Thursday, September 05, 2019

Bloody Bloody Alice Mitchell

At what point do we start talking about the fact that Sam Claflin's hateful yet extraordinary performance in Jennifer Kent's The Nightingale (reviewed here) should be in awards conversations but won't be? Now's a good time right? I mean everyone in the film, including its leads Aisling Franciosi and newcomer Baykali Ganambarr, should be drowning in buzz -- these are three of the best performances I've seen in anything so far this year -- but I think this one's just gonna be me sitting here getting hoarse by my lonesome, innit?

Anyway I bring this up right now because, holy of holies, we have news on Kent's next movie! She wants to adapt the lesbian murder novel Alice + Freda Forever, which tells the true life tale of two girls who went bad for each other in 1890s Tennessee, igniting a firestorm of shocked and lurid press attention at the time. You can read up on Alice Mitchell here on Wiki. Lord knows I keep thinking of Heavenly Creatures reading up about it, but that's because we don't have a lot of these stories to turn to! Have any of you read the book? Got ideas on casting? Maybe that old-timey sketch to the right will help? Even though she looks middle-aged there the actress probably shouldn't be older than her 20s. Oh hell, just cast Aisling Franciosi again!

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