples” to people.

I was overwhelmed by the acting of the main character, the man. I heard he is a former dancer. That’s why he can manipulate his own body at will. You can tell a lot with a little gesture. I think it has the same kind of lightness as Jacques Tati. It has a strong presence in satirical comedy. But his acting has a lot of weight, and it makes the unreal world convincing. Absurd scenes make me feel very painful. You can be light while having grace and solemnity. I realized that it wasn’t black humor, but humor driven by melancholy.

This work is not only about acting style, but also about directing and the atmosphere of the whole movie. Visually very impressive, clear and unique. Christos is an extraordinary film director. He throws away all the molds and makes a movie. He wants you to see “Apples” on a big screen.

Source: Bitters-Apples

Interviews and Magazine Scans
Posted on
Mar 12, 2022

Interviews and Magazine Scans

Hi, Blanchetters!

Cate has shown her support for flood appeal telethon to help those who have been devastated by the flooding in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. She has also given interviews to Variety and Io Donna plus a podcast interview which can be listened on Amazon Music for free and will be available on Apple and Spotify on March 14th. We’ve also added some magazine scans from the recent releases.

 

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In a rare move, tonight Seven Network, Nine Network and Network 10 will jointly present Australia Unites: Red Cross Flood Appeal to help the people and communities who have suffered from the devastating floods across Queensland and New South Wales.

All of the funds raised during the Telethon will go to people affected by the floods.

Kym Pfitzner, Australian Red Cross CEO, said: “Red Cross is delighted and grateful to join with the major TV networks to raise money for flood-affected areas. We have all seen the enormity of the flood damage across large parts of New South Wales and Queensland, and these communities now face a long and tough road to recovery.

“Everyone coming together during this telethon will help Australian Red Cross provide financial assistance to people at a time when they really need it.

“We can only give out what we raise, so we ask everyone to dig deep and really come together to support the people who have lost so much.”Whenever disaster strikes, Australian Red Cross works side by side with organisations such as the St Vincent de Paul Society, The Salvation Army, Lifeline, and GIVIT to get help to where it’s needed most. They do an incredible job and the Red Cross is grateful to work alongside all of them.”

Donations to the Telethon will help Red Cross teams provide humanitarian support to people and communities smashed by the floods, which may include:

  • Enabling volunteers and staff to help with evacuation and relief centres and outreach services
  • Supporting people and communities to recover and build resilience to disasters

So far, 468 Red Cross emergency response team members and volunteers have provided support in 49 evacuation centres – and donations help to make that support possible.

Apart from the Telethon, Australian Red Cross has already launched a flood appeal. You can donate to it now at redcross.org.au/floodsappeal or by calling 1800 733 276.

Tonight’s Telethon will also be highlighting the great work from organisations such as the Foodbank, Rotary, Good Food 360, Koori Mail Flood Appeal, and Rural Aid.

7:30pm AEDT tonight on Seven, Nine and 10 (7plus, 9Now, 10Play)*
* check local guides.

This is a Google translated interview

Cate Blanchett: “The time has come to banish fears and face reality”

Oscar-winning actress, Cate Blanchett, just made two films about greed and selfishness. But she is preparing to celebrate “what unites us”. She is ironic and a bit philosophical, for the directors she has the energy of “a 12-year-old bad boy”. And here she tells us how she faces life on this complicated planet every day.

Six in the morning in Los Angeles, early afternoon in England: Cate Blanchett calls me from her “manor”, the manor house in East Sussex – once home to Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle – where she lives with her children Dashiell, 20 years old , Roman, 17, Ignatius, 13, little Edith of 7 and husband Andrew Upton. We have had several encounters in recent years, in person, on the phone, during photo shoots or at international festivals, and they have been promptly animated: we discuss cinema, the conditions of immigrants, refugees (she produced the TV series Stateless) and women’s wage equality, with some ironic allusion to our respective roles in Hollywood as well.

In short, each of her films becomes a reason or an excuse to pick up the thread of our discussion: “What’s new in this world of ours? Is it possible to participate, to make it better for us and for future generations?”. I have always spoken with Blanchett as if she were a guru, an enlightened soul: her interests range in the most diverse fields, from art to history, to economics. She is informed and curious, but she is also generous and helpful, she knows how to manage fame and success with completely unusual naturalness and spirit.

