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Truth – New promotional interviews from Germany
Posted on
Jun 2, 2016

Truth – New promotional interviews from Germany

Hello everybody! Truth opens today in Germany, titled Der Moment der Wahrheit, so support your favourite actress and go watch the movie in cinemas!


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Cate Blanchett: “Ich hatte viel Glück im Leben.”

Sie ist eine der ganz großen in Hollywood und das ohne viel Gehabe. Die ausgebildete Theaterschauspielerin Cate Blanchett war “Elizabeth”, beim “Herrn der Ringe” und beim “Hobbit” dabei, wechselt zwischen großen Blockbustern und kleinen Arthousefilmen, hat für “Aviator” und “Blue Jasmine” zwei Oscars zu Hause stehen. Aktuell ist sie wieder im Kino, in dem Journalistendrama “Der Moment der Wahrheit”. Anna Wollner hat Cate Blanchett in London getroffen und mit ihr über ihre Liebe zum Theater, den Film und ihr Verhältnis zur Presse gesprochen.

Anna Wollner: Sie spielen in “Der Moment der Wahrheit” die Investigativ-Journalistin Mary Mapes, die versucht hat, George W. Bush zu Fall zu bringen. Ist es ein politischer Film?

Cate Blanchett: Unser Film ist nicht über George W. Bush oder die Republikaner. Genauso wie “All the Presidents Men” kein Film über Nixon ist. Es geht eher um das ungesunde Verhältnis zwischen der Wirtschaft, den Medien und der Politik. Diese Vermischung findet statt. Jeden Tag. Das sollte man immer im Hinterkopf haben, wenn man Wählen geht.

Also ein aktueller Kommentar auf den amerikanischen Wahlkampf?

Wenn Sie so wollen, ja. Das Rennen hat ja schon längst begonnen. Das erschreckende für mich ist immer wieder, dass es gar nicht um Inhalte, Ideale und Visionen geht, sondern um Personenkulte und Inszenierungen. Das passiert nicht nur in Amerika, nein auch in Australien oder Deutschland. Es fühlt sich an, als würden die Medien Wahlkampf betreiben und nicht die Ideen, die hinter den Parteien stehen.

Wie war ihr Treffen mit der echten Mary Mapes?

Kurz vor Beginn der Dreharbeiten kam Sie nach New York und sah mich im Theater. Für Sie war es vermutlich schlimmer als für mich. Mich da oben auf der Bühne stehen zu sehen und zu wissen, dass ich sie bald in einem Film verkörpern werde. Aber wir sind schnell miteinander warm geworden. Ich wollte eigentlich nur von ihr wissen, was sie heute über all das denkt. Wissen, wie tief die Wunden noch sind. Ich glaube sie sind immer noch ein bisschen offen.

Wie groß ist ihre Verantwortung als Schauspielerin, wenn Sie eine noch lebende Person verkörpern?

Das ist ein ungemeiner Druck. Der Film basiert lose auf ihren Erinnerungen. Es war also eine Chance um Marys und Dan Rathers Perspektive der Geschichte zu erzählen. Denn sie konnten damals nicht mit der Presse reden. CBS wusste das zu verhindern. Jeder hatte also eine Meinung über die Geschehnisse. Nur sie durfte nichts sagen. Sie genoss es also, dass ihr endlich jemand zuhörte. Nicht um irgendwas richtig zu stellen, sondern einfach um gehört zu werden und eine neue Perspektive zu geben.

Sie spielen immer wieder Theater, gerade erst standen Sie als “Hedda Gabbler” in New York auf der Bühne. Was reizt Sie daran?

Warum ich immer wieder Ibsen mache? Das ist ein Klassiker und Klassiker sind dazu da neuinterpretiert, noch einmal auseinandergenommen zu werden. Ich habe schon überall auf der Welt ganz unterschiedliche Inszenierungen mit unterschiedlichen Ansätzen gesehen. In England, Australien, selbst in Deutschland. Jede Kultur interpretiert das Stück aufs Neue – es ist eben eine sehr zeitlose Geschichte.

Worauf achten Sie bei ihren Theaterrollen?

Ich habe immer versucht Rollen wie Hedda Gabler oder Blanche DuBois in Endstation Sehnsucht zu vermeiden. Am Ende haben mich immer die Regisseure überzeugt. Mein Mann hat in Sidney eine ganz tolle Inszenierung von Hedda Gabler gemacht. Er hat den Begriff Skandal neu ausgelegt. Heute kann ein Skandal eher eine Karriere schaffen, als sie vernichten. Hedda Gablers Angst vor einem Skandal hat mich gereizt. Die Angst davor an die Öffentlichkeit gezerrt zu werden.

Ein Gefühl, dass Sie als Schauspielerin sicher kennen?

Natürlich spreche ich öfter mit der Presse als mir lieb ist. Da führt als Schauspielerin kein Weg dran vorbei.

Wie fühlen Sie sich als Hollywoodstar von den Medien behandelt?

Ich sehe mich gar nicht als Hollywood- oder Filmstar. Ich bin Schauspielerin, Das war’s. Ich habe weder Facebook noch Twitter noch Instagram. Ich habe vier Kinder, leite ein Theater und bin froh darüber, dass meine Arbeit mich ausfüllt. Natürlich ist das ein Luxusproblem.

