Welcome to Toni Collette Online, your premiere web resource on the Australian actress and singer. Best known for her iconic performances in "Muriel's Wedding", "The Sixth Sense", "United States of Tara" and "Hereditary", Toni Collette has emerged as one of her generation's greatest talents. In its 13th year online, his unofficial fansite provides you with all latest news, in-depth information on all of her projects on film, television and the theatre as well as extensive archives with press articles, photos and videos. Enjoy your stay.
DVD screencaptures of one of Toni’s more recent films, “Jesus Henry Christ”, have been added to the gallery. Filmed in 2010, it failed to win audiences (and a distributor) after its Tribeca premiere and has been released on DVD in the USA and Europe since. The film is indeed disappointing because it seems to reach for the heights but fails, I’ll be putting up a more detailed review soon. Still, it has Michael Sheen and Toni Collette, so it’s watchable of course. To launch the new pictures, just click one of the previews below. Additionally, a couple of new production stills have been added as well.
Also, three clips from the film have been added to the video archive (the trailer has been oline for a while as well). Have a look at the previews below.
Toni made a surprise appearance on television, promoting “Jesus Henry Christ” on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. After briefly talking about the film, the interview circled mostly about Australia – various Australian bars – and their children. This has been Toni’s fourth appearance on Craig Ferguson’s show – she first appeared in 2005 to promote “In her Shoes”, then in 2006 to promote “Little Miss Sunshine” and in 2009 for the release of “United States of Tara”. The full interview can be watched in the video archive, HD screencaptures have been added to the image library.
According to Screen Daily, Entertainment One (eOne) has acquired all North American rights to Toni Collette/Michael Sheen family comedy “Jesus Henry Christ”. The Red Om Films production directed by Dennis Lee had its premiere at last year’s Tribeca festival and is expected to open in US and Canadian theatres in the spring. Based on Lee’s award-winning short film of the same name, Jesus Henry Christ revolves around a 10-year-old boy genius and his single mother and a 12-year-old girl and her university professor father. Phil Rose, Lisa Gillan and Sukee Chew produced and Julia Roberts and Deepak Nayar executive produced. The film was financed by Reliance Entertainment and packaged by CAA, which negotiated the deal with eOne. Worldwide rights are being handled by IM Global.
With yesterday’s series finale of “United States of Tara”, Toni Collette won’t be a weekly regular on television anymore, at least not for now. For all wondering what will be next, Toni has wrapped three films already and another one in the making – so even if “Tara” has ended, Miss Collette’s career will not :-) First in line is the anticipated remake of “Fright Night”, which will premiere in US theaters on August 19, 2011. Then, there are two independent drama comedies with no release date as of now – “Jesus Henry Christ”, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, and “Foster”. This Summer, Toni will also reunite with her “Muriel’s Wedding” director, P.J. Hogan, for the dark Australian comedy “Mental”, in which Toni will play the lead role of Shaz, a nanny hired to look after five sisters after their mother is committed to a mental institution.
The first reviews for “Jesus Henry Christ” are in after the film world-premiered this Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival and the critics are rather disappointed with the film, as it seems. Here are a few snippets.
I suppose that this movie was inevitable. After a decade in which “500 Days of Summer,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Juno” made great success out of quirky humor and eccentric characters, we were bound to some day find ourselves face to face with a miserably mediocre attempt to keep the creativity going. “Jesus Henry Christ” tries so hard to be original, cute, funny and unique but just ends up looking foolish and exhausted. Bad jokes, over-extended gimmicks and horribly written supporting characters whirl around your head as you attempt to find some sort of redeeming narrative. Unfortunately, not even the heavy handed voice-over helps with that. […] Toni Collette and Michael Sheen are quite good and offer genuine humanity to roles that don’t have much of it on the page
Collette’s character faces moments of emotional difficulty along the lines of “The Sixth Sense,” and the movie’s attempts at wacky comedy and poignancy call back, rather baldly, to her turn in “Little Miss Sunshine,” without quite the same results. Lee’s movie, shifting abruptly between earnest drama and cartoonish comedy, was tepidly received by the Tribeca crowd – but not specifically because of Collette’s performance.
Initial selections have been announced for the 10th Tribeca Film Festival, which will take place from April 20 to May 1 at various venues in lower Manhattan. A complete list of films will be announced on March 14. Among the films to be shown is Dennis Lee’s “Jesus Henry Christ”, about a 10-year-old boy genius’ search for his biological father, starring Toni Collette and Michael Sheen. The first two stills from the film can be found below.
Precocious doesn’t even begin to describe Henry James Hermin, a petri dish child who writes rabble-rousing manifestos on the nature of truth… at age 10. This boy-genius misfit’s world turns upside down when – to the dismay of the doting single mother who raised him – he embarks on a search for his biological father. Toni Collette and Michael Sheen star alongside bright newcomers Jason Spevack and Samantha Weinstein in this charming comedy that beams with off-the-wall humor and visual flair.