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May 09, 2018   /   Claudia   /   In Darkness (2017) Movie Productions News Photo Gallery

Looks like Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer is stepping up her game with Anthony Byrne’s new thriller In Darkness. Not only is Dormer playing a blind pianist on the run, but she also helped pen the screenplay.

The film co-stars Ed Skrein, who is best known as the villain Ajax in Deadpooland Emily Ratajkowski, who is best known as Ben Affleck’s teenage girlfriend in David Fincher’s thriller Gone Girl. And if you’ve missed word on the film until today, no worries, as we have the flick’s poster and trailer for you to check up on.

I’m immediately interested in seeing the film for not only the cast but to check out how Dormer does with a pen. Plus, the film’s synopsis (which you can read below) sounds like some good old fashioned giallo times to me.

In Darkness is directed by Anthony Byrne from a script he co-wrote with Dormer. The film stars Dormer along with Ratajkowski, Skrein, Joely Richardson, and James Cosmo; it hits theaters and On Demand May 25th.

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Blind pianist Sofia overhears a struggle in the apartment above hers that leads to the death of her neighbor Veronique. It is the start of a journey that pulls Sofia out of her depth and brings her into contact with Veronique’s father, Milos Radic, a Serbian businessman accused of being a war criminal. Sofia is drawn into a dangerous world of corruption, investigating police, hitmen and the Russian mafia – a world with links to Sofia’s own hidden past and a path of revenge she has kept hidden until now.

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May 03, 2018   /   Claudia   /   News Picnic at Hanging Rock (2018) Television Productions

Natalie Dormer knew “Picnic at Hanging Rock” was the perfect next project for her when she received a personal letter from director Larysa Kondracki.

“It said, ‘I need this woman not to be an archetype. I need her to be three-dimensional, psychological, littered with flaws and fears. And I need the humanity of her so that she’s not just a bitch,’” Dormer tells Variety of the note.

Kondracki also wrote, “nobody would be able to do that like Natalie Dormer.”

It was a “seductive” pitch for Dormer, who then hopped on a video chat to further talk through the vision for the six-episode limited series based on Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel. (The story was previously adapted for the big screen in 1975.)

The plot centers on the mysterious disappearance of four young women from an Australian boarding college and the damage it does to the school, its staff and students, and ultimately the society around them. It is set in 1900, but Dormer, who was given the first three of Beatrix Christian’s scripts when they were still in early draft form, knew the project was going to be far from a simple period drama.

“Beatrix was a playwright before she was a screenwriter, and in the way she writes her text there is so much subtext that I was just immediately like, ‘Who the f— are these women? This is amazing’,” Dormer says. “There was something in those first few scripts, but the way Larysa spoke of her vision, tonally, it just felt so fresh, so brave [and] courageous in the mashing of genres and strong visual tone that was going to be atmospheric and sophisticated in its nonlinear storytelling. It was going to have a real psychological element.”

The collaboration continued when the cameras rolled as well.

“Larysa had this great policy that whoever comes up with the best idea and it gets used on-screen gets a bottle of wine,” Dormer says. “It encourages you to speak up.”

Dormer plays Mrs. Appleyard, a buttoned-up, strict, and unflinching headmistress of a women’s college. “Appleyard thinks the way she is raising the girls she is doing them a favor. She genuinely thinks she’s passing on the torch of knowledge. What she’s actually doing is passing on archaic structures that stifle those girls’ spirits and that they’re rebelling against,” Dormer says. “She’s trying to help and tragically damaging and I just found that interesting — to try and break down that psychology.”

But that is all just a persona she is putting on, says Dormer.

“She’s running from a past — she’s literally running. She’s victimized and haunted by her past and her secrets, and her way of trying to deal with that is holding it tightly and putting a lid on it and being this tyrant,” she says.

As the episodes unfold, the audience learns how who she was as a girl informs the woman she has become. After the four young women go missing, she begins to unravel. That was the part of the draw of the role for Dormer.