As an eclectic and courageous actress perhaps, the most acclaimed and coveted on the current international scene – she has never lost the pleasure of having fun and playing with even the slightest tones : she is there to comment on the color of my socks or the cut of a jacket, to indicate as icons of style Iris Apfel, the famous American interior designer who has passed the century of age, and Fran Lebowitz, the 70-year-old writer to whom Martin Scorsese has dedicated two works. She says: “Please remind me of the name of that extraordinary restaurant in Turin…” and then she cites the latest essay by a sociologist, that of a physicist expert on climate and the talk of an economist who studies mathematical models of productivity and wages.

The tone of the conversation today is calm, thoughtful, reflective. Two years of Covid also leave their mark on an incurable optimist like her. We have just seen the Oscar-winning actress in two films, Nightmare Alley, film noir with Bradley Cooper directed by Guillermo del Toro, and Don’t Look Up, a catastrophic-political-ecological satire directed by Adam McKay. In the coming months we will see her in Tár, the story of the first female German conductor, Pinocchio, the animated film directed by del Toro, and Borderlands, based on the popular video game. A few days ago, the news came that the director Alfonso Cuaròn managed to grab her for his first series for Apple, Disclaimer, with Kevin Kline.

Good morning Cate. The last time we spoke we were at the beginning of the pandemic, singing on the balconies and switching from one zoom to another with friends and family. Today, after two years of forced isolation, we are all a little tired, empty. How can we find ourselves? What to rely on, who to rely on to recover strength, hope and face the world? Art and creativity have been a healthy refuge for many…

I feel exactly this emotions and feelings. But I don’t think we can tell stories, read books, listen to music or walk down the street and walk in a park without thinking about what happened, and it’s still happening in a global sense. Even if you don’t make a film about the pandemic, that’s the thing we talk about or keep quiet about. I believe the time has come to put it out of mind and celebrate what unites us. It is interesting, however, that my last two films, Nightmare Alley and Don’t Look Up, instead tell precisely what separates us from one another.

Meaning what?

Both speak of our spiritual dryness, greed, selfishness, and the need to believe our own lies. In the case of Nightmare Alley, then, there is a very strong desire to ignore the truth. My truth? Let’s focus instead on what unites us, otherwise everything becomes only debilitating, tiring, exhausting. Because life is exhausting.

We generally find relief in movies, in stories.

Yes, many have taken refuge in cinema and books, especially during the first months of the pandemic, but now I want to face reality. I found myself reflecting on what is important and what is not, what is broken and what must be resolved, on a personal and systemic level. We are not only experiencing the reality of the pandemic, there are other relevant movements for which we should move and intervene. Having said that, I am also convinced that films, in a period like the one we are experiencing, offer the possibility of reading and understanding reality better.

Cinema as therapy?

Of course, to recharge and forget our worries for a while, but above all to communicate with each other. If you think of the films of 1945, and after the Second World War, you find great works of art that helped to process terrible catastrophes and crises. A film like Nightmare Alley, it forces you to reflect on what it means to be corrupt: you see a man who does not respect any rules, shows no empathy or compassion of any kind and a weak social system that allows him to get away with it. Just recently I read in The Guardian an article that, to report the growth in wealth of the richest men in the world as a percentage, cited a billionaire whose wealth had increased by 1006 percent in the last 12 months, that is, by 1.3 billion a day. A financial disparity of this kind is impossible to digest, not even the most amazing film can make you forget it.

You are active in various social and environmental organizations. You now collaborate with activist Danny Kennedy on the Climate Change podcast, on Amazon. Is the climate issue the most urgent problem to face and solve today?

Ours is a complicated planet, isn’t it? Everything is connected, but what is striking in the world, everywhere, is the disproportionate number of refugees due to the climate and certain political realities, and this will have a ripple effect. Insisting on protecting borders is pure folly: we need an international strategy that allows us to work together. This is my answer.

Don’t you think that the world, on the other hand, is closing up and not opening up to others?

Violence is perhaps more active, but it is motivated by fear, and fear takes shape and action when the truth has flown away. I think of Bradley Cooper’s character in Nightmare Alley and what happens to those who lose the sense of who he is, to situations without any underlying truth. Lies never got the human race anywhere.

You have three teenage children. How do you deal with these issues with them?

Bits and bits, sometimes with deeper conversations, often with brief hints. Taking it for granted that everything is working well doesn’t lead to substantial changes, but at the same time you can’t get caught up in the mud. You have to give yourself a move and move forward, with attention, respect for others, and never forgetting the sense of humor. Whatever your ideology or religion, what matters is to be human, tolerant and humble.

Immediately after Nightmare Alley you wanted to work with Guillermo del Toro again.

