Survivors (film)

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Survivors (film)

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Survivors
Directed by Adam Spinks
Written by Adam Spinks
Laurence Timms
Starring Joanne Gale
Simon Burbage
David Anderson
Adrian Annis
Music by Buz
Cinematography Daniel Gahnstrom
Edited by Phillip Biggs
Distributed by Continuum Motion Pictures
Matriarch Multimedia Group
Release date
  • 20 October 2015 (2015-10-20) (US)
  • 26 October 2015 (2015-10-26) (UK)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £10,000

Survivors is a 2015 British horror film directed by Adam Spinks, co-written by Spinks with Laurence Timms.

Plot[edit]

The film follows journalist Kate Meadows (Joanne Gale) and her cameraman Duke (Simon Burbage) as they embark on a mission to uncover whether or not a government weapons contractor has secretly been using humans as their test subjects.[1]

Main cast[edit]

  • Joanne Gale as Kate Meadows
  • Simon Burbage as Duke Wilcott
  • David Anderson as Paul
  • Adrian Annis as Alan
  • Vanessa Mayfield as Louise Whelan
  • Lydia Kay as Security Guard
  • Rich Keeble as Dr. Williams

Production[edit]

The film was made on a budget of £10,000[2] and was crowdfunded.[3] Initial filming began in 2012, with additional pick ups in 2014. In between filming blocks, Spinks shot the feature film Extinction.[4]

Release and reception[edit]

Survivors was released in the UK on 26 October 2015 on DVD and on VOD, having being made available in the US, Canada and Mexico a week earlier on 20 October.[5]

Critical reaction to the film was generally positive.[6][7][8] James Simpson of Infernal Cinema described the film as “a superb British horror”.[9] Elliott Maguire of UK Horror Scene praised the actors, particularly Burbage, as well as the visual effects and sound design, but was critical about the pacing of the film.[5] Trilbee commented on a number of production deficiencies but was again complimentary about the acting quality, in particular that of Gale, concluding that the film “does something rather unique in the low-budget scene in that it brings the subgenre back to what made it so relevant and popular in the first place; that it’s not about the zombies or the make-up, it’s about the people.”[10]

The film won “best director” at the Mac Horror Film Festival 2015.[11]

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SALLY STOCKWELL

Sally Stockwell is an actress, known for The Insiders Guide to Happiness (2004), Nothing Trivial (2011) and Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (2006).
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 2017 The Brokenwood Mysteries (TV Series)
Debra

Stone Cold Dead (2017) … Debra
 2013-2014 Agent Anna (TV Series)
Claire

Episode #2.10 (2014) … Claire
Episode #2.6 (2014) … Claire
Episode #2.3 (2014) … Claire
Episode #2.2 (2014) … Claire
Divorce Dust (2013) … Claire
 2011 Nothing Trivial (TV Series)
Jenna Brown

 2009 Legend of the Seeker (TV Series)
Grace

Broken (2009) … Grace
 2007 The Ferryman
Tate
 2007 Amazing Extraordinary Friends (TV Series)
Lana Lane

The Tremendous Trio (2007) … Lana Lane
 2006 Karaoke High (TV Series)
Jane Winston-Faiva

Episode #1.2 (2006) … Jane Winston-Faiva
Episode #1.1 (2006) … Jane Winston-Faiva
 2006 Power Rangers Mystic Force (TV Series)
Serpentina

Hard Heads (2006) … Serpentina (voice)
The Hunter (2006) … Serpentina (voice)
The Light (2006) … Serpentina (voice)
 2006 Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (TV Movie)
Coach Gibbs
 2005 Outrageous Fortune (TV Series)
Sandy

It Cannot Come to Good (2005) … Sandy
The Fat Weed That Roots Itself (2005) … Sandy
 2004 The Insiders Guide to Happiness (TV Series)
Lindy

You Are Happy (2004) … Lindy
Can You Embrace a New Life? (2004) … Lindy
Does Happiness Grow Up? (2004) … Lindy
 2003 You Wish! (TV Movie)
Pam Lansing
 2002 Mercy Peak (TV Series)
Lydia

Death and Taxes (2002) … Lydia
 2000 Hopeless
Aleo
 2000 Truth About Demons
Celia
 1999 Thinking About Sleep (Short)
Maria
 1997 Duggan (TV Series)
Celine Walker

Death in Paradise (1997) … Celine Walker
 1992 Shortland Street (TV Series)
Nadine Church (1999) / Lucy Swinton (2004-)

