Monday, October 22, 2018

London Film Festival: Archipelago (2010)

October 22, 2010: 

Joanna Hogg's Archipelago was one of the official selections for the 54th BFI London Film Festival. Archipelago concerns a 28-year-old Edward who's about to go off and do volunteer work in Africa. His mother has organised a small family gathering at the holiday home to say 'goodbye', which sparks ensuing tensions as the fractured family wait for Edward's father to arrive. Tom Hiddleston stars in the film as Edward. The film was nominated for the Best Film Award at the Festival. In 2007 Unrelated, Joanna's first feature film and Tom's film debut, won the International Critics Award at the London Film Festival. 

Tom Hiddleston, Joanna Hogg, Amy Lloyd, Christopher Baker, Kate Fahy, Lydia Leonard, and Jonathan Pryce attended the premiere of Archipelago at the Vue Cinema in London. Tom was also present when the film at it's world premiere screening at the Busan Film Festival in South Korea. 

Tom describing the difference between Oakley (Unrelated) and Edward (Archipelago): I don't know how many people in here have seen Unrelated but I play in Unrelated a very sort of confident, possibly emptily confident, arrogant, flirtatious, devil-may-care, late teenager who's very aware of his sexuality. He's very aware of what he's got. And knowingly or unknowingly he consciously sort of reels an older woman into a romance which then he doesn't deliver on. This is entirely different, I hope. I owe a lot of my characterization to Joanna who wanted to explore the idea of somebody who was intrinsically good who believes he is bad. Or has inclination towards compassion for other people's problems before his own. So if Oakley in Unrelated is thrusting into the world with a kind of fireball of young, masculine energy then Edward is much more doubtful, much more curious, much more vulnerable, is living in the question all the time, is constantly thinking what is the best use of my time on this planet?   


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