Yes, yes, I’ll be one of the voices in his version of Pinocchio, a monkey actually (laughs). One day on the set I ask him: «When is it that we will work together again, Guillermo?». “I don’t know, now I’m doing Pinocchio” … then he looks at the producer, Miles, and blurts out: “That monkey, for example… You know what, Cate, everyone has this idea of you as a great lady when in reality you are a rascal, a dirty, cheeky 12-year-old bad boy! ” Yes, you see, he is someone who knows me well (laughs). I ended up in his next movie for this reason, probably (winks).

What else can you tell us about Guillermo?

If Guillermo asks me to work with him, I don’t hesitate for a moment: in common we have the same love for horror, and a sort of obsession for the human animal, its unpleasant and sublime complexity. Besides, he has crazy, fantastic ideas, nothing is too much for him and he keeps a flawless sense of history. In short: his is a truly stimulating space in which to work, not counting the actors and the cast that he brings together. But do you know that thanks to him I was able to work twice with Ron Perlman? (legendary American actor, favorite of John Frankenheimer and Joe Dante, ed).

How Cate Blanchett’s Dirty Films Production Company Is Making a Global Impact

Cate Blanchett, who recently appeared front of the camera in “Don’t Look Up” and “Nightmare Alley,” has been busy behind the scenes developing film and TV projects through the Dirty Films banner she co-founded with her husband, Andrew Upton.

Among those in the works: “A Manual for Cleaning Women,” her first collaboration with Pedro Almodóvar in his English-language debut; Indigenous Australian filmmaker Warwick Thornton’s “The New Boy”; and the Apple TV Plus series “Disclaimer” from Alfonso Cuarón.

Blanchett will star in each in addition to producing, building on her résumé of dual credits that includes “Carol,” “Stateless” and “Mrs. America.” Similar to how she chooses acting roles, the Dirty Films team (which also includes Coco Francini and Georgie Pym) takes a “filmmaker-driven” approach.

“No matter the budget or the genre, films are born out of interesting conversations, so that’s where we begin,” Blanchett tells Variety over the phone, chalking up the company’s “incredibly eclectic” selections to its principals’ Australian heritage.

“It’s a small country in terms of population, but we individually punch above our cultural weight, because we have such a mix of cultural influences, in a great way — also in a painful way,” she explains, alluding to the country’s birth by colonial invasion. “We have a very interesting perspective on the world.”

For her, the appeal of producing is less about finding a role to perform than about having a creative stake in the project.

“People often assume that when you have a production company, you are simply trying to develop materials for yourself. Sometimes that’s the case, and you do need to be in something,” Blanchett says, pointing to the “Stateless” as an example. The two-time Oscar-winner appeared in all six episodes of the miniseries that ultimately landed at Netflix. “I knew that I had to be in it in some way because of the material. No one wanted to make a project that was ostensibly about refugees and asylum seekers.”

Among other accolades, the drama earned 13 awards from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. But she’s also found that an actor’s ability to work behind the scenes can be underestimated.

“Oftentimes, people think, as an actor, that you don’t have that perspective on the whole thing — that you don’t understand how a film is put together,” she observes. “After years and years and years of doing this, it’s not just sitting in your trailer, waiting for your hair and makeup call.”

Pointing to her contemporaries who also produce — including her Oscar-nominated “Nightmare Alley” producer and co-star Bradley Cooper, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Reese Witherspoon — she adds, “You get involved in a project because you’re interested in the whole thing.”

“You’re involved from soup to nuts; you’re invested in that experience,” Blanchett explains. “So you get to understand how all of those cogs come together and you can see a way that they might be put together slightly differently, or what didn’t work, because you’re inside the experience. And that is what I find increasingly exciting. Acting, less and less so, frankly.”

As for stepping behind the camera to direct, Blanchett acknowledges she’s been “spoiled by some of the most astonishing directors of all time, so it feels like an act of hubris to think that I could or would.”

But she won’t count out the possibility entirely. “If it was material that took me by the short and curlies, it could happen. But just because you’re opinionated, as I painfully am, doesn’t mean you are a director.”

Last month, Blanchett accepted the 47th annual Honorary Ce?sar award, presented by French film icon Isabelle Huppert, and became the inaugural recipient of Spain’s International Goya award, given by Almodóvar and Penélope Cruz. Both prizes celebrated the actor and producer for her contributions to cinema on a global scale.

“I’ve known Isabelle for a while now; we’re both theater animals who also work in cinema, and she’s such a legend,” Blanchett says, reflecting on the “huge” honor. “Penélope’s work is constantly inspiring and [Cruz and Almodóvar] is a historic partnership. To be in Spain, presented by both of them, you die and go to heaven. I can’t work out why [they awarded me], but I didn’t say no.”

In her acceptance speeches, Blanchett shared how she’d been influenced by the great cinematic artists of those countries, including Spain’s Luis Buñuel and France’s Robert Bresson.

“Watching a Bresson film, when I was in my early teens, it blew the back of my head off. I’d never seen anything like it,” she recalls. “There’s so many Russian filmmakers that have been deeply influential on me, not only working in the cinema, but also as an actor on stage. One of my favorite films this year was Sean Baker’s ‘Red Rocket”; Janicza Bravo’s ‘Zola’ was profound. I consider American filmmakers ‘international.’”

Beyond her own range of influences and collaborations with international filmmakers, the awards represent Dirty Films’ penchant to think globally. The company is in pre-production on “Disclaimer” with Cuaro?n and will then go straight into Thornton’s “The New Boy” and, later, Almodóvar’s “A Manual for Cleaning Women.” Also, following their partnership on the critical-acclaimed “Apples,” which Dirty Films executive produced, they’ll team up with filmmaker Christos Nikou again for “Fingernails.”

According to Blanchett, their greatest strength as producers lies in their understanding of the creative process and “knowing where to cut corners and where that will enhance the ultimate, individual creative flourish of the product itself.”

“We can all find money; but money is more difficult to come by without any creative strings attached,” she says. “To find the right rhythm, the right wave, the right budget ties and the best way to film, it’s not a science, it’s an art.”

Blanchett also credits her and Upton’s time heading the Sydney Theatre Company with helping to hone their skills, particularly in reference to getting a production off the ground quickly instead of languishing in development hell.

“We have a much quicker rhythm. If we committed to an idea, we could get it on,” she says and between 2008-2013, the duo produced between 19 and 20 shows a year. In 2015, they officially awoke Dirty Films from its dormancy with Todd Haynes’ critically acclaimed “Carol” and it’s been full steam ahead ever since.

“We want to be nimble,” she explains. “There’s a lot of stuff being developed that may never see the light of day. We’re not into over-developing or over-committing. You can get the thing up eight years later, but you’ve lost the reason why [that story needed to be told]. That’s something that carried from working at the theater company.”

In recent years, Blanchett has headed the juries at the Cannes and Venice film festivals and relished watching the definition of “cinema” morph as boundaries between the big and small screens — as well as those between streaming and theatrical — blur.

“The streaming platforms have shaken things up,” she comments, regarding the way the distribution and windowing have shifted. “We don’t want them to calcify and reform and imitate the worst sides of studios in terms of monopolies, but it does mean that you don’t have to think of things in terms of length.”

Plus, she says, “Streaming platforms and series have kept us afloat, frankly, mentally and psychologically over the last two years.”

While Blanchett believes that “big ideas happen in a cinematic form,” she notes that, “There’s a lot of options there in the way we think about stories, and the possibility of how we realize those narratives. The idea of making a short film or a long masterwork — those definitions are much more nebulous now. And I think that’s really exciting.”

Additionally, the business itself has become more international and likewise has a wider reach with its themes.

“We’re finding we’re much more amoeba-like in terms of cultural boundaries. That’s where the cinematic arts are a real bridge between this surge of ridiculous, antiquated nationalism that’s happening,” Blanchett says, relating the conversation to the news of the day. “There aren’t closed borders because we are all communicating. So, this rubbish that is going on in the Ukraine — this horrendous, disgusting rubbish — is totally antithetical to the way human beings are actually communicating.”

The actor and producer, who is also a Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, adds: “I think cinema can, through the lens of metaphor and allegory, help audiences. Without wanting to sound too pretentious, I think it can help society to comprehend and possibly make some kind of sense of issues that we all have a stake in.”

SmartLess Podcast

We roll up our sleeves and get down to business with none other than Cate Blanchett. She reveals her aspirations to make cheese, Sean fans-out on Lord of the Rings, Will explains his rich history in lowered expectations, and Jason explores his elasticity challenges. Pass the honey butter; it’s SmartLess.

Click the image below to listen to the podcast. This episode will be available on Apple and Spotify on March 14th.

Magazine Scans

Paris Match No. 3798 – February 23rd 2022

Entertainment Weekly – March 2022

Variety -Match 9th 2022

Io Donna – March 12th 2022


Source: IoDonna, Variety, TV Tonight

UHNCR – Humanitarian aid for the displaced and refugees from Ukraine
Posted on
Mar 6, 2022

UHNCR – Humanitarian aid for the displaced and refugees from Ukraine

Hi, everyone!

