Stateless wins at Screen Producers Australia Award; & New Magazine Scan
Posted on
Mar 30, 2022

Stateless wins at Screen Producers Australia Award; & New Magazine Scan

Hi, everyone!

Slow news day on Cate but Stateless won at this year’s (SPA) Screen Producers Australia’s Award. Stateless is based on the idea by Cate, she is a co-creator and co-executive producer on the series. The series is available to stream on Netflix (outside Australia). There’s also a new magazine scan from Palace Scope.

Screen Producers Australia Awards 2022 Winners

“Every year, the SPA Awards are an acknowledgement of Australian screen industry excellence, uplifting diverse, locally-made productions with cultural impact and worldwide reach. Alongside the Queensland Government as Principal Partners, Screen Queensland is proud to have brought Screen Forever back to the Gold Coast — a globally renowned screen industry hub and a dazzling setting for tonight’s celebrations,” said Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich.

“SPA members continuously raise the global bar for creativity and skillful producing, and tonight that talent was on full show. The task at hand is storytelling, and the winners of our 2022 Awards take this task seriously. They understand the significance of their work and the contribution it makes to the Australian economy, generating jobs for local creatives, and showcasing Australia and its unique heritage to millions around the world,” said SPA CEO Matthew Deaner.

Telemovie or Mini-Series Production of the Year (Tie)
• A Sunburnt Christmas – Every Cloud Productions
• Alice-Miranda Friends Forever – SLR Productions
• Hungry Ghosts – Matchbox Pictures
• Operation Buffalo – Porchlight Films
Stateless – Matchbox Pictures
• The Gloaming – The Two Jons
• The Secrets She Keeps – Lingo Pictures
• The Unusual Suspects – Aquarius Films

Palace Scope – March 23rd 2022

Source: TVTonight

Cate Blanchett on the country’s ‘inhumane’ treatment of refugees
Posted on
Nov 28, 2020

Cate Blanchett on the country’s ‘inhumane’ treatment of refugees

Hi, everyone!

Stateless has won 6 AACTA Industry Awards so far then the acting/best teleseries category which Cate is nominated for supporting actress and as a producer will be announced on November 30th then broadcasted on Foxtel – Arts on Sunday December 6th at 7:30pm. Meanwhile, read this new article on Cate.

While Cate Blanchett is living in Britain – locked down amid a shocking surge in COVID-19 cases – one of Australia’s greatest actors remains acutely conscious of her home country’s poor record of detaining refugees over the years.

“There is so much to be proud of in Australia but our treatment of refugees and asylum seekers is not our finest hour,” she says. “Not by a long chalk.”

It was a shared concern about troubling events at detention centres over breakfast with a former MLC schoolfriend, director Elise McCredie, that led to them creating the television series Stateless with producer Tony Ayres.

After a world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, then screening on the ABC and Netflix around the world, the series has a dominant 18 nominations at this year’s Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards. At Friday night’s Industry Awards, it won six craft prizes with more expected at the main ceremony on Monday.

Blanchett, who is nominated for both producing and acting in Stateless, calls the success of the series “beyond gratifying”.

“Obviously, the series takes place in Australia but the predicaments and themes it touches on are universal,” she said. “We live in a world where every two seconds somebody is forced to leave their home. This is a story that allows us to ask the question: ‘What would I do in that situation?'”

While the pandemic has drawn attention away from the global refugee crisis, Blanchett believes it remains a pressing issue.

“On one level, the pandemic has meant that people have been understandably focused on their local health and safety,” she said. “But people have also been forced to look at how interconnected the world’s challenges are and how vital it is that we all play a part in seeking solutions.

“We have been living with massive uncertainty, and uncertainty is an ongoing condition for refugees and asylum seekers and indefinite detention is a traumatic and deeply inhumane extension of this.”

McCredie said their breakfast took place at Blanchett’s Sydney home amid controversy around the Manus Island and Nauru detention centres in 2014.

