Cate Blanchett will imitate the mating rituals of Australian redback spiders in a new Del Kathryn Barton-directed film, according to Vogue magazine. The 47-year-old actress surely has never had to imitate anything like that in her previous film roles.
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While it’s unclear whether Cate Blanchett has any experience with imitating the mating rituals of any animal or insect in her everyday life, she has had no such roles in films so far.
But since this is Cate Blanchett, the winner of two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes, there is a high chance she’ll do a great job at playing the part.
Del Kathryn Barton, the winner of the Archibald Prize who is best known for her abstract portraits, is making her directorial debut with the short film titled Red, and she wants Cate Blanchett to show a surrealistic take on female power.
And that surrealistic view on female power was inspired by nothing other than the mating rituals of the Australian redback spider. The upcoming short film starring Cate Blanchett will debut at the Art Gallery of South Australia as part of the 2017 Adelaide Festival in January, 2017.
In a statement announcing Red, Barton said that female power is an “inherent and elemental force” in the universe.
“By intercutting human protagonists with extraordinary macro footage, Red has evolved into what I now consider to be an uncompromising celebration of female power.”
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Cate Blanchett and Barton have never collaborated on film projects before, so the Australian artist’s motivation behind casting the 47-year-old actress to play the protagonist could be explained by the fact that the Jasmine star has mainly portrayed strong and powerful women.
In rather extravagant first-look pictures from the upcoming short film released along with Barton’s statement, Cate Blanchett is seen cutting her fishnet pants with scissors. Red will debut on January 26, 2017, and will run through April 30 at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Cate Blanchett has finally spoken out about putting her acting career on hold, according to the List. The Aviator actress said taking time off acting has been “a luxury and a necessity” but admitted that she is excited about returning to work.
In a recent interview, Cate Blanchett, who put her acting career on hold after adopting daughter Edith, revealed that she enjoyed the company of her daughter and 15-year-old son Dashiell, 12-year-old son Roman, and eight-year-old son Ignatius, during the break.
Cate Blanchett, who shares three sons with husband Andrew Upton, admitted that after adopting Edith 17 months ago, spending time with the kids has been her only focus.
“It’s been really important to make sure everyone is all together, on the right ship, and taken care of…”
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However, no matter how good has it been to spend time with the family, Cate Blanchett is not giving up her acting career and is looking forward to returning to work.
“In a way, that’s a mental space for me away from the need or the cacophony of kids. Which I absolutely love.”
But Cate Blanchett admits that female celebrities are under scrutiny, which is why there is “pressure” in dressing up and putting makeup on for red carpet events. But the 47-year-old actress still knows how to have fun even under such “pressure.”
“But I absolutely enshrine the right to have a good time, to enjoy getting dressed up so it doesn’t feel like a job.”
Cate Blanchett’s secret lies in convincing herself that she is “excited” about red carpet events and telling herself that reporters are taking pictures, but no one is “ever” going to see them.
“I just claim the space, I think.”
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