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Three episodes of Stateless were aired during these past weeks. We will post the screencaptures at the end of all episodes.
Meanwhile an unofficial account on Instagram is sharing new pics from the series, the official ABC TV + iview profile gifted us with a new still and some sort of featurette.
Talking about the upcoming tv show starring Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America‘s twitter official account has shared a new teaser with some unseen footage. Another teaser was shared (Battle Lines) but it doesn’t feature new footage.
Please remember that most of the videos shared by FX are geoblocked, so you need a VPN to have access to them.
The wait is over! Stateless will be on air tonight!
The episodes will be also online on the Official site HERE.
From IMDB we know the title and schedule of each episode:
March 1, 2020 – The Circumstances in Which They Come
March 8, 2020 – Incognita
March 15, 2020 – The Right Thing
March 22, 2020 – Run, Sophie, Run
March 29, 2020 – Panis Angelicus
April 5, 2020 – The Seventh Circle
Meanwhile a new short trailer and some footage have been released, while a new poster is new header of ABC Australia on Facebook. We have also replaced the still below with a larger one (delete your cache to see it correctly).
A larger and modified version of the same image as been added into the poster and promotional section, because it was used for the first moving poster, shared weeks ago.
There are also more reviews and interviews with Cate and Elise McCredie
“The more diverse the environment, the more interesting the result.” Cate Blanchett and “Stateless” co-writer Elise McCredie discusses the benefit of an inclusive writers’ room. pic.twitter.com/JjC0z6ll09
‘Women are circling the wagons’: Blanchett weighs in on Weinstein verdict
Cate Blanchett’s television series Stateless has emerged as one of the events of the Berlin Film Festival, where the plight of refugees and other displaced people is a dominant theme in a programme of more than 300 films.
Stateless, which tells parallel stories of prisoners and guards at an Australian immigrant detention centre, will screen from next week on the ABC in Australia. Two days ago in Berlin, Netflix announced they had bought it for the rest of the world.
Blanchett, who was a prime mover and executive producer on the series as well as appearing in it, spoke about the series in an on-stage interview at the festival along with co-creators Tony Ayres and Elise McCredie.
“I think a lot of people telling stories – and a lot of people who are not telling stories, but witnessing stories – are bewildered by how, as a species, we have got where we are,” she said. “It was a basic human question: how have we got here?”
Cate Blanchett ist Stammgast auf der Berlinale. Die australische Schauspielerin kommt gerne nach Berlin. Diesmal hat sie die sechsteilige Serie “Stateless” dabei – über Menschen, die auf der Flucht alles verloren haben, nicht zuletzt ihre Würde. Von Anna Wollner
rbb|24: Mrs. Blanchett, macht es einen Unterschied, ob man mit einem Film oder einer Serie auf der Berlinale vertreten ist?
Cate Blanchett: Nein, nicht unbedingt. Ich kenne die Berlinale ja von meinen Filmen. Die Erfahrung des bewegten Bildes ist die Gleiche. Das Tolle an der Berlinale ist, dass sie den kleinen Bildschirm genauso wertschätzt wie die große Leinwand. Egal ob Film oder Serie. Hier ist jedes audiovisuelle Medium willkommen.
Fühlen Sie sich im seriellen Erzählen freier als in einem Film?
Wir hatten nicht unbedingt mehr Drehtage, wir hatten nicht so viel Geld. Es war alles sehr eng getaktet. Was aber das Erzählen an sich angeht, haben wir lange überlegt, ob wir einen Film oder eine Serie machen wollen. In unseren Recherchen haben wir so viel Erfahren, von soviel Leid gehört, dass wir möglichst viel davon abbilden wollten. Die Idee vom Film haben wir schnell verworfen. Eigentlich waren auch nur vier Folgen angedacht, am Ende sind es sechs geworden.
As a co-creator of the new ABC series Stateless, Cate Blanchett hopes to challenge Australian attitudes towards asylum seekers, particularly as the climate crisis threatens to displace many more people. “The rhetoric of protection and the language has separated Australians from their humanity, and encouraged the public through a lack of transparency in information to tolerate or ignore human rights abuses that are going on offshore.”