KERRY FOX

Kerry Fox was born on July 30, 1966 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is an actress and writer, known for Shallow Grave (1994), An Angel at My Table (1990) and Bright Star (2009). She is married to Alexander Linklater. They have two children.
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Actress (72 credits)
 2016 Medusa’s Ankles (Short) (post-production)
Susannah
 2017 The Woman in White (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Catherick (2017)
 2017 Mayhem
Irene Smythe
 2017 Death in Paradise (TV Series)
Linda Taylor

The Impossible Murder (2017) … Linda Taylor
 2016 National Treasure (TV Mini-Series)
Zoe

Episode #1.4 (2016) … Zoe
Episode #1.3 (2016) … Zoe
 2016 The Rehearsal
Hannah
 2016/I Brakes
Brinie
 2015/I The Dressmaker
Beulah Harridiene
 2015 Downriver
Paige Levy
 2015 Holding the Man
Mary Gert Conigrave
 2013-2015 Sex & Violence (TV Mini-Series)
Brenda Shaw

Shelter (2015) … Brenda Shaw
The Break Up (2013) … Brenda Shaw
One Side (2013) … Brenda Shaw
Surface Scars (2013) … Brenda Shaw
Denial (2013) … Brenda Shaw
 2014 Glue (TV Mini-Series)
Jackie

Episode #1.8 (2014) … Jackie
Episode #1.7 (2014) … Jackie
Episode #1.5 (2014) … Jackie
Episode #1.4 (2014) … Jackie
Episode #1.2 (2014) … Jackie
 2014 War Book
Maria
 2014 The Crimson Field (TV Mini-Series)
Sister Margaret Quayle

Episode #1.6 (2014) … Sister Margaret Quayle
Episode #1.4 (2014) … Sister Margaret Quayle
Episode #1.3 (2014) … Sister Margaret Quayle
Episode #1.2 (2014) … Sister Margaret Quayle
Episode #1.1 (2014) … Sister Margaret Quayle
 2014 Patrick’s Day
Maura Fitzgerald
 2013 Trap for Cinderella
Julia
 2012 Falcón (TV Series)
Manuela Falcón

The Silent and the Damned (2012) … Manuela Falcón
The Blind Man of Seville (2012) … Manuela Falcón
 2012 New Tricks (TV Series)
Jane Ross

Part of a Whole (2012) … Jane Ross
 2012 Mr. Pip
Mrs. June Watts
 2012 Mental
Nancy
 2012 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Betty DeQuetteville

The Dark Rider (2012) … Betty DeQuetteville
 2011/I Intruders
Dr. Rachel
 2011/I Burning Man
Sally
 2011 Cloudstreet (TV Mini-Series)
Oriel Lamb

Part 3 (2011) … Oriel Lamb
Part 2 (2011) … Oriel Lamb
Part 1 (2011) … Oriel Lamb
 2011 Vera (TV Series)
Patricia Carmichael

Little Lazarus (2011) … Patricia Carmichael
 2010 Morning Echo (Short)
Christine Moffatt
 2009 Bright Star
Mrs. Brawne
 2009/I Storm
Hannah Maynard
 2008 The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall (TV Movie)
Jocelyn Hurndall
 2008 Inconceivable
Kay Stephenson
 2008 Trial & Retribution (TV Series)
DI Moyra Lynch

The Box: Part 1 (2008) … DI Moyra Lynch
 2007 He Said (Short)
Julie
 2007 The Whistleblowers (TV Series)
Polly Lewington

Pandemic (2007) … Polly Lewington
 2007/V Intervention
Kate
 2007 The Ferryman
Suze
 2006 Nostradamus (TV Movie)
Catherine de Medici
 2005 Cold Blood (TV Mini-Series)
Jan

Cold Blood (2005) … Jan
 2005 Footprints in the Snow (TV Movie)
Claire
 2005 Rag Tale
Editor – The Press, Peach James Taylor
 2005 The Murder Room (TV Mini-Series)
Muriel Godby

Episode #1.2 (2005) … Muriel Godby
Episode #1.1 (2005) … Muriel Godby
 2004 Waking the Dead (TV Series)
Elsbeth Varley

Anger Management: Part 1 (2004) … Elsbeth Varley
 2004 Bob the Builder: Snowed Under (Video)
Charlene (voice)
 2003 So Close to Home
Maggie
 2003 40 (TV Mini-Series)
Maggie

