Film Ireland Interview Full (Nov 2006)

My Film Ireland magazine arrived today and I have scanned in the 3 interview pages.(Edit the full transcription of all 3 pages is below. Be sure to click on read more to see the full article! )

Acting HolyMiddletown

Film Ireland


Although hesitant when discussing acting, his style, or his starring role in Brian Kirk’s Middletown, Matthew Macfayden [sic] still has a lot to say to Sheena Sweeney.


The first thing that springs to mind before meeting Matthew Macfadyen is what a good actor he is. His breakout role came when he played Agent Tom Quinn in the tv series Spooks, and later when New Zealander Brad McGann cast him as a weary war photographer alienated from his family in In My Father’s Den. Macfayden [sic] gave a further sample of his considerable depth and range before he was introduced to the world in Pride & Prejudice last year. And now, in grand over-the-top style, he is playing the role of Gabriel, a fundamentalist Northern Irish cleric preaching fire and brimstone, in Brian Kirk’s debut feature Middletown. The most striking thing about Macfayden [sic] in person is how different he looks from his screen self. He seems much larger in a lumbering kind of way, with floppy hair and a reddish hue to his nose. He has the accent of a public schoolboy and the charming manner of an Evelyn Waugh character, slightly bewildered by it all. My impression of him prior to our meeting is that he might be quite contrary and doesn’t like talking about acting. I am only half wrong. He sits back in his chair, and laughs often and easily. But he doesn’t like talking about anything to do with acting and is reluctant, in fact, to give a concrete answer to almost anything. Even a simple question about which actors he admires induces a lengthy obfuscation about how there are so many and such varied styles, before he eventually admits uncomfortably to liking Sean Penn and Meryl Streep. The reason for this, he confesses later, is for fear of “sounding like a dickhead”.

Middletown Reviews in the film magazines (2006)

6point7 has compiled a webpage with scans (and possibly transcripts) from the UK film magazines. These went into print before the UK release date of November 24th was pulled.

Please visit 6point7's Middletown Review page. Also look around her website. She has a lot of images and information to share.

JASNA: Behind the Times

The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) has put out the following release:

Call For Papers for a special issue of Persuasions On-Line

Persuasions On-Line announces a special issue on the most recent film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice: the 2005 Focus Features film starring Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen.

Death At A Funeral Synopsis


Death at a Funeral follows the comic twists and turns of a dysfunctional British family as they gather to mourn the passing of their patriarch. It’s the day of his father’s funeral and Daniel wants everything to go according to plan but his brother is only interested in chatting up a pretty girl at the service his cousin’s straight-laced boyfriend is convinced that someone is alive in the coffin and a rogue bottle of hallucinogenic pills keeps popping up. If that isn’t enough a mystery visitor from his father’s past threatens to expose the patriarch's secret unless he is paid a princely sum.
It is up to Daniel to do everything he can to make sure the service goes off without a hitch by holding his oddball family in-line, keeping his father’s secret from leaking to the guests, and finding the darn bottle of pills.

Death at a Funeral is the riotous tale of one man’s struggle to maintain his dignity while swimming in a sea of calamity. The film stars Matthew Macfadyen (Pride & Prejudice), Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent, Elf), Alan Tudyk (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story), Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Match Point), Rupert Graves (V for Vendetta) and is directed by Frank Oz (Bowfinger, In & Out).

Will Death at a Funeral show at Tribeca in April 2007?

According to Meg Reber's blog , Death at a Funeral may be shown at next April's Tribeca Film Festival. Meg is the Assistant to the Programming Managers at the Tribeca Film Festival 2007. The festival will run from 25 April - 6 May all across lower Manhattan.


(Edit:  Link removed to blog as it no longer exists) 

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