Interviews with Raya
Posted on
Feb 2, 2018

Interviews with Raya

Hey Blanchetters!

New interviews of Raya with Cate Blanchett were released a couple of days ago. Click on the pics to open the videos. If you want to see the previous videos we posted. Click here

SIHH – IWC Schaffhausen 150th Anniversary Gala

14th Dubai International Film Festival

Photos, videos and scans
Posted on
Dec 14, 2017

Photos, videos and scans

Hello everyone!

We have added few more photos from Dubai Film Festival, Evening Standard Theatre Awards, some videos from Dubai and scans. Each photo opens an album. Enjoy!

Evening Standard Thetre AwardS Portrait

Evening Standard Thetre Awards – BTS

Behind the scenes at the @eveningstandardmagazine #ESTheatreAwards ?

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14th Dubai International Film Festival – Opening Night Gala: Arrivals

14th Dubai International Film Festival – IWC Filmmakers Award: Arrivals

IWC Behind the scenes


Also, there is a new documentary in France, directed by Sophie Bassaler, entitled “Instants de cinéma – Peter Marlow: Cate Blanchett” that follows the work of the late British photographer on the set of An ideal husband where he took many pictures of Cate. The documentary has been shown in Ciné+ (France) and it is also available at Movistar Plus (Spain) under the title Magnum Cinema: capturas de cine.

Interviews and magazine scans
Posted on
Dec 11, 2017

Interviews and magazine scans

Good evening, new interview from Dubai International Film Festival and from magazines scans. Thanks to all the Blanchetters that reported all this news! Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett on Hollywood’s ‘casting couch’ mentality
Award-winning actress was at the Dubai International Film Festival as the head of jury for the IWC Filmmaker Award

Cate Blanchett begins our conversation perfectly in character: by complimenting another woman.
The two-time Oscar winner had just seen Hostiles the night before, when it opened the 14th Dubai International Film Festival. The tense period western has garnered buzz due to a lead performance from Christian Bale. But Blanchett, poised with her finger to her mouth, says, “Rosamund was amazing, wasn’t she?”

She means Rosamund Pike, of course, Bale’s co-star and actress extraordinaire.

Later, Blanchett returns to this: women supporting women is the most exciting and profound change she’s seen in Hollywood. Pitted against one another for so long, “we’ve been seeing each other as competitors rather than collaborators.”

