It was a film centric Monday for me, as I started the day co-hosting Behind The Lens with film critic/interviewer debbie lynn elias over at Adrenaline Radio, where we discussed the new documentaries Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of and Energizing Our World (narrated by Edward James Olmos, whom we interviewed on the show).
But the day was far from over, as I trekked to Hollywood to catch an evening discussion with this year’s Oscar nominated screenwriters. The “Q&A With Jeff Goldsmith” event took place at The Los Angeles Film School, a venue which, along with being an educational institution, also offers up free screenings and discussions for the general public.
Although Foxcatcher scribe E. Max Frye humorously complained to Goldsmith that the group was much funnier during their Santa Barbara International Film Festival panel, Monday evening’s discussion was definitely informative. Each scribe reflected on the most challenging moments of their screenwriting careers and broke down the challenges of creating their respective narratives.
Along with Frye, the attendees included writers Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”), Anthony McCarten (“The Theory of Everything”) Graham Moore (“The Imitation Game”), Alex Dinelaris Jr. (“Birdman”), Dan Gilroy (“Nightcrawler), and Jason Hall (“American Sniper”).
For more information on the Oscar nominated screenwriters panel and The Los Angeles Film School, click here.
Felicity Jones delivers an inspired performance in The Theory of Everything as Jane Hawking, the woman who spent a substantial portion of her life as Stephen Hawking’s steadfast companion. The critically acclaimed film, now playing nationwide, is based on Jane Hawking’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen.
Jones also did memorable work last year playing Charles Dickens’ mistress in the Ralph Fiennes directed drama The Invisible Woman (Fiennes played the author), and just from those performances, one would assume Jones’ acting path will continue to grow in a creatively sublime manner.
During The Theory of Everything interviews, I asked Felicity Jones what advice she’d give up and coming actors, and she noted that “stamina” and “determination” are two important qualities to in one’s tool set.
“You’re not acting unless you’re doing it. You’re not an actor unless you’re there doing it with other people. You can’t be an actor in isolation. And so wherever you can – I just started off (with) a local drama group and that’s such a useful way to start acting.”
To hear Felicity Jones’ full answer to the acting question, please click on the media bar below:
Opening in select cities November 7, The Theory of Everything centers on the inspiring and steadfast relationship between astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his wife Jane (Felicity Jones). The film, directed by Man on Wire filmmaker James Marsh, is based on Jane Hawking’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen.
“This is a fascinating and formidable woman to be playing,” said Jones. “It was a project where I knew that I would need to do a lot of research and a lot of preparation. When you’re playing real people, you feel a sense of responsibility, because you know that they’re going to see it at some people. It can sound a bit grandiose, but you want to do justice to their experiences – and Jane and Steven, they really lived extraordinary lives in an extraordinary way.”
In the audio clip below, Felicity Jones talks about the prep work involved in tackling such real life women as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything and Nelly Ternan in The Invisible Woman.
Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables, My Week with Marilyn) delivers a sublime performance as renowned physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. It’s a performance that’s garnering Redmayne, who won a Tony in 2010 for his work in Red, great notices (the movie comes out November 7).
Redmayne and co-star Felicity Jones, who plays Hawking’s strong willed wife, should be names that will be discussed when awards season comes around.
According to a Variety piece on Redmayne, Hawking described the movie as “broadly true” and even celebrated after the movie’s screening with the movie’s director (James Marsh) and scribe (Anthony McCarten).
“He has this amazing sense of humor,” said Redmayne, who first met Hawking five days before shooting started. “And an amazing sense of mischief and this sort of like glint in his eye.
During today’s press junket for The Theory of Everything, I asked Redmayne about his reaction to Hawking’s positive response about the film (a nurse reportedly “wiped a tear from Hawking’s eye” after the screening). Click on the audio below to hear Eddie Redmayne: