Viola Davis

Interview: Director Gina Prince-Bythewood and the cast of The Woman King

October 28, 2022

As The Woman King continues to dazzle Australian audiences, Peter Gray spoke with director Gina Prince-Bythewood and cast members Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atin and John Boyega  ahead of its premiere at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Following on from his chat with Viola Davis and Thuso Mbedu, Peter discussed working together on location, the importance […]

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Interview: Viola Davis and Thuso Mbedu on the importance and brutality of The Woman King

October 27, 2022

The Woman King is the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with skills and a fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen. Inspired by true events, the film follows the emotionally epic journey of General Nanisca (Viola Davis) as she […]

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Film Review: The Woman King overcomes any conventionality with its fierce female spirit

October 27, 2022

Black is beautiful, and never has it felt more apt a saying than when viewing Gina Prince-Bythewood‘s stunning historical actioner The Woman King. Inspired by true events, The Woman King centres itself around an all-female unit of warriors known as Agojie, who protected the African kingdom of Dahomey during the 17th to 19th centuries; the […]

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Win a double in-season pass to see The Woman King starring Viola Davis

October 8, 2022

Thanks to Sony Pictures Releasing Australia we have 5 double in-season passes (Admit 2) to see the acclaimed action/drama The Woman King, starring Viola Davis, John Boyega, Thuso Mbedu and Lashana Lynch. The Woman King is the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with […]

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First Impressions: A messy script doesn’t serve The First Lady, but Michelle Pfeiffer sure does!

April 20, 2022

As Gillian Anderson states – under a set of prominent teeth that appear almost caricaturish in their imagery as Eleanor Roosevelt – being a first lady isn’t a job, it’s a “circumstance”.  Such a circumstance, it would seem, that Showtime thought it only fair to showcase the women behind some of the most powerful Presidential […]

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Film Review: Widows (USA, 2018) is a breathtaking thrill ride that consistently keeps you guessing

November 20, 2018

The year in cinema has already yielded one female-led heist film. However, the stylish ladies of Ocean’s 8 are about to be blown out of the water by the sensational ensemble cast (headed by three terrific actresses) of Widows. The latest film from Steve McQueen, slyly presents itself as your everyday popcorn thriller, but ultimately flips the […]

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Oscar favourites dominate 2017 BAFTA Awards: La La Land and Manchester By the Sea among biggest winners

February 13, 2017

It’s almost set in Stone (pun not intended) of who will be raking in the Golden Men at the Oscars later this month, as La La Land continued to dominate internationally at the BAFTAs last night, taking home five films including the top award of the night, Best Film, Leading Actress for Emma Stone, Best […]

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Film Review: Fences (USA, 2016) proves too faithful to the original stageplay to shine as a film

February 8, 2017

Films adapted from a stageplay have always offered mixed results. While we have classics like Chicago, Glengarry Glen Ross and Sweeney Todd, we often have disasters like Rent and Mamma Mia! The reason for this is either because the stories of these plays or musicals do not have enough cinematic potential to succeed as a film-viewing experience or […]

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Denzel Washington’s moving new film Fences gets a trailer

December 1, 2016

Denzel Washington‘s film adaptation of the critically acclaimed play  Fences, in which he directed, produced and stars, alongside Viola Davis (The Help, Suicide Squad) has just been released. Washington and Davis reprise their Tony Award-winning roles as Troy and Rose, a married couple who face personal and societal struggles in a lower-middle-class black section of Pittsburgh during […]

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Get your first look at Viola Davis and Denzel Washington’s Oscar contender Fences

September 30, 2016

Set amongst the racial strains of 1950’s Pennsylvania, Fences is making its big screen transition at a time most relevant. The play by August Wilson won both Viola Davis and Denzel Washington Tony Awards back in 2010 and will make it’s cinematic premiere with Washington in the director’s chair. The play almost became a film […]

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TV Review: How To Get Away With Murder , Season 2 (USA, 2015)

March 22, 2016

How To Get Away With Murder‘s first season was an electrifying blend of legal and college melodrama with a fun leading performance by Viola Davis and tight writing.  The second season remains fun but suffers a little as the the show both doubles down a little too much on the melodrama and gets a little tied up by its own plot […]

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Film Review: Blackhat (USA, 2015)

May 18, 2015

Blackhat opens with exhilarating paranoia. The camera soars, impossibly, through a computer chip, where tiny lights flicker with an ominous trill. We are watching a hack that triggers the overheating of a nuclear plant in China and nullifies the warning signs. People die because of a series of numbers. A similar but harmless breach is […]

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