Episode #1.3 (2003) … Maggie
Episode #1.2 (2003) … Maggie
Episode #1.1 (2003) … Maggie
 2002 The Gathering
Marion Kirkman
 2002 Black and White
Helen Devaney
 2001 The Point Men
Maddy Hope
 2001 Intimacy
Claire
 1999 Fanny and Elvis
Katherine Fanny ‘Kate’ Dickson
 1999 Shockers: Deja Vu (TV Movie)
Jessica
 1999 Thinking About Sleep (Short)
Police Woman
 1999 To Walk with Lions
Lucy Jackson
 1998 Immortality
Maria Vaughan
 1997 The Hanging Garden
Rosemary
 1997 Welcome to Sarajevo
Jane Carson
 1996 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Dolores

Last Respects (1996) … Dolores
 1995 Screen Two (TV Series)
Kate Cooper

Saigon Baby (1995) … Kate Cooper
 1995 The Affair (TV Movie)
Maggie Leyland
 1995 A Village Affair (TV Movie)
Clodagh Unwin
 1994 Shallow Grave
Juliet Miller
 1994 Country Life
Sally Voysey
 1994 The Last Tattoo
Kelly Towne
 1993 The Rainbow Warrior (TV Movie)
Andrea Joyce
 1993 Friends
Sophie Gordon
 1993 Mr. Wroe’s Virgins (TV Mini-Series)
Hannah

Martha’s Story (1993) … Hannah
Hannah’s Story (1993) … Hannah
Joanna’s Story (1993) … Hannah
Leah’s Story (1993) … Hannah
 1993 Rocky Star (TV Series)
Dianna Moore
 1990 An Angel at My Table
Janet Frame
 1989 Night of the Red Hunter (TV Series)
Police Officer

JESSICA WOODS

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 2015 Code of a Killer (TV Mini-Series)
Carole Pitchfork

Episode #1.2 (2015) … Carole Pitchfork
Episode #1.1 (2015) … Carole Pitchfork
 2008-2011 Doctors (TV Series)
Kimberley Kelly / Debbie Machin

The Finishing Touch (2011) … Kimberley Kelly
Tainted Love (2008) … Debbie Machin
 2009 The Bill (TV Series)
Saskia Fuller

Unforgiven (2009) … Saskia Fuller
 2007 The Ferryman
Woman in Club
 2006 My Parents Are Aliens (TV Series)
Jaqueline ‘Jaq’ Bennet / Jaqueline Bennet

Winter Blunderland (2006) … Jaqueline Bennet
Big Head (2006) … Jaqueline Bennet
The Plague (2006) … Jaqueline ‘Jaq’ Bennet
Dan the Man (2006) … Jaqueline ‘Jaq’ Bennet
Lord of the Bling (2006) … Jaqueline ‘Jaq’ Bennet
 2003 The Queen’s Nose (TV Series)
Bullied Girl

Episode #7.6 (2003) … Bullied Girl
 2001 Dish (Short)
Young Mo

AMBER SAINSBURY

Amber Sainsbury was born on August 28, 1978 in New Zealand. She is an actress, known for 30 Days of Night (2007), Hex (2004) and Fairy Tales (2008). She has been married to Jamie Campbell since September 10, 2011.
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 2008 Fairy Tales (TV Mini-Series)
Haylee

The Empress’s New Clothes (2008) … Haylee
 2007 30 Days of Night
Denise
 2007 The Ferryman
Kathy
 2004-2005 Hex (TV Series)
Roxanne Davenport

The Showdown (2005) … Roxanne Davenport
Hole (2005) … Roxanne Davenport
You Lose (2005) … Roxanne Davenport
Doomed (2005) … Roxanne Davenport
Noir (2005) … Roxanne Davenport
 2005 The Poseidon Adventure (TV Movie)
Shelby Clarke
 2004 The Purifiers
Frances
 2004 A Touch of Frost (TV Series)
Heather Wills

Dancing in the Dark (2004) … Heather Wills
 2003 Trevor’s World of Sport (TV Series)
Samantha Jones

Episode #1.5 (2003) … Samantha Jones
Episode #1.4 (2003) … Samantha Jones
 2003 Murder in Mind (TV Series)
Claire McGregor

Landlord (2003) … Claire McGregor
 2002 The Bill (TV Series)
Emma

064 (2002) … Emma
 2002 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Kerry Fletcher

Episode #1.5312 (2002) … Kerry Fletcher
Episode #1.5311 (2002) … Kerry Fletcher
Episode #1.5310 (2002) … Kerry Fletcher
 2000 Channelling Baby
Cassandra
 1997-1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (TV Series)
Amazon / Princess / Regina

Love, Amazon Style (1999) … Amazon
Stranger in a Strange World (1997) … Princess
The Lost City (1997) … Regina
 1999 Young Hercules (TV Series)
Golden Hind

Iolaus Goes Stag (1999) … Golden Hind
Hind Sight (1999) … Golden Hind
 1995 Plainclothes (TV Series)
Tessa Samuels

ANDI CROWN

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 2016-2017 Auckward Love (TV Mini-Series)
Carol

Shit just hit the fan (2017) … Carol
A little fun never hurt anyone (2017) … Carol
Oh my god, we’re back again (2017) … Carol
Are you f*cking kidding me? (2017) … Carol
 2017 Power Rangers Ninja Steel (TV Series)
Datacom

Live and Learn (2017) … Datacom (voice)
Forged in Steel (2017) … Datacom (voice)
Return of the Prism (2017) … Datacom (voice)
 2014 The Brokenwood Mysteries (TV Series)
Meredith Wilmott

Hunting the Stag (2014) … Meredith Wilmott
Sour Grapes (2014) … Meredith Wilmott
Blood and Water (2014) … Meredith Wilmott
 2013 Go Girls (TV Series)
Willa

Total Control (2013) … Willa
 2011 Super City (TV Series)
Keelan’s Mum

Episode #1.1 (2011) … Keelan’s Mum
 2007 The Ferryman
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 2017 Auckward Love (TV Mini-Series) (storyline by – 2 episodes)

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Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan

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Saoirse Ronan
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Born Saoirse Una Ronan[1]
(1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 23)[2][3]
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Residence Manhattan, New York
Nationality Irish, American
Citizenship
  • U.S.
  • Ireland
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present
Awards Full list

Saoirse Una Ronan (/ˈsɜːrʃə ˈnə ˈrnən/ SUR-shə;[4] born 12 April 1994) is an Irish and American actress.[5] Her accolades include four Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and two Academy Award nominations, and three nominations each from the British Academy Film Awards and the Golden Globe Awards. In 2016, Ronan was featured in Forbes “30 Under 30” list and in Time‘s “Next Generation Leaders” list.[6][7]

Ronan made her acting debut with the Irish medical drama series The Clinic in 2003 and had her feature film debut in the romantic comedy I Could Never Be Your Woman in 2007. Her breakthrough came with the part of a precocious teenager in Atonement (2007), for which she received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination. She followed it by playing a murdered girl seeking vengeance in The Lovely Bones (2009), a teenage assassin in Hanna (2011), and a chef in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). Ronan received critical acclaim for playing a homesick Irish girl in 1950s New York in the drama Brooklyn (2015) and the titular character of a high school senior in Greta Gerwig‘s coming-of-age film Lady Bird (2017). The former earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination.

In addition to acting on screen, Ronan has hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live, and made her Broadway debut in a 2016 revival of The Crucible, in the role of Abigail Williams.[8]

Early life[edit]

Born in The Bronx, in New York City,[9] Ronan is the only child of Irish parents Monica (née Brennan) and Paul Ronan, who both hail from Dublin, Ireland. Her father worked in construction and bar work before training as an actor,[10] in New York,[11] and her mother had acted as a child.[12] Ronan’s family moved to Dublin, Ireland when she was three years old, later settling in County Carlow. She attended a local school, but was later home-schooled by private tutor.[11] Ronan moved to Howth, a fishing village near Dublin, with her parents in her early teens.[13][14]

Career[edit]

2003–2009: Atonement and other early screen appearances[edit]

Ronan made her screen debut on Irish national broadcaster RTÉ, in the 2003 prime time medical drama The Clinic and then appeared in the mini-serial Proof.[15] During the same time, Ronan auditioned to play Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, a role she eventually lost out to Evanna Lynch.[16]

Ronan at the 2008 European premiere of City of Ember

Amy Heckerling‘s romantic comedy I Could Never Be Your Woman, which was the first film that Ronan had shot for back in 2005, was theatrically released in a few international markets in 2007 but was given a direct-to-video release in America later in 2008 after it struggled to attract financing and several deals disintegrated during its post-production.[17] In the film, Ronan portrayed the daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer‘s character and Paul Rudd co-starred as Pfeiffer’s love interest. Joe Leydon of Variety labelled the film “desperately unfunny” but considered the interplay between Ronan and Pfeiffer’s characters to be among the film’s highlights.[18]

