Posted on March 13th, 2019 by Frederik

According to Deadline, Toni Collette and Damian Lewis are to lead cast in UK race horse feature “Dream Horse”. Euros Lyn, director on Sherlock, Happy Valley and Black Mirror, is helming the true story about a woman’s dream to breed and raise a champion racehorse on the allotment of her modest Welsh village. Little Miss Sunshine star Collette will take the lead role of Jan Vokes, a middle-aged barmaid at a working men’s club who recruits her initially reluctant husband Brian and local accountant Howard Davies (Lewis) to help her bring together a syndicate of local people to breed a foal – which they name Dream Alliance. On the racetrack, he proves himself to be more than a match for the multi-million pound racehorses he comes up against, transforming the lives of those around him. Script comes from Neil McKay (Appropriate Adult) and the team is gearing up for a spring shoot. Warner Bros has snapped up UK distribution rights and Cornerstone Films — coming off a hit Sundance with films including Blinded By The Light, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind and After The Wedding — will handle international sales. Backers include Film4, Ingenious Media, Ffilm Cymru Wales. Katherine Butler (American Animals) will produce with Tracy O’Riordan (The Selfish Giant). Executive producers are Piers Vellacott for Raw, Daniel Battsek and Ollie Madden for Film4, Peter Touche and Stephen Dailey for Ingenious Media, Pauline Burt for Ffilm Cymru Wales. The true story behind the film was previously told in the documentary Dark Horse, also backed by Film4. It won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance before being released by Sony Pictures Classics in the U.S.

Lyn said, “I grew up in the Welsh valleys where everyone knows this story – it’s a local legend. The moment I read Neil’s brilliant script I knew I had to direct this funny and moving film. Casting Toni Collette as Jan Vokes, our extraordinary heroine and Damian Lewis as Howard Davies, her intriguingly conflicted accomplice is my own dream come true. They’re the perfect actors to tell this true story of how against all the odds, an ordinary woman inspires her community to go on the ride of a lifetime and rediscover a sense of hope.” Producer Butler added, “I fell in love with this story when I first heard about Louise Osmond’s documentary – and when I met the real people involved, I was hugely inspired by both their steely determination and their joyous outlook on life. Our brilliant writer Neil McKay spent hours with many of the people whose story this is to craft an exciting, moving and often hilarious script. And Euros Lyn’s immediate and passionate response to the script completely convinced us that he was born to direct this film. We couldn’t be more thrilled with our dream casting of Toni Collette and Damian Lewis, and together with the support of all our financiers, the local welsh cast and crew and the horse racing community, we are off to the races!”

Posted on February 23rd, 2019 by Frederik

As we speak, Toni Collette is attending the 34th Annual Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica. She is nominated as Best Female Lead for “Hereditary”. A first batch of pictures have been added to the photo gallery with more updates to come.


Posted on February 2nd, 2019 by Frederik

Screencaptures from Dan Gilroy’s “Velvet Buzzsaw” have been added to the photo gallery. To read more about the Netflix movie and the critical reception, please check the previous update. Toni’s Gretchen is a wonderful addition to her already astonishing line-up of characters. Please be aware that the screencaptures contain spoilers – although, if you have watched the trailer before, you know it’s not going to be a happy end for most of the main players.


Posted on February 2nd, 2019 by Frederik

After a first showing at this week’s Sundance Film Festival, “Velvet Buzzsaw” has had its wide premiere yesterday on Netflix worldwide. Personally, I loved its bonkers premise, the film can serve both as a recommendation to friends as well as a guilty pleasure. The critics have been positive to mixed – and “bonkers” is a word that pops up often. My favorite review comes from The Verge: “Netflix’s Velvet Buzzsaw feels like Robert Altman’s Final Destination”. Noel Murray wrote for Los Angeles Times: “While the art world caricatures are hardly fresh, there’s a lot about “Velvet Buzzsaw” that’s pretty savvy and even inspired.” Glenn Kenny wrote for the New York Times: “The confident storytelling and the bravura acting – Daveed Diggs, Toni Collette and John Malkovich contribute compelling caricatures – carry Buzzsaw all the way home.” For New York Magazine, Emily Yoshida wrote: “Velvet Buzzsaw is perhaps the first-ever art-world horror satire, but it has the feeling of a bawdy night at a mystery dinner or an anti-Establishment mummers’ play – and I mean this in the most complimentary way possible.” And Leah Greenblatt wrote for Entertainment Weekly: “Gilroy has a lot to say about money, mindless consumerism, and the soul-sucking emptiness of conflating ownership and ego-stroking with self-worth.” While Toni has not participated in the Sundance promotion for the film, she was interviewed by Metro and talked about her character:

It was unusual, smart, funny, dark. But never didactic in its tone. I can’t wait to see it because it could have gone many different ways. The script was beautifully ambiguous in its tone so it was fun to play scenes in several different ways. I think audiences appreciate levity in horror. Everyone gets a chance to come up for air. Gretchen is kind of a nightmare and she was particularly fun to play. But I think she’s ultimately lonely. That was always sobering and lingering in the back of my mind.

Posted on January 15th, 2019 by Frederik

According to Variety, Toni Collette will star opposite Anna Kendrick in the sci-fi thriller “Stowaway.” The movie marks the second feature from Joe Penna and Ryan Morrison, the duo behind “Arctic,” a survival film that premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. “Stowaway” will be directed by Penna, who will co-write the script with Morrison. The story revolves around a mission headed to Mars, where an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially grim outcome, a medical researcher (Kendrick) emerges as the only dissenting voice against the clinical logic of both her commander (Collette) and the ship’s biologist. Morrison will also serve as executive producer. XYZ Films will produce alongside Augenschein Filmproduktion and Rise Pictures. RISE Visual Effects Studios will provide VFX. XYZ and CAA Media Finance are arranging financing for the film and handling worldwide sales at the coming EFM in Berlin. Pena and Morrison will exec produce.

Posted on January 10th, 2019 by Frederik

The trailer for “Velvet Buzzsaw” is here and it’s pretty f***ing amazing :-) Buzzsaw sees Gilroy reuniting with Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo for another tale of creativity leading to terror and danger. It’s set set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price… In this case, literally paying with their lives. Gyllenhaal plays snobby art critic Morf Vandewalt, who discovers a new talent, only for the odd things to start happening around him. Does the artist have a connection to dark powers, or is it all in Morf’s head? Gilroy rounded up the likes of John Malkovich, Daveed Diggs and Tom Sturridge for the film, which will premiere later this month at the Sundance Film Festival before arriving on limited theatrical release and on Netflix on 1 February. Be aware that the trailer is a massive spoiler in terms of Toni’s character Gretchen, but it’s worth the watch. Screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery.