Cate Blanchett and IWC CMO Talk Sustainability, Dirty Films as Executive Producer for Apples (2020), and Narration of an Animation for GCFA
Posted on
Oct 12, 2020

Cate Blanchett and IWC CMO Talk Sustainability, Dirty Films as Executive Producer for Apples (2020), and Narration of an Animation for GCFA

Hello, Blanchetters! We’ve got some news and videos on Cate! Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett and IWC CMO Talk Sustainability

After IWC Schaffhausen released its second sustainability report, we can see its evident leading role in sustainable luxury watchmaking. Actor and producer Cate Blanchett joined Franziska Gsell, IWC CMO, for a virtual video conference about sustainability, where they discussed the brand’s management of its environmental and social impact.

For those who didn’t know, Cate Blanchett has been an IWC brand ambassador since 2006. The two-time Academy Award winner said, “When Franziska and I first met in 2015, we quickly discovered our mutual interest in sustainability topics. It is more important than ever for brands to review their environmental footprint and take concrete steps towards sustainability. The notion of transparency is key because clients want to know how a luxury product is manufactured.”

“Cate and I often speak about sustainability, and it’s truly a topic that is close to both of our hearts. It was a great honor to connect with her virtually, and I appreciate her shining a light on the efforts that we are undertaking on our journey to become a fully sustainable luxury company,” said Franziska Gsell.



Green Carpet Fashion Awards 2020

Cate lend her voice to narrate a short animation as part of the 2020 Green Carpet Fashion Awards which was introduced by Lewis Hamilton. You can go to part 39:00.



Cate Blanchett And Her Dirty Films Team Board As Exec Producers Of Venice Premiere Pic ‘Apples’

Cate Blanchett and her team at Dirty Films are coming on board as executive producers on the Christos Nikou-directed Apples, the film which opened Venice Orizzonti section to strong reviews and was also a selection of Telluride and TIFF and is a potential for the Greece’s choice for Best International Feature Film.

Blanchett, Andrew Upton, and Coco Francini of Dirty Films are now exec producers of the pandemic-set film, which is now playing all the festivals. While most of those festivals were virtual, Venice was the exception and Blanchett discovered the film while she presided over the jury of the Golden Lion section, and took time to see the film in the Orizzonti section. She formed a new creative collaboration with the film and Nikou, who made his debut as director after working as AD for filmmakers including Richard Linklater and Yorgot Lanthimos.

“Apples is an unforgettable, prescient cinematic experience,” said Blanchett, Upton, and Francini. “Christos Nikou’s film is a unique and beautiful fable about memory and loss which resonates deeply with the unrecognisable terrain in which we currently find ourselves. We are invigorated to be in creative dialogue with Christos and to help share his warmth, humour and his fascinating world view.”

In a film with a most timely presence, Apples takes place amidst an unpredictable, sweeping pandemic that causes people to develop sudden amnesia. A man finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help him build a new life. His treatment: performing daily tasks prescribed by his doctors on cassette tape, and capturing these new memories with a Polaroid camera.

Said Nikou: “I don’t know how selective our memory is, but this is a moment that will remain unforgettable! I am so thrilled to welcome in to our Apples‘ team the amazingly talented producers and tastemakers Cate Blanchett, Andrew Upton, and Coco Francini.”

They join Nikos Smpiliris as exec producers. Pic is produced by Iraklis Mavroidis, Angelo Venetis, Aris Dagios, Mariusz W?odarski, and Nikou. Associate producers are Virginie Devesa, Jerome Duboz, and Antoine Simkine, and Co-producers are Ales Pavlin, Andrej Stritof, Stefanos Ganos, and Stavros Raptis. The film was written by Nikou and Stavros Raptis, shot by Bartosz Swiniarski, and stars Aris Servetalis (Alps) in the lead role.

Dirty Films’s credits include Truth, Carol, Little Fish and The Turning, and Stateless and Mrs. America on the small screen. AlphaViolet is handling international sales, and CAA Media Finance is representing U.S.

Sources: Flair Magazine, Deadline

News: Magazine Scans+Interviews + Behind the Scene Picture + More
Posted on
Nov 19, 2018

News: Magazine Scans+Interviews + Behind the Scene Picture + More

Hello Blanchetters!

