Dormer and the City

Filed Under (2009, City of Life, Interviews) by Laura at 9:52 am

One of the biggest strengths of City of Life is its multi-ethnic ensemble cast. Emirati director Ali F. Mostafa brought on board a set of eclectic actors from across the globe and planted them in Dubai for over a month to shoot his ambitious feature film. tabloid! asked British actress Natalie Dormer — who played Anne Boleyn in the costume drama The Tudors — about her impressions of Dubai.

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“City of Life” Captures the Spirit of Dubai

Filed Under (2009, Articles, City of Life) by Laura at 2:04 pm

Dubai: For the Emirati filmmaker Ali F. Mustafa, life has come full circle at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). Two years ago he won the Best Emirati Filmmaker at the DIFF and last night he returned to the festival with the world premiere of his full-length feature film City of Life. Billed as Dubai’s first home-grown feature film helmed by an Emirati, Mustafa has tried to capture on celluloid the true spirit of Dubai with a multi-ethnic ensemble cast.

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“City of Life” Stars Steal Film Spotlight

Filed Under (2009, Articles, City of Life) by Laura at 2:02 pm

The celebrities included the Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan and the American actress and singer Mandy Moore. But the real stars of Dubai International Film Festival’s opening night were two relative newcomers. Natalie Dormer and Sonu Sood may have several decades less experience than more veteran actors, but they drew the biggest crowd at the gala opening of the festival, now in its sixth year.
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‘The Tudors’-alumna actress Natalie Dormer

Filed Under (2009, Interviews) by Laura at 2:01 am

Natalie Dormer is so cool it might just blow your mind. Her portrayal of Anne Boleyn on the Tudors already has much of the television-viewing public loving and or lusting after her, but it was undeniably excellent to be able to interview her if only because her answers have made me love her even more than I already did. She is historically aware, erudite, etcetera, etcetera, and her answers are really great to read, so, well, go forth and do so.

The bulk of your career thus far has revolved around historical projects. Why is this?
It just worked out that a couple of high profile historical projects were offered to me in the early years of my career. You don’t turn down a great job because it requires a corset and you’ve worn one before. I consider each project on individual merit.
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‘I would love to work in Indian films’

Filed Under (2009, Articles) by Laura at 8:41 am

British actress Natalie Dormer, who plays the tragic queen Anne Boleyn in the royal period drama The Tudors opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers, says she would love to work in Indian films.

The actress believes that the future of entertainment lies in international collaborations like Slumdog Millionaire.

I would love to work in Indian films. In fact I recently shot an international film with Bollywood actor Sonu Sood in Dubai. I feel the future is about international collaborations like Slumdog Millionaire and City of Life,” the actress said over the phone from Los Angeles.

She is playing a Russian air hostess in City of Life, which is directed by Ali Mustafa.

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