|Cate Blanchett comes under the direction of Woody Allen in Blue Jasmine.
Blue Jasmine (S)
Woody Allen returns from his adventures abroad, after the mixed results of previous effort To Rome With Love, heading to the West Coast of the States for his latest addition to his oeuvre. Here Cate Blanchett’s troubled former Manhattanite finds herself dumped by her wealthy husband, and moves to the Bay City to live with her sister. Under the effect of powerful anti-depressants, she attempts to put her life back on track, with the assistance of a typically cracking support cast including Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., and Bobby Cannavale. Critics have fallen over themselves in praise.
Premieres 30 August
Perfect Mothers (K12)
Retiled from “Adore”, which in itself may have been streamlined from something akin to “Friends and Cougars”, here Naomi Watts and Robin Wright are two mothers living in a sleepy seaside town, putting their lifelong friendship to the test when they fall in love with each other’s sons. Steamy. An adaptation of Doris Lessing’s 2003 novella The Grandmothers, things are kept on the hush-hush as they attempt to keep the relationships secret. But what to do when the community catches wind of their antics? Keep an eye out for Animal Kingdom’s breakout star James Frecheville as one of the corrupted youngsters.
Premieres 6 September
Yes, according to the tagline, everyone’s driven by something. And thus here we have the tale of Formula One drivers James Hunt Chris Hemsworth and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) during the 1970s, at the peak of their heated rivalry. Butting heads during their career, their approach to life and the track remains at polar opposites, with Englishman Hunt’s showy public persona clashing with Lauda’s reputation for tightly-wound perfectionism. After a horrific crash during the 1976 Grand Prix at the Nürburgring that nearly claims ’s life, a bromance begins to flourish between the two. With Academy Award-winner Ron Howard at the helm, screenwriting duties are performed by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, Hereafter).
Premieres 13 September
Just in case The Social Network wasn’t enough tech-genius back-story, here we have the intriguing notion of Ashton Kutcher suiting up as computer mogul Steve Jobs. Tracing the Apple co-founder’s career from his early years in that Palo Alto garage to his rise as one of the computing industry’s most admired innovators, Swing Vote’s Joshua Michael Stern takes the reins. Backed by a supporting cast that includes Matthew Modine, Lukas Haas, and Dermot Mulroney, advance word has been perhaps more positive than you would first think.
Premieres 20 September