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett is urging people who can donate to help those who have fled and fleeing Ukraine due to the current situation their country is facing right now.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi has stated that the humanitarian consequences on civilians of this conflict will be devastating.

We urgently need your help to continue providing life-saving protection to families forced to flee their homes.

UNHCR has stepped up our operations and capacity in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. We remain firmly committed to support all affected populations in Ukraine and countries in the region.

Your support can help ensure that Ukrainians forced to flee their homes are sheltered and safe.

You can click HERE to donate.

Source: UNHCR

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Cate Blanchett, shares her definition of “refugee” in The Refugee Dictionary
Posted on
Jul 28, 2021

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Cate Blanchett, shares her definition of “refugee” in The Refugee Dictionary

Hi, everyone!

It looks like we are on a Cate Blanchett hiatus. But here’s a bit of a news in relation to her work as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador – Cate has shared her definition of the word “refugee” in The Refugee Dictionary.

We also would like thank those who have donated to the site, we are able to reach our goal for hosting renewal this August.

Cate Blanchett, shares her definition of “refugee” in The Refugee Dictionary

A dictionary defining only one word – refugee – has been unveiled to mark today’s 70th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention, which the UK helped launch and ratify in 1951. Containing over 1,000 personal definitions submitted by members of the public, including faith leaders, local communities, high profile figures and refugees themselves, ‘The Refugee Dictionary’ demonstrates a strong sense of solidarity and helps to illustrate the stories, lives and contributions of refugees in the UK. The dictionary was created by the UN Refugee Agency’s UK charity partner, UK for UNHCR.

‘The Refugee Dictionary’ was today accessioned by the British Library for its Contemporary British Publications collection, as a record of the anniversary and a work commemorating the rich tapestry of stories and futures made possible because of this significant human rights convention. The Convention defined who a refugee is in law and set out the human rights of women, men and children fleeing the horrors of war and persecution to seek safety in another country.

Contributions have been made to the dictionary by a wide range of people, including Mevan Babakar, who was a refugee for five years as a child after fleeing the Gulf War; Lord Alf Dubs who fled Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport; the first female Syrian refugee pilot and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Maya Ghazal; the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi; as well as a wide range of refugee university students.

Faith and community leaders including The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Andrew Copson, Chief Executive, Humanists UK, The Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Zara Mohammed, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, and Jasvir Singh OBE also shared their definitions, alongside high profile supporters including Cate Blanchett, UNHCR Global Goodwill Ambassador and actor; David Morrissey, actor and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador; Khaled Hosseini, novelist, former refugee from Afghanistan and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador; actor Emma Thompson; lexicographer Susie Dent; actor, influencer and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Tanya Burr; broadcaster, author and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Anita Rani; and poet Harry Baker.

You can also share your definition of the word refugee through the UN Refugees website.

Source: UN Refugees, London Post

UNHCR Ambassador Cate Blanchett sees pandemic as chance for reflection on plight of refugees; & Borderlands wraps filming.
Posted on
Jun 19, 2021

UNHCR Ambassador Cate Blanchett sees pandemic as chance for reflection on plight of refugees; & Borderlands wraps filming.

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Here’s a bit of a news on Cate’s works. Ahead of World Refugee Day tomorrow, June 20th, Reuters has published a short interview with Cate. Also, Borderlands wraps filming this weekend and new set photos were shared by Jamie Lee Curtis. Check them out below.

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Cate Blanchett sees pandemic as chance for reflection on plight of refugees

 

This year’s World Refugee Day offers a chance to reflect on the uncertainty faced by those forced to flee their homes, Oscar winner Cate Blanchett says as the world grapples with the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Australian actor, a goodwill ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said the annual June 20 event came during a time of “challenge and reflection”.

“We’ve been forced to confront what uncertainty feels like and of course that is the situation that the majority of refugees live with, year in, year out,” Blanchett told Reuters in an interview.

“There’s a kind of an opportunity … to think about how we have dealt with uncertainty and perhaps place ourselves in the shoes of mothers and fathers and doctors and lawyers who have been, through no fault of their own, displaced and have been living with, for often for upwards of 18, 19 years, in that state that we have been dealing with for 18 months.”

World Refugee Day honours those who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict or persecution. This year’s theme calls for greater inclusion of refugees in health systems, education and sport.

“Sadly, even in COVID, conflicts have continued around the world,” Gillian Triggs, UNHCR’s assistant high commissioner for protection, said in the joint interview.

“What we’re trying to talk about … is to support the host countries to enable people to be included in access to education, children to school, family members to work, but of course, most particularly in this time of COVID, access to health and to vaccines,” Triggs added.

In its annual report released on Friday, UNHCR said the number of people forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution and human rights abuses had doubled in the past decade to reach 82.4 million at the end of 2020. L2N2NY1MV

In her UNHCR role, Blanchett has travelled to Lebanon, Jordan and Bangladesh, and has addressed the UN Security Council on the Rohingya refugee crisis.

“There’s been a lot of fear-based rhetoric around the notion of people who have been forcibly displaced, either internally or outside their own country,” she said.

“I think that World Refugee Day couldn’t come at a better time because we can really think about how we can collectively build a stronger and safer and more humane world and that being inclusive is a superhuman power.”

Borderlands wraps filming this weekend

New (silhouette) photos were shared by Jamie Lee Curtis ahead of the finish of the production of the movie in Budapest.

 

Source: Reuters

 

Cate Blanchett on Madame Figaro (Photoshoot & Scans), UNHCR videos, & Nightmare Alley wraps filming
Posted on
Dec 18, 2020

Cate Blanchett on Madame Figaro (Photoshoot & Scans), UNHCR videos, & Nightmare Alley wraps filming

Hey, everyone!

A bit of news – new magazine cover with an interivew with Cate, UNHCR has released two new videos, and we got release month for Nightmare Alley!

Cate Blanchett : “J’évite les réseaux sociaux, je fuis la pensée unique”

Son magnétisme et sa capacité de pouvoir tout jouer en font une star célébrée. Présidente du dernier Festival de Venise, l’égérie d’Armani Beauty et visage des parfums SÌ, nous parle de confinement, de cinéma et de l’importance d’être singulière.

Elle a incarné deux fois et avec panache la reine Elisabeth Ire. Les mandats de présidente ne sont donc pas de taille à effrayer Cate Blanchett. Elle a mené le Festival de Cannes en 2018 avant de régner, en septembre dernier, sur celui de Venise. «La présidente» Cate Blanchett, outre ses fonctions régaliennes cinématographiques, y a assuré à elle seule le show sur tapis rouge, un red carpet invisible de l’extérieur puisque réservé aux seuls photographes, Covid oblige. Même sans public, elle rayonnait, effet spécial à elle seule avec son élégance jamais prise en défaut, gigantesque et longiligne, teint d’albâtre, cheveux d’or et regard bleu acier, un écrin haute couture idéal pour les créations de Giorgio Armani : Cate Blanchett est l’égérie du parfum Sì et l’ambassadrice d’Armani Beauty, par ailleurs partenaire officiel de la Mostra.

La beauté singulière de Cate Blanchett convoque un imaginaire hollywoodien fantasmagorique – elle possède l’aura des stars des années 1940, comme Katharine Hepburn qu’elle a jouée dans Aviator, de Martin Scorsese -, tout en imposant une implacable modernité : actrice superpuissante, elle est aussi à l’aise sur une scène à Broadway que dans un blockbuster (Le Seigneur des anneaux), une performance (Manifesto, de Julian Rosefeldt) ou une série TV (Mrs America). Bref, Cate Blanchett, deux Oscars, ne dédaigne aucun moyen d’expression et se fait un devoir de défendre le cinéma quel qu’il soit. Interview téléphonique.

Madame Figaro. – Quelle est l’humeur du jour ?
Cate Blanchett. –
 L’optimisme prudent. Un repli relatif. En ce moment, je vis à la campagne, en Angleterre. Je viens d’arroser les plantes, j’ai nourri les animaux et mon mari fait du pain. Je m’amuse de constater que tous les hommes de mon entourage se sont mis à faire du pain depuis le confinement…

Ressentez-vous, comme chacun d’entre nous en cette période de crise mondiale, une nécessité de vous réinventer en tant que femme ou en tant qu’actrice ?
Eh bien, vous savez, c’est inévitable pour chacun d’entre nous, ce sont des mutations auxquelles nous devons faire face depuis des décennies, depuis la révolution industrielle, en schématisant. Depuis, nous acceptons les changements sans trop nous poser de questions. Aujourd’hui, ceux auxquels nous sommes confrontés sont catastrophiques. Cette crise nous oblige donc à faire face à des problèmes préexistants auxquels nous n’avions pas envie de remédier. D’une certaine façon, c’est la nature qui rappelle à notre espèce son obligation d’évoluer. Ainsi, nous remarquons encore plus qu’auparavant les inégalités entre les différentes classes sociales, les populations et les cultures, et cela a tendance à nous diviser davantage. Mais dans le même temps, je remarque aussi beaucoup d’opportunités qui s’offrent à nous. Il suffit de regarder toutes ces initiatives, souvent lumineuses, lancées par des groupes et des individus qui cherchent à vivre différemment. Et ces projets solidaires font boule de neige. Je suis convaincue que le désir de changement est très fort, et qu’il est désormais impossible de revenir en arrière, à notre ancien mode de fonctionnement.

Au cours de ces mois difficiles, avez-vous découvert en vous de nouvelles vertus ?
Au contraire, je dirais plutôt que j’ai découvert beaucoup de vices ! Je n’ai pas particulièrement trouvé de solution ni de remède à mes inquiétudes ou à mes craintes, ni même corrigé quelques mauvaises habitudes qui rythment mon quotidien. La seule leçon de vie, finalement, c’est l’apprentissage de la patience, car, comme la majorité d’entre nous, j’aime avancer vite et beaucoup accomplir dans ma vie et dans mon métier d’actrice. Tous ces mouvements ont évidemment été considérablement freinés. L’énergie de l’autre, le regroupement, le collectif, tout cela me manque beaucoup.

Êtes-vous quand même revenue un peu à la vie normale ? Avez-vous retrouvé le chemin des studios ?
Le retour à la vie normale ne m’intéresse pas du tout ! Comme beaucoup de personnes qui travaillent, et pas forcément dans le cinéma, je cherche surtout à ralentir et à me recentrer sur moi-même… Pour 2020, j’avais décidé de prendre une année sabbatique, notamment pour mon fils aîné qui termine un cursus scolaire et que je souhaitais épauler dans le but d’améliorer son développement personnel. Le confinement n’a fait qu’accentuer cette pause.

Vos projets en cours ont-ils été maintenus ?
Je travaillais avec le réalisateur Guillermo del Toro pour le film Nightmare Alley (un thriller avec Bradley Cooper, NDLR) quand le confinement a été décrété. Rooney Mara (autre actrice du film, NDLR) a accouché de son premier enfant et je suis rentrée chez moi. Je pense que le film doit être au stade de la postproduction. Mais au-delà de l’arrêt des tournages, qui finira par n’être qu’un mauvais souvenir, le vrai challenge, c’est le retour en salles des spectateurs. Je suis obnubilée par cette composante sociale fondamentale sur laquelle repose le cinéma : un film, c’est une histoire projetée sur un grand écran, dans une salle plongée dans le noir, que l’on regarde réunis avec des inconnus, tous ensemble. L’idée, c’est que ce rassemblement, ce cérémonial, est une chose précieuse, une chose qui repousse l’isolement, une chose qu’il faut préserver absolument intacte. Bien sûr, les plateformes de streaming sont incroyables et l’offre proposée toujours plus intéressante et riche, mais je persiste à penser que certaines visions cinématographiques ne se révèlent pleinement que sur grand écran.

En tant que présidente du dernier Festival de Venise, vous avez eu la chance de voir des films en salles…
Oui, mon jury et moi avons vécu ce festival comme dans un rêve, et cela semble aujourd’hui assez surréaliste de constater que beaucoup de salles ne sont toujours pas rouvertes. Je suis extrêmement sensible aux festivals de cinéma, à qui j’apporte un soutien total et actif, car ils sont essentiels dans la vie des films et dans la carrière de réalisateurs émergents. Venise, pour revenir à cette expérience, a représenté à la fois une preuve de solidarité et une leçon d’optimisme réaliste. Je suis ravie que cette édition si particulière ait quand même permis de porter la voix et le point de vue de cinéastes qui n’auraient pas eu cette chance autrement. C’est ce qui a rendu cette expérience si unique.

À Venise, vous avez également montré une autre facette de vous : égérie pour la maison Armani. Selon vous, quelle est la définition d’une muse ?
Je ne peux pas parler à la place de Monsieur Armani. Mais pour moi, une muse sert à atteindre une certaine vision. Il s’agit d’un point de départ, un préalable pour toute inspiration. Mais pour être honnête, je ne m’envisage pas du tout de cette façon. Je n’y pense pas.