The Australian actress, who stars in the upcoming Ocean’s 8 with an all-female cast, further delved into the importance of dismantling the ‘casting couch’ mentality in the film industry (i.e. exchanging sexual favours for employment opportunities) — and what it was like to turn into a super villain for the big screen.
We just saw you in Thor: Ragnarok. What was it like to play a villain — and an all-powerful one at that?
It was fascinating for me, I think, because there’s so much post-process in it. It’s the equivalent of acting to a tennis ball, but obviously the tennis ball happens to be Chris [Hemsworth]. Working with [director] Taika Waititi was great — I didn’t get to work with Mark Ruffalo unfortunately, who I love — but it was Taika’s vision that was really interesting to me. Being part of a superhero universe, you get to speak to a really different audience. Having gone to comic con — I didn’t go the first time around with the Lord of the Rings, but I went with the Hobbit. And those people completely own the genre.
Have you seen fan reactions to your character on Twitter? They’re extreme.
No! But we went online, prior to shooting, and there were women doing Hela make-up. We took a lot of inspiration from that; she’s the goddess of death, so they did all these veins. It wasn’t a direction that Marvel were thinking of. Initially they just wanted me to have a headdress all the time, and we talked about she would look like without the headdress. What I loved about Marvel and Taika was they were really open to that.
You’ve always been a proponent of women in Hollywood…
Well, I am one.
What are your thoughts on the state of affairs in Hollywood today?
The creative industries are always going to deal with doubt. They’re always examining themselves because their job is to examine the world around them. The example that we’re setting is going to be — and has to be — a positive one. Because we’re not the only industry that has unequal pay for equal work. And we’re not the only industry where women are not given the same level of opportunities, where there’s an equivalent of a casting couch. It’s in a lot of industries and I hope that other industries will follow suit. I feel hopeful.
Ocean’s 8 is a great example of that. How was it like working with such a big cast?
In the end for me, the result was immaterial. It was the opportunity to hang out and work with all these women. I’ve long loved Helena [Bonham Carter], for instance. We’d been in Cinderella but we didn’t get to do anything together. I just adore her. And Sarah [Paulson], and finally getting to work with Sandy [Sandra Bullock] and with Annie [Anne Hathaway]. And you know, meeting Nora [Lum] and Mindy [Kaling], who I didn’t know at all, and Rih Rih [Rihanna], who is such a firebrand. What she’s done in the music industry, of course, is incomparable, but also with her new beauty line — she’s a really, really interesting person. It was a game-changer for me.
Do you think you’ve made that movie, Ocean’s 8, your own?
Oh, I haven’t seen it. I don’t know. Gary Ross was directing it — he’s in the editing room at the moment and I haven’t spoken to him, so I hope it’s gonna be great. But what was great and will continue to be great was the relationship with those women.
You’ve won several awards over the span of your career. Is there one you hold closest to your heart?
I think the Order of Australia that I received recently for my perceived contribution to cultural life in Australia was a pretty profound one for me. I’ve received several honorary doctorates. They meant an incredible amount to me.
You’ve portrayed iconic characters in the past, like Katharine Hepburn and Queen Elizabeth I of England.
But it depends who’s looking at you. You can act your socks off in the best screenplay ever written, but if the director is disinterested, if you don’t have a great cinematographer, if you’re not working with an amazing focus-puller and other actors who are engaged… It’s a conversation. I was really fortunate that Shekhar Kapur [director of Elizabeth] believed in me and was interested in what I had to offer.
When you were starting out, did you ever suffer imposter syndrome?
I think the imposter syndrome gets worse.
It does?
Oh, yeah. Definitely. You’ve got nothing to lose, in a way. And you’ve got no time to be frightened. The more that’s expected of you, the harder it is to put those expectations aside and continue to risk trying new things and failing. That space becomes more difficult, I think.
I heard you recently moved to the country. Is that a necessary move in order to get away from the noise? Or do you like city life just as much?
I do. But my husband’s a writer. To find a bit of quiet is difficult, not only with how busy our lives are, but how busy cities are and how noisy the 24-hour news cycle is. It’s also for our children. We both grew up riding our bikes around neighbourhoods with a bit of benign neglect from our parents, and it’s really hard to find that space now because we all keep one another under surveillance. It’s really great to be in places that don’t have WiFi.
What’s your favourite part of living in the country?
Probably the pigs and the chickens. But also, we’re undertaking constructing a garden, which has been so… You have to be very humble and very patient. You can’t plant certain things until the next seasons. Sometimes your so-called crops will fail. It’s about learning patience.
This is your third time at Diff. What keeps you coming back?
Chairing the IWC Filmmakers jury the first time [where four Gulf directors compete for partial funding], I just found the submissions really interesting and diverse. Film is not only a temporal medium but it’s a mirror that a society holds up to itself. What it chooses to examine and how it chooses to examine it.

via Gulfnews
Radio interview for the Kris Fade Show

A snippet from another interview

New magazine scans

Upcoming interviews from Dubai Film Festival
Posted on
Dec 8, 2017

Upcoming interviews from Dubai Film Festival

Good evening! We have news of two upcoming interviews from the press jucket that followed the IWC photocall (December 7)
One intervie is set for Sunday, during the Kris Fade Show on Virgin Radio

The second interview is been announced by lebanese TV presenter Raya Abirached of Scoop with Raya on MBC Lebanon. Check her site!