Wie haben Sie es geschafft unterhalb des Presse-Radars zu fliegen?

Ich rede nicht über mein Privatleben. Ich mache meine Arbeit und mein Privatleben bleibt mein Privatleben. Ich veröffentliche keine Fotos von mir im Urlaub. So einfach ist das. Allerdings muss ich gestehen, dass sich in den letzten 15 Jahren wirklich viel verändert hat.

Wie finden Sie die Balance zwischen ihrer Theater- und ihrer Filmarbeit?

Der Job eines Schauspielers besteht doch darin das Gleichgewicht zu verlieren. Natürlich muss ich absolut organisiert sein, um das Chaos zuzulassen. Ich hatte viel Glück im Leben. Ich war auf der Schauspielschule, hätte aber nie gedacht, dass ich überhaupt in der Lage bin, im Filmgeschäft zu bestehen. Als ich aber die Chance bekam, habe ich Blut geleckt. Zum Glück kann ich hin- und her springen zwischen den Welten.

Haben Sie da eine Art Fahrplan? Nach einem Filmprojekt kommt ein Theaterprojekt und dann wider ein Film?

Nein. In den letzten acht Jahren habe ich überwiegend Theater gemacht, die Ausflüge zum Film genieße ich daher umso mehr. Mir reicht es auch oft, als Produzentin im Hintergrund zu agieren. Umso schöner ist es, dass meine Produktionsfirma “Dirty Skys” auch an meinen letzten beiden Filmen “Der Moment der Wahrheit” und “Carol beteiligt war. Das waren zwei Projekte, in die ich all meine Leidenschaft gesteckt habe. Ich muss nicht immer vor der Kamera oder auf einer Bühne stehen um glücklich zu sein. Teil einer Diskussion zu sein reicht mir.

via MDR Kultur

Cate Blanchett: “Es ist fast unmöglich, sich nicht in Robert Redford zu verlieben!”

Im auf wahren Begebenheiten basierenden Journalisten-Krimi “Der Moment der Wahrheit” (Kinostart: 2. Juni) lösen Cate Blanchett und Robert Redford einen Medienskandal aus. Im Interview spricht Cate Blanchett über ihre Rolle als TV-Journalistin Mary Mapes.

Mitten im US-Wahlkampf 2004 stößt die TV-Journalistin Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett, GOLDENE KAMERA 2002) auf brisante Details aus der Militärakte von Präsident George W. Bush. Sie glaubt beweisen zu können, dass Bush sich mithilfe familiärer Beziehungen um einen Einsatz in Vietnam herumdrückte und selbst in Texas zeitweilig gar nicht zum Dienst erschien.

Der renommierte TV-Moderator Dan Rather (Robert Redford) berichtet in der Sendung “60 Minutes” davon. Nach der Sendung zweifeln Netz-Aktivisten die Authentizität der Papiere an. Es werden Stimmen laut, dass es sich bei den Dokumenten um Fälschungen handeln könne und dass sich ihre Echtheit nicht verifizieren lasse. Im Internet beginnt ein Shitstorm.

n den USA ist dieser Medienskandal als “Rathergate-Affäre” bekannt. Er gilt als erste Politaffäre der USA, in dem seriöser Journalismus unter den Druck des Internets geriet. Die Konsequenzen in der Realität wie im Film: Mary Mapes wird gekündigt, Moderator Dan Rather tritt ab.

Mit viel Überzeugungskraft spielt Cate Blanchett in “Der Moment der Wahrheit” die kritische TV-Journalistin, deren Ruf und Integrität am Ende zerstört sind. Eine packende Geschichte, vor allem vor dem Hintergrund der gegenwärtigen Glaubwürdigkeitskrise des Journalismus.

Können wir den Nachrichten noch glauben? Oder ist das Vertrauen gebrochen?

Ich bin mit dem Glauben aufgewachsen, dass alles wahr ist, was man liest. Und dieser Irrtum schlummert auch heute noch etwas in mir. Die Ereignisse in “Der Moment der Wahrheit” spielen sich in 2004 ab – vor der Wiederwahl von Präsident George W. Bush – was nicht allzu lange her erscheint, aber es liegen Welten zwischen damals und heute. Presse und Politik sind gegenwärtig so unsichtbar miteinander verstrickt, die politische Berichterstattung hat sich extrem verändert. Wir haben eine neue Beziehung zu Nachrichten und Informationen entwickelt. Wir twittern über Penisse, und die Kardashians sind unsere Definition eines Skandals (lacht). Die Pressefreiheit ist einer der Voraussetzungen einer gesunden Demokratie, aber wie urteilsfrei sind die Nachrichten, wenn ein Profit von ihnen erwartet wird? Einer der interessanten Fragen, die dieser Film aufwirft, ist die Rolle des Journalisten. Es ist leicht, Mary Mapes als naiv abzustempeln, aber sie befand sich plötzlich zwischen dem Neuland von Blogs und Social Media, der Toxizität der politischen Atmosphäre und der immer kooperativer werdenden Nachrichten. Sie wurde dafür kritisiert, dass sie George W. Bushs Dienst in der Texas Air National Guard in Frage stellte, aber genau das ist die Aufgabe eines Journalisten.