At the age of 12, Ronan attended a casting call for Joe Wright‘s 2007 film adaptation of Ian McEwan‘s novel Atonement. She auditioned for and won the part of Briony Tallis, a 13-year-old aspiring novelist, who impacts several lives by accusing her sister’s lover of a crime he did not commit. She acted alongside Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. Budgeted at US$30 million, the film earned over US$129 million worldwide.[19] Ty Burr of The Boston Globe called her “remarkable [and] eccentric”,[20] and Christopher Orr of The Atlantic wrote that she is a “a marvel, elegantly capturing the narcissism and self-doubt that adhere to precocity”.[21] Ronan was nominated for a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her one of the youngest Oscar nominees.[22]

Ronan next played the daughter of an impoverished psychic (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones) in the supernatural thriller Death Defying Acts (2007) and starred as Lina Mayfleet, a heroic teenager who must save the inhabitants of an underground city named Ember in the fantasy film City of Ember (2008). Both films received a mixed critical reception and failed at the box office.[23][24][25][26] In a review for the latter, the critic Stephen Holden took note of how Ronan’s talents were wasted in it.[27]

In 2009, Ronan starred alongside Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci in Peter Jackson‘s supernatural drama The Lovely Bones, an adaptation of the book of the same name by Alice Sebold. Ronan played 14-year-old Susie Salmon, who, after being raped and murdered, watches from the after-life as her family struggles to move on with their lives while she comes to terms with her quest for vengeance.[28] Ronan and her family were originally hesitant for Ronan to accept the role due to its subject matter, but agreed after Jackson assured them that the film would not feature gratuitous scenes of rape and murder.[29][30] Several sequences in the film relied on extensive special effects and much of Ronan’s scenes were filmed in front of a blue screen.[30] Reviewers were critical of the film’s story and message,[31] but Richard Corliss of Time believed that Ronan had successfully invested the gruesome tale with “immense gravity and grace”.[32] Sukhdev Sandhu of The Daily Telegraph considered Ronan to be the sole positive aspect of the production, writing that she “is simultaneously playful and solemn, youthful yet old beyond her years”.[33] The film was a box office disappointment, but earned Ronan a BAFTA Award for Best Actress nomination.[34][35]

2010–2014: Action, fantasy, and science fiction films[edit]

In Peter Weir‘s war drama The Way Back (2010), Ronan played the supporting part of Irena, a Polish orphan during World War II, who joins escaped Siberian convicts in a 4,000-mile trek to India. It co-starred Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell and Ed Harris, and was filmed on location in Bulgaria, India and Morocco.[36] The following year, Ronan reunited with Joe Wright to play the title character in the action film Hanna, about a 15-year-old girl raised in the Arctic wilderness to be an assassin. The film co-starred Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett as Hanna’s father and a villainous CIA agent, respectively. Ronan performed her own stunts and in preparation, she spent several months training in martial arts, stick fighting and knife fighting.[37][38] Ronan’s performance and the film’s action sequences were praised by critics.[39] In his review for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers termed the film “a surreal fable of blood and regret” and labelled Ronan an “acting sorceress”.[40] Hanna proved to be a moderate commercial success.[41] She also voiced the lead role in the dubbed English version of Studio Ghibli’s Japanese anime film Arrietty.[42]

Ronan in 2011

Ronan and Alexis Bledel played the titular assassins in Geoffrey S. Fletcher‘s action film Violet & Daisy (2011). Eric Goldman of IGN compared the film unfavourably to the work of Quentin Tarantino and commented that Ronan’s abilities had surpassed the material.[43] Peter Jackson approached Ronan to play an elf in The Hobbit film series, but she withdrew from the project due to scheduling conflicts.[44][45] She was instead drawn to Neil Jordan‘s horror film Byzantium (2012), as the “dark, gothic and twisted” project provided her an opportunity to play a more complex and mature character. The film starred Gemma Arterton and her as mother-and-daughter vampires.[46] Writing for Radio Times, the critic Alan Jones found the film to be an “evocative fairy tale that uses vampires as a prism to comment on humanity” and considered both Arterton and Ronan to be “radiant” in it.[47]

In a 2013 film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer‘s novel The Host, Ronan played the dual role of Melanie Stryder, a human rebel, and Wanderer, a parasitic alien. Critics disliked the film;[48] Manohla Dargis termed it “a brazen combination of unoriginal science-fiction themes [and] young-adult pandering”, but took note of an “otherworldly aspect to [Ronan’s] screen presence, partly due to her stillness and her own translucent eyes, which can suggest grave intensity or utter detachment”.[49] In Kevin Macdonald‘s drama How I Live Now, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Meg Rosoff, Ronan played an American teenager sent to a remote farm in the United Kingdom during the outbreak of a fictional third world war. Olly Richards of Empire found Ronan to be in “typically watchable form” in it, but the film earned little at the box office.[50][51] In her final film release of the year, Ronan voiced a barmaid named Talia in the critically panned animated film Justin and the Knights of Valour.[52]

