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‘The Picture Journal’ Interview and More

November 22nd, 2016

Close To The Enemy continues to provide us with wonderful interviews and photoshoots. Please be sure to click on the links to read the entire article. It’s important to give Jim that social media digital love and support!

The Picture Journal features a great interview with photos by Jessie Craig

Who is a director you’ve worked with already and who you’d love to work with again?

I’ve never had the opportunity to work with the same director twice and I would love to. To have already created that trust and that short hand would be such an amazing experience.

As for picking which director that would be tricky, as I would work with most of them again in a heartbeat. Kari Skogland who directed me in the film Fifty Dead Men Walking is someone I’d like to work with again… and we’ve often talked about finding another project together. I thought she did an incredible job with that film. She was a Canadian woman trying to get under the skin of this story about the IRA and she was absolutely fearless. She is a brilliant director and really pushed me in the best possible way. She should be up there with some of the great directors in my opinion. Especially as a woman in the film industry. She was one of the best directors I’ve worked with.

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Entertainment Weekly

Close to the Enemy is written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, who is a much-revered TV dramatist across the pond thanks to previous shows like 2005’s Emmy-winning The Lost Prince. “The minute I said I was doing a Stephen Poliakoff BBC drama, that’s when people were like, ‘Oh, that’s really exciting!’” says Sturgess. “I was aware of his work, but I didn’t realize the extent of how excited people are that there is a new Poliakoff piece coming to their television screens. I think my Mum and Dad understood what I do for the very first time!”

Metro News

‘The words we say are exactly the words on the page: in that respect it’s more like a play,’ he says. ‘We had a four-week rehearsal period, which is pretty unheard of in TV.’

He also relished the chance to brush up on his education. ‘I actually don’t know s*** about s*** — I didn’t do so well at school — so it’s great as an actor to find out as much about a different period as you can.’

He may have been a slacker at school but Sturgess is a talented musician — and gets to flex his piano fingers as Callum. ‘He’s a much better player than me, so I was learning and practising as much as I could while we were filming.

‘I love that, in amid the dark characters and the dark events that are happening, there’s a sense of a bubbling creativity. The world is getting ready to wake up.’

Buzz - this is an extended version of the interview used for the Belfast Telegraph

Experience has taught him that if he wants other people to feel as passionate about independent cinema as he does, he has to bang the drum the loudest — and social media is the perfect platform. “I like having control over letting people know what I’m doing,” says the 38-year-old, explaining his fondness for posting on Instagram. “You can actually reach an audience and you can cut out the middle man, who usually f**k it up. I’m always burying my head in my hands when I see promotions of certain things, and you’re like, ‘How did they get that so wrong?’”

Due to “shoestring budgets”, the marketing of independent cinema is practically non-existent, he notes. “You’re really struggling to get your film seen,” adds the actor. “I can actually tell people that this film is happening, and if I didn’t put it on [social media], all those people wouldn’t ever know about it.”

Variance Magazine featured additional photos byAdam Goodison

The actor admits shooting the series wasn’t without its challenges though. “I’m used to unusual characters and nudity and physically compromising situations,” he confesses. “But we were shooting in the same timeframe as we might do a feature film. So you’ve got seven episodes, but it’s like working on a giant, seven-hour film. I wasn’t expecting that.”

The 38-year-old actor is, however, waiting for the moment his relatively youthful appearance starts to wane, assuming that ever happens. “I may have been lucky until now, but I just know it’s going to fall apart in one quick swoop,” he jokes, acknowledging his ability to play younger characters. “It’s not gonna be an easy decline, mate. I’ll just wake up one morning and it’s all on the floor. I certainly don’t look after myself, so I don’t know what’s going on.”

Lastly, I’m always adding stills to the gallery as we continue with the show.

‘Close To The Enemy’ Interviews

November 8th, 2016

Close To The Enemy broadcasts this week, so here are some interviews to promote the show. Be sure you follow the links to read the entire articles!

Whatsontv.co.uk

Music is huge part of your life, too, and we see Callum playing the piano, was that fun?