Was war die größte Herausforderung für Sie?

Die Verantwortung, eine Person zu spielen, die gesund und munter ist. Ich habe für diese Rolle Archivmaterial von Marys Interviews nach der Krise studiert, in der sie sich im freien Fall und Trauma befand. Aber dann hatte ich auch das Glück, sie persönlich kennen zu lernen. Mary besuchte mich zusammen mit Regisseur James Vanderbilt und Produzent Brad Fischer, als ich letztes Jahr in New York ein Theaterstück vorführte. Wir gingen alle zusammen aus, und ich habe mich auf Anhieb mit ihr verstanden. Aber es war eine andere Mary, als die, die ich recherchiert hatte. Ihre Leidenschaft und ihr Hass gegen Hypokrisie und Ungerechtigkeit waren unverändert, aber anstatt depressive Züge vorzuweisen war sie voller Lebensfreude und Energie und Humor. Nach diesem Abend sind wir per Skype in Kontakt geblieben. Wenn ich eine Rolle wie Elizabeth I spiele, kann diese mir nicht via Skype sagen, dass ich alles falsch darstelle (lacht). Aber Mary, und auch Dan Rather, haben uns während der Dreharbeiten besucht, und das waren die nervösesten und peinlichsten Momente meiner Karriere.

Wie nervös waren Sie, mit Robert Redford vor der Kamera zu stehen?

Vor meiner ersten Begegnung wusste ich nicht, wie ich ihn ansprechen sollte. Mr. Redford? Oder Robert? Ich kann ihn doch nicht Bob nennen! Aber Bob war so locker und offen und charmant, nach der ersten Sekunde hat man das Gefühl, dass man schon seit drei Monaten befreundet ist. Er ist nicht nur ein toller Schauspieler, sondern auch ein fantastischer Mensch, der sich vor keiner Herausforderung scheut – egal ob sie politisch oder sozial oder kulturell ist. Er kennt keine Angst, was ich total in ihm bewundere. Dan und Marys Beziehung war die einer intellektuellen symbiotischen Ehe mit gegenseitigem Respekt und Loyalität. Meine kreative Umarmung mit Robert Redford in diesem Film spiegelt diese Beziehung wider, mit einer Ausnahme: ich fühle mich auch sexuell zu Bob angezogen (lacht). Es ist fast unmöglich, sich nicht in Robert Redford zu verlieben!

Das ist das zweite Mal, dass Sie eine Journalistin spielen. Hätten Sie Lust auf diesen Job?

Mary Mapes und Veronica Guerin sind beide sehr intelligente Frauen mit unheimlich viel Widerstandskraft und extremer Neugier. Ich bin sehr von Menschen wie diesen beiden Journalistinnen beeindruckt. Wie sie es schaffen, das Vertrauen der befragten Personen zu gewinnen und ihnen die härtesten Fragen stellen können. Ich glaube nicht, dass die Unverfrorenheit dazu hätte. Ich bin einfach zu höflich dafür (lacht). Und zu feige. Veronica Guerin hat für ihren Beruf mit ihrem Leben gezahlt. Und Mary Mapes’ Integrität und Ruf wurden zerstört.

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I’ve also found the new posters


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And a promotional image with Robert Redford, Mary Mapes and Dan Rather

Posted on
Apr 23, 2016

German poster for Truth

A new poster for Der Moment Der Wharheit (Truth), enjoy!

 

Truth – New poster, clip and interview
Posted on
Mar 10, 2016

Truth – New poster, clip and interview

With the European release of Truth, more material from the movie arrived.

The French poster

A new clip (in italian) here


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and another press junket interview


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Truth – New press junket interviews
Posted on
Mar 2, 2016

Truth – New press junket interviews

The Guardian and AOL.On (click on here for the interview) released two new interviews with the cast of Truth. The movie opens in UK in two days.



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Truth – New posters and stills
Posted on
Mar 1, 2016

Truth – New posters and stills

Two new posters for Truth, from Brasil and Italy.

And two news still, from Switzerland – via Cineman

Four new interviews with Cate Blanchett
Posted on
Feb 27, 2016

Four new interviews with Cate Blanchett

As I’m writing this post, Cate Blanchett is attending the Indipendent Spirit Awards. Yesterday she walked down the red carpet of the SK-II #changedestiny Forum in L.A. Here the interviews from the evening.

Cate Blanchett Reveals the Unglamourous Thing She’ll Be Doing Sunday Morning Before the Oscars

Cate Blanchett looks absolutely radiant in person. Which is why I was surprised to learn during our sit-down interview on Friday afternoon in Los Angeles, that she is in the midst of recovering from a pretty bad head cold, just a day before the Academy Awards. But the Australian actress, who is nominated for Best Actress for her role in Carol, isn’t letting a raspy voice and a little congestion put a damper on her party. “What I have to do is get a Vitamin B shot in my butt, if you really want to know,” Blanchett bluntly blurts out as she simultaneously starts chucking. “So that’s what I’ll be doing Sunday morning.”