“As an actor that’s just delicious to play — as the layers fall off, to keep scrambling to try to maintain control,” she says.

Though the series is set at the turn of the 20th century, its themes are still relevant today, says Dormer.

“It’s scary how 1900 and 2018, those themes of female independence — emotionally, spiritually, financially — finding a sense of identity, not needing a man, not being defined by being what your peer group suggests you should be, peer culture, authority rebellion, spirit and voice within those constructs [are similar],” she says. “I think in a highly anxious time for young men and women those anxieties of ‘Who the f— am I?’ are as relevant to our characters in 1900 as they are in 2018.”

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April 13, 2018   /   Claudia   /   News

“Is it true that the loss of one sense sharpens the others?”

Natalie Dormer stars as a blind pianist in the upcoming thriller, In Darkness, and in this exclusive first trailer, she may be the only person who heard anything after her neighbor (played by Emily Ratajkowski) turns up dead. Dormer’s Sofia may be caught up in something far bigger, however, and as she navigates a hit man (Ed Skein) and war criminals, her own secrets will come to light.

Dormer co-wrote the film, her first feature screenplay, with director Anthony Byrne. (Who is also her partner.) “That was the cherry on the top of the cake,” she told ET’s Nischelle Turner. “I’m so in awe of Anthony as a director. I think he’s fantastic and so talented and, you know, I got this acting sh*t slightly under control. The interesting part was writing together.”

“It was like a baby had, like, taken seven and a half years to get to that first day on set,” Dormer explained during her sit-down with ET. “It’s so personal and you’re so appreciative of the crew and the fellow actors, because it really feels like it’s yours.”

The actress wrote the script years before she would eventually break out on Game of Thrones, at a time when she was frustrated with the types of roles she was being offered. “Hold on to your hats for a moment. Imagine life before Game of Thrones,” she said with a laugh. “It was before I did The Hunger Games. So, I was fully anticipating that I was writing a female part and a story that I would want to watch, but I wouldn’t have the honor of playing.”

It was only after finishing her work on the HBO series — Dormer’s Margaery Tyrell was killed off at the end of season six — that she thought she might have “enough clout” to lead her own film. “That was like Christmas. Thanksgiving,” she said. “That was everything at once.” (As for the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones, Dormer teases, “I know stuff I wish I didn’t know…It’s really exciting. And I’m going to be sitting on that sofa like the rest of you going, ‘How do they do this?!'”)

In Darkness is in theaters on May 25.

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March 14, 2018   /   Claudia   /   News Picnic at Hanging Rock (2018) Television Productions Television Productions

“Picnic at Hanging Rock,” the new TV adaption of the Australian cult classic, kicked off the Berlin Film Festival’s TV sidebar Monday, and while the show has been generating quite a bit of buzz, getting it made was initially tough because of the long shadow cast by Peter Weir’s critically acclaimed 1975 film adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel.

“No one wanted to do it,” said the new show’s director, Larysa Kondracki, discussing the series shortly after the first two episodes premiered at the Berlinale Series.

“You’d tell any crew member that you’re making ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock,’ and they’d ask, ‘Why?’ Because it’s a great book, it’s a great thing. ‘No, absolutely not, I’m not going to touch that.’

“But something about it lingered and when you read the first page [of the TV adaptation], you realize this isn’t the original film. This is something else.”

Set in 1900, the story centers on a group of young women at a boarding school who inexplicably vanish at Australia’s Hanging Rock while on a Valentine’s Day picnic.

Natalie Dormer (“Game of Thrones,” “Hunger Games”), who plays strict headmistress Hester Appleyard, described Beatrix Christian and Alice Addison’s script as “visionary,” adding that it was “sophisticated storytelling for a sophisticated audience.”

Dormer initially balked at the historical drama. After performing in such high-profile costume dramas as “The Tudors” and “Game of Thrones,” the British actress said she “didn’t want to be pigeon-holed as a corset wearer.”

Meeting Kondracki and reading the script changed her mind.

“I’m so glad I did,” Dormer said, stressing that “Picnic at Hanging Rock” is not your typical costume drama. “Don’t be under any illusions because of the costumes and horses. This is a very modern thriller-mystery, a dramatic piece.”

Variety International Editor Henry Chu, who conducted the Drama Series Days onstage conversation with Dormer and Kondracki, noted that the series seemed to have elements of “A Room With a View,” “The Shining” and “Mean Girls.”

On Dormer’s casting as the headmistress, Kondracki said it was important for her to cast someone in the role who was closer in age to the girls in the school “so you could really feel just a few years’ difference and that Hester could have been one of these girls and that they’re also a real threat” to her, an aspect that would have been lost with an older headmaster.

Dormer added that the casting was actually accurate for the time, pointing to such literary characters as Jane Eyre and Blanche DuBois. “A woman was a spinster if she wasn’t married by the time she was in her late 20s.”

Discussing the series’ themes of repressed sexuality, Kondracki said there was “a beautiful scene” in the third episode: “It’s a kiss between two girls and it’s not about sexuality,” said Kondracki, a Canadian who has directed episodes of “The Americans” and “The Walking Dead.” “It’s about discovery and friendship….There’s a sexiness to this show, but it’s restrained.”

Dormer called it a “sexiness not through the male gaze. It’s sexiness through female sexuality. It’s sensual.

“There’s magic to this,” she added. “It feels like the spirit of Joan Lindsay is with us. There is something transcendental. That’s what Larysa created – a touch of fairy dust.”

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March 09, 2018   /   Claudia   /   News
‘Margaery Tyrell’ On HBO Series To Appear Saturday And Sunday At Pennsylvania Convention Center
Mar. 8, 2018 / PHILADELPHIA — Natalie Dormer, who gained international attention with her performance of “Margaery Tyrell” on the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” will make her first Wizard World Comic Con appearance when the tour hits Philadelphia on May 19 and 20. Dormer, who also earned acclaim as “Anne Boleyn” on the Showtime series “The Tudors,” will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct an interactive fan Q&A session at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City Philadelphia..

Dormer made her screen debut in Lasse Hallstrom’s romantic film Casanova (2005), followed by a small part in the dramedy “Distant Shores” (2005). After her key role in “The Tudors” (2007–08), for which she was nominated for two Gemini Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Drama Series, she played “Irene Adler/Moriarty” on the CBS series “Elementary” (2013–15), “Cressida” in the science-fiction adventure films The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)and Part 2 (2015), and “Sara Price/Jess Price” in The Forest (2016). She plays the lead in this year’s Amazon Video mini-series “Picnic at Hanging Rock.”

Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB:WIZD) continues its 2018 schedule with its 16th trip to the City of Brotherly Love, May 17-20. Joining Dormer as celebrity guests announced to date are Sebastian Stan (Captain America franchise), the Justice League trio of Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), the Lord of the Rings duo of Sean Astin and Billy Boyd, among others scheduled to attend the comic con and pop culture extravaganza. A full list of guests to date is available at www.wizardworld.com/comiccon/philadelphia.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The fifth event scheduled on the 2018 Wizard World calendar, Philadelphia show hours are Thursday, May 17, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, May 18, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

For more on the 2018 Wizard World Philadelphia, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/comiccon/philadelphia.

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February 21, 2018   /   Claudia   /   News

Vertical Entertainment has acquired the US rights to Anthony Byrne’s “IN DARKNESS” starring Natalie Dormer, Ed Skrein, Emily Ratajkowski, Jan Bijvoet, Neil Maskell, James Cosmo, and Joely Richardson. The film, which Dormer and Byrne co-wrote and was produced by 42, will be in theaters in May 2018. XYZ Films is selling the international territories at the Berlin Film Festival and market.

