Random Media has announced that Sarah Spillane’s Around the Block will open theatrically in Los Angeles August 1 at the Arena Cinema in Hollywood. Around the Block stars Golden Globe nominee Christina Ricci (Monster, The Opposite of Sex) and Hunter Page-Lochard in an acclaimed debut performance. The supporting cast includes
Jack Thompson (Breaker Morant, Man from Snowy River), Damian Walshe-Howling (Underbelly, Terra Nova) and model Ruby Rose (Break Free).
Around the Block is the story of American Dino Chalmers (Ricci) – an edgy and charismatic drama teacher with aPassion for Shakespeare. When the opportunity arises for her to work at a school in inner Sydney, she embraces the chance to introduce the magical world of theatre as an alternative to life on the tough streets of Redfern in Sydney, Australia. The film centers on the developing relationship between Chalmers and Liam (Page-Lochard), a sixteen-year-old urban Aboriginal student who lives around the block in Redfern and earns the lead in her production of Hamlet. As Chalmers presents Liam with a possibility of a life without drugs and violence, he must choose between pursuing his newfound dream of performing or following his family into a cycle of crime.
Around the Block premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has Gone on to receive accolades around the globe, particularly for Page-Lochard and for its twist on the classic teacher as a fish out of water tale. Set amid the 2004 Redfern riots, the film was shot in the very neighborhood where tensions between Aboriginal and non-Indigenous Australians reached a fever pitch a decade ago.
I’ve added to the gallery over 1000 HD screencaptures from Christina’s latest project Lizzie Borden Took an Ax. I strongly suggest to watch this as it’s a very well done work and Christina is amazing in it. Enjoy the caps!
For whatever reason, every two or three years there’s another movie made about a teacher entering a rundown school with lost students who just need to be inspired in order to unlock their full potential and over come the bad hand life has dealt them. And this is the year we get another one with Christina Ricci (Black Snake Moan) starring in Around the Block as an American teacher moving to a troubled inner-city school in Sydney, Australia. If you’ve ever seen any of these movies, then you know what to expect, but the kids have Australian accents this time, so that’s different.
Around the Block is written and directed by Australian filmmaker Sarah Spillane, inspired by the filmmaker’s personal experiences, and marking her feature directorial debut. Christina Ricci (Black Snake Moan, Bel Ami, Speed Racer) stars in the film as an American teacher who takes a troubled inner-city youth under her wing as they all find themselves struggling in the gritty streets of Redfern, an inner suburb of Sydney that’s home to the “block” of the film’s title. The film debuted at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and won an Australian Directors Guild Award with Cinedigm releasing the film sometime in 2014.
Added to the gallery one of my favourite movies with Christina: Sleepy Hollow! You can also find in our icon archive a few icons I made from it.
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.
First came love, then marriage and now Christina Ricci is ready for a baby carriage!
The actress, 34, is expecting her first child with husband James Heerdegen, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
The mom-to-be’s pregnancy was revealed as she made her way through Los Angeles International Airport in a belted black dress with Heerdegen on Saturday.
After meeting on the set of her former show Pan Am, Ricci and Heerdegen, a camera technician, went public with their relationship in February 2012, and announced their engagement one year later.
In October, the couple wed in an intimate ceremony at Manhattan’s Harold Pratt House & Peterson Hall.
“I can’t wait [to call him], ‘Husband,’ because then I can really throw my weight around,” Ricci joked to PEOPLE before the nuptials.
And soon it will be, ‘Dad!’
I have added over 400 HD screencaptures from movie Bel Ami (2012) in which Christina played the role of Clotilde de Marelle alongside with Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman and Robert Pattinson.
WARNING: This movie contains nudity. If you’re not comfortable with it, don’t go ahead looking!
A chronicle of a young man’s rise to power in Paris via his manipulation of the city’s wealthiest and most influential women.
Convinced the traditional method of releasing most Australian films in cinemas is failing, producer Brian Rosen is rolling the dice with an adventurous plan to launch the Christina Ricci-Jack Thompson drama Around The Block.
