Last week, we headed to the premieres of Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and The Killing of a Sacred Deer at the BFI London Film Festival (read more about the films here). Whilst getting a glimpse into the glamorous world of Hollywood red carpets, we also managed to chat to some of the high-profile stars attending. From karma and clichés to the new talent to watch, keep scrolling to get the inside scoop…
1. Nicole Kidman takes a good selfie
2017 has undoubtedly been Nicole Kidman’s year. After celebrating huge successes with series Big Little Lies, Top of the Lake and the movie The Beguiled, she premiered her latest starring role in The Killing of a Sacred Deer at the festival. We love that Nicole took the time to sign autographs and take selfies with lots of the dedicated fans waiting beside the red carpet.
2. There’s lots of new talent on the scene
Alongside seriously big-name actors Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Julie Walters and Annette Bening, there’s a cast of promising new talent in both films set to make waves in Hollywood. One of them is Tom Brittney, who stars in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, and had his first red carpet experience at the premiere on Wednesday. “This is my first time doing this! Just coming around the corner and seeing all the lights flash is so surreal – you usually only see that in the movies,” he shared with us.
Raffey Cassidy (Tomorrowland) and Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk) are the young actors cast in The Killing of a Sacred Deer. “You have to see the film, because it’s going to mess with your head,” Barry told us. “It’s different and raises so many questions – but it’s also entertaining,” added his co-star Raffey. If we weren’t already intrigued, we are now…
3. Anette Bening loves Topshop, and doesn’t believe in clichés
When we approached four-time Oscar nominee Anette Bening for an interview, she instantly shouted “Topshop? I love Topshop!”. In Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool she portrays iconic Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame. “I like how complicated she is, because those are the kinds of characters that we as women want to see. We’re beyond those clichés of good and bad. Gloria Grahame had to play a lot of bad girls, but things have changed. We now have a deeper understanding of women, their characters and why they do what they do,” she explained to us.
4. Jamie Bell and Julie Walters reunite 17 years after Billy Elliot
In 2000, Jamie Bell and Julie Walters danced their way into everyone’s hearts in Billy Elliot. 17 years on, they reunite on-screen in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. “She feels like a relative. The thing I am grateful for is that I am a little bit taller than her now, but that’s all that has changed,” Jamie told us.
5. The cast and crew of The Killing of a Scared Deer believe in Karma…
Drama The Killing of a Sacred Deer is based on the concept of consequences – so has working on the film changed the crew’s outlook on life? We asked the producer and actress Raffey Cassidy to give us their verdict on Karma…
“I do think something like Karma exists. There’s a lot in that idea of ‘What goes around comes around’. I think that’s a pretty good concept to live your life by.” – Producer Andrew Lowe
“I do have some superstitions, so to that extent yes. But I don’t go to great lengths to avoid bad things from happening…” – Raffey Cassidy