It has been a quiet week considering how busy Cate has been for the last few weeks. Today we are posting content released during the week; first IndieWire released an interview with greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, who confessed Cate has reached out and wants to work with him. Maybe this is Cate’s next big collaboration? We’ll see! Meanwhile, here’s a fragment of the interview:

But there’s one major actor who has been eager to work with Lanthimos long before he made inroads to English-language productions. “Cate Blanchett was the first one that reached out,” Lanthimos said, in an interview with IndieWire from New York, while promoting the upcoming release of “The Favourite” and recalling the immediate aftermath of “Dogtooth.” “I’m still in contact with Cate, and we are trying to do something together.”
Blanchett has yet to speak publicly of her affinity for Lanthimos’ work, and representatives for the actress declined to comment. Nevertheless, a collaboration with Lanthimos would be a natural gamble for the A-list performer, whose stable of auteur collaborators includes Woody Allen, Terrence Malick, Todd Haynes, and Martin Scorsese. Lanthimos and Blanchett have overlapped at festivals in recent years: “The Lobster” was in competition at Cannes the same year as Haynes’ “Carol,” and Blanchett was spotted at the Venice International Film Festival premiere of “The Favourite” in late August.
“I’ve been so fortunate to work with great directors,” she told IndieWire in 2013. “In the end, I think that’s driving the conversation.”
Lanthimos added that Weisz reached out to him shortly after he heard from Blanchett — and as the cast of “The Favourite” proves, they weren’t the only actresses drawn to his work. “It was mostly women who reached out,” he said. “I don’t know what that says about my work, the work they were getting, or about male actors.” Regardless, he welcomed them into his domain. “It is true that the way the system works, you need name actors in order to put things together when you make English-language films,” he said. “I took great care in making sure that all these people reaching out wanted to be a part of it because of what the work was, not because something different might happen, and that they actually appreciated the work.”


While promoting IWC watches in Shanghai last week, Cate gave this interview to Fashion Ifeng where she talks about female and male perspectives in fashion and in cinema.

We have also added magazine scans from Harper’s Bazaar Taiwan, i Look Magazine and Cine Premiere Mexico to our Gallery and a little behind the scenes picture from “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” set, published by Loop Weekly. Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett in Shanghai for Giorgio Armani Beauty and IWC: More photos and videos
Posted on
Nov 9, 2018

Cate Blanchett in Shanghai for Giorgio Armani Beauty and IWC: More photos and videos

Hey Blanchetters!

Cate has been in Shanghai for the past few days as an ambassador for Giorgio Armani Beauty and IWC Schaffhausen. Here are some updates to our galleries, few more videos and the first photo from her visit to the Giorgio Armani boutique in Shanghai.

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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

New Magazine Scans + New interview with Cate Blanchett for Vogue Arabia
Posted on
Jan 11, 2018

New Magazine Scans + New interview with Cate Blanchett for Vogue Arabia

Hi Blanchetters!

Thanks to the generous Katarzyna the scans from Wysokie Obcasy Extra magazine are now available in our gallery!

Also, there is a new interview with Cate in Vogue Arabia. Read it below!

Cate Blanchett on Why the Industry, and World, Need to Change

A subtle whiff of Armani Sì permeates the air as Cate Blanchett sits down. She is – clichés be damned – every bit as ethereal as she looks on screen. She’s in a Marni houndstooth-print pencil skirt and so green silk blouse, her skin milky smooth, her hair in a modern blunt cut, her makeup minimal. Yet she’s the first to dispel this Hollywood deception of perfection: “This is not what I look like on a regular school run!” She’s been an otherworldly elf queen, a formidable goddess of death, a fast-talking Katharine Hepburn, a powerful young English monarch. She’s been nominated for seven Academy Awards and won two – for best supporting actress in The Aviator in 2004, and best actress in Blue Jasmine in 2013, Woody Allen’s unflinching dark comedy of a woman slowly losing her grip on her reality after her husband is convicted of large-scale financial fraud. In person, though, she’s warm, engaging, and sharp as a tack. There’s no hesitation in her clear, strong voice, the Australian accent so but discernable. This is a woman in her prime: unafraid, uncompromising, unabashed.

