|"Quills" At The Regus London Film Festival|
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Nov 3: Yahoo! Photos has two pics from the premiere!
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Nov 2: Empire Online is devoting space to coverage of the festival, and features a pic of Kate as Madeleine on their London FF page.
Oct 31: BBC News previews the festival
Oct 6: The official festival site has been updated, and the program has been added. GO!
iF Magazine reports on the festival (Sept 14)
Empire Online ("London Festival Rocks"-Sept. 13)
BBC News ("Film Frenzy at London Festival"-Sept. 13)
Ananova ("London Film Festival Screening List Unveiled"-Sept. 13)
This is London ("More Stars For London's Festival"-Sept. 13)
Yahoo! News ("London Film Festival Screening List Unveiled"-Sept. 14)
|November 2: From the UK Independent:
While the LFF still cannot boast the international kudos or glamour of Cannes or Venice, its eclectic selection of new films this year - the largest in the history of the festival - has caused a buzz in the capital.
Between last night's rock'n' roll movie from Cameron Crowe and the closing British film Born Romantic in two weeks time from writer director David Kane, also set in the world of music and dance, the mix includes Woody Allen's Small Time Crooks with Hugh Grant, Mamet's State And Main with Alec Baldwin, and Quills, a film about the Marquis de Sade with Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet and Michael Caine.
October 31: BBC News lists Quills as one of the highlights of the London Film Festival:
The 44th Regus London Film Festival (LFF) opens on 1 November with almost 200 feature films from all over the world on show. BBC News Online helps make choosing what to see a little easier with a pick of some of this year's festival highlights.
Quills is a sumptuous, thought-provoking period drama about the life and work of the Marquis de Sade. Star attraction comes from Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix and Sir Michael Caine.
October 8: The Observer named Quills one of the highlights of the festival:
Phillip Kaufman's erotic-themed Quills continues the director's interest in libidinous topics - The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Henry & June - chronicling the Marquis de Sade's incarceration. It boasts a fine cast: Geoffrey Rush, Michael Caine, Kate Winslet and Joaquin Phoenix.
The program for the 44th London Film Festival was announced on September 13, 2000.
Excerpt from Empire Online:
The programme for this year's Regus London Film Festival was unveiled in London this morning and director Adrian Wootton made it clear that the 44th festival would be the biggest and best yet. With a new sponsor on board, this year's festival, which runs from 1 to 16 November, will screen no fewer than 196 movies - beginning with Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous.
Six other gala screenings will follow, including the Royal Charity Premiere of Into the Arms of Strangers, Quills with Kate Winslet and Geoffrey Rush, James Gray's The Yards, Bruce Paltrow's Duets, David Mamet's State and Main, Gurinder Chadha's What's Cooking and Dominic Moll's Harry's He's Here to Help.
Excerpt from "This Is London":
Hotly anticipated is Kate Winslet's appearance in Quills, Philip Kaufman's sumptuous period piece about the Marquis de Sade during his imprisonment in a Paris lunatic asylum in 1807. The script requires Miss Winslet to appear in various states of undress as a laundry maid who is also muse to Geoffrey Rush's de Sade.
