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Exclusive Interview: Axelle Carolyn – Star of Centurion, Straw Man, Ghost of Slaughterford and more

Posted by LiveFor on April 13, 2010

Axelle Carolyn is one of those excellent all round type of people who do numerous things well when many of us would just like to have a go at one of them – She is an author (It Lives Again!: Horror Movies in the New Millennium), actress, horror fan and journalist.

She has appeared in many films and will soon be seen in Centurion directed by her Husband, Neil Marshall.

Being a super nice person she took some time out to have a chat with LFF’s Richard Bodsworth.

Your character in Centurion does look like a proper badass, what can you tell us about her?

My character, Aeron, is a Pict warrior. She loves fighting, and unlike most other characters who have higher motivations, she kills Romans just for the fun of it. It was a fantastic part to play: I spent 6 weeks riding horses, shooting arrows and learning how to fight. I only had a few lines (in Gaelic!), so it was all about making her physically threatening and believable.

It’s quite a stellar cast, how was the banter on set?

Half the shoot was on location in the Highlands of Scotland, so we spent a lot of time together in the evenings, hanging out at the hotel. They were such a great bunch! I got along really well with Olga Kurylenko; we spent a lot of time speaking French, so no one could understand our gossiping. Michael Fassbender is one of those guys who can do anything: accents, languages, stunts… and yet remain the most charming and down to earth. And Liam Cunningham are hilarious.

What about that Noel Clarke? He seems like he could be a bit of a troublemaker.

Noel seemed very focused on set, and never complained despite the cold and getting some early frostbite. And he was great to hang out with. If he’s a troublemaker, it’s not a side of him we got to see at all!

 Most of filming took place up in Aviemore, right?  Was it nice and warm?

Ah, the Highlands in February… Yeah, it was really cold. Though I can’t complain too much: I was riding a horse most of the time, and strange as it may seem, they really help you keep warm. There’s a lot of scenes in the film where you can really see how cold we all were, though. All those red noses were no make-up!

Last time we interviewed Leslie Simpson he was going on about how he was “bollock naked” and cold in The Descent, this time you guys were up in the freezing Scottish mountains, does Neil enjoy putting his actors through those conditions?!

Yes he does… yes he does. Although you know, it may not looking like it on screen but the shoot of Doomsday was warm pretty comfortable. We were in South Africa in the summer. What an amazing time that was.

Talking of The Descent, how was it working on the sequel?

I only had a tiny role. I did two days and got cut out. I still haven’t seen the film.

You’re mainly in horror films, do you fancy yourself as a bit of a ‘scream queen’?

I love horror movies. LOVE them. I mean, I wrote an entire book about them (“It Lives Again! Horror Movies in the New Millennium”, from Telos Publishing)! I’d be happy to work in horror for the rest of my days. But I hate the expression “scream queen”. It implies playing victims, and that’s the type of role I’m generally not interested in.  I’d love to play more villains… Parts like Angela Bettis’s in May or Beatrice Dalle in Inside are the kinds of roles I’d love to be given.

What’s your favourite horror film you’ve worked on?

Would it be odd if I chose a film we haven’t filmed yet? I’ve spent the past 6 months writing and developing a feature called The Ghost of Slaughterford, which Neil is executive producing. I love writing, and being given the chance to put a project together is wonderful. We’re hoping to shoot this summer; I can’t wait.

Straw Man

Do you have any updates on Straw Man?

No. I believe post-production is over, but I haven’t seen the finished film yet.

Seemed like that was a chilly set too!

Hell yes. On my last day I had to walk in the sea, with water up to my knees, in a skimpy summer dress. It was minus 10 on the beach and I don’t think I’d ever been that cold in my whole life. The tide was pretty strong and I was nearly swept away by the waves. But the team was great, and thanks to them, I remember it as a tough but really good experience.

How was it working with Leslie? (check out our interview with Leslie Simpson and director Andrew Barker)

Leslie’s wonderful. He’s very intense, almost in a Crispin Glover kind of way – I’m saying almost, because I think Les is much more versatile. By then we already knew each other pretty well, too; we met on the set of Doomsday, and we’d already worked together on a great little short film, I Love You, by Tristan Versluis.