The 48-year-old actor is in Dubai to head the jury of the IWC Filmmaker Award at the Dubai Film Festival; her third year of involvement with the prize, as an IWC Schaffhausen brand ambassador. For the past six years, the Swiss watchmaker has worked to boost the Gulf ’s film industry by awarding this prize to a feature-length film project in production. This year’s crop of four finalists included three female directors, a feat Blanchett is proud of, especially for the region. “All the submissions were extraordinary,” she enthuses. Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker, Haifaa Al Mansour, walked away with the top honors – and a US $100 000 cash prize – for her script Miss Camel, an inventive stopanimation tale about a Saudi teenager longing to escape an arranged marriage, and then discovering she can talk to animals. It’s a tale of selfdiscovery and female empowerment, and seems apt for the times. The Los Angeles-based director is no stranger to accolades – her 2012 film, Wadjda, was the Kingdom’s first social entry for best foreign language film at the Academy Awards. She’s also recently completed Mary Shelley with Elle Fanning, as well as the Netflix movie NappilyEverAfer.

“The finalists’ work was very diverse, surprising, and innovative,” Blanchett says. “None of them ended up where I expected them to when I started reading. For this particular award, it’s not just about the story – it’s also about the filmmaker’s vision for it.” She’s full of praise for the region’s film industry, which, while often dealing with triumph over diversity or confronting hardship and conflict, both familial and societal, tackles the themes in diverse ways. “It’s interesting that there are a lot of comedies being made here. Comedy is a really important part of dealing with the world at the moment,” she says with a knowing smile. “We all need to laugh. What I find most impressive is about the films from this region that come to the West are often made with very few resources, and the level of invention and how accomplished they are in their realization is quite breathtaking.”

While it might be easy to surmise that the mother of three boys – Dashiell (16), Roman (13), and Ignatius (9) – would’ve focused her film choices on strong female roles with the arrival of her youngest, daughter Edith, in 2015, she swiftly puts that notion to bed. “I’ve always been very personal in my choices. If you have true engagement in the world in which you live, your choices will end up being current and relevant. I’ve never made consciously political choices but I have a strong, innate sense of wanting to be in interesting, engaged conversations and my gender shouldn’t be an impediment to that happening.” To this end, she doesn’t limit herself with genres, being that rare actor who can seamlessly move from comedies to heavy-hitting dramas, experimental art films, and fun action adventure roles, like last year’s Thor: Ragnarok. She is disappointed, however, that she hasn’t worked with as many female filmmakers as she would’ve liked. Here the conversation takes a weighty turn and it’s clear she is serious yet spent that society is still having the same conversations about discrimination and diversity. “As a species, we are very slow to learn and so I should be unsurprised that yet again we’re talking about equal pay for equal work; we’re talking about the intolerance for sexual abuse and domestic violence. But the difference, I think, is that women have had enough. Certainly, in my industry, women have had enough for a long time. We cannot be in this same place in 10 years, having the same conversation. It doesn’t behoove us economically, socially, morally, politically. Women are half the population. That’s the momentum we cannot lose this time. There’s an incredible opportunity to shift our thinking. We all talk about progression, innovation… Diversification leads to deeper innovation and real innovative change is always scary and daunting before it happens.”

It’s somewhat in her DNA to be interested in what women do and the challenges they face – After the death of her father when she was 10, her mother, June, left her teaching career for property development in order to support her three children. Blanchett’s grandmother also lived with the family. After a gap year in Egypt with plans to become a museum curator, Blanchett returned to Australia and, in 1992, graduated from Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art. She quickly set stages alight with her commanding presence. Hollywood beckoned, but it was her arresting, nuanced turn in Elizabeth (1998) that announced her Old Hollywood star power to the world.

She and her husband, playwright Andrew Upton, got married in 1997 after a breakneck romance, and currently live in the UK, where they also run a production company. (His unusual keepsake from her career? The prosthetic elf ears she wore in The Lord of the Rings). One son is still completing school in Australia – “it’s been hard” – but don’t get her started on the societal pressures working mothers face. Her brow furrows, her voice becomes clearer, more strident. “If I get asked one more time how I balance work and having children, when my husband and male actors never get asked that question… We have to stop putting pressure on women that they have to have it all, do it all, or that anyone can have it all. You can’t. You’ll never sleep. But this is not just about women – you have to bring the men along, too. Whenever a man supports a woman by taking paternity leave or sharing child-rearing responsibilities, he’s somehow ‘emasculated.’ Only when that’s seen as a genuine, positive thing for partners to do, will women be freed to enter the workplace guilt-free. You have to remove the guilt and the stigma.” And with that, she turns her mesmerizing gaze straight ahead. Focused. Powerful. Forthright. A woman of – and for – our times.


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

Cate Blanchett to head Dubai International Film Festival jury

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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