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Aug 06

After last month’s Making a Scene video (see previous update), Variety has posted a lengthy article from this interview with Toni Collette: Each morning as Toni Collette brushes her teeth, an owl stares back at her. The stoic bird of prey is not perched outside her window but rather ornately sitting on her countertop, contorted into the shape of a ceramic coffee mug that she places her toothbrush into before she starts her day. “It’s there looking at me daily — twice a day if I’m dentally honest,” Collette says. “Maybe I need a new receptacle.” Even if its days as her morning companion are numbered, the mug is a surreal artifact of her newly Emmy-nominated turn as Kathleen Peterson, a North Carolina woman found dead at the bottom of her stairs in 2001 — a case dramatized by HBO Max’s true crime limited series “The Staircase.” The shocking death occupied headlines for months as her husband, Michael Peterson (played by Colin Firth), was tried and convicted of her murder — all of it later chronicled in a 2004 French documentary also called “The Staircase.” The making of that doc was part of the 2022 series. The complete interview can be read over at Variety.

I guess she is always kind of there because it’s all about the fallout from the loss of her. But this telling of this story was an opportunity to give Kathleen a voice, to make her real and whole, to allow her to live beyond the notion of ‘victim.’ (Toni Collette, Variety, August 06, 2022)

Apr 30

While Toni has rarely been overexposed in the promotional circuit for her work, it comes as a great surprise she’s front and center in this week’s press for the upcoming premiere of “The Staircase” on May 5. Cover stories from the British TV & Satellite Week and the Australian Foxtel have been added alongside more reviews and interviews (don’t get too happy about all the new interviews, it’s always the same :-) For a complete overview of all added scans, have a look at the list below.

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Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – Closer (USA, May 09, 2022)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – Foxtel (Australia, May 2022)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – TV & Satellite Week (United Kingdom, April 29, 2022)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – TV Times (United Kingdom, April 29, 2022)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – New Zealand Press (New Zealand, April 29, 2022)

Apr 23

Toni Collette graces the cover of this Sunday’s (April 24) Stellar, inside The Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Sunday Herald Sun (Victoria), The Sunday Mail (Queensland) and Sunday Mail (SA). The “Muriel’s Wedding” star reflects on 30 years in the spotlight, and how older women are hitting their stride in Hollywood. Her schedule is as busy as ever on the heels of Best Picture nominee “Nightmare Alley”, the recent Netflix hit “Pieces of Her” and the upcoming HB Max / Sky miniseries “The Staircase”.

I was blown away when [I was] asked to play Kathleen, but I did take pause. I questioned the actual purpose of retelling this story of tragic loss and, guilty or not, I certainly didn’t want to further fan Michael Peterson’s narcissistic flame. When I realised I could help give Kathleen a voice beyond victimhood, I was in. We experience much more of Kathleen as a whole person, instead of being objectified as she was in the documentary.

Related Media:

Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – The Sunday Telegraph Stellar (Australia, April 24, 2022)

Mar 18

Netflix has published an interview on how Toni Collette, Jessica Barden and director Minkie Spiro navigated Jane’s story, which contains spoilers to the series: Jane Queller is a teenage piano prodigy and heir to a corrupt millionaire whose life is turned upside down after she meets and falls in love with the leader of the Army of the Changing World (and budding domestic terrorist), Nick Harp. Laura Oliver is a middle-aged single mother whose quiet life gets interrupted when she stops a gunman at a local restaurant, making her famous overnight. The women could not be more different, and yet, they are the same. Pieces of Her follows Laura, played by Toni Collette, as she is forced to exit witness protection and confront her past life as Jane, played by Jessica Barden. Jane’s upbringing, including the pivotal moments that land her in government protection, unfolds via flashbacks teased throughout the season, takes shape in the second half. Minkie Spiro directed all eight episodes and was tasked with tracing the evolution of Jane’s trauma over multiple decades, two identities and two performers. “Trauma as a subject really fascinates me,” Spiro says. “I was interested in dealing with present trauma, but also how trauma rears its ugly head years later.” The complete interview can be read over at Netflix.

Jun 12

“Dream Horse” is among the first films to receive a theatrical release as cinemas around the world are opening again. Accompanying its theatrical run in, “Dream Horse” will premiere on Amazon Prime the United Kingdom from September 17. A bunch of reviews and news coverage have been added to the photo gallery, including a nice cover story from the Austrlian Telegraph’s Stellar Magazine. Enjoy the new additions.

Related Media:

Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – The West Australian (Australia, June 12, 2021)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – The Sunday Telegraph (Australia, June 06, 2021)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – The Irish Sunday Mirror (United Kingdom, June 06, 2021)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – The Scotsman (United Kingdom, June 05, 2021)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – The Journal (United Kingdom, June 04, 2021)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – The Daily Mail (United Kingdom, June 04, 2021)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – Empire Magazine (United Kingdom, May 2021)

May 21

Here comes a nice interview with Rotten Tomatoes ahead of the US release of “Dream Horse”. For a certain kind of movie lover – read: this writer – nothing could be a more enticing lure back to theaters than the promise of Toni Collette tearing into a meaty underdog role on the biggest screen possible. This week, that certain kind of moviegoer is in for a treat. In Dream Horse, the feel-good Welsh film that critics say has arrived in theaters – after delays due to COVID-19 – at just the right time for a country in need of some serious uplift, Collette plays real-life small-town hero Jan Vokes, a working-class woman who wakes up one day with a singular ambition: to breed a champion race horse. The film, whose story was told in the 2015 Certified Fresh documentary Dark Horse, follows Vokes as she rallies a disparate group of locals – among them Damian Lewis’s initially skeptical local accountant, Howard Davies – to put some money together and make that dream come true. For Collette, who recently wrapped on Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Nightmare Alley and is currently shooting Netflix drama Pieces of Her in Sydney, Australia, it’s another critically acclaimed performance as a woman whose circumstances are humble but who should not be underestimated, a trait she says she’s been attracted to from the time of her breakout film role as Mariel/Muriel Heslop in Australian comedy classic, Muriel’s Wedding. In Vokes, Collette says she found someone to whom she could relate: “I am a sucker for an underdog story,” Collette says. “Feeling out of place, but having a certain amount of faith in oneself, just having this gut feeling of, ‘I have to pursue this. There’s no real clear reason why, except that I’m backing myself here and I feel it and I have to do it.’” Ahead of the movie’s release, Collette spoke with Rotten Tomatoes about the pressure to get one of Wales’ most beloved (true) fairy tales just right, forming a tight bond with her cast and a horse named Bo, and why she can’t wait to see what the “singular” Del Toro has done with the highly anticipated Nightmare Alley. The complete interview can be read over at Rotten Tomatoes.