Maryland Film Festival Spotlight 2016: British Vixen Laura Waddell


Laura Waddell is the epitome of the beloved English Rose and her vivaciousness is in full display this weekend. She’s a standout in the risqué retro-stylised “The Love Witch” as Trish, the bubbly landlord who is befriended by the foxy Elaine (Samantha Robinson), our titular magic-wielding temptress. Despite her pagan beliefs, the two bond over their shared troubles with relationships. Laura adds a level of comic flavour that will be a treat for audiences but by the end one can fathom all good things must come to an end. “The Love Witch” more than harks back to days of literary horror, paying homage to classics such as “The Wicker Man” with is daring focus on pagan witchery and nubile women who are carefree in their displays of nudity during rituals. Ultimately it’s both story about women in love as well as how they deal with power that’s bestowed upon them which often comes at a grave price.

As seen in the music industry, indie films such as “The Love Witch” are re-fashioning themselves to keep up with cinephiles and their ever shifting tastes. Its use of visual imagery from the era of 60s Technicolor and its myriad of titillating themes can only mean we will willingly submit to this spellbinding hex. Likewise our love for Laura is destined to grow tenfold for she’s an absolute delight to watch as we follow her character Trish on her journey from endearment to tragedy. The fetching Laura is a desirable talent on the verge of a run of successes and adulation in the industry

British Vixen: Ione Butler


Ravishing UK enchanter Ione Butler is steadily gaining favourable attention especially since she’s starring in a film that’s destined for cult status. She’s kicking ass in “Zoombies” as Lizzy, the fearless security guard who has to use her street smarts to face a horde of zombie-affected animals. Melding the much adored zombie survival, creature feature and apocalyptic viral epidemic sub-genres with references to Jurassic Park is going to make this horror flick a thrill ride. Even the koala makes a nasty appearance, a far cry from the cute adorable bear from Down Under we’re familiar with. The Asylum may have just unearthed one of its most dynamic leading ladies in Ione as she delivers on the gallant heroism of her character Lizzy. She’s also elegantly divine in every frame which ensures we’ll be under her spell for a really long time. We would love to see her fronting an action motion picture or two!


She’s been endorsed as having a comely disposition and with her ever growing appeal, it’s a wonderful thing to know Ione is now making headway in the US. In the compelling film “The Adored”, she showcased her dramatic chops as a sexy model Maia who is being lusted after by a female photographer. Ione also appeared on the first season of “CSI Cyber” and on the hilarious “Sex Sent Me To The ER”. Even in the gaming world, she’s familiar to millions of online gamers as Susanna Moyer, the face of Ingress, the augmented-reality massively multiplayer online location-based game. Ione’s omnipresent charm on multiple mediums is only going to propel to her to bigger heights in the industry.

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