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Stateless – New pictures and promotinal interviews

Stateless – New pictures and promotinal interviews

Hello Blanchetters!

Stateless is about to premiere in Berlin in two days; Cate Blanchett will be promoting the tv series from tomorrow.

Cate is Pat Masters (and not Cornelia Rau, as we wrongly reported before), runs a cult named GOPA – Growing One’s Potential Achievement. Dominic West plays her husband.

Several Australian newspapers have published new pictures and interviews to promote the upcoming TV series, set to premiere on March 1, 2020. We are posting some extracts of them.

Down below you can watch a video interview recorded in December 2019, a new poster and a brand new photoshoot for The Hollywood Reporter. Enjoy!

Video interview (original source)

Actress Cate Blanchett

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.”

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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.”

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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”.

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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?”

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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.

Full interview here or in the scans below



Berlinale – Talents Table Talk and new still from Stateless

Berlinale – Talents Table Talk and new still from Stateless

Hello Blanchetters!!

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.

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The film festival has released a new still from Stateless (source).

The official poster can be found on IMDB, and Elise McCredie, showrunner of Stateless, shared on the Instagram profile the moving posters for each main character.

For those willing to share and talk about the upcoming tv series, the official hashtag pointed out by ABC Australia is #statelesstv. Enjoy!

Stateless – Sneak peek of the poster, first still and pictures from the set

Stateless – Sneak peek of the poster, first still and pictures from the set

Hello Blanchetters!

Cate Blanchett’s new tv serie is one month away! Stateless is set to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival at the end of this month, to be released in Australia on March 1st.

The network hosting the show released today a sneak peek of the official poster.

The first stills are available on UHQ on IMDb’s official page.

We have added to the gallery another set of pictures from the set. These ones are from May 31, 2019.

For those who are wondering about a wider release, there are not any news at the moment. We hope that Berlinale will be a good spot to sell the tv series worlwide. Enjoy!

Stateless – Cate Blanchett to attend Berlinale

Stateless – Cate Blanchett to attend Berlinale

Hello Blanchetters!!

Cate Blanchett is going to the upcoming Berlin Film Festival to promote the Australian TV serie Stateless. She will attend on February 26, 2020 fro the Variety in Conversation on-stage interview. Tickets will be on sale from February 17, 2020.

Our many thanks to Trix on the chat for reporting it to us.

12 – 12.45 pm, ZOO 4
On-stage Interview
Variety in Conversation with Tony Ayres, Cate Blanchett and Elise McCredie
Tony Ayres, Cate Blanchett and Elise McCredie discuss their dramatic approach of creating STATELESS in this exclusive on-stage interview.

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Stateless to debut at the 2020 Berlinale + Official Australian Release

Stateless to debut at the 2020 Berlinale + Official Australian Release

Hello dear Blanchetters!

The Berlinale (70th Berlin Film Festival) just released the Berlinale Series line-up: the first two episodes of Stateless, a new tv series starring (and produced by) Cate Blanchett will debut this February. Source

Co-created by Cate Blanchett, Tony Ayres and Elise McCredie, Stateless centres on four strangers in an immigration detention centre in the Australian desert. The six-part series stars a multi award-winning cast, including Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney, Asher Keddie, Fayssal Bazzi, Dominic West and Cate Blanchett. The series will be distributed worldwide by NBCUniversal.

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Meanwhile ABC Australia announced that the official release set for March 1st. Here are two trailers released by the tv channel. Enjoy!


Cate Blanchett brings Stateless to Content London

Cate Blanchett brings Stateless to Content London

Hello dear Blanchetters!

Cate will be in London next week to introduce one of her upcoming tv series, Stateless, during Content London (December 3-5, 2019). Case Study will be at Hall 1 – Kings Place on December 4 at 12:00 (source)

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning actress Cate Blanchet will be at Content London to debut her new six-part limited series, Stateless.

Joining Blanchett for this exclusive Case Study at the International Drama Summit will be Jeff Watchtel, president, NBCUniversal International Studios, Alastair McKinnon, MD, Matchbox Pictures and actor Fayssal Bazzi.

Co-created by Cate Blanchett, Tony Ayres and Elise McCredie, Stateless is a powerful and timely series about four strangers whose lives collide at an immigration detention centre in the middle of the Australian desert. It centres on an airline hostess on the run from a dangerous cult, an Afghan refugee and his family fleeing persecution, a young father escaping a dead-end job and a bureaucrat running out of time to contain a national scandal. Each character deals with the contradictions of protection and border control from a unique perspective, offering topical insight into issues that countries are grappling with around the world.

Commissioned by the ABC and backed by Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation, the six-part limited series stars a multi award-winning cast including Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney, Asher Keddie, Fayssal Bazzi, Dominic West and Cate Blanchett. It is a co-production between NBCUniversal International Studios’ Matchbox Pictures and Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton’s Dirty Films, written by Elise McCredie and Belinda Chayko.

More infos and tickets here