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Yellow premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last September, and I’ve just come across this review that has a really nice mention of Sienna.
Yellow also screened at the SXSW Festival earlier this year, but I’ve heard nothing about the film since then. Hopefully it will be getting a release of some sort this year…
TIFF Review: Nick Cassavetes’ ‘Yellow’ Is Daring, Bold And Just What The Doctor Ordered
Officially the most refreshing breath of air at this year’s TIFF, Nick Cassavetes’ new feature ‘Yellow’, is a step into crazy terrritory, far from his recent romantic comedy fare and “Alpha Dog.” It’s Cassavetes moving away from traditional ways of telling stories, and towards a different type of perspective and very different type of view, as he admitted during the Q&A. You can’t but feel almost like a child trying to talk or review this movie because of how infectiously zany it is; think “Young Adult” on Vicodin and acid. Leading lady Heather Wahiquist puts her all into a truly memorable leading performance, and no wonder; she co-wrote the screenplay with Cassavetes. But the winner has to be the imagination behind the trippiness.
Though you’ll be hard pressed to find a rock solid plot in this one, it does clearly deal with Mary Holmes (Wahlquist), an elementary teacher who loses her job after being caught having sex with one of the parents on Parent Teacher Day. Not to mention that her first line of dialogue is to say that she doesn’t feel anything, confessing it to her therapist (David Morse, always nice to see him back) and carrying around a purse that seemingly only has yellow painkillers and mini bottles of alcohol in it. If all of that doesn’t sound like enough, how about a random burst into an operatic number? And that’s opera with a fuck-you attitude, daring and resilient and fully aware that it’s taking a plunge into a film that could be a Michel Gondry dream.
Mary tries to get help after she loses her job — she can’t support her 4 boys on her own with none of their fathers in the picture — and she seeks help from her sister Xanne (Sienna Miller) who pushes her away. Oft-underrated as an actress, Miller needs some online ink spilled about her here. She brings her natural beauty to an ugly and hilarious character, and hits a home run. Watching her scream out profanities while doing her Tourette’s twitches is a positive comic delight.
As posted about before, Sienna’s new movie Yellow will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month. The schedule for the festival has recently been released, and below is the date for the main screening of the film:
Looks like we are getting lots of news on Sienna’s upcoming projects all at once this month! Following on from the Two Jacks and The Girl updates below, it has now recently been announced that Yellow will be screen at the Toronto International Film Festival next month! The festival runs from September 6th to the 16th, and the full schedule with dates on when films will screen, will be released next week. No word yet on whether Sienna will be attending, but we’ll keep you posted.
Sienna Miller fears she got “swept up” in Hollywood at the beginning of her career.
The star’s big break came when she appeared in 2004’s Layer Cake, and she went on to feature in movies including Factory Girl, The Edge of Love and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Sienna isn’t entirely happy with all the career choices she has made. She worries she didn’t think long term when she first became famous and is pleased she took some time out to reassess her life.
“It’s a weird industry, Hollywood. You have all these people pushing you in all sorts of directions and I think, for a while, I got swept up in trying to play this game. So I didn’t work for a bit, which was really nice, and I was lucky to be able to afford not to have to,” she explained to the British edition of Vogue magazine.
“And since then I’ve made a film with Nick Cassavetes, where I play someone with Tourette’s, and I made a film with Rachid Bouchareb about belly dancing, with a crew of nine of us – stealing locations and getting chased out of places and shooting without permits, complete guerrilla filming. I’ve no idea how it will turn out, but I did it for the experience, and to work with someone I really admire.”
Sienna has been shooting The Girl recently, which is a TV movie about director Alfred Hitchcock and actress Tippi Hendren. She portrays the lead character in Alfred’s 1963 movie The Birds, with the director seeing her as his muse.
Sienna plays Tippi in The Girl, and has been shooting scenes while pregnant with her first child.
“I’ve no idea what I’ve done in terms of this film,” she laughed. “I was working 15 to 16 hour days, with an eight-hour turnaround, which is just knackering. But then again, it’s not as bad as poor Toby [Jones, who stars as Hitchcock]. He’s got that, plus four hours of prosthetics every morning and then an hour to take it off at the end of each day.”
The first poster for Yellow has turned up online, and it is suitably … yellow! Check it out below, alongside the synopsis for the film. Credit goes to QuietEarth.us for the poster.
