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Of all the things Iain Glen cherishes about Sydney, perhaps his favourite is a small rectangular piece of plastic issued by the government. “I love my Opal card,” he says. “Currently I have about $22.50 on it. And when it gets to $10 I’ll go online and charge it up immediately.”

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The Scottish actor, sitting on a grassy Coogee hillside with the sun on his face and fair hair, leans back on a white plastic chair. “I go all over Sydney really. My most common journey is over to Manly on the boat when I have a day off. I’ve found a lovely National Park alcoved beach where the surf doesn’t hit that’s idyllic.”

He is also keen on catching the train to Central from Circular Quay and walking to Surry Hills, or the bus to Bondi. “I’m always on trip planner working out my route.”

Of all forms of transport Glen, or Ser Jorah Mormont, as he is known to the fans in the 170 countries where Game of Thrones airs, would really prefer a bicycle.

“I don’t really like taxis,” he says. “It might be a Scottish gene. You know, ‘Ohh that’s a waste of money.’ But you see a city differently from a bicycle, the parks and backstreets. I feel very cut off in a taxi.”

But Sydney, he has noticed, doesn’t seem too bicycle-friendly. “That will probably offend someone but I think they’re trying to make changes the way London is. But, early on, I made the decision not to go bicycle and to go Opal card. It’s great. I’d sell it to anyone.”

The Scottish actor is in Sydney to work on the ABC TV drama Cleverman. Locations include Bunyah, the former clifftop Coogee home of John Singleton, and the railway yards of Eveleigh.

But Glen is perhaps best known for playing the sturdy monosyllabic Ser Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones, which starts its sixth season on Monday. Downton Abbey fans may remember him as the ruthless and urbane newspaper tycoon Sir Richard Carlisle but it’s his role in the HBO series that drew an average gross audience of 18.6 million for season five and is the most-watched series in Australia subscription TV history, that is his most famous.

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Game of Thrones has turned into a phenomenon none of us could have predicted,” he says.

“I feel very lucky. It’s been a treat to work on. David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the showrunners, the writers and producers, are very cool and very good fun to be around. And I’ve noticed for everyone involved, for Dan and David especially, confidence surging though each season as it has grown in popularity. And that’s nice from the position we all started in.

“But now there’s something horrible creeping up my wrist [Greyscale] and all I can say is fingers crossed I’ll still be alive.”

Born in Edinburgh, Glen trained in theatre at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) after discovering theatre at Aberdeen University when the drama group went to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1981 to perform Martin Sherman play Bent.

He was schooled, mostly unhappily, at Edinburgh Academy, which did not encourage the arts. His Fringe experience lit an artistic fire.

On leaving RADA in 1985, just after winning the school’s Bancroft Gold Medal, he went straight to work on TV film Blood Hunt and Henry V for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Since then he has swung between significant stage and screen parts in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Gorillas in the Mist, The Iron Lady, Resident Evil, Spooks, Doctor Who and 2016 British thriller Eye in the Sky, West End musical Martin Guerre and acclaimed performances in plays by Arthur Miller, Shakespeare, Ibsen and Chekhov.

In 1998 he appeared with Nicole Kidman in her career-defining (and, famously, briefly naked) British stage debut in The Blue Room, which went on to Broadway, and was directed by Sam Mendes.

He points out that he cart-wheeled entirely nude across the stage during the play “for nearly 10 minutes”.

“I was front-on naked. Hardly anyone talks about that.”

Kidman admitted she was so nervous on meeting Glen she felt like vomiting: “I had heard how brilliant Iain was on stage and he was formidable just as a person,” she said in a 2002 interview.

Glen downplays his reputation as a revered stage and screen thespian. He is proud of being an actor, and his career, but not prone to swaggering or intellectualising his craft, going so far as to call himself “thick”.

“I think it’s part of the razza-matazz and the projection that people put onto actors that people presume that it’s a very elusive and high art. It’s a very practical business, acting, in my experience anyway. It’s a very simple process.

“I try never to learn lines in the sense that I like to look at the script and read it and read it and read it so that when it comes to the scenes I’ve probably read it 100 times. [I try to] just to let the storytelling, the why you’re saying what you’re saying, seep in. Once you get to understand that then the line is learnt. That’s the only process that I have.”

Sometimes, he says, he does fear an element within a project, a certain kind of scene.

“But I don’t think I’m brave enough to say what those kinds of scenes would be.”

Talk of being a pin-up is met with a modest smile and some hair ruffling. He rarely watches his films or recordings of theatre work, but not due to fear or nervousness.

“You get whipped up into a sense of belief and, sometimes, when you see the finished product it doesn’t match what it is that you thought that it was. And I don’t think that it ever would and, in some ways, it shouldn’t.

“So, I like to keep the pristine notion of what it was. That sense of not quite knowing how it manifested is a lovely manifestation.”

He lives in London with his partner, actor Charlotte Emmerson, and their two daughters. He has a 21-year-old son with his first wife, actor Susannah Harker. He has, he says, been “at my absolute happiest” at the births of his three children.

He cycles everywhere, although he may have updated since the 18-speed mountain bike Kidman gave him as a Blue Room first-night gift 18 years ago. When filming he always takes a guitar to fill-in time between scenes.

“I love acoustic guitar with voice – everything from James Taylor to Bob Dylan. I can’t read music but I can listen to it and work out what the chords are.”

He is, he says, a keen exponent of “simple tasks”.

“I think we do tend to over-complicate, over-analyse our lives. A simple activity is very good, very calming.”

Cleverman, Glen’s second appearance in an Australian screen work (the first was the 1992 TV film Frankie’s House), is an eerie dystopian sci-fi TV drama series set in the near future and rooted in Aboriginal mythology.

Directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) and Leah Purcell it also features Frances O’Connor (The Missing), Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires), Rob Collins (The Lion King) and Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games).

Conceived by Ryan Griffen, the series centres on a super-humanoid species called the Hairypeople who emerged from the Outback and now live in The Zone, a controlled ghetto-like area within the city.

This uneasy existence explodes when, after a series of murders in the city, authorities begin to clamp down on runaway Hairypeople, who they consider sub-human, creating a crisis of survival.

Glen plays Jarrod Slade, a media mogul and billionaire businessman who appears to want to help the “hairies” but may have an ulterior motive.

“I just looked at the writing which is always the first contact you have, as an actor, with any project, and it’s nearly always what I judge anything on, whether I’m going to do it or not,” Glen says. “The writing gives you so many clues as to what the project might entail, and the character of the people behind it, and if you’ve got a fantastic piece of writing then it’s always deeply reassuring that you’re going to be in safe hands.

On reading Cleverman’s first two scripts, Glen “jumped at it”. He had already developed an interest in Australia’s indigenous history during filming for Frankie’s House and undertook more research on getting the part.

“It is constantly intriguing and, even for those who know a lot more about Aboriginal culture than I ever will, it’s still shrouded in mystery. It seems to be because there are so many different languages, so many different variations within the culture.

“Even some of the central things which are involved in this drama, like The Dreaming and like the Cleverman, when you ask those in the know to articulate it, they stumble. It’s hard to express.

“And obviously I wasn’t unaware of the conflicts that have been part of the Australian history. And I think they overlap unfortunately with the many indigenous populations all over the world when colonisation was taking place or when new people were coming to occupy territory.

“So it felt like an important subject and [one that is] probably not dealt with enough. I think what Cleverman does is a very different look at it, a very brutally honest look at some of the things that took place, but in a setting of the future.

“It has very strong echoes of Australia’s past. In a way you’re liberated by its setting in the future. Some truths can be very clearly told that perhaps are harder when you’re just looking at factual history.”

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

 

May 1st, 2016 Game of Thrones admin 0 Comments

I have added 12 photos of Iain attending the premier of Eye in the sky at the Curzon Cinema in Mayfair this evening.

Click here to see the photos: Eye in the sky premier photos

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Watch this great interview with Iain from the premier. 

 

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I have also added this new Eye in the sky movie still to the gallery here

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April 11th, 2016 Eye in the sky, Fan Events, Movies admin 0 Comments

I have added screencaps from the behind the scenes of Game Of Thrones series 6 and a couple of photos from the latest trailer.

  

 

 Click here for more: GOT S6 Behind the scenes / Trailer Screencaps

 

I finally got round to writing up my account of meeting Iain at last year’s L&FCC so here it is…

I had booked my tickets for the this event back in December 2014 so this was long in the planning. I was very anxious that the 2 days would go well after the disappointment of Xivents: Game of thrones fan event in Paris not happening.

Very early on I had decided it would be a fantastic opportunity to present Iain Glen with a fan book from SJA. After many months of planning, sorting and putting together and we had 30 page  book filled with fan photos, messages and artwork.

