Wednesday, 16 September 2009

First look: Martin Compston in The Disappearance of Alice Creed

First, you can head on over to Movieline for two new clips from the film. The Disappearance of Alice Creed has already been bought for some international distribution at TIFF, but has not yet secured domestic rights.

Movieline also gives us Martin Compston's and co-star Eddie Marsan's first official interview for the film:

One of those pleasant gems you hope to stumble upon at any film festival, The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a wonderfully entertaining little thriller from British screenwriter and first-time director, J Blakeson. Set almost entirely in an enclosed apartment, Blakeson’s story takes a simple premise — “So you’ve kidnapped a beautiful heiress. Now what?” — and wrings out of it a darkly humorous and utterly unpredictable tale of greed gone wrong, with shades of Rope, Shallow Grave and Deathtrap. The titular heiress is played by Quantum of Solace star Gemma Arterton, who squeezed in this film between her two upcoming blockbusters, Prince of Persia and Clash of the Titans. Rounding out the triangle are the two kidnappers, the elder and more volatile man played by Eddie Marsan — star of Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake and Happy-Go-Lucky and Will Smith’s super-nemesis in Hancock — and the younger played by Martin Compston, a Scottish actor discovered by Ken Loach (who gave him the lead in Sweet Sixteen). Both are superb in their roles. Movieline spoke to Marsan and Compston this morning at TIFF, for what it turns out was their first official interview in support of the film.

There’s a fair bit of nudity required of everyone in Alice Creed. How did you feel about that?

COMPSTON: You never feel really comfortable being naked among strangers, but it was nothing compared with everything Gemma went through, so you just think, well, get on with it. The one scene that sort of freaked me out had a [full frontal shot], but it was quick and you couldn’t really see it. But one of our producers said, just wait until the DVD comes out and people press pause!

You can go here for the rest of the interview.

The film had also been an official selection at the London Film Festival, but I hadn't posted the official screening dates:

Saturday, October 24 | 21:00 | Vue Screen 6

Tuesday, October 27 | 14:00 | NFT1

Tuesday, October 27 | 19:00 | STUDIO


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