And in other news on this movie, it’s production company Muse Productions have recently posted some new-old photos from the set of the movie, including one of Miss Miller. Check them all out here, and the Sienna one can also be seen in our Gallery.
Mary Holmes has a great life. She’s young, beautiful, lives in Los Angeles. She has a good job teaching at a private elementary school and four beautiful children. But things aren’t always what they seem. Mary has problems. She has a difficult time feeling things, and the fact that she eats twenty Vicodin a day doesn’t help.
She sees a psychiatrist for the disconnect daydreams she keeps having, and her younger sister with Tourettes hates her. And when she loses her job for sleeping with one of the fathers on Parent’s night, she decides to go home. And that’s when the fun really starts. The dreams which seemed so random now start to take real shape as we understand where she came from.
From young and in love, drug dealing on the road, to her father’s slow painful death, from questions of love and incest to her older sister’s descent into insanity, the secret that destroyed her entire family reveals itself on her journey back home, along with Mary’s ultimate responsibility for it. Busby Berkeley, Cirque de Soleil, Circus freaks, and human farm animals all make appearances in this hallucinogenic tale of love and comeuppance.
Nick Cassavetes’ dark comedy “Yellow” has been acquired by the newly minted distribution venture between Seven Arts Entertainment and GFM Films.
“Yellow” centers on a young woman who comes to terms with her family’s shadowed past. The ensemble cast features Sienna Miller, Melanie Griffith, Gena Rowlands, Ray Liotta and Heather Wahlquist. The film has completed shooting and is expected to be ready in the spring.
Seven Arts and GFM said they expect the film to premiere at a major film festival next year.
Peter Hoffman of Seven Arts and Michael Ryan of GFM negotiated the terms with Manu Kumaran of Medient for the acquisition of worldwide rights. Jeff Berg of ICM will sell the film for the USA.
Seven Arts Entertainment and GFM Films LLC have acquired their first film for a new distribution joint venture, Yellow, directed by Nick Cassavetes.
Yellow is a dark comedy said to be in the tradition of Cassavetes previous films Alpha Dog and She’s DeLovely. It is described as a dark comedy about a young woman who comes to terms with her family’s shadowed ast.
The cast includes Sienna Miller, Melanie Griffith, Gena Rowlands, Ray Liotta and newcomer Heather Wahlquist.
The movie is now in post-production and will be ready next Spring.
The deal was announced by Peter Hoffman of Seven Arts and Michael Ryan of GFM, who negotiated for worldwide rights with Manu Kumaran of Medient.
Ryan recalled he worked with Nick¹s father the late John Cassavetes, who was an actor and filmmaker.
“I’m very glad to be in business with the Cassavetes family again,” said Ryan, “having worked on so many of John’s movies in the past.”
I thought it was time to do some searching for any new info on Sienna’s upcoming film projects, and while we don’t have any release dates, we do have some new stuff! Two Jacks, the comedy drama in which Sienna plays Diana, now has an official Twitter, Facebook and Site. They feature lots of new photos, plus the official synopsis, cast & crew info, contact details and more. There’s some pretty good content there, so go have a browse! I’ve added the two stills featuring Sienna to our Gallery.
IONCinema.com have posted the first stills and synopsis from Yellow! The still featuring Sienna has been added to our Gallery, and you can view the other one, which I think must be of ‘Mary’, at the link I just posted.
The film sounds good, I think! Sienna seems to really like this kind of role, and she always plays them well. Can’t wait to hear and see more about this film.
Mary (Heather Wahlquist) has problems. She has a difficult time feeling things, and swallowing twenty Vicodin a day doesn’t help. She’s seeing a psychiatrist for the disconnect daydreams she keeps having, and her younger sister with Tourette’s hates her. When she loses her job after sleeping with one of the fathers on Parent’s Night, Mary decides to go home. And that’s when the fun really starts. The dreams that seemed so random now start to take real shape as we understand where she came from. From young and in love, to drug dealing on the road, to her father’s slow, painful death, from questions of love and incest to her older sister’s descent into insanity, the secret that destroyed Mary’s entire family reveals itself on her journey back home, along with her ultimate responsibility for it. Busby Berkeley, Cirque du Soleil, sideshow freaks and human livestock all make an appearance in this hallucinogenic tale of love and comeuppance.
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