Somehow a shot in the rear still sounds glam coming from Blanchett, who revealed she has narrowed down her Oscars gown to two final choices and wont decide “till I wake up Sunday morning,” She is poised, whip smart, sarcastic, and absolutely hilarious. And so our conversation continues forward to how the statuesque star is prepping for one of the biggest nights in her career.

“I think about my skin care more,” says the SK-II spokeswoman, who clearly doesn’t need to with one look at her porcelain complexion. “I’ll put a facial treatment mask on beforehand, because anything you can do to feel unselfconscious and confident when you’ve got all those cameras looking at you on Sunday is good.”

No doubt the actress will slay on the red carpet in whichever gown she chooses (when does she not), but there’s one accessory you likely won’t see the star accentuating her dress with.

“I’m not really a clutch girl,” she states. “Normally my agent hates me on the way there because it’s a long trip [down the carpet] and I ask her every five seconds ‘do I have enough lipstick on?’ She goes, ‘Yes.’ There’s a silence. I go, ‘do I have enough lipstick on?’ So I normally ask her to carry lipstick. And then we carry my mobile phone so I can call my kids and then I’ll take the SK-ll Essence along in my bag. Because it’s a very long night.”

We can’t wait to see the star hit the carpet on Sunday at  the 86thannual Academy Awards.

via Instyle

Cate Blanchett On The Incredible Media Scrutiny Women Face In Hollywood

The Oscar nominee opens up about “Carol,” beauty and critics.

On Sunday, Cate Blanchett will spend her day getting ready for the 88th annual Academy Awards — she’ll get her hair and makeup done, put on a gorgeous gown, walk the red carpet and then sit among her Hollywood peers as the Academy celebrates some of the finest films and performances of 2015.

She’s done this before, of course. The celebrated Australian star has won two Oscars (Best Supporting Actress for “The Aviator” and Best Actress for “Blue Jasmine”) and has been nominated for several more, including Best Actress for this year’s “Carol.”

Still, Blanchett says, it doesn’t get old; attending the Oscars feels new nearly every time.

“I’ve been fortunate,” she told The Huffington Post in an interview. “Each time I’ve had the privilege of being there, it’s with work that I’m proud of … I’m talking about the films — because you don’t get there by yourself. You have to be directed well and you have to be working opposite good people and you have to be lit well and have a good script.”

All those pieces came together with “Carol.” Directed by Todd Haynes (“I’m Not There”), the film, set in the 1950s and co-starring Rooney Mara, explores the romance that develops between the titular character and an aspiring female photographer as they work together in a department store. 

“Carol” wowed audiences in 2015 at the Cannes Film Festival, going on to become a critics’ favorite in the lead-up to awards season. It racked up six Oscar nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actress for Mara. The film had been in the works for a while, stemming back to 1997, when Phyllis Nagy wrote the first draft of the screenplay. From the start, Blanchett believed in the movie and knew that as soon as Haynes and Mara came on board it would become something special.

“I’d been with the project for a long time and through a lot of ups and downs and I knew that this story, it was incredibly compelling. I found it moving. I found it unique — speaking to the whole kind of notion that love is love is still kind of revolutionary, which seems kind of ridiculous in 2016, but there you have it,” Blanchett said.

She describes the production of “Carol” as a labor of love for everyone involved, saying, “The experience of making it was incredibly unique and special and the film exceeded even the experience of making it.”

So it comes as no surprise that Blanchett is looking forward to celebrating the film and all of the people behind it — from the set and costume designers, to the lighting crew — at the Oscars. 

On Sunday, she will spend the day prepping for her red carpet appearance.

“For award shows, you have to get ready at the crack of dawn and sit in the car for four-and-a-half hours before you get on the red carpet and run the gauntlet,” she said, adding that with all the hoopla comes a certain level of media scrutiny about looks and attire.

“I can only speak for my industry, although I think a woman’s appearance is scrutinized in industries where that’s utterly irrelevant,” Blanchett, 46, told HuffPost.

That said, it’s not utterly irrelevant in Hollywood. It’s actually, oftentimes, the opposite in the midst of the paparazzi, media and critics. And Blanchett says that judgement over appearance and aging can actually affect the work itself.

“Particularly with women, there’s an incredible amount of scrutiny on what you’re wearing, how your skin looks, all of that stuff … Whilst you know I adore costume. I relish the chance to wear a dress that I may have no other place to wear in my life apart from a red carpet.” But not, she says, when it “eclipses the reason why you’re there,” which is to celebrate the work itself.

“I think that there’s an incredible amount of scrutiny, which can lead to pressure … It can lead to consciousness,” she said. “In my industry, which I can only speak for, if you start to become self-conscious, it’s actually the enemy of the place to make work from.”

For her part, Blanchett tries not to overthink being under the entertainment microscope or get too overly conscious about looking the part. She does admit, however, that her skin gets “beaten around a bit with with the travel” — not to mention spending some 80 hours a week on a film set. 

In order to look and feel her best, Blanchett tries to get a good night sleep whenever she can, one of her top priorities. She’ll sneak in a face mask while on the plane. Overall, she tries to keep things consistent. The mother-of-four started using SK-II products — from the moisturizer to the serum — about 15 years ago when she was pregnant with her first son. She still uses the same skin products today and has been a longtime spokesperson for the brand.

“I think it’s important to silo that stuff,” she said about scrutiny, no matter what field you’re in. “You realize that there are parts that you can take charge of. You can take charge of looking after yourself, if you have the time. You work with what you’ve got and you try to do the best you can.”

via The Huffington Post

What Cate Blanchett does before the Oscars

Cate Blanchett has been nominated for an Oscar six times already, and is in the running yet again for Best Actress for Carol tomorrow. We catch up with her just before the big night

Cate Blanchett is one of the most compelling and lauded actresses of her generation — and is admired for her poise, grace, beauty and intelligence. From her breakout role as Queen Elizabeth in Elizabeth to playing living legend Bob Dylan in I’m Not There, it seems there’s no role this fearless performer won’t take on.

A two-time Oscar winner, for Best Supporting Actress in The Aviator and as Best Actress in Blue Jasmine, she’s in the running yet again for Best Actress for her title role in Todd Haynes’ Carol. Find out what skincare products the SK-II ambassador finds indispensable before awards season, how fear plays an interesting role in her career choices and what her winning Oscar song — is there even such a thing? — would be.

Do you ever feel the pressure in Hollywood to look younger and go for anti-ageing treatments like Botox and fillers?
I don’t think that those things make people look younger… I think they make them look different. My face is part of my tool, and the idea of freezing it or not allowing it to go through the natural changes seems an anathema.

I subscribe much more to the idea of working with what you’ve got. I enjoy the process of change and the consistency of using SK-II over the last 15 years has meant that my skin is in a better condition than it was when I was 25. To give in to that level of panic is not particularly useful as an actress.

What products do you use on your face every day? And do you do anything special for the Oscar weekend?
I use the SK-II LXP range every day. And when I’m under a lot of scrutiny during Oscar weekend, I’ll use the Facial Treatment Mask. And I love the Facial Treatment Oil — it’s a bit of a miracle product for me and I’m so pleased to have discovered it.

I’m so basic and lazy. As long as I drink enough water and try to get sleep, I don’t change my skin routine very much. I would go for a good massage or an acupuncture facial to take the stress off your face. I’m a big subscriber to acupuncture. And I’m planning to have a massage on Oscar Sunday.

What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t try and tan yourself. I try to stay out of the sun. Sun damage on the skin gets worse as we get older.

What’s your decision making process when you come across a new role?
My career involves taking on roles that other people have turned down… such as when actors think they’re too small or their agents say it doesn’t pay enough money. I love a challenge. I like that leap into the void. For me, I feel that you don’t learn a lot from your successes, you learn a lot from your failures… and that’s terrifying.

If perhaps someone else has turned a role down, I think, “Why have they turned it down?” If I pick up a script and I can imagine myself doing it, I put it down. It’s the roles where I have no idea how to do them and where to start that I take on.

What projects do you have coming up next?
I feel like I’m at an exciting crossroads because I am risking not knowing what’s coming next. I am going to get fit. [She is set to play a villain in Marvel’s Thor:Raganok] I’ve been looking after my skin for so many years, but not my exercise regimen. I might actually develop a few muscles. I haven’t started training, but I’m going to change my destiny tomorrow!

What was it like to portray Carol?
It is a very quiet, lonely process. Both women were totally isolated, they didn’t fit into a niche group and there was no language around same sex relationships as there is today. But the challenge for me, was trying to embody an object of desire, which was a very objective space. The challenge particularly, was to develop a mask that became increasingly thin as the process wore on, and to get a sense of the allure of Carol.

Who do you think are the best Oscar contenders this year and why?
It’s very hard. It’s not a horse race. The remarkable thing about this year is that there have been some extraordinary performances for women and many extraordinary performances that were not nominated. It doesn’t mean that they were not worthy of it or that the any of us who are nominated are entitled to be there. It’s very subjective. I don’t know how to answer that.

If you win the Oscar, what would be your victory song?
It’ll be something from Bob Dylan. Don’t Think Twice it’s Alright probably.

via Buro 24/7

This last interview has a different tone: Cate Blanchett talks about Truth, her family and The Present.

Cate Blanchett: ‘A lot of people thought I was having some sort of early midlife crisis’

Cate Blanchett was brought up in a family of strong women and has just adopted a baby girl. No wonder she’s using her Oscar-winning clout to start producing her own films, fight for women’s rights and equal pay, and to tell the story of the investigative journalist Mary Mapes.

Cate Blanchett is forthright, funny and exceedingly good company. She is also astonishingly beautiful, but today, sitting in a hotel room in London to talk about her forthcoming film Truth, she hasn’t felt the need to put on the red-carpet style. Dressed in jeans and a loose sweatshirt with what appear to be cartoon fluffy sheep all over the front, her hair is scraped back, her face free of make-up. She looks… tired.

