Keira Knightley: ‘Female filmmakers need to be given the chance to fail’

Keira Knightley wishes female filmmakers were given a second chance as easily as male directors.The Pirates of the Caribbean actress, who is outspoken about sexism and the double standards facing women, wants female directors to be treated the same as …

Keira Knightley wishes female filmmakers were given a second chance as easily as male directors.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actress, who is outspoken about sexism and the double standards facing women, wants female directors to be treated the same as their counterparts, who are often given more opportunities to bounce back from a commercial or critical flop.

“You have to give female filmmakers the chance to fail, because men are given that chance and then they come back and make amazing films, but female directors are not. They are expected to be perfect, right from the get-go,” she told PORTER magazine. “You need to have women telling their experiences, (which) don’t all stop at happily ever after.”

Knightley recently worked with Philippa Lowthorpe on comedy-drama Misbehaviour, in which she plays a member of the Women’s Liberation Movement who helps disrupt the 1970 Miss World competition, and is currently filming Silent Night, directed by Camille Griffin.

She has insisted she isn’t deliberately picking projects simply because they are directed by women, but because the stories captured her attention.

“That’s not from me deciding I’m only working with women. That’s simply from thinking, ‘Oh, that’s interesting,’” the 34-year-old said of the scripts.

With Misbehaviour, Knightley felt the screenplay was relevant, despite the film being set in 1970, because it addresses the struggle women, and women of colour, face.

“I read (the script) and thought, this is exactly what we’re still talking about; we’re talking about our space in the world, trying to do it with children, but also the intersectional racism that was part of it,” she explained. “I thought, this is an extraordinary story that doesn’t try to preach. It actually has the conversation.”

Misbehaviour, which also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jessie Buckley, is in U.K. cinemas now.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw met Miss World winner to prepare for Misbehaviour

Gugu Mbatha-Raw met with the Miss World winner she portrays in Misbehaviour to prepare for the role.In the comedy-drama, the Belle actress plays Miss Grenada, Jennifer Hosten, who became the first black woman to win the Miss World crown in 1970, when t…

Gugu Mbatha-Raw met with the Miss World winner she portrays in Misbehaviour to prepare for the role.

In the comedy-drama, the Belle actress plays Miss Grenada, Jennifer Hosten, who became the first black woman to win the Miss World crown in 1970, when the competition was disrupted by Women’s Liberation protestors at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

To prepare for the role, Mbatha-Raw flew to Grenada to talk to Hosten and get her perspective on the real-life incident.

“She’s in her seventies now, and she’s got such a regal presence, such posture, these bright, bright eyes – she’s very demure, quite proper but very centred,” she told Harper’s Bazaar U.K. “It was amazing to meet her and find out about a moment in her life all that time ago that really informed all her opportunities and choices. She felt like she was an ambassador for her country, and she was breaking boundaries in her own way.”

Thanks to working on the movie, The Morning Show star has become less judgmental about women who enter beauty pageants.

“I came to (the part) with an air of judgment, of, oh, you know, beauty queens,” she admitted. “But I’ve become more open-minded as to what that represents. I think it’s very easy now to look back and say, ‘Why would you do that? It’s so superficial.’ What’s interesting is that rebellion can often be a luxury.”

The 36-year-old also watched footage of the 1970 ceremony, in which the activists threw flour and stink bombs, and she was shocked to see a moment in which the candidates had to turn around and show their bottoms, with her adding, “It definitely makes you realise quite how far we’ve come.”

Misbehaviour, which also stars Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley, is in U.K. cinemas now.

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Keira Knightley fell asleep while filming Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Keira Knightley once accidentally fell asleep while filming Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. For the 1999 sci-fi prequel, the Pirates of the Caribbean actress was cast as Sabe, the handmaiden who served as the decoy for Padme Amidala, when she was 12 ye…

Keira Knightley once accidentally fell asleep while filming Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

For the 1999 sci-fi prequel, the Pirates of the Caribbean actress was cast as Sabe, the handmaiden who served as the decoy for Padme Amidala, when she was 12 years old thanks to her striking resemblance to Natalie Portman.

In an interview with Total Film magazine, Knightley was asked about what she remembered about making the movie, and she revealed that she accidentally fell asleep while the cameras were rolling because she had been sitting in the background of a scene for a long time.

