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Review of Rehearsed Tennessee Williams Reading

Dotty, an avid theatre goer in London and author of her own blog Oh, for the breath to utter what is like thee!, attended the previously announced Rehearsed Reading of Tennessee Williams’ The Fugitive Kind in which Claire Foy took part on September 15. Here’s what she had to say (excerpt):

This was a gorgeous lump of a play and produced here with levity and sensuousness at a level way beyond a rehearsed reading status.

Claire Foy is like a luminous liquid flowing around the stage and the rapport between Messers Harman and O’Neill was a joy to behold.

The scenes between Claire and Rory seemed much more sexually charged because the actors rarely stood very near each other and had their playtexts on lecterns in front of them. It was all in the delivery and it had me dribbling.

Blissful evening

To read the full review please go here.

Categories "Little Dorrit" Articles

‘Little Dorrit’: This year’s best Emmys discovery?

Perhaps, when the words Little Dorrit kept coming up during last night’s Emmy Awards broadcast, you were all, “Little who?” Or maybe you filtered out the unfamiliar phrase altogether and have no idea what I’m talking about. But wait! There’s a reason why the BBC-WGBH Charles Dickens adaptation picked up so many trophies, including Outstanding Miniseries plus the writing and directing awards in that field.

I’m not even a Dickens fan like that, but my 19th-century-British-literature-obsessive girlfriend sure is, so I watched the miniseries when it aired this spring. The cast was one of those sprawling BBC ensembles, featuring memorable performances from actors I’d never seen before (Claire Foy, as debtor’s daughter Amy Dorrit) as well as some familiar faces (Matthew “Mr. Darcy” Macfadyen as earnest hero Arthur Clennam, Andy “Gollum” Serkis as creepy villain Rigaud). And the plot — all about wealth and class and massive finance-industry malfeasance — was shockingly relevant in 2009. If you’d like to see a melodramatic TV movie about the Bernie Madoff scandal, you’d probably be better off seeking out Little Dorrit on DVD. It’ll be just as much fun, you’ll get a long-suffering love story at the same time, and you know the production values will be higher with the BBC in charge.

Did any of you catch Little Dorrit when it first aired? How psyched are you to see it having a well-deserved Emmy moment? Or are you looking forward to discovering Little Dorrit now that the Emmys have brought it to your attention?

by Simon Vozick-Levinson

Source: EW.com

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Being Human

Thanks to my friend Luciana, we have HQ screencaptures from Claire’s guest appearance in the pilot episode of Being Human.

Being Human is a supernatural drama from the BBC that revolves around the concept of two young men—Mitchell and George–sharing a flat. While this seems like a tried and tested formula for television the twist is that Mitchell (Aidan Turner – The Tudors) is a vampire and George (Russell ToveyLittle Dorrit, The History Boys) is a werewolf. Complicating matters further is pair’s newfound home is haunted by the ghost of Annie (Lenora Crichlow – Sugar Rush).

The “complete” series 1 is already available on DVD in the UK, but… while this is a great show, its DVD release is shockingly poor. This is a terrible DVD “complete” set, one of the very worst lack of efforts they’ve ever done. The BBC did an astounding job of producing extra material for this show for their website (short features filmed specially for the site showing some of the history of the leads prior to the show, actors filming behind the scenes diaries, etc) and for BBC3 (the excellent Unearthed documentary and the pilot episode that started the whole thing). And NONE of it is on the “complete” DVD. On top of that, much of the distinctive music from the show which helped set the atmosphere has been replaced with bland stock stuff.

GALLERY LINK:
Being Human (TV, 2008): Pilot

Categories "Little Dorrit" News / Rumors

Emmys

Claire won’t be attending the Emmy Awards ceremony tonight, but we’ll be rooting for Little Dorrit! 🙂

UPDATE:

Little Dorrit comes up big:
Dark horse miniseries takes home the most Emmys

It was the little engine that could.

After staying off the radar with little marketing push, the BBC/PBS production of Little Dorrit surprisingly became the most honored program of the night with seven Emmys, including best miniseries.

It was a come-from-behind win. At the nomination stage, Dorrit was tied with its competitor in the best miniseries category, HBO’s Generation Kill, for sixth place, behind such heavy hitters as series 30 Rock, Mad Men and movies Grey Gardens and Into the Storm.