Blanchett and her husband, the playwright Andrew Upton, have three boys aged 13, 11 and seven, and a daughter who has just turned one. ‘Like any working mother, you just make the time for everything,’ she says. ‘What you don’t get is a lot of sleep, but it’s fine. I don’t think I’ve ever really slept that much.’

When we meet, she’s just been in New York for a short run of the Jean Genet play The Maids, adapted by Upton. Then she did a series of interviews leading up to the UK premiere of Carol, the rather beautiful Todd Haynes-directed Sapphic romance that has attracted Oscar attentionfor both Blanchett (her eighth nomination) and her co-star Rooney Mara. Now she’s fitting in some promotion for Truth, with Robert Redford and Dennis Quaid, before flying home to Sydney.

‘You feel like you’re saying the same thing over and over again, and by the time you’re done you really do want to take a bath, put some gaffer tape over your mouth and take a vow of silence,’ she declares. ‘You get so sick of the sound of your own voice.’

She and Upton moved back to their native Australia in 2006, taking over as joint artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company in 2008. It’s quite a feat, working together in such a high-profile way as well as raising a family, but she says it’s all about communication. ‘We would divvy it up in a fluid way that perhaps only a married couple could. We’ve always talked. He’s the first person I met who I could deeply talk about work with, and I think we’ve kept each other healthy in that way because you can go a bit bonkers. And I’m bonkers enough! We’ve never been competitors, and we’ve never shied away from robust argument.’

Blanchett is proud of what they have achieved there, putting on 16-19 shows a year over four stages, making the organisation environmentally sustainable, and touring productions internationally. ‘It was a lot of work, but it was in partnership. And it meant that I absented myself from filmmaking for six years. There were a lot of people who I could tell were thinking, “You’re in your late 30s, and the film industry’s not going to be your friend forever. Is this really the time?” They thought I was having some sort of early midlife crisis, but Andrew and I knew the wealth of talent in Australia, and it’s our creative wellspring. So to return to that community and to be inside it was game-changing for us.’

She stepped down from her full-time role at the theatre in 2013, but continued to star in STC productions while Upton carried on as artistic director till the end of 2015. So her film work was still limited. ‘What prevents me from picking and choosing is my geographical location and my desire to not have someone else raise my children.’

Although Truth is set in America, it’s a sign of Blanchett’s standing that the whole production was moved to Australia once she showed interest. ‘Most of the film happens in interiors, so we ran the numbers and it was possible for it to be filmed in Sydney – which I was really thrilled about, because it meant I could do it. I read the script and found it gripping, shocking, surprising and really fascinating.’

Set in 2004, just before George W Bush was elected as president for the second time, Truth follows award-winning CBS News producer Mary Mapes (Blanchett) and her team as they prepare a story on Bush’s dubious military record, a story that was ultimately to cost Mapes her job and force veteran newsman Dan Rather (Robert Redford) to resign from the network’s flagship show 60 Minutes.

Based on Mapes’s own book about the incident, it rattles along at the pace of a good thriller, offering a real insight into how TV news is made, and examining the shift from old-school investigative journalism to the brave new world of infotainment.

‘In the same way that All the President’s Men is not about Nixon, Truth is not about George W Bush,’ says Blanchett. ‘Even though it’s about a very particular moment in recent American history, it speaks universally to the state of media in the West, and that dangerous proximity of politics, big business and the corporatisation of media. It was the questions that the film was asking that I was primarily interested in – and then I met Mary, and I found her completely compelling, hilarious and wry.’

Mapes was riding a career high in 2004, having broken a string of high-profile stories, including the abuse of prisoners by US soldiers in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. At first, the story Dan Rather presented on air that September seemed to be yet another scoop, alleging that strings had been pulled to allow Bush to sit out the Vietnam War by serving in the National Guard, and that he’d failed to show up for such commitments as a routine medical.

But the Right rallied in spectacular fashion, and within hours the internet was alight with speculation that some crucial memos from one of Bush’s commanding officers were fakes. The debate suddenly became not about whether Bush unfairly evaded the Vietnam draft, or whether he had absented himself from duty with the National Guard, but whether typewriters could produce certain characters in the late 1960s. (They could, but this information was drowned out by a rising tide of personal abuse aimed at Mapes.)

The truth of the story, and the corroborating evidence that Mapes and her team had found to support it, were lost in the noise. CBS quickly chose to apologise instead of defending its story, Rather stepped down, and after an inquiry Mapes was fired. She has never worked in TV again.

‘The conservatives basically played a political parlour trick on the country,’ Mapes explains on the phone from her home in Dallas. ‘Everyone’s talking about fonts and typewriters, and it’s a forest for the trees situation. If you tell a lie loudly enough, and long enough and strong enough, pretty soon it’s not a lie any more. It becomes the truth.’

In the US, reviews of the film indicate how polarising the Bush-National Guard story still is, and Blanchett says it is still too toxic to discuss. ‘Quite a few journalists want to distance themselves from what they perceive to be a series of catastrophic bunglings. So I kept saying, “OK, but what did you think of the story?” and still no one wants to talk about it, which I find fascinating.

Blanchett is wary of drawing too many parallels between her own life and that of the characters she plays, but she and Mapes both grew up in households dominated by women. (Mapes’s estranged father was an alcoholic, who left her mother to raise five girls alone; Blanchett’s father died of a heart attack when she was 10.)