“I remember being in the background for such a long time that I’d actually fallen asleep,” she recalled. “I was just sitting in a chair, and I was in the background, but I couldn’t keep my eyes open… I really remember that. But apart from that, I don’t remember anything else about it.”

Knightley also remembered how uncomfortable the headdress she had to wear was.

“I mean, I was 12. I literally don’t remember… I remember the headdress being so heavy, it gave me a headache. I really remember the headache from one of the headdresses,” the 34-year-old added.

In a 2014 appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Knightley confessed that she didn’t understand the context of her role and never knew when she was playing the handmaiden Sabe or impersonating Amidala.

“I didn’t know what I was doing when I got it, nobody gives you scripts, it’s all very secret, so they just kept on shoving me forward and I would be dressed in the exact same thing she’d be dressed in but nobody told me why,” she revealed. “I never knew when it was me and when it wasn’t me because sometimes in the wide shots, they would use me instead of her because she wanted to go home early so I’d come forward.”

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Marion Cotillard named as new face of Chanel No.5 perfume

Marion Cotillard has been tapped as the new face of Chanel No.5 perfume.A representative for the French luxury brand took to Instagram on Monday to share the news, uploading a black-and-white image of the actress gazing directly at the camera. “Chanel…

Marion Cotillard has been tapped as the new face of Chanel No.5 perfume.

A representative for the French luxury brand took to Instagram on Monday to share the news, uploading a black-and-white image of the actress gazing directly at the camera.

“Chanel is delighted to announce that Marion Cotillard will be the face of the new advertising campaign for the iconic N°5 fragrance,” they added in the caption.

No further details, such as a release date for the full imagery, were announced.

Cotillard has ramped up her ties to Chanel in recent months, having attended several fashion shows and worn an embroidered black outfit to the Marrakech Film Festival’s opening ceremony in December and a couture ensemble to the Cesar Revelations 2020 event last month.

The 44-year-old follows in the footsteps of Gisele Bundchen, Brad Pitt, and Nicole Kidman in landing a Chanel No. 5 campaign, while Lily-Rose Depp fronted the launch of Chanel’s No.5 L’Eau perfume back in May 2016, Keira Knightley was the face of Coco Mademoiselle, and Margot Robbie is currently promoting Gabrielle Chanel Essence. Other Chanel brand ambassadors include Penelope Cruz, Kristen Stewart, and Pharrell Williams.

Previously, Cotillard served as a brand ambassador for rival house Christian Dior. She was chosen to promote the Lady Dior handbag in 2008 and went on to appear in at least 15 other campaigns. However, the La Vie En Rose actress parted ways with the company in 2017, not long after Maria Grazia Chiuri succeeded Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier as interim creative directors at the label.

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Hugh Grant despised filming dance scene for Love Actually

Hugh Grant was highly anxious about filming his famous dance scene for Love Actually.The actor played a fictional U.K. prime minister named David in Richard Curtis’s star-studded romantic comedy back in 2003, with the flick going on to become one of th…

Hugh Grant was highly anxious about filming his famous dance scene for Love Actually.

The actor played a fictional U.K. prime minister named David in Richard Curtis’s star-studded romantic comedy back in 2003, with the flick going on to become one of the most popular festive films.

In one scene, David is seen celebrating a hard-won political victory against the U.S. president, as portrayed by Billy Bob Thornton, by dancing along to the disco classic Jump (For My Love) by The Pointer Sisters.

However, Hugh has now revealed that he was extremely uncomfortable shooting the dancing segment as he was uncertain how it would work.

“I thought, ‘That’s going to be excruciating, and it has the power to be the most excruciating scene ever committed to celluloid,'” the 59-year-old recalled in a new BBC documentary titled Hugh Grant: A Life on Screen.

His co-star Colin Firth, who played lovestruck Jamie in the movie, also confirmed that the actor was not looking forward to dancing in front of the cameras for the infamous routine in 10 Downing Street.

Yet, director Richard insisted Hugh rehearsed the scene ahead of time.

Love Actually also starred Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney, and Keira Knightley.

Hugh Grant: A Life on Screen is now airing on the BBC.

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Keira Knightley: ‘Official Secrets made me think hard about governments and accountability’

Keira Knightley thought hard about governments being held accountable for their lies after she read the script for Official Secrets.The fact-based film follows the true story of translator Katharine Gun, who exposed a plot by the British government to …

Keira Knightley thought hard about governments being held accountable for their lies after she read the script for Official Secrets.

