Posted on August 9th, 2018 by Frederik

Article courtesy The Evening Standard: Toni Collette has admitted that she had to learn how to make sex scenes look “real” for her forthcoming role in the BBC’s raunchiest drama yet. Wanderlust, led by Colette and Steven Mackintosh, features sex scenes, drug use and masturbation throughout its six episodes. The two stars admitted that they were initially nervous about shooting the scenes but Colette explained that the content soon no longer fazed her, adding that it’s a “very lifelike show”. Collette said: “It’s a part of life. It’s a very lifelike show. It’s nice for it be out in the open. I mean, Jesus. I think I got quite used to it! “You can’t half halfheartedly act sexual scenes, you have to make it feel real, because you can tell when you’re watching something if it’s not energetic. “So, I was nervous at first but it’s such a part of Joy and Alan trying to find a way of making their relationship sustainable and I guess the more steeped I was in the story the easier it became, to be honest. “By the end of it, I had no concerns about it, it was just these people and what they were going through.” Wanderlust, set to air this autumn, follows Collette’s character Joy Richards as she tries to save her fast-failing marriage to Alan, played by Mackintosh, after a cycling accident leaves them reassessing their romance. Speaking alongside Collette, Luther star Mackintosh, added: “I agree. Of course, I was incredibly nervous to start with.

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Posted on August 7th, 2018 by Frederik

Here’s a nice Q&A with Toni as Out Magazine reports on the release of “Hearts Beat Loud” (which I thouht has been released in June?!): Toni Collette has held a firm place in our hearts — and given us karaoke goals — since her debut as gawky ABBA fangirl Muriel in 1994’s Muriel’s Wedding. This summer, The Aussie actress returned to horror (The Sixth Sense, anyone?) with Hereditary and got tuneful again in the queer-themed indie Hearts Beat Loud. Here, Collette dishes on music, her homeland, and Muriel’s lasting appeal.

What are your thoughts on 1994’s Australian film explosion, with Muriel’s Wedding and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert?
Those two films and Strictly Ballroom came flying out of the country in a very short period of time. It was exciting. I think those things are determined by the filmmakers. That’s what creates the wave. I don’t know if it’s happened since.

What do you remember about the reception of Muriel’s Wedding in America, and the splash you made as an actress?
I felt so alive and appreciative. It was such a surprise when people embraced that character. The movie was life-changing — it helped me embark on a career I never could have dreamed of.

Do you think the success of Muriel and Priscilla made it easier for American filmmakers to do more queer-targeted films?
Priscilla certainly did. It was so fun, but not without depth and poignancy. I don’t know if it opened doors for other films, but when something like that is available to people, it must.

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Posted on August 6th, 2018 by Frederik

“Birthmarked” has been one of Toni’s more recent films that have been quietly released on demand without any big exposure or recognition (see “Please Stand By” and “The Yellow Birds”, and we’re only talking 2018). Its biggest retailer is Netflix, which is not bad at all – and it’s certainly not a bad film. From its outlook, I was expecting something like “Jesus Henry Christ”, a comedy that Toni did some ten years ago, and which wasn’t particularly entertaining, but “Birthmarked” has the heart at its right place. It has some fine performances by Matthew Goode, Michael Smiley and Fionnula Flanagan – it has the right (not very surprising, but fitting) twist. I found it enjoyable. Over 1.000 screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery. Make sure to see the film if you can.


Posted on July 30th, 2018 by Frederik

Earlier today, Toni Collette has attended a photocall for BBC1’s upcoming miniseries “Wanderlust”. She was accompanied by co-star Stephen Mackintosh, director Luke Snellin and writer Nick Payne. Fingers crossed for a full trailer soon! Wanderlust follows Joy Richards (Toni) a therapist trying to find a way to keep her spark with her husband alive after a cycling accident causes them to reassess their relationship. As we meet her family, friends, neighbours and clients, remarkable yet relatable stories of love, lust and forbidden desire emerge. “I am honoured and thrilled to work with Nick Payne’s wonderful words on Wanderlust,” Toni said in a statement. “It is an authentic and revolutionary story about relationships, sex, love and all the things we really care about. I could not be more excited.”The series is set to premiere in the UK on BBC One and globally outside of the UK on Netflix!


Posted on July 29th, 2018 by Frederik

The term “first look” can be taken word by word here, since it’s really just a couple of blink-and-you-miss-it’s of Toni Collette, but how exciting to see “Wanderlust” among the many high profile productions by the BBC to be released this Fall. The series will simultaneously premiere on Netflix, a definite release date has not been announced yet. Check it out below.

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