But in the end, the Charles Dickens adaptation squeaked past the dominant player in the longform space, HBO. The cabler’s Gardens was second in the program tally with six Emmys.

“This is a fantastic win that Dickens would be proud of,” said BBC Worldwide exec vp programming and production Jane Tranter, who commissioned the mini at the BBC. “If he was around today, he would undoubtedly be writing for television.”

Click here for the full list of Emmy Awards winners.

Dearbhla Walsh with her Emmy

Dearbhla Walsh with her Emmy for directing Little Dorrit

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew of Little Dorrit on a very well deserved win!!!

Categories "Little Dorrit" Gallery Public Events

Some new HQ pictures

In a team effort we bring you today HQ photos of Claire at 3 different events and on location on August 25, 2008 on the set of ‘Little Dorrit‘. Most of these simply replace pictures we previously had in the gallery but there are also a few new ones. Enjoy!

GALLERY LINK:
Little Dorrit (2008): On the Set edit Sep 13: replaced 4 more with HQ versions
– Events in 2009: Royal Television Society Programme Awards
– Events in 2009: British Academy Television Craft Awards 2009
– Events in 2009: Cystic Fibrosis Trust Breathing Life Awards

Categories Gallery News / Rumors Projects

Tennessee Williams’ Reading

Claire Foy will be doing the rehearsed reading of Tennessee Williams’ Fugitive Kind at the Donmar Warehouse on 15 September 2009 at 7.30 pm.

Unfortunately no press photos get taken at the readings. So if you attend it and happen to take any photos of Claire, we’d greatly appreciate if you could share them with us.

All reading tickets £10.
Up to 20 £7.50 standing tickets available once the performance is sold out.

GALLERY LINK:
– Miscellaneous: Rehearsed Reading of Fugitive Kind at the Donmar Warehouse

Categories "Little Dorrit" Gallery Videos

LA-Story.com Interview

During the “2009 Winter TCA Tour”, which took place early January 2009, LA-Story.com had the chance to interview Claire Foy about all things ‘Little Dorrit‘ as well as a little about ‘Season of the Witch‘. The video interview was published on their website in late March – which was when ‘Little Dorrit‘ started airing in the US. Be sure to watch the interesting 12-min interview and enjoy our screencaptures in the gallery. Thanks Joe for the link.

The interview which was done a few months ago shows off Claire Foy after a long day of interviews and still she’s got the light, joy and wonder of all that is occuring in her life as her acting is becoming more in demand. She is fabulous!

Gallery link:
– Interviews/News Segments: LA-Story.com | Little Dorrit | Claire Foy interview

Categories "Wreckers" Articles Gallery Media Alerts

Isleham Informer Scan

Finally something new to update Claire Foy Source with! 😀

Like Guy had informed us in the beginning of July, Claire Foy was then filming the low-budget drama Wreckers, with locations in London and a village in rural Cambridgeshire called Isleham.

Now that the August issue of the Isleham Informer is out, we have a scan from director Dictynna Hood’s interview that also features two photos from the production. The film is currently in post-production and its storyline is broadly described as a ‘moody psychological love story.’ Co-stars include Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement), Shaun Evans (Telstar) and Sinead Matthews.

GALLERY LINK:
– Scans: Isleham Informer (UK) – August 2009

Categories "Wreckers" Articles

‘Idyllic’ location for major feature film

from Isleham Informer / by Mark Stevens

Isleham proved to be the perfect location for the film ‘Wreckers’ earlier this summer

Unless they were hermetically welded to their TV sets for Wimbledon, village residents will have witnessed the troop of lorries, actors and technicians in the centre of the village that fortnight. ‘Idyllic’ Isleham has been singled out by award-winning director Dictynna Hood as the backdrop to her new film which is due for release in the New Year.

Dictynna said that finding an appropriate setting had proven extremely frustrating, and she had visited numerous villages throughout southern England, but could not find the right atmosphere. ‘Isleham is a working village; it is virtually self-sufficient and owns all the hallmarks of a genuine community. It is perfect’.

The film, which was three years in the writing, was shot against the backdrop of village features such as the Griffin pub, Priory Garage, the Priory itself, the Post Office and the surrounding countryside. About 35 technicians and five central actors, as well as a number of local ‘extras’ completed the Isleham filming in ten days, with another 11 days filming in London and other locations. Shot in Super 16, the storyline is broadly described as a ‘moody psychological love story’. Actors include Claire Foy (Little Dorrit), Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement) and Shaun Evans (Telstar). Sightings of Johnny Depp proved, alas, to be unfounded (or at least unrelated).

Speaking to local residents I sensed not only the genuine excitement (and attendant gossip), but also a quiet sense of community pride, and that is how I wanted to record those two weeks.

Speaking to Dictynna last week, it seems that the film is attracting commercial interest. She also promises to make available DVD copies of the production that I know would be treasured by many. Watch this space…

Categories "Little Dorrit" News / Rumors

Little Dorrit leads UK Emmy awards charge

Drama nominated in 11 categories

The BBC’s Little Dorrit will head the British charge for glory at this year’s Emmy Awards, with the drama nominated in 11 categories.

Charles Dickens’ timeless rags-to-riches story concerns the vacillating fortunes of the Dorrit family. Continue reading Little Dorrit leads UK Emmy awards charge

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MASTERPIECE Classic Interview

Newcomer lead actress Claire Foy discussed the character of Amy Dorrit in an exclusive interview with MASTERPIECE. You can watch the interview on YouTube.

Thanks to everyone who has been visiting Claire Foy Source and those who left comments. Mia and I really appreciate your positive feedback. 🙂

GALLERY LINK:
– Interviews/News Segments: MASTERPIECE Classic | Little Dorrit | Claire Foy interview

Categories "Going Postal" News / Rumors

New Project: Going Postal

Sky1 has announced the cast for their upcoming adaptation of the Terry Pratchett discworld novel Going Postal – and Claire Foy is playing one of the lead characters: Adora Belle Dearheart. The rest of the illustre cast include Richard Coyle as Moist Von Lipwig, David Suchet as Reacher Guilt, Charles Dance as Lord Vetinari, Steve Pemberton as Drumknott, Andrew Sachs as Groat and Tamsin Greig as Miss Cripslock.

This is Sky1’s third adaptation of a Terry Pratchett novel – hopefully it’ll be as successful as Hogfather and The Colour of Magic. The story of the fantasy novel Going Postal is happening in Ankh-Morphork and filming has now started in Budapest, Hungary. Directed by Jon Jones (The Diary of Anne Frank, Northanger Abbey), produced by Sue De Beauvoir (Merlin) and adapted by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle the TV adaptation is scheduled to air on Sky1 and Sky1 HD in the UK next Easter (2010) in two parts. Each episode will be an hour and a half long.

Synopsis:
Going Postal is the story of arch-swindler Moist Von Lipwig (Coyle) and the beautiful, vengeful Adora Belle Dearheart (Foy). A life long travelling con-artist, Lipwig’s crimes finally catch up with him in the town of Ankh-Morpork. Faced with death by hanging, Lipwig is spared by Lord Vetinari (Dance), who sees him as the perfect man for the role of Postmaster in the decrepit Ankh-Morpork post office. Faced with an almost impossible task, and making an immediate enemy of bloodthirsty tyrant Reacher Gilt (Suchet), owner of the rival money-hungry Grand Trunk Clacks communication monopoly, Lipwig’s first instinct is to run. That is until he meets the spellbinding Adora. Captivated by her beauty and brains, Lipwig will try anything to win her affections…little knowing the part he has played in her family’s downfall.

Sources: SF Crownest, Digital Spy, TV Scoop

Categories "Wreckers" News / Rumors

New Project: Wreckers

Thanks to Guy for the info! 🙂

Claire is presently filming a low-budget drama called Wreckers, with locations in London and a village in rural Cambridgeshire. The film is hoped to have a cinema release and the BBC have also expressed an interest. An interview with the film’s director will appear in the next issue of the Isleham Informer – the parish magazine of the village location.

Categories "Season of the Witch" News / Rumors

Season of the Witch Uncaged in March

Good news! Lionsgate announced that Dominic Sena’s Season of the Witch has been granted a March release! Lionsgate obviously feels confident enough to put it up against Dimension Films’ Piranha 3D.

That’s right, kids! Look for the flick, which stars Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Stephen Campbell Moore, Claire Foy, Robbie Sheehan, and Stephen Graham, in theatres on March 19th, 2010.

The film centers upon the story of 14th century knights transporting a girl suspected of being the witch who has spread the Black Plague, to trial. Along the way they face a mystical and treacherous landscape.