The fact-based film follows the true story of translator Katharine Gun, who exposed a plot by the British government to spy on United Nations delegates to garner support for the controversial Iraq war in 2003.

Keira met Gun, who now lives in Turkey with her husband and daughter, only a few times before portraying her on the big screen and confessed that reading about her story prompted her to do more investigation into the events in 2003.

“It’s a very British story in that way. It has that heroic failure about it. But what are you going to do? Write an ending in which the war didn’t happen? She didn’t stop it. She told the truth and there was little consequence,” the 34-year-old told the Guardian newspaper.

“Look where we are now. The questions we have about government and accountability go back to that. Why are politicians who lie not held to account? The script made me think hard about that.”

The two-time Oscar-nominated actress also confessed that she wasn’t aware of Gun’s efforts, which were deemed a breach of the Official Secrets Act.

“I was about 18 at the time. I thought I was (politically) engaged. I really remember the run-up to that conflict, but I didn’t remember this,” she shared.

The mother-of-two is also a big fan of political thrillers and loves being challenged by films.

“I’ve always loved a political thriller. I know some people like escapism, and that’s fine, but I like to be challenged. I was watching Paths of Glory last night, the Kubrick film, 1957, black and white, Kirk Douglas, about the futility of war, and political lies, and it’s amazing,” Keira explained.

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Roksanda Ilincic teams with Lululemon on capsule collection

Roksanda Ilincic has collaborated with athletic apparel retailer Lululemon on a collection.The London-based fashion star, known for her bold use of colour and signature take on shape, counts stars Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, and Keira Knightley among …

Roksanda Ilincic has collaborated with athletic apparel retailer Lululemon on a collection.

The London-based fashion star, known for her bold use of colour and signature take on shape, counts stars Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, and Keira Knightley among her fans, not to mention former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Now, Roksanda is turning her attention to the athleisure market and has teamed with Audrey Reilly, Lululemon’s senior vice president of women’s design, on a 17-piece line.

“The designs are carefully created to complement every element of a woman’s lifestyle,” Roksanda said. “It was important to me that each piece feels natural to wear at any point in the day.”

The range marks the first partnership between the brands, with the items, including leggings, shorts, tops, and parkas, merging high-end fashion with innovative sportswear.

In addition to featuring voluminous shapes and exaggerated proportions, Roksanda’s touch is also apparent in the eye-catching colour scheme.

“(Roksanda’s) trademark colour blocking is refreshed for the season in hibiscus, violet, sienna, and rich midnight. Lululemon’s signature athleticism-sweat-ready fabrics, made-to-move fits, packable features, reflective accents-infuses the collection with all-weather functionality for yoga, run, train, and transitional wear,” a Lululemon rep added.

The hero piece from the fall capsule is the Inner Expanse Infinity Coat, which can be worn as a coat, jacket, or light trench.

The first Roksanda x Lululemon capsule collection launches on 22 October, with a second set to drop in January 2020. Both will be available on the Lululemon website and in select stores.

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Naomi Campbell & Claudia Schiffer tapped to star in Chanel’s J12 watch campaign

Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer are among the stars to appear in the campaign for Chanel’s new J12 watch.Executives for the French luxury label unveiled the design on Monday (29Apr19), with the elegant timepiece available with either a white or bla…

Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer are among the stars to appear in the campaign for Chanel’s new J12 watch.

Executives for the French luxury label unveiled the design on Monday (29Apr19), with the elegant timepiece available with either a white or black ceramic strap.

The accompanying marketing imagery has the catchphrase, “It’s all about seconds,” and in one grey-toned clip from the photoshoot helmed by Brigitte Lacombe, Campbell is seen posing with the watch.

“What time is it? It’s now five o’clock. I’m not one of those people that wants time to stop. My favourite time of the day is sunset, the golden hour. Everything’s that beautiful, golden light. Everyone looks so beautiful in that light – no one can look bad,” the British supermodel states in the video, according to WWD.

While in her video, German beauty Schiffer reflects on how she was spotted by a model scout in a nightclub in Dusseldorf in 1987 when she was just 17, and how her fashion career took off from there.