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|Michael Caine, Kate Winslet, Geoffrey Rush, Joaquin Phoenix, and director Philip Kaufman ("The Right Stuff", "The Unbearable Lightness of Being") all attended tonight's gala screening of "Quills" at the Odeon West End. We took our place amongst the largest press turnout of the festival so far, and interviewed each in turn for our video diaries. The film is an adaptation of Doug Wright's play based on the life and work of the Marquis de Sade. Geoffrey Rush, who won an Oscar for his performance in "Shine" is simply outstanding as the mad, bad, and dangerous to know Marquis.|
|Following are transcripts of interviews; go to BBC OnlineBBC to listen!|
|Kate: "It really shocked me when I read the script, and that was why I wanted to do the film, because it was daring and brave. And I think it was a lot of things that films aren't really prepared to sort of feel, to say these days, and it was for those reasons that I wanted the challenge. And I do think that it is shocking and I do think that it is outrageous, but it's entertaining and it's funny at the same time. And it's a great story. I mean, it's just a fantastic story. Yeah, I mean, nude scenes are always difficult. I mean, I think the good thing about the nudity involved in Quills is that there's one nude scene that I have to be involved in, and it's not a sort of pornographic Marquis de Sade-type scene. And I think that's what people would expect. It's a very loving, beautiful scene between myself and Joaquin Phoenix, and, you know, we tried to laugh as much as we could, and got through it, and we were pleased with the end result."|
|Michael Caine: "I like to do something different in every movie I do. And I'd just done the doctor in 'Cider House Rules', and that was one of the nicest men I've ever played. And I went straight from that to, really, the nastiest man I've ever played, ever. He's not disgusting, he's just villainous. He is a man you always meet people who are absolutely single-minded with purpose, which he is, and they have no regard for other people whatsoever. He was told by Napoleon to go and destroy de Sade, and he did. And I thought the writer had done a very good job on that, that kind of man. The only problem with an actor is that this man is so villainous, there's no relieving factor in him. You know, so I pushed the villainy, hoping that the extreme of it would be the relief. You know, usually you can get a couple of laughs, but you can't get any laughs out of Royer-Collard at all. I think it pushes the boundaries of common sense and wakes people up. I mean, even now, these political people in America who are about to be elected, part of their political platform is to censor Hollywood. So, we're not even talking about yesterday, we're talking about tomorrow. Oh, I think I couldn't have done that [play the Marquis], I couldn't have done that. I don't care, you could have paid me $20 million, I couldn't have played that part. And I don't think anyone could play it as well as he did. And his take on, to play the Marquis de Sade, as someone who is also a comical figure, and funny, is an extraordinary choice for an actor, and a very brave one. And I've seen the picture already, anyway, very successful one."|
|Director Philip Kaufman: "And then one day, lo and behold, a brown paper wrapper arrived at my doorstep, and inside was something called 'Quills', that they had developed from Doug Wright's Obie Award-winning play. And I am very happy with the film, actually. You know, when I first read Doug Wright's script in its early version, I just sat there sort of stunned after reading it. You know, I could still hear the screams echoing, I could hear the laughter. You know, it's the kind of film I like most because it's a mixture of comedy, tragedy, and it, you know, it's got very strong parts for actors, and they dance around each other. And you're so blessed to have such great actors, not only, the, you know, leading actors, but every bit part was thrilling for me. You know, it was the happiest experience I've ever had, really, making a film. But, I mean, you know, we're not as shocking as some of the things people are watching in their hotel rooms. I mean, we're talking about the most extreme writer. His writing is very bizarre, and we're talking, you know, in ways about the creative urge and what is the question? How far do you allow a writer to go?"|
|Writer Doug Wright: "A very mischievous friend gave me a biography of the Marquis de Sade as a Christmas gift, and I devoured it in almost a single sitting. And that led me to read his work, which I found the most incendiary, provocative material I'd ever read in my life, and it challenged me to my very core. So, I thought, if it could unnerve me so much, perhaps it would be a fruitful subject for drama, and I began to write the play. I'm delighted. I think our stellar cast and Phil's extraordinarily inventive direction have utterly served the script, and I feel like it's the dream adaptation of my play. I think it will intrigue, and titillate, and amuse people. I think you're terribly sophisticated audiences over here, so I don't know if I have any enormous shocks up my sleeve, but I trust that it will engage them in important discussion about the nature of art and its function in culture. I think every writer that has written about de Sade has appropriated him and invented the character anew. So, I think that Geoffrey takes de Sade I created and makes him the most remarkable, the most persuasive, and the most compelling invention that I ever imagined. He more than fulfills the role, he really catapults it, and so it was a thrill to work with him."|