Posted on September 4th, 2018 by Frederik

“Wanderlust” premieres on BBC1 tonight, and so far it has received some of the silliest promotion from the British press one can imagine. I won’t bother linking to any of the “most X-rated drama ever”, “groundbreaking sex scenes” and “first orgasm on the BBC”. I assume those who tune in because of these headlines will be in for a disappointment. We’ll find out later today. In the meantime, the Telegraph’s Stella Magazine has run a cover story on Toni this Sunday. Here’s a preview: In the 20-plus years that she’s been on our screens, Toni Collette has tended to avoid playing characters she has much in common with. That, she reasons, would just be boring. It means she wasn’t ever like the awkward Muriel Heslop in her breakout film, Muriel’s Wedding. Nor has she been a suicidal hippie like Fiona in About a Boy. And (as far as she knows) neither of her children sees dead people, as her son in The Sixth Sense did.But Toni’s next role is as a therapist. And within a few minutes of her relaxing into a chair in the West End restaurant where we meet, I suspect she’s fairly good at giving profound advice. You can read the complete article on The Telegraph, in case you have a premium membership for their articles.

Posted on August 26th, 2018 by Frederik

“The Yellow Birds” has been released on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 14, following an on-demand release back in June. If your reaction is “The Yellow… what?”, here’s a little catch-up. The contemporary war drama was announced back in 2015 and went on sale at Cannes the next year. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017 and was held back over 1 1/2 years, probably to await the release of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” with its very own Alden Ehrenreich, in hopes to make a bigger splash. As the story goes, “Solo” didn’t make an impression as all, and despite the wait, “The Yellow Birds” was quietly released on-demand and now on home-video. It doesn’t surprise too much, since war movies continue to not have a market for a long time now, and not even Jennifer Aniston’s involvement would secure a solid box office response. She and Toni Collette play the mothers of two boys sent to Iraq, with only one coming back. Make sure to rent or buy it, it’s a solid movie. Screencaptures from the Blu-Ray have been added to the photo gallery.


Posted on August 22nd, 2018 by Frederik

Radio Times has answered our question on when “Wanderlust” will finally premiere: It will premiere in the United Kingdom on Tuesday 4th September at 9pm on BBC1, airing on Tuesdays thereafter. The six-part drama is actually a co-production with Netflix and will be available globally outside of the UK on Netflix. Written by award-winning playwright Nick Payne and loosely based on his 2010 theatre production of the same name, it tackles the question of whether lifelong monogamy is possible – or even desirable. The tone is “searingly insightful” but also “funny”. The BBC describes Joy as “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,” adding: “As we meet her family, friends, neighbours and clients, remarkable yet relatable stories of love, lust and forbidden desire emerge.” Pictures from the teaser trailer have been added to the photo gallery.


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 4th, 2018 by Frederik

On June 22, the National Board of Review hosted a screening of “Hereditary” with a Q&A afterwards. Unfortunately there’s no video available, but a picture has been posted along with some quotes by Ari Aster and Toni Collette. Below is a great quote by Toni about the working experience with Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne and Ann Dowd. See the full article here:

How was it like working with such a great supporting cast? TC: In terms of Ari’s specificity, he really did hand pick every actor as well as key crew member. Ann Dowd is an angel. She’s such a pleasure to work with. She’s so open, so present, and she allows moments to kind of erupt on their own. I hadn’t seen The Handmaid’s Tale before working with her and I’m very glad because it would’ve made me feel slightly different. Gabriel Byrne, total dreamboat. He’s grounded, so funny, so generous. And he was my pal. We would sit on the stage and know exactly what we were thinking and it was really great to share this with him. Millie Shapiro was fourteen. This was her very first film. She’s done a couple of shows on Broadway. We had a shared rehearsal together, and she was just so astute. She loves horror films. She was just very conscious of her options in how to portray certain things. She really, really created something quite amazing. Alex, who plays Peter, just loves turning itself inside out. He’s incredible in the movie and I think when I was that age, I think I liked to kind of go there as well, but I’m too old for that. It was something to behold. I think we all felt really touched that we were chosen to work with this material because it felt original. We all got to really steep ourselves, saturate ourselves in something that deeply special we were making. It was bloody hard. It was exhausting. It was a beautiful challenge and really satisfying.