“We just started talking about what we were passionate about and [it was] immigration detention,” she said. “That was the height of Manus and Nauru and the beginning of offshore detention. We started throwing around ideas about moral responsibility and how we felt about our government.”

They decided to tell a fictional story set in the past, inspired by the wrongful confinement of Cornelia Rau. McCredie said indefinite detention was still continuing away from public attention.

“People who were on Manus for six years are now in hotels in Melbourne and have been for a year,” she said. “As a country, humanity has to be part of the policy and it hasn’t been really for 20 years.”

Blanchett said it took time to find series partners willing to “look beyond the politicisation of the refugee and asylum-seeker experience, to look beyond the rhetoric of fear and xenophobia to the human face of the global displacement crisis”.

What drove them was a passion to bring “this painful, bewildering and on-going situation into the light – to look at this diabolical and dysfunctional situation from a myriad of perspectives, without judgment, allow people to discuss it, examine it and connect to it”.

What was it like producing the series while acting in it?

“An absolute joy,” Blanchett said. “Everyone, from the background artists to the chippies to the actors, was so passionate about the project.”

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Cate Blanchett News Compilation
Posted on
Nov 21, 2020

Cate Blanchett News Compilation

Hi, everyone!

We’ve compiled the latest new on Cate these past weeks. She narrated a short video for Beirut, Lebanon and participated in Experience Camps’ Talk About Grief (TAG). New image for Armani Beauty Holiday Campaign is out.

Risposta affermativa. Intervista a Cate Blanchett

Dal 2013 Cate Blanchett e? la testimonial di Si?, la fragranza di Armani. E anche se non ci tiene a lanciare messaggi planetari, non rinnega l’impegno. Perche? «viviamo in tempi molto introspettivi, c’e? davvero bisogno di aprirsi agli altri»

«Non mi permetto di dire alle donne cosa debbano fare. Ognuna deve essere fedele alla sua natura: e? quello che conta di piu?. Solo se sei davvero onesta con te stessa, quando ti chiedi perche? dovresti dire Si? o No, sai cosa risponderti. E comunque, parlando in generale, preferisco i Si? ai No. Viviamo in tempi comprensibilmente molto introspettivi e c’e? davvero bisogno di essere aperti».

Anche se non e? un periodo facile per fare la testimonial di un profumo che e? una dichiarazione d’intenti esplicita e un po’ rischiosa (dire Si? significa infatti aprirsi al mondo e alle opportunita?), Cate Blanchett prosegue con imperturbabile entusiasmo la sua missione di volto ufficiale della fragranza piu? intrepida di Armani, arrivata ormai al suo settimo anno e a una versione in rosso metal (Si? Passione) dedicata a donne forti e assertive. Che dicono Si?, insomma, solo a quello che pare e piace a loro.

A proposito di donne assertive, e? arrivata di recente in Italia (su Timvision) l’ultima serie di cui lei e? protagonista, Mrs. America, incentrata sulla parita? dei diritti delle donne nell’America degli anni 70. Come e? cambiato il femminismo da allora a oggi?

La serie parla di politicizzazione dell’equita?, di come la richiesta di parita? e uguaglianza sociale da parte delle donne sia diventata una richiesta politica. E? la stessa cosa che sta succedendo adesso con le mascherine. Indossarle si sta trasformando in un gesto politico che, alla base, non lo sarebbe: dovrebbe riguardare soltanto la responsabilita?, il rispetto e la democrazia.

Di recente ha dichiarato che preferirebbe essere chiamata attore e non attrice.

Mi riferivo a un episodio successo a Berlino (la controversa decisione del Festival del Cinema di Berlino di non assegnare premi di genere, ndr). Quando ho iniziato la carriera, la parola “attrice” aveva un senso peggiorativo ma non ho mai pensato che il mio lavoro fosse diverso da quello che faceva un uomo. Il femminismo e? questo: la richiesta di un’uguaglianza genuina, sofisticata, orientata al futuro.