Yesterday will go down in my memory as a remarkable evening. 3 female directors were finalists of the #iwcfilmmakeraward & 1 won! We celebrated women in a spectacular way and i was sooo happy to be surrounded by: -Remarkable women in film: #CateBlanchett @yousrawyagroup @hendsabri @mennagram @bushraofficial @haifaa.almansour @naylaalkhaja @muznaalmusafer @sonamkapoor @tubabustun.official (only to name a few!) -Remarkable women in television: my darling MBC girls @nardineffarag @mariamsaidofficial @shahadballan @mahiraabdelaziz (missed you @dialamakki!) -Remarkable women in media @halgergawi @lara_mansour @vashionista @sossiwartanian (missed you @zoyasakr ??) -Remarkable women in fashion @rymsaidi @lanaelsahely @tamaraalgabbani @nouraridaofficial @thefierce_nay @jessicakahawaty -Remarkable women in PR, marketing, events… Especially you @sarayassine_ At some point of the evening a photographer while taking a picture sarcastically asked us to give him our "influencer smile" and i had to laugh at him ? We may all end up "influencing" but it is as the result of the remarkable careers that we have behind us & our talent for multitasking work, motherhood & facing any difficulty that comes our way!… not our "influencer smiles" Love you girls!!!

Un post condiviso da Raya Abirached (@rayaofficial) in data:

Dubai International Film Festival – IWC Fillmmakers Award
Posted on
Dec 8, 2017

Dubai International Film Festival – IWC Fillmmakers Award

Good evening! Cate attended the IWC Filmmakers Award yesterday evening in Dubai. Here are the pictures and a funny video realized for IWC Watches. Enjoy!

Dubai International Film Festival – IWC Photocall
Posted on
Dec 7, 2017

Dubai International Film Festival – IWC Photocall

Good afternoon! This morning Cate Blanchett attended the IWC photocall during the second day of the 14th Dubai International Film Festival. Enjoy!

Dubai International Film Festival – Opening Night Gala
Posted on
Dec 6, 2017

Dubai International Film Festival – Opening Night Gala

Good evening! Cate attended the opening night of the 14th Dubai International Film Festival, where she was awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Cate Blanchett was wearing Armani. Click on the images to open the galleries, enjoy!

Dani on Twitter got some videos from the gala, enjoy!

Cate Blanchett to head Dubai International Film Festival jury
Posted on
Sep 12, 2017

Cate Blanchett to head Dubai International Film Festival jury

More news everyone!

Cate Blanchett to Head IWC Filmmakers Jury at DIFF 2017


Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen and the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) have confirmed Academy Award-winning actress and IWC Schaffhausen brand ambassador Cate Blanchett as head of the IWC Filmmakers Jury for the sixth IWC Filmmaker Award. The renowned award gives cinematic talent from the region the chance to bring their projects to the silver screen. It will be presented during DIFF, which takes place from 6 to 13 December 2017.

Marking her third appearance on the DIFF red carpet, Cate Blanchett joins the jury panel that will select a winning project from the shortlisted entries. A USD 100,000 cash prize will be awarded to one feature-length film project in development to help the winning filmmaker bring their idea to fruition on the big screen. Previous years have seen winning scripts from Emirati directors Abdullah Hassan Ahmed and Layla Kaylif, Kuwaiti director Abdullah Boushahri and British-Iraqi director Maysoon Pachachi.

Commenting on this year’s award, IWC CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr said: “Filmmaking is an integral part of cultural creation – it is an art form that allows us to look in the mirror and gives us an important opportunity for reflection. Being storytellers ourselves, we deeply appreciate the creativity, courage and passion that talented filmmakers invest in their work to enchant and captivate their audiences. IWC is a passionate brand and our involvement in this festival is for the love of cinema. For this reason, we are proud to support yet another promising film project with the sixth IWC Filmmaker Award later this year.” DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma added: “Each year, the bar is set higher by the scripts we receive for the IWC Filmmaker Award and our expert jury members have tough decisions to make. We are privileged to welcome back an icon of the silver screen to Dubai to lend her insight to the distinguished jury and inspire new emerging talent from the region.”

Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is an internationally acclaimed star with a long and illustrious career and has featured in an array of successful films including “The Aviator”, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, all three “The Lord of the Rings” films, “Carol” and “Blue Jasmine”. The Australian actress has broken multiple Academy Awards records, including being the only actress in history to be nominated more than once for the same role, having played Elizabeth I in both “Elizabeth” (1998) and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007), and being the first person to win an Oscar for portraying another Oscar winner for her performance as Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator”.

The IWC Filmmaker Award will be presented to the winning filmmaker at a star-studded gala on 7 December 2017, during the 14th edition of DIFF.

via Dubai Film Fest