Opening in U.S. theaters on October 8th is Tamara Drewe, the new film from acclaimed British director Stephen Frears (The Queen). The movie is based on the popular newspaper comic strip by author Posy Simmonds and stars Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), Dominic Cooper (An Education), Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans), Roger Allam (Speed Racer) and Tamsin Greig (Shaun of the Dead). We recently had a chance to speak with actors Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper and Luke Evans, as well as director Stephen Frears, about the new movie, its great cast and the comic strip character that the film is based on. To watch our exclusive interviews please click on the video clips below.
Based on Posy Simmonds' beloved graphic novel of the same name (which was itself inspired by Thomas Hardy's classic Far From the Madding Crowd), this wittily modern take on the romantic English pastorale is a far cry from Hardy's Wessex. Tamara Drewe's present-day English countryside, stocked with pompous writers, rich weekenders, bourgeois bohemians, a horny rock star, and a great many Buff Orpington chickens and Belted Galloway cows, is a much funnier place. When Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton) sashays back to the bucolic village of her youth, life for the locals is thrown tail over teakettle. Tamara, once an ugly duckling, has been transformed into a devastating beauty (with help from plastic surgery). As infatuations, jealousies, love affairs and career ambitions collide among the locals.