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New Zealand film Juniper starring Charlotte Rampling opens in the UK – plus Q&A with actress
September 23, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - October 23, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
The critically acclaimed New Zealand film, Juniper, starring Charlotte Rampling, opens in UK theatres this autumn after a successful launch at Edinburgh Festival. The black comedy drama is directed by New Zealand director Matthew J. Saville and follows the story of a self-destructive teenager who is suspended from school and asked to look after his feisty alcoholic grandmother as a punishment – only to find the crazy time they spend together turns his life around.
Born in England, screen star Rampling feels a very close connection to New Zealand and describes herself as a “very European actor”. Her first husband was a Kiwi, celebrated raconteur and entertainment PR guru Bryan Southcombe, with whom she shares a son, Barnaby, and she spent time there in the 70s and 80s.
That personal connection is part of what compelled the 76-year-old to take “a leap of faith” and sign on to star in Kiwi film-maker Matthew J. Saville’s first feature length film.
“I wasn’t particularly jumping at the fact of going on a very long journey, although I know New Zealand and love New Zealand,” says Rampling, adding Saville’s semi-autobiographical script was “just very, very compelling”. Read her interview about the film here.
To book a ticket for the live Q&A with Rampling at The Gate Picturehouse, click here.