“A watch is to tell the time, but it’s also an expression of what you like – a fashion expression, so who you are. I time all my meetings because I don’t like to be late. Because I’m German,” she smiled.

The campaign also features appearances from a diverse range of women, including Chanel brand ambassadors like Keira Knightley, Vanessa Paradis and her 19-year-old daughter Lily-Rose Depp, as well as French actresses Carole Bouquet and Anna Mouglalis, Hollywood icon Ali MacGraw, and Chinese star Liu Wen. The only man to be cast is Hong Kong-based singer/actor William Chan.

Regarding the concept, Chanel’s Thomas du Pre de Saint-Maur explained that the objective of the campaign was to explore each person’s “extremely different” experiences with time.

“This is what we wanted to tell, through the portraits of a certain number of women, we can explain that time is something extremely personal while at the same time, we are all more or less linked by this subjective experience with time,” he told the fashion publication.

Chanel’s J12 watch is priced from $6,050 (£4,675).

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Roksanda Ilincic concerned over ways Brexit will impact fabric suppliers

Roksanda Ilincic is very concerned about what Brexit will mean for her fabric suppliers.The London-based designer, known for her bold use of colour and signature take on shape, counts Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, and Keira Knightley amo…

Roksanda Ilincic is very concerned about what Brexit will mean for her fabric suppliers.

The London-based designer, known for her bold use of colour and signature take on shape, counts Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, and Keira Knightley among fans, not to mention former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

As U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May continues to battle on with negotiations for the nation to withdraw from the European Union (EU), Ilincic has now shared that she has real worries about the split will mean for her own business and that of other fashion retailers.

“It’s a big worry,” she said in an interview with Vogue.co.uk. “The majority of my fabrics and my workforce are from the EU, but I can’t change my systems or put new strategies in place because we don’t know what is going to happen.”

Ilincic went on to explain that she foresees issues with shipments in the future too, especially as Brexit may mean there are delays with getting fabric and merchandise to the U.K. and around the world.

“The big problem with fashion is timing, you’re constantly being robbed of it,” the 48-year-old, who was born in Serbia, stated. “To produce garments and deliver them at the right time is dependent on so many facets – Brexit is going to have consequences for us all.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Ilincic shared that she will be attending the 2019 Shanghai Fashion Week with the aim of making connections with major figures in the Chinese market. And the designer is seriously seeking to make a major investment in Asia, noting that the local consumers are open to pushing the envelope when it comes to style.

“The customer is very thirsty – they not only want to wear the latest collections, but to wear things that are perhaps considered a little too fashion-forward for the European market,” she added.

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Keira Knightley’s directing plans on hold until daughter grows up

Keira Knightley is putting her plans to become a director on hold until her daughter grows up.The British star, 33, has worked as an actress since her teens and eventually wants to put what she has learned to use behind the camera.However, she plans to…

Keira Knightley is putting her plans to become a director on hold until her daughter grows up.

The British star, 33, has worked as an actress since her teens and eventually wants to put what she has learned to use behind the camera.

However, she plans to wait a few years before pursuing directing, as her number one priority at the moment is being a mum to three-year-old Edie, who she shares with husband James Righton.

“At the moment with a three-year-old, no,” she told U.S. website Collider. “But maybe further down the line. Yeah. I’ve worked on a lot of films. I’ve worked with a lot of wonderful directors and I’m really interested in how it’s all put together, and I really like working with scripts and storylines.”

Explaining that she still has a lot to learn about filmmaking she added: “There’s certain areas that I’m confident I’d be ok with, and certain areas where I’m not as confident. So we’ll see in the future.”

One skill Keira thinks she’ll need is the ability to multi-task and focus on learning camera skills, rather than getting lost in a scene.

“The problem is as an actor what I’m meant to do is completely ignore that the camera is there,” she mused. “So it’s taken me so long completely ignore that the camera is there, that now if you’re thinking about directing you need to start going, ‘Why are you there and what lens are you on?’”

The Brit previously told Cover Media that becoming a mum had changed her approach to acting.

“I think it’s impossible not to empathise with this character whether you are or not,” she revealed at the London premiere of her latest movie The Aftermath. “But my view of the world and the way that I play characters and the way that I see characters is different, because motherhood pretty much changes you fundamentally. So you can’t not see the world differently and therefore see the characters differently.”

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