Ronan had two film releases in 2014 with widely diverse critical receptions—the acclaimed comedy film The Grand Budapest Hotel from the director Wes Anderson and Ryan Gosling‘s panned directorial debut Lost River.[53][54] In the former, an ensemble film headed by Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori, Ronan played the supporting part of the love interest to Revolori’s character. It was the first project that she filmed without her parents’ accompanying her on set.[46] The film earned over $174 million on a $25 million budget and was ranked by the BBC as one of the greatest films of the century.[55][56] In the surrealistic fantasy film Lost River, Ronan played a mysterious young girl named Rat who owns a pet rat; Geoffrey Macnab of The Independent termed the film a “wildly self-indulgent affair” but praised Ronan’s “tough but vulnerable” portrayal.[57]

2015–present: Brooklyn, Lady Bird, and beyond[edit]

Ronan at an event for Brooklyn in 2015. She received her second Academy Award nomination for the film.

After starring in Stockholm, Pennsylvania (2015), a psychological thriller about Stockholm syndrome,[58] Ronan played the lead role of Eilis Lacey, a homesick Irish girl in 1950s New York, in the drama Brooklyn. Directed by John Crowley, the film is based on the novel of the same name by Colm Tóibín.[59] Ronan believed that certain aspects of her character’s development mirrored her own, saying that she “related [to every] single saying, every aspect of what her journey is”.[60] The film and Ronan’s performance were acclaimed;[61] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian considered it to be a “heartfelt and absorbing film” and wrote that Ronan’s “calm poise anchors almost every scene and every shot”.[62] Kenneth Turan of Los Angeles Times took note of the “overwhelming empathy she creates with the subtlest means, the remarkable way she’s able to create achingly personal, intensely emotional sequences while seeming not to be doing very much at all.”[63] Ronan received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama.[64][65]

In 2016, Ronan moved to New York City to begin rehearsals for her debut appearance on Broadway, in a revival of Arthur Miller‘s play The Crucible. She took the role of Abigail Williams, a manipulative maid responsible for the death of 150 people accused of witchcraft.[66] Based on the Salem witch trials, the play was directed by Ivo van Hove and ran for 125 performances.[67] In preparation, she read Stacy Schiff‘s book The Witches: Salem, 1692, and collaborated closely with van Hove to empathise with her villainous character.[68] Instead of relying on previous portrayals of Williams, Ronan played her as “more victim than victimizer”.[69] Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney found Ronan to be “icy and commanding” in it and Linda Winer of Newsday commented that she had played the part “with the duplicity of a malevolent surfer-girl”.[70][71]

The following year, Ronan voiced Marguerite Gachet in the biographical animated drama Loving Vincent, and starred alongside Billy Howle as troubled newlyweds on their honeymoon in a film adaptation of Ian McEwan‘s novel On Chesil Beach. In a mixed review of the latter film, Kate Erbland of IndieWire thought that Ronan was under-utilised in it and that her performance had been overshadowed by Howle’s work.[72] Ronan hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live, in which some of her sketches were criticised in the media for stereotypical portrayal of Irish people.[73][74][75]

Also in 2017, Ronan starred in Greta Gerwig‘s coming-of-age film Lady Bird, in which she played the titular role of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a high school senior who shares a tumultuous relationship with her mother (played by Laurie Metcalf). It is one of the best-reviewed films on the review-aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.[76] Labelling Ronan’s performance as one of the best of the year, A. O. Scott of The New York Times wrote, “Ronan navigates each swerve in Lady Bird’s story with an uncanny combination of self-confidence and discovery. She is as spontaneous and unpredictable as an actual 17-year-old … which suggests an altogether stupefying level of craft.”[77] She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy and a SAG Award for Best Actress nomination.[78][79]

Ronan hosted Saturday Night Live on Dec 2, 2017 with musical guest U2, featuring very popular pop parody “Welcome to Hell.” The video addresses the everyday sexual harassment and oppression women face. In the video and other skits, Ronan showcases her excellent aptitude for accents. Her opening monologue included a song she wrote as a little girl to teach people how to pronounce her name. The lyrics spelled phonetically are: “It’s Sersha with an er, not Sorsee with an or, ’cause Sorcee with an or goes or not er, it’s shh instead of tss, uh instead of ee, it’s simple as can be, see Sersha!” [80][81]