Sunday

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 I had agreed to meet with Daniela, Helga, Julia, Kerstin and Jo at the venue but as we all arrived at different times we decided to met inside instead. I was much earlier getting to the venue than the previous morning and it was lovely weather outside. Although the queue was still very long it seemed very well organised and we moved along pretty quickly. I eventually found my way to the photo shoot where Iain was going to be at on the ground floor. Iain wasn’t due till 10am it was about 9.20am so we had some time to kill. Julie was already there and Kerstin found us. I found Daniela and Helga near the entrance looking rather lost and guided them to the photo shoot area where Iain was due.

I remember there being a big crush for 20 odd minutes before Iain arrived. There was some what confusion with the queuing and the different types of tickets which stated who was at the front of the queue. I really felt for Daniela and Helga not speaking a lot of English it must have been very confusing and stressful for them at times so I wanted to keep them close to me so they wouldn’t miss anything. I felt faint briefly I  think due to excitement and lack of any breakfast! After about 20 minutes we started moving further along till we got to the entrance of the photo shoot area and could see him in his gorgeous black shirt and flip flops greeting fans. My heart went into a major melt down but I somehow managed to kept it together.

At last was my turn, luckily Iain knew I was coming as I had told him in a previous letter and he recognised me straight away and wrapped his arms around me squeezing against his chest – Heaven!!! He was so warm. I literally could have stayed there forever. For our second photo he suggested standing behind me and wrapping his around me (holding my hands) again heaven. I usually hate photos of e but these were two of the best I have ever had taken. He smelt amazing too!!! I told him we had a present for him and I said I would give it to him later and he said ‘yeah sure’.

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The girls got their photos with Iain which were all wonderful and we all needed to calm down a bit first before making our way upstairs to Iain’s autograph area which was on the top floor. All the Game of Thrones and Penny Dreadful guest were close together. We all noticed that Iain’s queue was already very long but we knew we had all day so we thought we would leave it until it quietened down a bit, of course it never did. He had a long line fans to meet all day. We did decide that we needed to see him though and went closer to were he was sitting to take photos. I took hundreds over the course of the day. He seemed very happy. We did eventually get a virtual Queue ticket. I think mine was 385 and stood in line. I think my heart rate must have gone up considerably by the time we were a few fans away from him. I was shaking and trying to get my camera, poster and fan book in order.

Jo kindly offered to record it on my camera and did an amazing job. Iain was so lovely as always when I gave him the fan book. He loved it and started flicking through it. I told him a little bit about it and was really touched. He asked me where I wanted to sign on my poster and what colour pen to use. He noticed my Ser Jorah’s Army wristband and said he thought they were fantastic! When we parted he held my hand for a second to say goodbye and I went over to Jo feeling all shaky again.

We said our goodbyes late afternoon and Jo and I left together. The train journey home was much longer than on the way there. I couldn’t believe the amount of time we spent lugging our suitcases to different platforms and being sent to the wrong platforms by the station staff. That was a workout in itself.

I realised because I was so involved in meeting the guests that I didn’t take any time out to look at the stalls so that is something I will make time for this year.

Highlights

  • My photo shoots with Iain. Cuddling Iain in my photo shoot photos. It was his idea to squeeze me from behind in the second photo. Feeling him so close to me in the first photo was heaven!
  • Giving Iain the fanbook we had made for him. He was so thrilled and said he would reply to me as soon as he could.
  • Iain squeezing my hands as we parted. I was very lucky he personalised my poster for me as he had a sign above him saying that he wouldn’t be able to due the numbers of fans wanting to meet him.
  • Iain wearing flip flops!!!
  • Spending my day with Daniela, Helga, Jo, Julia and Kerstin
  • Jo’s fantastic Daenerys costume.
  • Getting home, putting my feet up and having a nice cup of tea.

Lowlights

  • The only complaint I have is that it was unbelievably hot on the first 3 floors. Sweltering in fact which made it very uncomfortable at times with so many people but meeting the guests that day made up for it.

For the rest of the photos click here: London & film comic con Iain Glen 2015 photos

This encounter has been added to the Fan encounters page

All photos are my own.

Thank you @danygonebad @JuliaFernbau @dabogermany @ErdbeerRei for your company and friendship this weekend.

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Now that principal photography has been slated to get underway next week – April 4, to be exact – Fox Searchlight is beefing up its cast for upcoming adaptation, My Cousin Rachel.

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With Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin and Holliday Grainger already on board, Variety is reporting that Game of Thrones stalwart Iain Glen and stage actor Simon Russel Bleale have agreed to star in the feature film, itself based on the epynomous novel penned by Daphne du Maurier.