I do play a lot of music and I have a studio at home. Yes, Callum is a better piano player that I am so I had to learn these pieces that he plays in the film which was fun but hard work. I stayed in a hotel in Liverpool during filming and they got me a piano in my room much like Callum has in his room. It is life imitating art in this wonderful way.

Express.co.uk

So what attracted you to a prime-time television series?

It was a new experience for me. Making a lot of independent films, I’m never quite sure what’s going to happen to them. Once you finish the project, you sort of hand it over. But with a series like this you know where it exists. You know it will be going into people’s houses rather than you crossing your fingers and hoping for the best.

The interview for The Telegraph also includes a photoshoot by Clara Molden

When Jim Sturgess, best known as the star of the movie version of One Day, started the five-month shoot for the new BBC drama Close To The Enemy, he realised he had a problem.

“I was going through quite a tough time in my life and was suffering from bad insomnia,” he says. “I’d fall asleep OK, but be wide awake at three o’clock in the morning, then I’d be a zombie throughout the day. It’s fine if you don’t have anything to get up for, but when your pickup’s at 5.30am you’re kind of screwed.”

He laughs. “Thankfully, the character I was playing was in a pretty similar state, and I’d just get into a zone of being so focused on what I was doing that I’d get through.”

Acorn TV has setup a Facebook page for the US broadcast. You’ll find Jim’s interview reel for the project there. Just click on this image!

Lastly, more stills have been added to the gallery

‘Close To The Enemy’ Broadcast Dates and Trailers

October 29th, 2016

Lots happening this week with Close To The Enemy. An interview with Jim, more stills, two different trailers, but most importantly, broadcast dates were released.

United Kingdom - (BBC2) and Canada - (Superchannel) premieres on November 10


United States - (Acorn TV) on November 14

Trailer from Acorn TV:

Second trailer from BBC Two:

There is an interview with Jim at Express.Co regarding his frame of mind while filming, and thoughts on the character.

Discussing Callum’s behaviour following the Second World War and the characteristics which make him suitable for the mission, the 38-year-old commented: “There are these little hints of violence where you know that there’s a damaged man buried very deeply and he tries to bury that as deeply as he can within himself.

“But he gives this great performance to the rest of the world of a man completely in control and unflappable. So really it became a performance within a performance. Callum is a performance to everybody else around him – I thought that was fascinating.”

Character ad from Acorn TV - more images in the gallery

‘Close To The Enemy’ Trailer and BBC Media Site - North American Distribution Info

October 14th, 2016

The BBC Press Office has confirmed that Close To The Enemy will debut in November on BBC2, but did not release the actual air date. A ‘Media Centre’ site was opened which contains interviews with director Stephen Poliakoff and the main cast, along with other information regarding the program and the period of British history in which it is set. Here are some excerpts from the interviews:

  • Q&A with Stephen Poliakoff: Tell us about the hero of the story, Captain Callum Ferguson played by Jim Sturgess.

    He is at the centre of it all. I wanted to show someone who is very bright and yet full of fragility. We see him having nightmares from his time fighting in Normandy. That was such a factor back then. So many people had seen things they never thought they would see. There was also a general sense of fury about being so unprepared for the war, that Dunkirk and other disasters took place.

    Callum says we must never be caught out again like we were in the war. He is well aware of the huge missed opportunities which ended in devastated cities. He is fuelled by that.

  • Jim Sturgess is Callum Ferguson: Why is the setting of this drama so effective?

    It reflects a key moment in our history. It is the aftermath of the most horrific war our country has known – which is a very good starting point for drama. There are so many stories that haven’t come out about that period. Stephen has done a great job because it’s not a classic war movie. It’s a new way into it. We have all seen a lot of war films, but this is a very delicately woven story about what people are feeling after the war.

  • August Diehl is Dieter Koehler: How have you found it acting with this terrific cast?

    Jim I knew from long ago. I did his first movie with him about 12 or 13 years ago. It was a film called Mouth to Mouth with Ellen Page and a Canadian director, Allison Murray. He had a small part and I did too, so we hung out together. So when I turned up here and saw Jim, it was like, ‘hey!’.

