Cannes Film Festival 2015 Spotlight: Rising Starlet Rebecca Calder

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Classy and strikingly gorgeous Rebecca Calder is on her way to make waves in Cannes as well as around the world. With her starring in the highly anticipated “Youth” which we know to have a very risque poster, she may find herself to be an inviting draw for audiences. Hailing from Australia but originally born in North East England, Rebecca is currently dazzling up London with her effervescent personality and appearing in productions alongside some of the best English talents, from the new to the veterans. She’s also promoting her film at Cannes, catching plenty of adoring glances everywhere she goes I’m sure.

Here’s Rebecca giving us a glimpse of her role in “Youth” as well as her upcoming features:

I play The Countess in ‘Paolo Sorrentino’s’ next feature “Youth” opposite Harvey Keitel. I think it’s out late May – it’s going to be pretty amazing. Also a British Independent feature “Love Me Do” Directed by Sundance nominee ‘Martin Stitt’ should be in festivals later this year, I play the lead role in it and it’s a film I’m very proud of. It’s a drama but essentially a crime story / love story.

My role in Altar – I play Isabella Radcliffe, the Victorian Ghost that haunts Radcliffe House. For me Isabella is so haunted by her own traumatic passing, she cannot leave this world and remains at Radcliffe House searching for peace. Her search for this solace however is far from Peaceful…she’s quite terrifying – even for me when I first watched the film! We shot in Yorkshire, England over a very cold winter – running around in a nightgown and barefoot over the Yorkshire Moors was rather traumatising for me too! It was a very special with a wonderful team. Olivia Williams is a total sweetheart and I’ve learned so much from her both professionally and personally. Antonia Clarke and Adam Thomas Wright are definitely young stars to watch – both big talents.

She may play a malevolent spirit in her movie “Altar” but away from the screen, she’s such a genuinely pleasant soul. In true Aussie warmth, Rebecca has so kindly given me the thumbs up for creating the Actress Obsession Blog, acknowledging it’s female led content. Her welcoming nature and with her admirable philosophy – “Be kind. Always be kind.”, many will find ebullient appeal to be very attractive. British viewers would have seen her on the popular series “DCI Banks” last year and with it being shown on Australia television recently, she’s heading for global adulation. She plays an ex junkie Geordie baddy and her evocative versatility in the projects she’s done is laudable. Cannes is being graced by elegance in the beauteous form of the lovely Rebecca.

CIFF 2015 Spotlight: Indie Princess Romi Trower

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Director, Writer and Actress Romi Trower has the incandescent appeal to blossom into an indie favorite in her own right. She is the artful woman behind the dark comedy short “No One Is Listening Anymore!” which screens at the Cleveland International Film Festival this week. There’s no trailer but it’s already been well received in the festival circuit so shower the feature with as much love as one would show to Australian talents. Romi has such benevolence, a trait to be revered on any level. Here’s a tease of Romi’s role as well as some juicy info on her upcoming projects:

In No One Is Listening Anymore! I play a woman who claims she has a brain like three trains on three different tracks all running at the same time. ‘Sometimes they collide. No one ever dies, there’s just minor disorientation and everything gets interrupted’ but she usually gets back on track pretty fast. She blames technology. She blames technology for her OCD, anxiety, ADHD, fear of STDs, and for the fact that no one is listening anymore. She blames Google for not coming to her aid and harbors bitter resentment toward help icons. This woman wants to be heard and seen without an iPhone stealing her limelight. She turns to therapy on the eve of a nerve-racking party and encounters the sounding board she so desperately seeks. She’s just plain ready to show herself to a psychotherapist damn it. And therapy has never been so revealing…

I like playing troubled characters – they are the most intriguing and most fun! I also like walking the comedy-dramas tightrope…

My next project is a feature – a comedy/drama – which I have written and will direct. whether i give myself a small role for fun remains to be seen, but the focus needs to be on directing for my first feature (to avoid going completely nuts). It’s called ‘What Time Is My Heart?’ and we are aiming for an august shoot in Australia.

Wow! Would be so fun to make a return Down Under! I reckon I may have come across her adorable self circa 2001 when I was studying in Queensland as she’s been on favs such as “Neighbours”, “Stingers” and “The Secret Live Of Us”. Those were the very shows that got me hooked during my uni sojourn and cemented my love for the screen hotties of Australia. Just last year she guest-starred on “Offspring” which is like the quirkier cousin of the show “Neighbours” and despite its cancellation was a hit! These are exciting times to follow the work of women who are crafting stories to remember whether in long or short form and Romi is to be rated fondly.