Thunder Down Under: Taika Waititi on Thor: Ragnarok


There’s a wonderful moment midway through Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, in which our hero shares a traumatic childhood memory with his brother and frequent enemy Loki: the time the latter tried to kill him by transforming into a snake. It’s rambling and absurd but also strangely poignant, with a clear rapport between the actors that’s unlike almost anything in the studio’s slickly oiled machine. Unsurprisingly, it was also improvised on set between Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and director Taika Waititi, who spun the tale off the cuff like the fanciful father he played in his breakout film, Boy (2009). Continue reading


Flesh Perspective: Garance Marillier on Raw


Coming of age films have often found fertile ground in horror cinema, but few have done it as memorably as Raw, Julia Ducournau’s breakout hit that’s been thrilling queasy audiences since its Cannes debut last year. The film’s fiercely feminine perspective is the result of an intense collaboration between the filmmaker and her young star, 19-year-old Garance Marillier, who delivers a performance that runs the gamut from shy freshman to unhinged, blood splattered grotesque. As a precocious teenager entering veterinary college, Marillier gets to explore female desire in a distinct and contemporary way — in between munching on severed body parts, dissecting animals and wearing shades of colour that would do Isabelle Adjani proud. We spoke with Marillier over email recently to ask her about the experience. Continue reading