Blanchett grew up in Melbourne, the middle of three children. Her mother, June, gave up her job as a teacher and launched a career as a property developer in order to support her children and send them to private school. ‘She was very resilient,’ Blanchett says, ‘and my grandmother had always lived with us so I grew up in a female household.’

People often ask her about her father’s death, she adds, trying to draw some sort of narrative line that she suspects isn’t really there. ‘As a child, you incorporate those losses, those hurdles, those moments of grief or challenge or whatever it is. We all have them. My life has been relatively privileged, but I think perhaps I developed enormous empathetic connection with my mother because I could see the hurdles – financial and emotional ­–­ that she had to get over. But she was determined that we would have a good education, for which I’m incredibly grateful. Not that I did massively well at school, but I had a lot of fantastic experiences there. Our school plays were all devised by the students, and if we were doing Macbeth, then the girls took turns in playing Macbeth as well as Lady Macbeth because they wanted us to have that Shakespearean experience.’

Last March Blanchett and Upton extended their own family by adopting a baby daughter, Edith. I ask if it feels different, having a girl after giving birth to three boys. ‘The first time I changed her nappy, it was a bit, “Oh, how do I do that?”?’ she says with a smile. ‘Which is ridiculous given that I’m equipped with the same apparatus!’

The process of adopting is as rigorous in Australia as it is in the UK, and the boys were involved at every stage. ‘All the children were interviewed as a family, they were interviewed individually and separately from us.’ She is enormously proud, she says, seeing them all mesh together. ‘You must remember those Sunday afternoons when your parents are doing something, and you’re off in this whole other world. Watching that now, you feel you’re fostering this unit that will be there long after you’re gone. I find it very, very moving.’

None of them enjoys seeing her on stage. ‘Andrew just did this wonderful kind of reinvention of [Chekhov’s unfinished first play] Platonov, which he called The Present, which I was in. My seven-year-old had never seen me on stage and he really wanted to go and see his dad’s writing. It was a matinee, and he sat up the back with the usher, because Andrew had to take the other boys somewhere else. In the first act, there’s one point where I come down and look towards the audience, and I could see him waving madly at the back.’

Five minutes later, when she was briefly offstage, she noticed he was at the vending machine outside the green room. ‘He didn’t make it through the first act! They know you with baby vomit on your pyjamas, and so to see you made up, pretending to be someone else, or in interview mode where you’re trying to string a sentence together, they just think it is really weird. It makes them feel uncomfortable.’

Her eldest son, Dashiell, frets about her film choices, too. ‘He asked when I was going to do a blockbuster, and I said, “Well, what’s The Lord of the Rings?” and he said, “But you’re hardly in it!”?’ She laughs. ‘He gets worried about my career path.’

Sydney Theatre Company’s production of The Present will open on Broadway later this year with Blanchett starring, and Upton has said the whole family will move to New York – for a while, at least.

via The Daily Telegraph

New promotional interviews for ‘Truth’
Posted on
Feb 24, 2016

New promotional interviews for ‘Truth’

A video interview, recorded few months ago,


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It’s hard to think of many moments in the past decade when it could not have been said that Cate Blanchett was having kind of a big year. With that caveat: Cate Blanchett had a pretty big 2015.

This fall saw the release of two much-anticipated Blanchett vehicles: Carol, director Todd Haynes’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt, and Truth, director James Vanderbilt’s adaptation of disgraced CBS News producer Mary Mapes’s 2005 memoir, Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and the Privilege of Power.

Carol is the story of a forbidden mid-20th-century love affair between the titular character (Blanchett), a glamorous, wealthy middle-aged wife and mother, fighting for custody of her young daughter in the midst of a vicious divorce, and Therese (Rooney Mara), an aspiring photographer tentatively exploring the bounds of her own sexuality. Gorgeously art-directed and subtly told, Haynes’s film was revered by critics and recognized with six Oscar nominations, including nods for Blanchett and Mara (though notably not for Haynes in the coveted Best Director or Best Picture categories).

Truth, released only about a month before Carol, received less fanfare and was met with more controversy. In Vanderbilt’s film, Blanchett plays Mapes, the Texas-based 60 Minutes producer who was herself, in 2004, having kind of a big year. First she helped break the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse story, a segment that would go on to win a Peabody Award. Then she uncovered evidence that President George W. Bush received preferential treatment during his service in the Texas Air National Guard. Under a time crunch, Mapes produced that piece with her mentor, longtime CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather (played by Robert Redford), their case hinging on a series of damning memos leaked by a somewhat wobbly source.

The story may have had truth to it, but the authenticity of the memos was called into question, and the oversight became a major national news event, a high-profile humiliation for CBS, and eventually cost both Mapes and Rather their jobs. Vanderbilt’s film, based on Mapes’s account, skews sympathetic to her team of journalists, seen as thrown under the bus by network brass kowtowing to conservative corporate overlords with not-so-hidden political agendas.

Some critics heaped praise on Vanderbilt’s efforts. Others took offense to what they saw as glorification of bad journalism. (This charge landed particularly hard when Spotlight’s homage to painstaking reportorial process hit theaters only a few weeks later.)