What are you most excited about for the future?

Seeing the Ghost feature I mentioned get made. Developing more of my own projects, and working with talented filmmakers – I’ve got a few projects lined up I’m excited about. I’m also working on two short films: one I’ll be directing myself, and the other Neil will direct.

Right, we usually wrap up with our quickfire questions, so here we go!

What’s your favourite horror film?

David Cronenberg’s The Fly.

What is the coolest film death of all time?

Mmh, that’s a tough one. Dr Hill’s death in Re-Animator? Recently there’s been quite a few good ones in The Crazies and Zombieland, too! And wait until you see Centurion…

If you had to be killed by a movie monster, what would it be?

Freddy Krueger. He’s one of my earliest horror movie memories, so I’ve always had a soft spot for Freddy,

And what would be your final words? 

Thanks for your time!

It Lives Again! Horror Movies in the New Millennium – Amazon.co.uk

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Centurion – The opening scene of Neil Marshall’s bloody epic has been seen

Posted by LiveFor on March 2, 2010

Neil Marshall brought us Dog Soldiers, modern horror classic The Descent as well as Doomsday and in his latest outing he attempts to bring to life the legend of The Ninth Legion in Centurion.

The fate of the Legion is a hotly contested subject among historians, the 4000 strong army marched in to Scotland from Hadrians Wall in 117 AD, only to disappear and never be heard from again.

Boasting an impressive cast including Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko, David Morrissey and Noel Clarke, the story follows the Legion as they attempt to hunt down and kill the vicious Picts along with their leader, Gorlacon. We posted the trailer a few weeks back here on LFF, but we also managed to catch a sneak peek at Frightfest last weekend and it looks pretty damn awesome! Marshall himself introduced the first five minutes or so, admitting he didn’t stray too far from the myth as the real story is much less interesting.

It opened with a hand tied and shoeless Fassbender sprinting barefooted through the deep snow before the opening battle. As you would expect from Marshall it is bloody and beautiful as the Picts crush the skulls of their foes with an assortment of gigantic weapons while an archer firing a flaming arrow into the cranium of a Roman trying to make an escape drew loud cheers from the crowd in attendance. Marshall confessed that it may be his favourite kill from any of his films along with the body being run over in Doomdsday. The scene ends with Fassbender being spared his life but is taken hostage by the Picts before a savage head butt knocks him unconscious.

After the clip, a few questions followed and it seems the cast didn’t have an easy ride, with the whole thing being filmed during February in the freezing Scottish Highlands. The performance of Dominic West as Ninth Legion leader Gener Virilus is also something to look forward to as according to the director, “appears to be possessed by Oliver Reed” in some scenes. The real highlight was Axelle Carolyn as vicious pict archer, Aeron.

With the latest footage and the trailer, it looks like Marshall will be back to his blood splattering best.

The film hits cinemas April this year. Check out the trailer below and our interview with Marshall regular and Carloyns Straw Man co star Leslie Simpson.

By Richard Bodsworth.

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Centurion – Poster for Neil Marshall’s Roman Kick-Ass film

Posted by LiveFor on February 13, 2010

Based on the legend of the Ninth Legion, an army of 3000 unstoppable Roman warriors who vanished without trace, Centurion is the tale of their vicious conflict with a murderous adversary, the Picts. Quintus Dias (Michael Fassbender), a Roman corporal, is taken hostage by the Pict King, Gorlacon and the Ninth are charged with bringing him home and ending Pict domination of Britain. Led by General Virilus (Dominic West) and guided by a Pict prisoner and warrior woman named Etain (Olga Kurylenko), the army marches towards enemy territory and finds itself in the midst of a perilous battle with a mysterious foe.

Check out the trailer.

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Heartless – Trailer for Jim Sturgess’ new film

Posted by LiveFor on February 3, 2010

Jim Sturgess, Noel Clarke and Eddie Marsan star in Heartless, a dark psychological thriller about a young man with a large heart-shaped birthmark on his face who finds himself confronting demons on the streets of East London.

HEARTLESS is the menacing and magical tale of Jamie (Sturgess) born with a heart-shaped birthmark on his face. Shunned by those who find him repulsive, the photographer’s son lives in a part of London’s East End notorious for gang violence. When his mother is viciously murdered, the media reports it’s by a hoodie wearing a devil mask. But Jamie soon realizes the thugs aren’t wearing disguises at all; they really are demons and hell on earth is beginning to plague the capital city.

Directed by Philip Ridley (The Passion of Darkly Noon) ‘Heartless’ will be in UK cinemas on Friday 21 May and on DVD, Blu-ray and all other formats on Monday 24 May.

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Check out the official site. Thanks to the Secret Screening Society for letting me know about the trailer.

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4.3.2.1. – Trailer for Noel Clarke’s new film

Posted by LiveFor on January 29, 2010

Noel Clarke (Doctor Who, Kidulthood) wrote and co-directed 4.3.2.1. It stars Noel alongside Emma Roberts, Tamsin Egerton, Ophelia Lovibond, Shanika Warren-Markland, Mandy Patinkin (The Princess Bride), Michelle Ryan, Kevin Smith and Eve.

4 Women. 3 Days. 2 Cities. 1 Chance….

Below is the trailer and below that Noel talks about the film.


Due out in May 2010.

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Heartless – Noel Clarke previews the new Demon infested film starring Jim Sturgess

Posted by LiveFor on January 19, 2010

When his [Sturgess’s] mother is viciously murdered, the media reports it’s by a hoodie wearing a devil mask. But Jamie soon realizes the thugs aren’t wearing disguises at all; they really are demons and hell on earth is beginning to plague the capital city. Yet all is not what it seems in enfant terrible Ridley’s unique horror fantasy landscape ingeniously informed by the current climate of fear running through every strata of modern society.

Starring Jim Sturgess, Noel Clarke, Clemence Poesy, Joseph Mawle, Eddie Marsan, Luke Treadaway & Timothy Spall. Directed by Philip Ridley.

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Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll – Trailer for the Andy Serkis as Ian Dury film

Posted by LiveFor on December 17, 2009

A biography of Ian Dury who was stricken with polio at a young age and defied expectations by becoming one of the founder of the punk-rock scene in Britain in the 1970s.

Starring Andy Serkis, Naomie Harris, Olivia Williams, Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones, Noel Clarke and Ray Winstone.

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Reign of Death – Noel Clarke’s sci-fi pulp noir detective short film

Posted by LiveFor on September 7, 2009

reignposterReign of Death is a sci-fi pulp noir detective short film, starring BAFTA Winner Noel Clarke (KidULTHOOD, Dr Who and the forthcoming Centurion), written and directed by Matthew Savage, using loads of CG backgrounds as they did with Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, 300 and Sin City. It was shot with the RED camera which is one of those super-duper high falutin’ digital HD super cameras.

Looks like it could be very cool as sci-fi pulp noir detective stories often are.
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Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll – Andy Serkis’ Ian Dury gets his Blockheads

Posted by LiveFor on April 22, 2009

Back in January I posted part of an interview with Andy Serkis where he mentioned he would be playing punk legend Ian Dury in a biopic due to start filming this month.

Now the film has a title, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, and will be directed by Mat Whitecross reports Variety.

It has also gained an excellent cast. Naomi Harris (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Ray Winstone (“The Departed”), Olivia Williams (“The Sixth Sense”), Noel Clarke (TV’s “Doctor Who”), Toby Jones (“Infamous”), MacKenzie Crook (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Bill Milner (“Son of Rambow”) .

Arthur Darvill, James Jagger, Tom Hughes, Shakraj Soornack, Clifford Samuel and Joe Kennedy are also set to play Dury’s band members the Blockheads.

Paul Viragh penned the script, Damian Jones is producing and shooting kicks off May 3rd in London.

No word yet on whether Andy Serkis will be portraying Ian Dury through the wonders of motion capture 🙂

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First look at a battle in Neil Marshall’s Centurion

Posted by LiveFor on March 29, 2009

I am looking forward to seeing Doomsday director Neil Marshall’s upcoming Roman combat picture Centurion. There was the excellent behind the scenes featurette a few days ago. Now Quiet Earth had this fiery battle photo from the shoot and it does look pretty cool. A hint of Gladiator, some David Gemmell Drenai stuff and just general coolness.

I cannot wait.

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