The former chief executive of the Film Finance Corporation, forerunner to Screen Australia, has abandoned a conventional cinema season to self-fund a round of ”special event” screenings in June followed by a fast release on video-on-demand (VOD) and DVD just a month later.
Rather than a traditional cinema season of up to 20 cinemas, Rosen is staking $200,000 in advertising to tap the potential of iTunes, Foxtel, BigPond, Apple TV and other similar services.
Director Sarah Spillane’s gritty debut film, which has Ricci as an American teacher who introduces Shakespeare to the Aboriginal students at Redfern High School, had an encouraging reception at the Toronto International Film Festival last September.
Shot in Sydney on a $2 million budget, it also stars Hunter Page-Lochard (The Sapphires) as a student from a troubled family who wants to be an actor and Thompson as the school’s headmaster.
Rosen says the market has “dramatically changed” since another film dealing with contemporary indigenous life, Samson & Delilah, took $3.2 million in cinemas five years ago.
In specialty cinemas, such as the Palace and Dendy chains and independents, Australian films have to compete with an increasing number of mainstream movies, festivals and screenings of theatre, opera and ballet productions.
“It’s always been tough for Australian films but now it’s really, really, really tough,” Rosen says.
“The traditional [model] of theatrical [release] then DVD, then pay television is broken. It doesn’t work for us.
Anybody who invests in Australian film is losing money on that model, unless it does major sales overseas.”
With piercing eyes and a stone-cold expression, she picks up that ax and swings it like a pro. That’s Christina Ricci for you. She scored brownie points from crime drama fans as she mastered the role of the manipulative Lizzie Borden in Lizzie Borden Took an Ax. Based on the true murders that took place in 1892, Lifetime released this TV movie hoping to resonate with fans young and old alike. Christina sat down to chat with us on what attracted her to this role and what she thinks about the real Lizzie.
What attracted you to the role of Lizzie Borden?
I have always been kind of interested in true crimes. I had heard of her story and actually read about her a little bit. I thought the script was well written and it would be a fun thing to take on.
What was it like playing a disturbed and possibly psychopathic character?
Playing Lizzie was really interesting. It was a real challenge because the way the character was written was left up to interpretation and it’s sort of difficult to play somebody who you’re not necessarily sure what their mental state was at the time. We sort of had to come up with theories on our own. She’s a deceptive character so we were trying to figure out what she actually knows and what it is she is trying to get across, how much of that inner truth you know and how her psychosis manifests. Obviously, something was wrong with her. Because of the time that this crime happened, there wasn’t that much information about her personality or mental state.
Was it challenging to portray Lizzie as innocent while still giving out a dark, murderous vibe?
Well yes, I never tried to portray her as innocent but I tried to portray her as someone who wanted to be thought of as innocent – someone who is playing a part. That gets into a whole thing because she had to in some ways believe she was innocent. You can’t be so convincing that people are then confused – so you know it was complicated, I sort of dealt with all those things on a scene to scene basis.
I have added over 1500 added HD screencaptures from the movie Prozac Nation from 2001 in which Christina starred as Elizabeth with Michelle Williams, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica Lange and Anne Heche among most known names.
WARNING The movie contains nudity!
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Wurtzel is a teenager accepted into Harvard with a scholarship in journalism. She has been raised by her divorced mother Mrs. Wurtzel since she was two years old, but she misses her father and feels needy and depressive. When she joins the university, she lives with a roommate Ruby and has her sexual initiation with Noah. Her article for the local column in Crimson newspaper is awarded by Rolling Stone magazine. Lizzie becomes abusive in sex and drugs, and her existential crisis and depression increases and she hurts her friends and her mother that love her, while dating Rafe. Mrs. Wurtzel sends her to an expensive psychiatric treatment with Dr. Sterling, in spite of having difficulties paying for her medical bills and therapy sessions. After a long period of treatment under medication, and suicide attempt, Lizzie stabilizes and adjusts to the real world.