Documentary Now! at TIFF 2022, & Armani Beauty LIP MAESTRO
Posted on
Aug 18, 2022

Documentary Now! at TIFF 2022, & Armani Beauty LIP MAESTRO

Hi, everyone!

It has been announced that three episodes of Documentary Now! season 4 is part of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Docs lineup. Also, check out another video from Armani Beauty for their LIP Maestro ad.

Documentary Now! at TIFF

One of the Documentary Now! episodes premiering at TIFF is Two Hairdressers of Bagglyport, which stars Cate Blanchett as a salon staff and Harriet Walter as the salon owner. The festival will run from September 8th to 18th with tickets for general public to go on sale on September 5th, full schedule will be released on August 23rd.

In a whimsical touch, Thom Powers (TIFF Docs Programmer) has tucked something unexpected into the TIFF nonfiction slate—episodes from the upcoming new season of Documentary Now!, the IFC comedy series created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Myers and Rhys Thomas that lovingly parodies the earnest rigor of documentarians and the documentary form.

“We’re going to be previewing three new episodes from season 4,” Powers says. “One of those episodes is called My Monkey Grifter, which is a take on My Octopus Teacher, with the British actor Jamie Demetriou who people will know from Fleabag and other shows. Fred Armisen also makes an appearance in My Monkey Grifter. The second episode is a really warmhearted homage to Agnès Varda, starring the French actress Liliane Rovère, who fans of Call My Agent! will know as the endearing older agent in that series. And she is just pitch perfect as Agnès Varda in that episode. And the third episode is a pet project of Cate Blanchett, who has previously appeared on Documentary Now! And we’re expecting several of the people involved with these episodes to be at TIFF.”

Powers continues, “To have Documentary Now! as part of the [TIFF] selection not only brings a smile to our face, but [the show] is also just such a deeply researched and deeply appreciative reverie about documentary filmmaking that I couldn’t resist inviting it to be part of the program.”

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Sources: TIFF, Deadline

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 at For Sama Screening and New Podcast Interview
Posted on
Apr 25, 2022

Cate Blanchett at For Sama Screening and New Podcast Interview

Happy Monday, everyone!

Tonight in New York, Cate will be honored at the 47th Chaplin Awards but while we wait Film Comment has released the podcast interview they did with her discussing her most memorable roles. Cate also moderated a Q&A last night for the documentary For Sama.

Podcast

Every year, Film at Lincoln Center honors a luminary of the film industry with the Chaplin Award. This year’s recipient, the 47th, is an actress who has essayed some of the most iconic performances of the last quarter-century, and whose nearly superhuman versatility is matched by the consistency of her craft: Cate Blanchett. In an in-depth tribute essay, the scholar Amy Herzog writes that “Blanchett’s almost otherworldly range has generated certain tropes in reviews of her work: she is often described as ‘chameleonic,’ or said to ‘disappear into the character. But these takes, which suggest an innate and natural ability for imitation, or even an erasure of the self, don’t capture the careful calibrations of Blanchett’s craft.”

A couple of weeks ago, I sat down with Blanchett to dig into those calibrations and the process behind some of the most interesting performances of her career. We discussed her iconic turns in Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes, Todd Haynes’s I’m Not There, Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, and some deeper cuts, like her early roles in the Australian miniseries Bordertown and Tom Tykwer’s Heaven (which was written by Krystof Kieslowski).

Film Comment

FOR SAMA Screening

Cate moderated a Q&A for the documentary FOR SAMA after a screening at Forest Row Townhall. The documentary is directed by Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts and has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2020 Academy Awards. The screening was originally scheduled in March 29th 2020 but was cancelled due to COVID lockdown. Cate has also previously hosted a screening of the movie in November 2019.

FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.

There is also campaign to end targeted attack on hospitals in Syria. You can check more information about #ActionForSama here.

Source: For Sama

Cate Blanchett’s new executive produced docu series, Burning
Posted on
May 18, 2021

Cate Blanchett’s new executive produced docu series, Burning

Hi, everyone!

Cate Blanchett’s Dirty Films production company with her husband, Andrew Upton has a new project to executive produced. Read the details below.

Cate Blanchett’s ‘Burning’ Heads Amazon Prime’s Expanded Production Slate in Australia

Amazon Prime Video has unveiled the production of seven new original shows to be produced in Australia, including bush fire feature-documentary “Burning,” executive produced by Cate Blanchett.

“Burning” is a feature-length documentary from executive producers Blanchett and Eva Orner, who also serves as director. It examines the 2019-20 bushfires from the perspective of victims of the fires, activists and scientists. It is produced by Propagate Content, Dirty Films and Amazon Studios, and will launch on Amazon Prime later in 2021.

Source: Variety

Stuart X and This Changes Everything available on streaming
Posted on
Feb 2, 2020

Stuart X and This Changes Everything available on streaming

Hello Blanchetters!

Two projects from last year are now available on streaming.

This Changes Everything, an investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring accounts from well-known actors, executives and artists in the Industry, is available on Amazon Prime/Starz. You can watch it here.

Stuart X, narrated by Cate and directed by Thibault Upton (that we thank for reaching out to us to let us know about this), is available on Youtube, and you can watch it below. Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett narrates the documentary Stuart X
Posted on
Nov 3, 2019

Cate Blanchett narrates the documentary Stuart X

Hello dear Blanchetters!!

Cate visited the recording studio one again to narrate a 5 minutes documentary: Stuart X, directed by Thibault Upton. The documentary is currently touring film festivals

Stuart X is a passion project and 5 minute documentary commissioned by The Fragile X Association of Australia.

Stuart Iredale was born with Fragile X during the 1950s; a time when the disability was little know. He was misdiagnosed with mental illness and spent 40 years of his life in psychiatric hospitals where he was misunderstood, drugged and abused.

At 60 years old Stuart was correctly diagnosed with Fragile X. He now has a set of processes and care that provide him with an entirely different quality of life.

Today he has shown progress towards recovery from years of mistreatment and responds to music therapy by dancing.

If you want to know more about this disability, check ot the official site here

(The picture above it’s from the Blackbook’s Oct/Nov 2007 editorial by Warwick Saint. It can be found here)

This Changes Everything – South Korean Promotion
Posted on
Oct 21, 2019

This Changes Everything – South Korean Promotion

Hello dear Blanchetters!

As you may know we are looking for reinforcements to keep the site updated more frequently. Please check our social media for more infos.

In the meantime, let’s talk about This Changes Everything! Does it ring a bell? Well, it should. The documentary is one of the many “small” projects dear to Cate. Shot in 2018, directed by Tim Donahue and produced by Geena Davis, we had to wait till July to get a limited release in America and in then in Canada.

Now the movie is coming to South Korea (October 31st) and two new trailers were released by the main distributor. We also have some posters. The material may be found here. Scroll down to a lovely gif of Cate. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/t3y2w1eHpD8

This Changes Everything – First trailer, special screening and promotional material
Posted on
Jun 18, 2019

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
Posted on
Jun 8, 2019

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.