Upcoming projects[edit]

In 2018, Ronan will star as Mary Stuart in the period drama Mary Queen of Scots, co-starring Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I of England.[82] She will feature alongside Annette Bening in a film adaptation of Anton Chekhov‘s play The Seagull, and has committed to star in Sweetness in the Belly , a romance based on Camilla Gibb‘s novel of the same name.[83][84]

Personal life[edit]

Ronan holds dual American and Irish citizenship.[85] In 2013, she purchased a home in Howth, where she spent some years of her late childhood.[86] In January 2016, she returned to live in her birth city, New York.[14]

In 2010, Ronan was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[87] She also became an ambassador for the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.[88] In 2011, Ronan took part in a promotion for the Irish Film Institute‘s Archive Preservation Fund, in which she was digitally edited into popular Irish films of the past, as well as documentary footage.[89]

Acting credits[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role(s) Director(s) Notes
2007 I Could Never Be Your Woman Izzie Mensforth Amy Heckerling
2007 The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey Celia Hardwick Bill Clark
2007 Atonement Briony Tallis (aged 13) Joe Wright
2007 Death Defying Acts Benji McGarvie Gillian Armstrong
2008 City of Ember Lina Mayfleet Gil Kenan
2009 The Lovely Bones Susie Salmon Peter Jackson
2010 Arrietty Arrietty Hiromasa Yonebayashi Voice; English dub
2010 The Way Back Irena Zielińska Peter Weir
2011 Hanna Hanna Heller Joe Wright
2011 Violet & Daisy Daisy Geoffrey S. Fletcher
2012 Byzantium Eleanor Webb Neil Jordan
2013 The Host Melanie Stryder /
Wanderer “Wanda”
Andrew Niccol
2013 How I Live Now Daisy Kevin Macdonald
2013 Justin and the Knights of Valour Talia Manuel Sicilia Voice
2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel Agatha Wes Anderson
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Ballet Dancer James Bobin Cameo
2014 Lost River Rat Ryan Gosling
2015 Stockholm, Pennsylvania Leia Dargon Nikole Beckwith
2015 Brooklyn Éilis Lacey John Crowley
2017 Loving Vincent Marguerite Gachet Dorota Kobiela
Hugh Welchman
2017 Lady Bird Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson Greta Gerwig
2017 On Chesil Beach Florence Ponting Dominic Cooke
2018 The Seagull Nina Zarechnaya Michael Mayer Completed
2018 Mary Queen of Scots Mary, Queen of Scots Josie Rourke Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003–2004 The Clinic Rhiannon Geraghty 4 episodes
2005 Proof Orla Boland 4 episodes
2014 Robot Chicken Various Voice; 2 episodes
2017 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: “Saoirse Ronan/U2

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Role
2013 “Garden’s Heart” Bat for Lashes Lead Girl
2016 Cherry Wine Hozier Lead Girl
2017 Galway Girl Ed Sheeran Galway Girl

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Venue
2016 The Crucible Abigail Williams Walter Kerr Theatre

WHITNEY ANDERSON

Despite her California-blonde looks, Whitney was actually born in St. Louis, Missouri, but soon after she and her family moved to Minnesota. After spending her early childhood years there, they relocated again; this time to Manhattan Beach, California, where her career was launched when she was cast as Fred Willard’s daughter in the role of “Ella”
Actress (53 credits)
 2018 Call Me Jane (Short) (pre-production)
Jane
 2018 Imperilment (pre-production)
Lucy Rothschild
 2018 The Clueless (TV Movie) (completed)
Sam
 2017 Rusty (post-production)
Susan McCaan
 2017 Negative
Candace
 2017 The Lady Killers
Mrs. Casey
 2016 Boulevard of Unspoken Dreams (Short)
Marilyn Monroe
 2016 Advance & Retreat (TV Movie)
Vanessa
 2014-2016 The WiseGuys (TV Series)
Dottie DeVille

We Pick the Winners 2016 Oscar Special (2016) … Dottie DeVille
We Pick the Winners 2015 Oscar Special (2015) … Dottie DeVille
 2016 Kythera (Short)
Zara Bristow
 2015 Masters of Sex (TV Series)
Cookie