  • Alfie Allen is Ringwood: You have a lot of scenes with Jim Sturgess, don’t you?

    Yes, and it’s been a very nice opportunity to work with him. He is very down to earth, and we really got on. It’s nice to hang on set, and to act with him. He’s such a pro. He is on his feet non-stop during the shoot. It’s great to see someone who can carry that torch of positivity throughout the production.

  • Freddie Highmore is Victor Ferguson: What has it been like for you working with Jim Sturgess?

    Jim’s great, we get along extremely well. We’re kind of like brothers. I don’t really like the word ’banter’, but the banter between the two of them reflects our relationship off set. And Jim is amazing in this, especially because he is in almost every single scene. It’s incredible how extremely dedicated and focused he is in order to pull it off.

  • Earlier in October it was announced that Acorn TV will distribute the program in North America, airing it simultaneously with the BBC. From the RLJ Entertainment press release:

    Following several recent Acorn TV Originals co-production announcements, Acorn Media Enterprises (AME), the development division for the Acorn brand of RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE), has partnered with All3 Media International and the BBC as the North American co-producer of the thrilling new period drama CLOSE TO THE ENEMY.

    President of Acorn Brands at RLJ Entertainment Mark Stevens noted, “After the hugely successful August premiere of Agatha Raisin, our first Acorn TV Original Series, we’re thrilled to offer our subscribers the next Acorn TV Original with the thrilling drama series Close to the Enemy. Award-winning filmmaker Stephen Poliakoff penned the gripping script and directed an incredible cast with a cinematic production set in war-torn Britain.”


    Empire Live - How Much Is A Pint Of Milk?

    September 26th, 2016

    Jim made an appearance during Empire Magazine’s Empire Live weekend event. This was a treat for Jim fans, as the questions are all about him instead of a project, so we get lots of new stories in this interview.

    For over twenty years, ‘Pint Of Milk’ has been a staple of Empire magazine, and a reader’s favourite. Every month, we pitch the same pool of questions to a film star, from the relevant (”which movie have you seen the most?”) to the relatively inane (”do you have a nickname?”) to the borderline offensive (”on a scale of one-to-ten, how hairy is your arse?”) to the ultimate leveller (”how much is a pint of milk?”). At Empire Live, we’re taking this classic feature out into the real world and posing our tried-and-tested question set in front of a live audience.


    (Click images to enlarge)

    The event was broadcast live on Facebook. There are a bit of technical difficulties at the start with sound, but it settles down quickly. Be sure to check it out!



    JON Magazine Photoshoot and Interview

    September 10th, 2016

    London-based fashion magazine JÓN features a new photoshoot and interview. Issue 14 with Jim Sturgess on the cover can be ordered online at jonmag.com. Their site also includes a list of stores that stock the magazine.

    The photographs are great, so I can’t wait to receive my copy and let you know about the interview. There are more photos in the gallery.


    ‘Feed the Beast’ Canceled at AMC

    September 4th, 2016

    News broke Friday evening, heading into a holiday weekend here in the United States, that Feed The Beast had not been renewed for a second season. It certainly is a disappointment for Jim fans, as we were enjoying a weekly dose of Jim, rather than waiting literally years between projects. Hopefully, he will find another series sometime, allowing us to see him more often. It was great fun while it lasted. In the meantime, here is the statement from AMC via The Hollywood Reporter:

    We have great respect and admiration for the entire team associated with Feed the Beast, starting with [showrunner] Clyde Phillips, [stars] David Schwimmer, Jim Sturgess and our studio partner, Lionsgate. We are thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with them and appreciative of their talents, dedication and care. Unfortunately, the show simply didn’t achieve the results needed to move forward with a second season.



    Dion Patras - long may he cause trouble

    Remember that Feed The Beast will be available for purchase on October 11th.

    ‘Feed The Beast’ Blu-ray and DVD Release

    August 5th, 2016

    Lionsgate Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will release Feed the Beast: Season One on Blu-ray and DVD. The release will be available for purchase on October 11.