Cos’e? la bellezza per lei? Crede ci siano parametri universali?

Non credo che la bellezza abbia tanti significati diversi. Adesso, pero?, mi sembra piu? evidente che, quanto in passato si considerava bello in un senso mainstream, forse non lo sia cosi? tanto. Ho sempre fatto mia la visione giapponese in base alla quale la bellezza deve avere delle imperfezioni per essere tale. Non sottoscrivo invece l’estetica plastificata: la perfezione non e? perseguibile. E ogni cosa diventa piu? interessante proprio quando inizia a decadere. E per quanto riguarda i parametri universali: no, la bellezza deve sorprendere.

Che rapporto ha con Armani?

Condividiamo l’amore per l’oceano. Per questo sono cosi? contenta di vivere in Australia. E dopo averne parlato svariate volte con lui, alla fine sono riuscita a convincerlo a venire a visitarla. Mi venne anche a trovare nel teatro dove stavo lavorando e fu generoso e gentile, volle incontrare tutte le persone che erano li? con me. Erano tutti eccitatissimi all’idea di conoscere Giorgio Armani e lui fu disponibile con tutti.

Cosa le piace del suo stile?

Quando ero adolescente ero attratta, e lo sono tutt’ora, dagli abiti con una silhouette maschile, e Armani e? stato uno dei primi a proporli. Lo ha fatto anche Yves Saint Laurent, ma in un modo diverso, Armani e? stato capace di sfumare quella linea di demarcazione tra i generi in un modo fluido, sensuale e libero.

You can listen to the dubbed podcast below:

 

Why You Need to Watch This Beirut Film By Cate Blanchett and Nadine Labaki

Lebanese director and actor Nadine Labaki has long been friends with Hollywood superstar Cate Blanchett, with the pair having more than philanthropic endeavors and movie experience in common. So, it was inevitable that the talented duo would join forces for something incredibly powerful, and that’s exactly what they have done creating an impactful film depicting the on going crisis in Lebanon.

The #keeptalkingaboutbeirut film reveals the brutality of the explosion at the Port of Beirut on August 4, 2020. The raw footage edited by Nadine Labaki, in collaboration with Lebanese filmmaker Elie Fahed, was captured by citizens and journalists, and shows the real state of Lebanon’s capital. The film’s script, which is narrated by actor Cate Blanchett, was written by Labaki and political activist Sara El-Yafi.

Celebrities Talk About Grief

With millions more people grieving due to Covid-19, Talk About Grief (TAG) is a national campaign to create a more empathetic, grief-aware culture – for each other and for our kids. On National Child Grief Awareness Day, November 19, Experience Camps is coming together with hundreds of partners nationwide to encourage people to share their grief.

Cate’s part starts at 00:52

Stateless dominates 2020 AACTA with 18 nominations

Refugee drama series Stateless earned 18 nomination in the TV category, including best telefilm or miniseries and acting nominations for Blanchett, Asher Keddie, Yvonne Strahovski and Jai Courtney, but co-star Dominic West missed out.

The show also scored multiple screenplay and directing nominations, as well as being nominated for editing, cinematography, casting and costume design.

2020 Armani Beauty Holiday Campaign, British Vogue Photoshoot, Corriere Della Sera Interview

   
Source: Vogue Italia, Vogue Arabia, Nine.Com.Au

Cate Blanchett series ‘Stateless’ Premieres July 8 on Netflix
Posted on
May 28, 2020

Cate Blanchett series ‘Stateless’ Premieres July 8 on Netflix

Hi everyone!

Six-Episode Limited Series “Stateless” is coming to Netflix July 08.
Time to see Pat Masters (Cate Blanchett) again!

Netflix acquired Stateless in February ahead of its original premiere in Australia in March.

The streaming service released the first look photos yesterday.