Blind pianist Sofia (Natalie Dormer) overhears a struggle in the apartment above hers that leads to the death of her neighbor Veronique (Emily Ratajkowski). It is the start of a journey that pulls Sofia out of her depth and brings her into contact with Veronique’s father, Milos Radic (Jan Bijvoet). A Serbian businessman accused of being a war criminal, Sofia is drawn into a dangerous world of corruption, investigating police, hitmen and the Russian mafia – a world with links to Sofia’s own hidden past and a path of revenge she has kept hidden until now.

“Natalie Dormer and Anthony Byrne are two incredibly passionate filmmakers who have brought a powerful female voice to the forefront of this exciting thriller and we look forward to bringing the film to audiences around the US,” says Rich Goldberg of Vertical Entertainment,” said co-president Rich Goldberg.

Said Dormer and Byrne in a joint statement: “The zeitgeist dialogue on gender disparity hadn’t even begun when we started writing IN DARKNESS together. We celebrate that the industry landscape is finally shifting and are proud to share IN DARKNESS with its strong yet flawed heroine. We are thrilled to have Vertical Entertainment releasing the film in the US and giving us the opportunity of a theatrical release.”

The deal was negotiated by Goldberg and Peter Jarowey at Vertical and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.

“IN DARKNESS” was directed by Anthony Byrne, written by Anthony Byrne and Natalie Dormer, produced by Anthony Byrne, Natalie Dormer, Adam Morane-Griffiths, Ben Pugh, and Josh Varney, executive produced by Rory Aitken and Joshua Horsfield, and co-produced by Olive Uniacke, with editing by Todd Harrison-Read and Paul Knight, cinematography by Si Bell, production design by Sonja Klaus, and music by Niall Byrne.

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February 17, 2018   /   Claudia   /   News

The ‘Game of Thrones’ star produced and stars in the thriller which she co-wrote with partner Anthony Byrne, who directed.

Vertical Entertainment, which released Molly Shannon’s cancer comedy Other People, has taken U.S. rights to In Darkness, a thriller starring Game of Thrones alum Natalie Dormer and Ed Skrein.

In the film, Dormer plays Sofia, a blind pianist who gets pulled into London’s dark underbelly after she overhears a struggle in the apartment above hers that leads to the death of her neighbor Veronique (Emily Ratajkowski). It is the start of a journey that pulls Sofia out of her depth and brings her into contact with Veronique’s father, Milos Radic (Jan Bijvoet), a Serbian businessman accused of being a war criminal.

Dormer’s partner, Anthony Byrne, directed the film and the pair co-wrote the screenplay and produced together with Adam Morane-Griffiths, Ben Pugh, and Josh Varney for production house 42.

“The zeitgeist dialogue on gender disparity hadn’t even begun when we started writing In Darknesstogether,” said Dormer and Byrne in a joint statement. “We celebrate that the industry landscape is finally shifting and are proud to share In Darkness with its strong yet flawed heroine.”

Vertical plans to release the movie theatrically this May. Rory Aitken and Josh Horsfield executive produced. Vertical picked up U.S. rights to the title in a deal with UTA Independent Film Group. XYZ Films is handling international rights and shopping the title to buyers in Berlin.

“Natalie Dormer and Anthony Byrne are two incredibly passionate filmmakers who have brought a powerful female voice to the forefront of this exciting thriller and we look forward to bringing the film to audiences around the U.S.,” said Vertical Entertainment co-president Rich Goldberg.

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February 16, 2018   /   Claudia   /   2018 2018 Magazine Scans News Photo Gallery Photoshoots

Vanda Jordan in Venus In Fur at Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
Five years ago, if you could beg a ticket off someone you might have been lucky enough to see Natalie Dormer stun in Miss Julie, a Patrick Marber rewrite of Strindberg’s war classic. Well, with Marber directing Dormer at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, it seems the creative partnership has brought out the best in one another yet again. Although the run ended in December, Dormer’s take on the mysterious Vanda, a savvy, unapologetic New York actress busting down audition doors with sex and self-confidence, has gone some way to reminding critics that she is far greater than the sum of her television appearances, most famously her role in the mighty yet oh-so-drawn-out Game Of Thrones. On stage, her serious star wattage is switched on and luminous for all to see. We watch on, happily

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February 16, 2018   /   Claudia   /   Media Archive News Picnic at Hanging Rock (2018) Television Productions Television Productions


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Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer stands front and centre of Foxtel’s impressive big-budget miniseries Picnic at Hanging Rock.

The first scene of the six-part series, made by Fremantle Australia and since picked up by Amazon in the US and the BBC in the UK among others, is of Dormer’s Mrs Appleyard, seen from behind, framed by a large Victorian window and bathed in golden light.

If first impressions count, and they do, this one is a beauty.

The first episode of the highly anticipated series was unveiled this week at a special event in Macedon, just down the road from the setting of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel (the events of which are entirely fictitious, contrary to popular misconception).

Dormer, 36, plays an Englishwoman seemingly fresh off the boat in the colonies, a well-bred widow still in mourning but determined to build a new life every bit as substantial and imposing as the mansion in the middle of nowhere that she buys with what we assume is her inheritance.

The building becomes the site of Appleyard College, an elite boarding school. Chief among its students are Miranda Reid (Lily Sullivan), a headstrong country girl bridling at the prospect of being “finished” just so she can become someone’s wife; Marion Quade (Madeleine Madden), blessed with brains and beauty but cursed by dint of being the illegitimate half-caste daughter of a high-ranking colonial officer; and Irma Leopold (Samara Weaving), a young lady from “home” rather appalled to find herself in the Victorian bush rather than in the salons of Paris.

These three, of course, will all go missing on the day of the fateful picnic, St Valentine’s Day 1900.

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February 03, 2018   /   Claudia   /   News

Game Of Thrones star Natalie Dormer has said a change has already come to the film industry, as it continues to deal with the sexual harassment scandal.

The actress, best known for playing Margaery Tyrell in the TV drama, said she saw many reasons to be positive as she announced the Bafta film awards nominations.

She told the Press Association: “We have drawn a line now, we are overcoming outdated power structures. It’s time to celebrate, and be positive.”

She added: “A change has come. It’s not ‘is it coming?’ It has come, it’s here and we will now see the results of that over the upcoming years, because that’s how long it takes to write, fund and shoot movies, so hopefully this is the beginning.

“It’s a culture change, it’s about audiences voting with their feet or with what they click on their televisions.

“It’s a change to the culture so audiences want to watch as many stories about female, gay, transgender, different racial protagonists.

“We want to tell diverse stories so empower us to do so.”

Asked if she thinks the phenomenon of nominees and presenters wearing black to stand in solidarity with the victims of abuse, as seen at the Golden Globes, will continue at the Baftas, she said: “It’s up to the individual, you can show solidarity in more than one way.”

Referencing Oprah Winfrey’s galvanising speech at Sunday’s awards ceremony, she added: “I don’t think you will find anyone who is not in solidarity with what has been said and Oprah Winfrey talked about pretty phenomenal men as well as magnificent women, let’s not ostracise the guys.”

Letitia Wright, who announced the nominations alongside Dormer and will soon be seen in the upcoming Marvel film Black Panther, added: “To see everybody discussing this and voice their opinion and to say ‘no, time’s up’, that is refreshing as a young person in the industry, to see something is happening and people are coming together.

“Men and women are coming together to say ‘hey, that’s wrong’.

“This is something we learn at school as kids growing up, to respect one another, so to have to implement that back again into our industry, it’s a shame but it’s very necessary.

“Once we get that on the head, respect, love, honouring each other, then we can move forward and we won’t have to be in this place. I’m looking forward to how it’s going to change.”

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