Quel est votre lien avec la beauté, en tant qu’actrice et aussi en tant que femme ?
À mon avis, la beauté réside souvent dans cette esthétique japonaise, le wabi-sabi : comment les imperfections, les anomalies, les défauts donnent leur grâce, leur authenticité et leur unicité aux choses. Il m’est assez incompréhensible que l’être humain cherche à gommer ses imperfections au lieu de les travailler ou même de les souligner. Voilà ce qui rend unique, et donc beau. La beauté devrait être, doit être, honnête, sans complexes, et s’enraciner dans la liberté d’être tel que l’on est. Et j’accorde plus de crédit que jamais à la notion de liberté. Bref, la beauté conventionnelle ou uniformisée présente peu d’attraits à mes yeux. Ce qui m’intéresse, c’est de rendre acceptable ou séduisant ce que je possède en moi.

Et d’un œil un peu plus superficiel, quelles sont vos astuces pour devenir la championne des tapis rouges comme vous l’êtes, Cate Blanchett, la star hollywoodienne ?
Je ne vois absolument pas de qui il s’agit. (Elle rit.) Si vous parlez d’une beauté supposée, je vous dirais qu’elle se trouve dans l’œil de celui qui regarde. Je n’aime pas les opinions dominantes, les diktats, et je valorise plus volontiers la différence comme vous l’avez compris. J’évite les réseaux sociaux, je fuis la pensée unique et l’hégémonie du goût mondialisé. Je suis en relation avec beaucoup de créateurs de mode, ces hommes et ces femmes ont des talents infinis, et j’estime avoir beaucoup de chance de porter leurs vêtements. Par ailleurs, même s’il m’arrive d’être un peu nostalgique de mes tapis rouge de l’«ancien monde», j’ai décidé dorénavant de privilégier des tenues que j’ai déjà portées au lieu d’encourager constamment la consommation…

En tant qu’actrice, considérez-vous votre visage et votre corps comme des outils ? À votre avis, quel est votre meilleur atout ?
Mon meilleur atout, c’est ma curiosité. Pour le reste, oui, le visage et le corps sont des outils et des instruments de travail… Pour s’engager dans un rôle, la seule façon d’y parvenir, c’est de s’approprier le corps d’un autre et de s’immerger dans le monde qui l’entoure.

Madame Figaro – December 18th 2020 (Venice Film Festival Photoshoots)

Madame Figaro Scans – December 18th 2020 

Nightmare Alley wraps filming

Nightmare Alley will be released in December 2021. Guillermo del Toro is also putting finishing touches on his other film, Pinocchio, where Cate will voice a character.

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Cate Blanchett, encourages people to donate to help refugee families during winter season, and talks a bit about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen

https://www.instagram.com/p/CI0AXXnD-wr/?igshid=1bwdpu3r0qptu

Also, here’s a video of when Cate won Best Supporting Actress in a TV series at 2020 AACTA. There’s no recorded speech from her but she sent a message to her friend and co-creator/producer on Stateless, Elise McCredie which she read.

Source: Madame Figaro, Indiewire

UNHCR and The Four Temperaments videos, Q&As and interview with Cate Blanchett
Posted on
Dec 7, 2020

UNHCR and The Four Temperaments videos, Q&As and interview with Cate Blanchett

Hi, Blanchetters!

Great start of the week, Q&A with Apples director Christos Nikou and Cate who is an executive producer of the film has been released. New UNHCR video and full The Four Temperaments art video were also uploaded. And you can also read a snippet of new interview with Cate.

 

 

According to The Washington Post, George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky virtual premiere will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Cate on December 8th, 2020 (5pm PT/8pm ET). Unfortunately, this one is by invitation only but we will be updating if there’s any article/video released about this.

Here’s the snippet of the new interview with Cate which you can read in full here:

STIL: What impact do you think the Covid-19 pandemic might have on our collective actions around the environment? Amid the tragedies and losses, do you see opportunities for re-greening, cooperation and positive change?

CB: There is a huge opportunity for emerging changed from these globally challenging times. Without a doubt it’s been a monumentally difficult and tragic time for so many people. There was a survey taken in the first lockdown asking people if they wanted to return to the ‘old normal’ once the pandemic subsided, and only around 12% did. The way we were living and consuming was not working. It was unsustainable – emotionally, psychologically and physically. I think there has not been a lot of great leadership over these months, but on an individual level there has been a deep sense of introspection and reflection. I am hopeful that some of this mindfulness will stick as we re-emerge.

As posted previously, Cate was nominated at the AACTA’s Favourite Global Star of the Decade category. You can watch the commentary on Cate at 36:34.

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: The Washington Post