The movie is being adapted for the silver screen by director Roger Michell (Notting Hill,Enduring Love), who expressed his own excitement about steering du Maurier’s “detailed, dark, sexy and cinematic” story into theaters. For Michell, “so many really great films have grown out of the works of Daphne Du Maurier: ‘Don’t Look Now,’ ‘The Birds,’ ‘Rebecca’… .and here’s another of her classics which is at once detailed, dark, sexy, cinematic and full of surprises. I look forward to bringing this thrilling story to the screen with such a brilliant cast.”

Indeed, My Cousin Rachel has graced cinemas before when, in 1952, screen icons Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton assumed the central parts. Orbiting around the plight of a young Englishman, du Maurier’s romantic novel imagines a scenario where our protagonist plots revenge against his mesmerizing cousin, only to find himself falling under her beguiling charm.

Kevin Loader and Anita Overland are attached to produce on behalf of Free Range Films, and given production has been slated to begin on April 4, expect filming to continue on Michell’s adaptation into the summer, with England and Italy acting as the two primary locations.

Source: We got this covered

March 31st, 2016 Uncategorized admin 0 Comments

There gorgeous photos were posted on twitter today by @ is currently shooting alongside Iain Glen’

March 31st, 2016 Jack Taylor, Television admin 0 Comments

March 22nd, 2016 Movies admin 0 Comments

Aboriginal mythology and science fiction collide in high-stakes ‘near fi’ drama, Cleverman, a genre-bending new TV series produced by Goalpost Pictures Australia and Pukeko Pictures for Australia’s ABC TV in co-production with Sundance TV and Red Arrow International. Wellington’s Weta Workshop contributed creature design, specialty hair work and makeup effects and Park Road Post Production provided picture, sound and VFX post production services. It’s an Australasian co-production that’s been dubbed both “ambitious1” and “adventurous2”.

Set in the near future, Cleverman tells the story of an ancient mythological species that must live among humans and battle for survival in a world that wants to silence, exploit and destroy them.

Giving physical form to 60,000 years’ worth of stories from the Aboriginal Dreamtime is no small task, but Weta Workshop’s crew of concept designers, who have lent their talents to the likes of District 9, Elysium and Avatar, relished the opportunity to explore a new world in a ‘near-fi’ future. Armed with knowledge and inspiration from director Wayne Blair, fellow designer Jacob Nash, and the team at Pukeko Pictures, more than 150 designs were created for the mysterious, not-quite-human family of ‘hairies’.

Meanwhile, Weta Workshop Senior Concept Designer Andrew Baker was tasked with dreaming up something decidedly not-human: the nightmarish monster that serves as the series’ primary antagonist.

Once the designs hit the Workshop floor, it was over to a specially-formed crew of technicians to craft the numerous bespoke hair pieces that were to decorate the bodies of the Hairypeople. Led by Hair Supervisor Fiona Sole and Hair and Makeup Designer Kath Brown, individual strands of hand-dyed hair were painstakingly knotted onto sheer lace bases, custom designed for each actor.

Cleverman may have Antipodean DNA but it’s already finding fans in both hemispheres. The first Australian TV show ever to be invited to screen at the Berlinale Special Series, its first two episodes premiered to “thunderous2” applause.

Starring an acclaimed ensemble cast featuring Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Frances O’Connor (The Missing), and newcomers Hunter Page-Lochard and Rob Collins in the two pivotal central roles, Cleverman makes its highly anticipated small-screen debut in mid-2016.

“Our top priority was to reflect the passion and integrity that the makers of Cleverman brought to the project, by creating stunning imagery that did justice to the overarching ideas of this incredible story.”
-Weta Workshop Senior Concept Designer, Leri Greer

“Aboriginal Dreamtime mythology: what a fantastic and original foundation for a sci-fi story! Weta Workshop was invited to dream up some culturally relevant characters for Cleverman, and our design and manufacturing teams took to the task with great enthusiasm. It is very pleasing to hear the series is getting rave reviews.”
-Weta Workshop CEO and Co-founder, Sir Richard Taylor

Cleverman is based on the original concept by Ryan Griffen, and produced by Goalpost Pictures and Pukeko Pictures for ABC TV with the assistance of Screen Australia, Screen NSW and the New Zealand Screen Production Grant.

Source: Scoop.co.nz

March 22nd, 2016 Television admin 0 Comments
Uploaded 248 screencaps of Iain in the movie Mountains of the Moon

 

March 12th, 2016 Mountains of the moon, Movies admin 0 Comments

Jorah appears 26 seconds into the trailer.

 

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