Latest News • ‘Hamlet’ to be released on DVD on 7 September 2015!
admin   Apr 27, 2015   Comment

We finally got a DVD release day for Hamlet! The DVD will come out on 7 September.
You can pre-order it via amazon. Here’s some cover artwork:

admin   Apr 26, 2015   Comment

Maxine was interviewed by Andrew Edwards from Gaydio at the ‘The Falling’ premiere last week where she talked about the film, working with Carol Morley and why she supports British and small budget films.

The broadcast was this morning and I stumbled across it quite accidentally but luckily, I’ve got a copy for you to listen to below. The only flaw is that the interview stops closer to the end. It may have been my Internet connection so I hope you enjoy it nonetheless, the main interview‘s here (starts after the song):

Have a great Sunday :)

admin   Apr 25, 2015   Comment

Maisie Williams, Maxine Peake, Carol Morley & Florence Pugh talk The Falling

BBC Films attended the special premiere event for The Falling and caught up with the stars Maisie Williams, Maxine Peake and Florence Pugh, plus writer/director Carol Morley.

Direction and Interviews: Ravi Ajit Chopra
Camera: Christopher Nicholson Price
Production Assistant: Anthony Gonzales

admin   Apr 25, 2015   Comment

Here’s a great Saturday read for you all – enjoy this new interview below:


Peake is a stage, film and television actor, who has starred in ‘Dinner Ladies’, ‘Shameless’ and ‘The Village’

You’re at home now in Salford – what are you up to?

I’m back after three months in London. I’m having a big spring clean and my boyfriend is sorting out the garden. He’s a production designer and has been away on a film. Now we’re both back, we can relax for a bit, have a holiday in the south of France, then at the end of May I’m starting a new play in Manchester, so I’ve got to start learning lines.

Your new film, The Falling, stars British actress Maisie Williams as a teenager in a rural girls’ school – what’s it about?

It’s a coming-of-age story in some respects, about a young girl who has quite a complicated relationship with her mother and her best friend, and is swept into a mass hysteria that takes hold of her school. It’s about teen sexuality and the energy of that time of life and the emotion it creates.

Your own teenage years sound quite different – you grew up in Bolton and joined the Communist Party. Tell us more.

I joined the Communist Party when I was 18. When I was 10, there was the miners’ strike, and the Cold War was going on; it was quite a potent time to get involved in politics. I got involved through my grandfather, who was a member. I moved in with him for five years when I was 15, after my parents divorced. My mum had another boyfriend and moved away with him and I didn’t fancy it.

What about now – who will you be voting for next month?

I’m still a socialist, but I left the party for practical reasons; I went to London to drama school and got swept up with that new life. I’m not a fan of Labour – I believe they’re the reason we’re in this mess in the first place, but we need to get the Tories out. I was never a fan of Tony Blair. I was at Rada in 1997; everyone there used to call me “Red Max”. I remember everyone cheering when New Labour got in. I went straight to the phone box and rang my granddad. He said: “Oh God, Maxine, it’s not good.” And it’s getting harder.

What worries you most on a personal level?

I didn’t think I’d be sat here at 40 and still have the same battles on my hands. Sometimes it feels like the feminist movement never happened. There are lots of new factions of young women getting involved, but still we have a huge battle. Lots of it is to do with my business, with women being objectified and sexualised. I’m shocked by friends who have teenagers and by what they have to deal with. There are huge battles for everyone in every walk of life right now – I’m a feminist, but I’m a socialist first. It’s about equality for everybody.

You spoke last year about having unsuccessfully tried for children, and the pressure on women to be mothers…

It’s not like I ever said, “I’m not having children”, but when I was young, having kids was never part of my big plan. It was about my career and trying to do well. Then I met the right person and I did think about it and we discussed it and we tried, but it just didn’t happen for us. I don’t feel distraught about it. The flip side is women who do have children get pigeon-holed into being mothers and wives, and can’t get up the ladder. Whatever you choose, it’s just another way of putting women in boxes. I do get upset when people ask, “Have you got children?” I would never ask because I think you don’t really know what’s going on with people.

Biography

Maxine Peake was born in Bolton in 1974. The daughter of a lorry driver and part-time care worker, she won a scholarship to Rada and has starred in ‘Dinner Ladies’, ‘Shameless’ and ‘The Village’. A stage, film and television actor, she lives in Salford with her partner, Pawlo Wintoniuk. Her new film, ‘The Falling’, is in cinemas now

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admin   Apr 24, 2015   Comment

Stage, film and TV actress Maxine Peake was in Palgrave last Friday to help launch two films and raise money for charity in the process.

The two short films, Aeolian and Strange Weather were both shot in this area, directed by Tom Shrapnel, and were given their premiere at Palgrave Community Centre.

Maxine Peake was the star of Strange Weather.

Other guests include Tom’s father, the actor John Shrapnel.

A quiz followed and £900 was raised for St Nicholas Hospice in Bury.

The event was organised by the Rickinghall Area Hospice Fundraisers (RAHOF)

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admin   Apr 22, 2015   Comment

Bolton actress Maxine Peake spoke to Granada Reports about her new movie, The Falling.

Fresh from her last role as Hamlet at the Royal Exchange in Manchester Maxine Peake now starring in the movie, The Falling.

Its about the outbreak of a mysterious illness at a girl’s school in 1969.

She talked to Granada’s Entertainment Correspondent, Caroline Whitmore, about the film.

You can watch the interview here.

admin   Apr 21, 2015   Comment

Maxine was interviewed at last night’s ‘The Falling‘ London gala screening and you can watch the interview below… enjoy:

Cassam Looch from HeyUGuys interviews Maxine Peake and cast-member Maxine Peakefor their movie The Falling which also stars Maisie Williams and Florence Pugh.

Photos will be up in the gallery at a later time too. For now, see a couple of pictures of Maxine and the rest of the cast on here. Love her outfit!

admin   Apr 18, 2015   Comment

The Falling‘ will be released on 24 August. You can pre-order the DVD/Blu-ray on amazon.

It’s 1969 at a strict English girls’ school where charismatic Abbie and intense and troubled Lydia are best friends. After a tragedy occurs at the school, a mysterious fainting epidemic breaks out threatening the stability of all involved.

admin   Apr 18, 2015   Comment

Maxine Peake will read Samuel Bamford’s eye-witness account of Sunday 17 August, 1pm, Manchester Central.

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admin   Apr 13, 2015

An animated superhero adventure film pitting three audacious lawyers against the justice minister, Chris Grayling. This satirical take on the government cuts to legal aid features the voices of Joanna Lumley, Simon Callow and Sally Hawkins and aims to safeguard legal aid from government cuts

• Join the conversation at #LegalAidTeam

• For more information and to sign the petition go to legalaidteam.com

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