    Details available at Blu-ray.com:

    Video
    Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
    Resolution: 1080p
    Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

    Audio

    English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

    Subtitles

    English, Spanish

    Playback
    Region A

    Special Features:
    •”Fate, Friendship and Food: Crafting Season 1″ Featurette
    •”The Food Behind The Fancy” Featurette
    •”Building The Beast” Featurette
    •Audio Commentary with Cast & Crew on Select Episodes



    ‘The Hope You Promised Love’

    August 2nd, 2016

    On August 1st, Director’s Notes premiered the film short written and directed by Jack Weatherley. Jim appears along side Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac, Tale of Tales), and the film features music from Toydrum/Gavin Clark.

    The Hope You Promised Love from Neon on Vimeo.

    More from Jack Weatherley’s Director’s Notes interview:

    The film came about from the thought of a single image… A teardrop in reverse… I tend to obsess over things and started considering what this would look like but also what it would mean. Why we cry… All the things a tear can represent… How so much goes ‘into’ a tear. When you think about it, it really is a strange physical manifestation of emotion. From there an abstraction of a scene evolved. A couple in an embrace of sorts, potentially a final embrace, with no words spoken between them in a powerful, visceral moment.

    After so much love and care had gone into the development and prep, casting was next and, as always, crucial. We were lucky enough to already have Jim Sturgess onboard, which was fantastic and a real coup for the film. I’ve long admired Jim’s work and was delighted when he agreed to be involved. We then had another major boost when Jina Jay (Casting Director) came onto the project, which was fantastic. Jina helped secure Stacy Martin, who totally blew me away in Nymphomaniac, and I knew immediately that Jim and Stacy would be amazing together.

    Due to location and Jim and Stacy’s availability, we had to shoot in a single day….We shot all of the elements of the film not involving Jim and Stacy first and then went about rehearsing the intricate camera movement of their moment with stand-ins. For some reason, we just couldn’t get it right, technically it was a massive challenge for my DOP and great friend Paul O’Callaghan to perform a really considered ballet of sorts around the actors with some pretty major focus pulling (from the heroic Ross Onions!!) chucked in for good measure. We carried on making corrections until it was nearly right but were rapidly running out of time and we had to get Jim and Stacy in and start shooting. The moment they stepped onto set something extraordinary happened… When they took their positions it was as though some kind of electricity surged in the room and everything was beautiful. The power between them was incredible and it actually felt a real privilege to witness it, let alone shoot it. Over the last year or so I’ve been lucky enough to be mentored by Peter Strickland and we’ve spoken at length about how some imagery just has an indefinable, impossible to articulate charge to it. The image of Jim and Stacy has that charge and it’s a real testament to their ability as actors to convey so much feeling in a glance, a moment and with no dialogue.

    The full credits as listed:


    The Hope You Promised Love

    This film is dedicated to Gavin Clark.
    Starring Jim Sturgess and Stacy Martin.
    Written and directed by Jack Weatherley
    VFX, Production, Post-Production and Co-Direction: Neon
    Director of Photography: Paul O’Callaghan
    Music: Toydrum ft. Gavin Clark - I’ve Got a Future
    Sound Design: Box of Toys Audio
    Casting Director: Jina Jay
    Gaffer: Dave Hutton
    Electrician: Simon Hutton
    Focus Puller: Ross Onions
    Art Director: Carolyn Wilson
    Art dept assistant: Olly Gant
    Wardrobe: Sophie O’Neil
    Jim Sturgess’ costume provided by Gibson and Peckham Rye
    Stacy Martin’s costume provided by Antonio Berardi
    Hair and Make-Up: Robb Crafer

    Jim Sturgess & David Schwimmer on ‘The Chew’

    June 14th, 2016

    Jim and David Schwimmer appeared on ABC television’s The Chew, accompanying the hosts in preparing skirt steak with chipotle mexican corn. I believe it was filmed on June 7th, and aired in the United States on June 13th. Of course they promoted Feed The Beast, but also gave some background on their previous service industry jobs. The segment with Jim and David lasts about nine minutes, but the entire episode is currently available on youtube. Jim and David appear around the twenty minute mark.

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