‘Stateless’
Netflix
Picture, if you will, coming into contact with a predatory cult — and being recruited by cult leaders who look just like Cate Blanchett and Dominic West! That’s only one subplot of this Australian mini-series — whose creators include Blanchett and the producer Tony Ayres (“The Slap”) — about desperate lives intersecting at a bleak detention camp for immigrants. The cast is an Australian all-star team that includes Marta Dusseldorp (“A Place to Call Home”), Asher Keddie (“Offspring”) and, in the central role of the cult victim, Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”). (July 8)

Sources:NYTimes

Stateless to debut at the 2020 Berlinale + Official Australian Release
Posted on
Jan 16, 2020

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.

Source

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
Posted on
Nov 25, 2019

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

UPDATES: News on Mrs. America and Stateless series starring Cate Blanchett
Posted on
May 19, 2019

UPDATES: News on Mrs. America and Stateless series starring Cate Blanchett

Hey Blanchetters!

Things are pretty quiet in Cateland right?
But we had quite the week with Cate’s 50th birthday. So many beautiful messages and actions from the fans!

During the past few weeks some news became available on the two new series projects Cate is attached to.
Firstly, we have the CBS / FX Network mini series Mrs. America where Cate will play Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative woman who helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment initiative that would guarantee the equal rights of women (USA).

Blanchett is also in executive production of this limited series and she will be joined by stars James Marsden, Sarah Paulson, Uzo Aduba (as Shirley Chisholm), Rose Byrne (as Gloria Steinem), Margo Matindale (as Bella Abzug), Tracey Ullman (as Betty Friedan), Kayli Carter, Ari Graynor, Melanie Lynskey, John Slattery and Jeanne Tripplehorn.

“I am extremely excited about delving into the material as there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to peel back the layers of this recent period of history, which couldn’t be more relevant today,” Blanchett said in a statement.

Created by Dahvi Waller, the series has a nine-episode arc and the production is set to start this year, with filming from 19th June until November 1st in Toronto, Canada.

Cate will have a busy second semester! She is also going to produce an Australian TV Series.

Stateless is a new TV series about immigration detention in Australia co-created by Cate Blanchett, Tony Ayres and Elise McCredie. Cate will star in the series and, alongside with Andrew Upton, will also act as executive producer of this Australian Broadcasting Corporation limited series.

McCredie and Belinda Chayko are writing the series that will be directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse (The Dressmaker) and Emma Freedman.

Blanchett said while the story was focused on Australia, it explored global themes: “The desire for personal freedom, the need for social stability, an escalating lack of faith in the political process and the deeply unsettling impact this has on individual lives.”

The cast also includes Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale), Dominic West (The Affair), Rachel House, Jai Courtney, Clarence Ryan, Fayssal Bazzi, Claude Jabbour, Rose Riley, Kate Box, Helana Sawires and Asher Keddie.

Inspired by real events, Stateless tells the story of four strangers in an Australian immigration centre: an airline hostess leaving a cult, an Afghan refugee escaping persecution, a father saddled with a dead-end job, and a bureaucrat steeped in a national scandal.

Stateless is expected to air on the ABC in 2020 , it will be distributed worldwide by NBCUniversal. Production is set to begin in June.

Stay tuned!!!

Source 1, 2, 3

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Posted on
Jul 21, 2015

Cate Blanchett to Direct TV Series ‘Stateless’

New project for Cate!

Cate Blanchett is to develop and direct an Australian TV series, “Stateless.”

The series centers on “the tragic and true story of Cornelia Rau, which made headlines in 2004.” The young German/Australian woman escaped a frightening cult only to be trapped in a bizarre labyrinth of psychiatric and legal systems, landing her in the notorious Baxter Immigration Detention Centre.

“’Stateless’ will be Cate Blanchett’s first venture into high-end TV,” said Screen Australia , the federal Australian funding agency that announced that it will providing development finance. Matchbox Pictures is the production company.

It is unclear if Blanchett intends to also appear as an actress in “Stateless.”

via Variety