Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Halle Berry and the BAFTA nominations – our Backstage entertainment review | Ents & Arts News
After a big week in the film world thanks to the 2022 BAFTA nominations (more on those later), here comes Backstage, Sky News’ film and TV entertainment review.
This week, we chatted (Zoom counts as chat, right?) with stars including Andrew Garfield and Jessica Chastain, who joined us to discuss their new film The Eyes Of Tammy Faye, as well as Halle Berrywho is back with the new conspiracy theory movie Moonfall.
Plus we had the return of BBC Three again as a TV channel and of course those big award nominations. First, we start with Tammy Faye’s eyes.
In the 1970s, Tammy Faye Bakker was America’s most famous televangelist, legendary for her religious television network and indelible eyelashes.
But scandal brought down her multimillion-dollar empire when her husband, Jim Bakker, was sent to prison for fraud.
Andrew Garfield, who plays him in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, alongside Jessica Chastain in the lead role, told Sky News the film is a cautionary tale and surprisingly contemporary.
“They were the first reality TV family, Jim and Tammy. They came up with the concept of reality TV kind of inadvertently just because they were both entertainers and they were both , I guess, hungry for attention, and that they both felt a sort of call to do so in the name of Christianity – but also in the name of their own self-interest,” he said.
“Whether it’s unconscious or conscious is not for me to judge, but it’s a very, very dangerous game to play when you monetize your life.
“And I know a lot of young people are feeling the pressure to do that now through social media, and there’s a direct line between Jim and Tammy and TikTok.”
Chastain also produced the film, having bought the rights before he even set up his own production company to direct it.
She told Sky News she was determined to show the world that Tammy Faye was more than mascara – despite all her flaws, she was a trailblazer and something of a gay icon.
“In 1985 she brought Steve Pieters on her show, who was an openly gay minister with AIDS, and 1985 in the United States was a very homophobic time,” Chastain said.
“There was a lot of fear, people were even afraid to be in the same room with someone who had AIDS, it was really not a good time, and the politicians weren’t even talking about the epidemic of AIDS – it was kind of this secret, and people were dying and it was not recognized.
“And Tammy Faye brought Steve Pieters to her show — went against her conservative evangelical community and her co-workers, and she reminded Christians what it means to be a Christian and love you through everything, and that was such a radical act of love that had never been acknowledged.”
Chastain said she was “shocked” it wasn’t something she knew about before. Almost unrecognizable in the role, the star nails the gaudy TV evangelist, having been consumed by the character for years. She says the character’s unique voice has become difficult to eliminate.
“Everyone assumed she was from the South because she worked in the South, but the reality is what made her so popular and gave her this really sweet quality was that Minnesota accent,” he said. she declared.
“I worked on it so much with great dialect coach Liz Himelstein and once I felt like I was in the pocket and we were spinning it wouldn’t leave me. Even when we were done I was talking to people and they’d be like, ‘Okay, Tammy Faye’ — I loved being her so much it was hard to get rid of.”
The Eyes Of Tammy Faye is now out in cinemas in the UK. Interviews with Backstage co-host Claire Gregory
New sci-fi disaster movie moon fall is about a mysterious force that knocks the moon out of its orbit and propels it onto a collision course with Earth.
Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, known for films such as Catwoman and X-Men, plays NASA executive and former astronaut Jocinda “Jo” Fowler, the woman with an idea on how to save the planet.
Berry says she’s not a ‘space nerd’ – but told Sky News she thinks there are other intelligent life forms out there…
You can watch a clip of her interview below, and read our arts and entertainment correspondent Katie Spencer’s story on the moon landing conspiracy theories. here.
Moonfall is now available in the UK and Ireland
2022 BAFTA nominees
It’s the biggest night on the UK film calendar – mark it in your diaries for Sunday 13 March.
The nominees were announced earlier this week, with sci-fi blockbuster Dune earning the most nominations, followed by Netflix western The Power Of The Dog and Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical Belfast.
All three land in the Best Picture category, along with Adam McKay’s climatic comedy Don’t Look Up and Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1970s coming-of-age drama Licorice Pizza.
Read more: Sir Kenneth Branagh says lockdown ‘introspection’ helped inspire Belfast
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Daniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond, No Time To Die, also received a number of nominations, including for Outstanding British Film and Cinematography. And in the acting categories, Lady Gaga, Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith are among the stars in the running.
Big year therefore for blockbusters, a little surprising because these ceremonies tend to favor more serious dishes. You can find out more about the nominations hereand here’s our arts and entertainment editor with her analysis.
Analysis: Blockbuster nomination is a change of direction this awards season
By Amy Hitchcock, Arts and Entertainment Editor
The list of post-pandemic BAFTA nominations sums up all our moods, I think. We couldn’t quite stomach Manchester by Sea or even Three Billboards this year, could we?
Less dark art house, bring in the blockbusters: Dune (leading the nominations with 11) and Bond and West Side Story (both with five).
Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi Dune may be incredibly serious, but it’s also – unusually for the BAFTAs – a blockbuster. I’m not sure No Time To Die would have received five nods before the pandemic, as the BAFTAs often overlook box office successes.
And another welcome change of mood on diversity, as three of the top six directors are women, an unprecedented change for the industry still dominated by white men (behind the scenes at least).
Jane Campion’s favorite Power of the Dog – Up to Eight – is about toxic masculinity, a theme that continues to haunt the film industry, and the parallels drawn between film and indie.
Last year the BAFTA was overshadowed by accusations of sexual misconduct against Noel Clarke – which he denies – but as the accusations against Hollywood men continue there is still a very long way to go .
And where Steven Spielberg and Sir Kenneth Branagh are absent in the director category, a host of newbies are enjoying the spotlight that prestigious award nominations bring.
In acting 19 of the 24 nominees are first-time BAFTA nominees, Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), Alana Haim (Licorice Pizza); Woody Norman (C’mon C’mon), 11, Joanna Scanlan (After Love) and Will Smith (King Richard).
Ironically, the changes the industry has been so slow to adapt to have resulted in a more popular roster, perhaps making the BAFTA more relevant than ever.
Read more: BAFTA 2022: The complete list of films and stars in the running
And finally… after five years of absence from traditional television, BBC Three returned to our screens on Tuesday as a television channel in its own right.
The youth-focused BBC channel was home to shows such as Gavin and Stacey and Torchwood before being sent to the broadcaster’s streaming service – but has now been resurrected in a bid to reach over 18-35s .
Ofcom has approved the channel’s return in 2021, saying it will help the BBC reach young viewers outside London and that 75% of its output must be original programming.
As well as its existing shows, with hits such as Normal People and This Country, it will also feature a range of new programming including Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK vs The World, the sitcom Lazy Susan and the cooking show Hungry For It – with Stacey Dooley, who made a name for herself making documentaries for the channel.
Read more here.
- You can listen to our interviews, hear our reviews and get our take on the BAFTA nominations – what, no Kirsten Stewart for her portrayal of Princess Diana in Spencer? Shocking! etc – and more in this week’s Backstage podcast. Let us know what you watched via [email protected]