Prowling the boards of The Arts Theatre, a rectangular light-blue brick building opened for amateur repertory productions in Adelaide in 1963, Cate Blanchett is about to give a tightly controlled performance, fronting a small jazz-swing band. Her hair is in a silver bob, her red lipstick thickly applied. Holding a microphone in her right hand as the left holds the train of her sparkly off-the-shoulder gold dress, she sings “Let’s Get Away from It All”, a number popularised by Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney: Let’s take a boat to Bermuda, let’s take a plane to St Paul …
Blanchett’s singing is mellifluous and her hips are swaying, but the context of this scene, set in the early 2000s, is ironic and grotesque. She’s playing Pat who, alongside her husband Gordon (Dominic West of The Affair), runs a cult named GOPA – Growing One’s Potential Achievement – and at this eisteddfod, Pat announces one of the fee-paying acolytes dancing in the hall will be awarded the “trophy of transformation” for having opened themselves up.
Five years ago, in the kitchen of her home in Sydney’s Hunters Hill, Blanchett and her high school friend Elise McCredie were talking about their shared interest in the global displacement crisis, particularly after the September 11 terror attacks and the Howard government’s refusal to allow the MV Tampa and the 433 refugees onboard to enter Australian waters in 2001. Blanchett’s original idea was sparked by the true story of an Australian woman who fell through the cracks of the mental health and criminal justice systems and was erroneously locked up in immigration detention.
Blanchett, in Toronto while filming a new Guillermo del Toro film, Nightmare Alley, says she wants Stateless to pose questions “rather than be a piece of agitprop that proposes answers”. Blanchett and McCredie, who co-created Stateless with Tony Ayres, emphasise this story is “inspired by” rather than “based on” true events, and that the characters are amalgams. The initial real-life inspiration is clearly Cornelia Rau, locked up for 10 months in 2004 and 2005, but Stateless is not Rau’s story, and Blanchett purposefully avoids mentioning Rau’s name.
“There was a genuine asking, ‘How did this happen?’ and ‘Why did this happen?’ ” recalls Blanchett, now based with her playwright husband, Andrew Upton, and their four children in East Sussex, Britain. “We then got fascinated by everyone else who touched the system. Australia is an intellectually, culturally rich place, visually rich, it’s resources rich, but the rhetoric of border protection has been exported to Britain, to UKIP [the United Kingdom Independence Party], to the wall [with Mexico] that’s being built in the US, to what’s happening in Italy, Greece and Turkey. It’s a global story. It’s not geo-locked to Australia.”
“The notion of nationhood is rarely peaceful, or forward-looking, and so what we’re trying to do is reverse-engineer how we got here as a so-called nation, and what we’re prepared to tolerate.”
Blanchett’s character Pat sings “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive”, a Bing Crosby favourite, in the show’s opening moments, suggesting a big bubble of denial. In a later scene, though, she lingers in the upstairs theatre window looking down at Sofie’s sister Margot (Marta Dusseldorp), who is searching for her sibling. Is Pat also a victim of circumstance?
“Elise kept saying to me, ‘Pat is Australia,’ ” says Blanchett, laughing. “Very few of us step away from the window. How did she get there, and at what point do we decide to bear witness to things that we know [are] happening but we feel we don’t have any responsibility to do anything about? … There’s no country that’s not like this, but there are dark sides to sunny Australia. It’s whether we play to that, or speak to our better natures.”
Cate Blanchett on global politics and immigration detention: ‘You’re living in a system that’s gone mad’
Blanchett’s star-powered TV series Stateless explores the repercussions of Australian policy. ‘None of us are interested in preaching to the converted,’ she says
As an Australian working abroad, Cate Blanchett never found it easy talking about her home government – in particular, the trauma it has inflicted on asylum seekers in need.
“They knew nothing about the Tamils on the roof, nothing about children sewing their lips together [in detention centres],” Blanchett says of her American friends. “They would actually start with nervous laughter because they thought I was exaggerating.”
We meet in Adelaide in 2019, where she is filming scenes for the upcoming series Stateless. Premiering next week at Berlinale before landing on the ABC on 1 March, the six-episode show – co-created by Blanchett, Tony Ayres and Elise McCredie – takes a deep dive into Australia’s controversial immigration policies.
“There’s a profound anxiety about where we’re all heading and the erosion of empathy and, of course, that’s the space where the drama takes place,” Blanchett says, during an interview with all three co-creators. “None of us are interested in preaching to the converted.”
At the mercy of others
The ABC’s Stateless, a collaboration between Cate Blanchett and prominent industry friends, focuses on Australia’s immigration system.
For all the passion of the creators, Blanchett avows their purpose was never merely polemical, more concerned she says in a production statement with the dialogue the series may incite among its viewers: “I think the second part – and perhaps the even more important part – is scaffolding a non-fear-based, inclusive, interesting, engaged, forward-looking conversation around the questions this series asks.” Ayes echoes this notion saying, “It would’ve been very easy to do an agitprop piece and we were very conscious of not doing that from the outset”.
Stateless explores the human cost of Australia’s immigration regime
“It’s an existential crisis,” Blanchett says. “It’s a crisis of identity. And I think that it’s not just Australia, but there’s a global problem. When I grew up in Australia, brand Australia was multiculturalism, and watching that shut down through the ’90s, the ground being prepared for the stop-the-boats rhetoric, the public were persuaded that we were under threat.
“In fact Australia is a testing ground, for better or for worse,” Blanchett adds. “For nuclear weapons and for immigration policies. Seeing all of that language being picked up by [right wing British political party] UKIP, and being picked by the rhetoric around Trump’s America and the wall. Is this really what the Australian legacy is going to be? Surely we are richer and deeper than this? We more than any other culture understand what it’s like to be displaced, don’t we?”
Interview to co-creator, and long time friend of Cate, Elise McCredie here
Cate Blanchett and ‘Stateless’ Team Talk Giving a Voice to Different Political Views in New Series
The creative team behind the Berlinale Series entry ‘Stateless,’ a six-episode look at Australia’s troubled immigration system, discuss the decision to tackle such a politically sensitive topic and why they have no desire to “preach to the converted.”
What inspired you to delve into the subject of immigration?
ELISE MCCREDIE About five years ago, Cate and I were just throwing ideas around, the issues and things that we felt affected by at the time. I felt quite impotent, as a drama maker, about issues, so it was a way of flooring something that we felt deeply passionate about.
CATE BLANCHETT It was around the time that that offshore processing of asylum seekers and refugees was starting to happen. That was the backdrop for the conversation. But these issues get politicized, so it was very difficult to find partners brave enough or imaginative enough to look beyond the obvious.
TONY AYRES Perhaps because of my own cultural background — working-class Chinese — most of the stories that I’m drawn to telling are set in marginal and underrepresented communities. I’ve always felt that Australia’s refugee policy, which is one of the most punitive in the world, is rich territory for storytelling because the stakes for the people in it are so high.
Berlinale full programm has been unveiled today. Cate Blanchett, with Karim Aïnouz, Nardjes Asli and Maryam Zaree, moderated Florian Weghorn will take part in Talents Table Talk: Places like Home on February 24, 2020.
Home is where you belong. But what if you are between nations or forced to leave yours? Cate Blanchett, the creator and actress of the Australian series Stateless, delves into the darker aspects of her nation’s migratory politics. Alongside her are artists who face their multi-national identities with a camera in hand. In her documentary Born in Evin, German actress and director Maryam Zaree returns to her birthplace in Iran: a prison for political prisoners. And setting out to portray his father’s homeland of Algeria, Brazilianborn and Berlin-based director Karim Aïnouz found Nardjes instead, who took to the streets of Algiers to fight for a democratic future. All four artists and activists put the politics of belonging at the centre of the table.
UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett is warning of a ‘race against time’ to protect Rohingya refugees from the impact of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh. Increased rainfall, potential cyclones and adverse weather conditions are threatening to put hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees at serious risk in the coming months.
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Stateless (TV Series)
Role: Pat Masters Status: Completed Release: To be released in 6 episodes on ABC (Australia) from March 1st, 2020
Plot: The series centres on four strangers in an immigration detention centre in the Australian desert. When their lives intersect they are pushed to the brink of sanity, yet unlikely and profound emotional connections are made amongst the group.
Plot: Set in a fictional European town in 1780, is a dark and magical short film inspired by the classic story of Hansel & Gretel by the Brothers Grimm, but it offers a different perspective on the tale