But most agreed that Blanchett had turned in another captivating, nuanced performance as the besieged Mapes, suddenly in the midst of the sort of career-ending controversy that is every journalist’s nightmare, in a political climate deeply hostile to any perceived liberal bias.

Truth came out on DVD a couple weeks ago, which offered an occasion to get Blanchett on the phone. A little more than a week ahead of next Sunday’sAcademy Awards, we chatted about Truth, Carol, and the “conservatism” of the Oscar race.

The agenda for this interview is technically the DVD release of Truth. I feel this movie got a bit lost in the hubbub over Carol.
It’s never a happy moment when you’ve got two films coming out on top of one another, particularly two films that I felt equally passionate about. But that was unfortunately outside of my control.

I think it’s interesting that there were two really different films made about the process of putting stories together, Spotlight and Truth. It’s still, in a way, much easier for an audience, and for the media, to process the hideous and destructive transgression of the Catholic Church than to discuss the unhealthy crucible of American politics, media, and big business. It’s a very complex and unexamined relationship those three entities have. I think it needs to be talked about.

And the timing is interesting, that this came out during our current insane election cycle, and that it takes place during Bush’s re-election in 2004.
But you know, that’s when a lot of the spin in American politics started to ramp up. It became a real whirligig during that second Bush election. Certainly in the first Bush election. But one transgression, one event just rolled into the other, undiagnosed, unprocessed. It’s the 24-hour news cycle.

I’ll call him the character of Dan Rather, even though this is based on true events, but he harks back to a time when that cycle did not exist. That beast has to keep being fed, whether that information is true or accurate or otherwise.

Do you remember when the story on which Truth is based broke?
I remember the Abu Ghraib story. I remember there being a question mark over Bush’s service in the National Guard. But I didn’t know anything about the personal fallout for Mary Mapes. That was all really from Mary’s memoir. It’s important when playing a role like that to try and canvass and understand everyone’s opinion. Mary’s memoir was certainly warts and all. So that was a real revelation to me. I said, “Why hasn’t this been discussed?”

The interesting thing, too: [In the aftermath of the discrediting of Mapes’s reporting,] she was still an employee of CBS, even though she was suspended, and she was told not to speak to anybody until the so-called independent panel held at Black Rock had taken place. Whether you agree with the story going ahead or not, for one party to be silenced and the other to have all the airtime seems slightly undemocratic.

It strikes me that in both of your major films this year, Carol and Truth, you play women who have been subjected to a certain degree of oppression from the establishment. For Carol, in the 1950s, that treatment was certainly both anti-gay and deeply sexist. Do you feel Mary Mapes’s treatment was sexist?
I think the environment in which she worked was. But I think that’s the same in every single industry. I think the attacks on her were definitely to do with her gender. It’s really interesting. I just spoke to a male journalist. One of the first things he said was: Your portrayal of Mary is not sympathetic. I remember, years ago, I played an Irish journalist called Veronica Guerin. A lot of producers went to absolute lengths to justify how, as a mother, she could place herself in a dangerous position. That’s not a question you would ever ask of a male journalist.

Both movies actually have quite interesting takes on motherhood.
What I liked about Truth is that James Vanderbilt’s script didn’t overplay the mother card. Mary was a mother, her husband was a journalist. He was based in Dallas, she came and went. The film doesn’t justify how she can operate as a mother, which I think is probably some progress in cinematic storytelling from 15 years ago, when I made this other film.

You’re up for an Oscar for Carol. This year has had a particularly political run-up to the ceremony. You’ve generally had a way of staying above the Hollywood fray. Have you deliberately stayed out of that conversation?
You mean, in terms of films like Beasts of No Nation and Straight Outta Compton not being [nominated]?

Yes, exactly.
Yeah. Not deliberately. I think every year it’s important to remember: A healthy Academy, a healthy industry, is a diverse industry. A monochromatic industry is never creative.

I think what [also] needs to be remembered every year—because it doesn’t seem to shift ever—is where are the female directors? Where are the women Best Actors who are in movies made for more than a wing and a prayer? Let’s get to first base on that one. Somebody!

There’s a conservatism at work on many levels. I hazard a guess that there are many Academy members who didn’t even see films like Carol who said, “Aww, this is just a film about two women who fall in love. I don’t know if that’s going to appeal to me.”

I think it’s important to be open-minded. Todd [Haynes] has directed an extraordinary film. It’s resonated with critics and audiences. In the end that’s the most important thing. Todd has been doing this for so long, and has been so influential because he’s got an outsider’s perspective. What he’s done with Carolis he’s brought the authenticity of that perspective but made a completely insidefilm. And I think that’s a quiet revolution. For his work not to be recognized, I find it bewildering.

Truth – New still and behind the scenes images
Posted on
Feb 12, 2016

Truth – New still and behind the scenes images

Hello everybody!

A bunch of new images from the Taiwanese promotion of Truth. According to IMDb, the movie will open in UK, Singapore, Italy, Greece and Portugal this March. Try, if you can, to support the film, and watch it in cinemas.



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