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DP/30 – Sundance Audience Winner: An Education

Two chats…
With Sundance 2009 breakout star Carey Mulligan, who stars in An Education and co-stars in The Greatest (with her director coming in to talk a bit about 2/3 through the chat).
And director Lone Scherfig of An Education and Italian for Beginners and Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself.
Video after the jump….

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16 Responses to “DP/30 – Sundance Audience Winner: An Education”

  1. LexG says:

    Is this chick like the new Amy Adams where all the critics are going to be going apeshit and drooling and swooning over in print?
    Just once I wish some awesome critic would full-on give movies four stars and A-plus ratings because yeah, the movie sucked but Jessica Alba looked hot.
    I’m just saying most legit newspaper critics are Joe Eunech when “Into the Blue” or “Hottie and the Nottie” drops, but when it’s like Adams or Winslet or Paltrow dressed like a fucking Amish maid churning butter in some staid proper flick, they’re practically blowing load in their review and can’t contain their giddy delight.
    Isn’t it kinda MORE sexist to act all in awe that some pretty woman can actually ACT! and then moon over it all smarmily, than for a meathead (like me) to just be honest and say I’d rather watch a bronzed 20-year-old show her midriff for two hours?

  2. jeffmcm says:

    Uh…no. You are literally more sexist at that point.

  3. Mikkel says:

    As rude as it is to say, as a Dane I find it very difficult to listen to Scherfig’s accent. I do like her as a director though (and as a person too, actually), so its nice to see her get this kind of acclaim. Oh, and I always liked Nock Hornby, so I am actually quite stoked for this movie.
    How many here have seen Italian for Beginners or the underrated Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself?

  4. CaptainZahn says:

    Carey is luminous. She’s like a cuter, warmer, British Michelle Williams. I’m glad that more people are starting to become familiar with her and her work.
    Thanks for the interview, Dave.

  5. Kambei says:

    Check out Carey in the Doctor Who episode “Blink”…she carries most of it herself as the good Doctor only makes cameo appearances. One of the most charismatic/instantly likeable actresses I’ve seen in a while. Lex…you will like her…

  6. yancyskancy says:

    She’s charming, and dimples to die for. I’ve seen her only in Pride & Prejudice, which isn’t exactly a showcase for her. Looks like she’s really on her way now.
    Any budding Henry Higgins out there know why so many British folk use “sort of” as a verbal tic? It seems to be their version of “you know.” Always wondered about that.

  7. jbf81 says:

    Lex, You really are stupid aren

  8. LexG says:

    I saw Junebug and liked it, and she was good.
    But I’ve never felt the urge to see it again, and I’d still rather watch Jessica Alba in any role Amy Adams plays.
    Plus 9 times outta 10, I’m just not that big on fire-crotch.

  9. jeffmcm says:

    Again, this is like the Wikipedia definition of ‘more sexist’.

  10. LexG says:

    Kristen Stewart = perfection.
    jbf91, watch it now.
    (Anyone see the TMZ show the other day where they showed God pumping her own gas and driving some beat-up truck? It ruled.)

  11. I feel sorry for Carey Mulligan if she reads this.

  12. leahnz says:

    that ‘blink’ episode of ‘doc. who’ with mulligan (she was a blonde) is a cracker, actually quite freaky. the statues spooked my boy, who is doctor who crazed (it probably didn’t help that i kept sneaking up on him when he’d look away and then be right there in his face to scare the begeezus out of him)

  13. yancyskancy says:

    Amy Adams is just one of the many genius things about Junebug. I’ve seen it only once, too, but I’ll be coming back at some point. Such complex and contradictory characters, viewed both critically and compassionately in equal measure.

  14. When I watched Junebug for the second time recently I actually found myself really like Embeth Davidtz more than anything. Filled with so many little nuances and I love the way she navigates through being the outsider who can go from being so desperate to please one minute to condescending the next.

  15. Kambei says:

    Leah…that is very funny. I’m still amazed at how successful New Who is–if I’d told the 13-year-old me it would be the biggest show in the UK, I would never have believed it.

  16. leahnz says:

    i know, kambei, the ‘new who’ is epic here, i’ve yet to meet a kid who isn’t totally enthralled by it. cool to see a new generation into the doctor and daleks and cybermen (and my boy really liked ‘rose tyler’, he was bummed when she was gone). having said that, he loves tennant’s doctor and sort of freaked when i told him someone new is taking over, so it should be interesting to see if he warms to this new guy.

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