Surrogates (2015) … Cookie
 2015 South Beach (TV Series)
Gwendolyn York

Episode #1.6 (2015) … Gwendolyn York
Episode #1.5 (2015) … Gwendolyn York
Episode #1.4 (2015) … Gwendolyn York
Episode #1.3 (2015) … Gwendolyn York
Episode #1.2 (2015) … Gwendolyn York
 2015 American Poltergeist 3
Emily Strand
 2013 Love, Sex and Promotions (Short)
Katie
 2013 Toolbox Murders 2
Winter Jones
 2012 Hero of the Day
Cherry
 2012 Rizzoli & Isles (TV Series)
Vicky Collins

Cuts Like a Knife (2012) … Vicky Collins
 2011 Appearances (Short)
Lisa
 2011 Big Date (Short)
 2011 Dexter (TV Series)
Young Woman

Get Gellar (2011) … Young Woman
 2011 Shuffle
Amy
 2011 Alyce Kills
Renee
 2011 The Godmother
Jennifer Prodan
 2010 Tips (TV Movie)
Tiffany (rumored)
 2009 The Sister (Short)
 2009 Crash (TV Series)
Janine

 2009 NCIS: Los Angeles (TV Series)
Waitress

The Only Easy Day (2009) … Waitress
 2009 Pimpin’ Pee Wee
Shelly
 2008 Bald
Heather
 2008 Bones (TV Series)
Dallas Verona

Player Under Pressure (2008) … Dallas Verona
 2008 Zombie Strippers
Gaia
 2008 Shatter the Silence (Short)
Female Cutter
 2007 Aliens in America (TV Series)
Anita Richardson

The Metamorphosis (2007) … Anita Richardson
 2007 Brutal (Video)
Vicki
 2007 CSI: NY (TV Series)
Angie Cusato

Comes Around (2007) … Angie Cusato
 2007 The Singles Table (TV Series)
Attractive Waitress

The Housewarming Party (2007) … Attractive Waitress
 2006 Veronica Mars (TV Series)
Kim’s Friend

Spit & Eggs (2006) … Kim’s Friend
 2006 Pepper Dennis (TV Series)
Amber

 2005 Ghost Whisperer (TV Series)
Paige

On the Wings of a Dove (2005) … Paige
Homecoming (2005) … Paige (uncredited)
 2003-2004 Oliver Beene (TV Series)
Grace King / Grace

The King and I (2004) … Grace King
Dancing Beene (2003) … Grace
 2004 CSI: Miami (TV Series)
Mallory Jacobs

The Oath (2004) … Mallory Jacobs
 2003 The O’Keefes (TV Series)
Rachel

Party … Rachel
 2000 Undressed (TV Series)
Girl Les has sex with

Episode #3.19 (2000) … Girl Les has sex with
 1996 Shoot the Moon
Patty
 1995 Hang Time (TV Series)
Debbie

The Candidate (1995) … Debbie
 1995 Prehysteria! 3 (Video)
Ella
 1994 A Pig’s Tale (Video)
Jenna
 1993 Evening Shade (TV Series)

The Dance (1993)

Penny Drake

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Penny Drake

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Penny Drake
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Penny Vital (left) together with Jenna Jameson
Born Penny Allen
(1977-07-20) 20 July 1977 (age 40)
San Antonio, Texas
United States
Other names Penny Drake
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2005–present
Website http://www.pennyvital.com/

Penny Vital (born July 20, 1977 in San Antonio, Texas, US) is an American independent film actress and model.[1] Her modelling career since 2008 has included work for Herra Couture, Flora Zeta and Ed Hardy.[2] In June 2009 she appeared as the video game character Bayonetta at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.[3]

Penny’s movie appearances since 2005 include parts in Sin City and The 40 Year Old Virgin. She also stars in Zombie Strippers alongside Jenna Jameson and Robert Englund,[4] and in Necrosis played with Michael Berryman and George Stults.[5]

In 2006–2008 she played co-anchor Mary Clark in the Bikini News Web-based satirical video series.

Personal life[edit]

Drake’s father is a Southern Baptist pastor.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

  • 2008: “Star Chicks”

The Vernons Girls

The Vernons Girls

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The Vernons Girls were an English musical ensemble of female vocalists. They were formed at the Vernons football pools company[1] in the 1950s in Liverpool, settling down to a sixteen strong choir[1] and recording an album of standards.

Career[edit]

As a 16-piece vocal group, the Vernon Girls appeared on the ITV show Oh Boy![1] with the house band between 1958 and 1959, and made a series of relatively successful singles for labels Parlophone between 1958 and 1961.[1] Their 1958 LP released on Parlophone was arranged and conducted by Peter Knight, with sleeve notes by Eamonn Andrews. This record is significantly different from their later pop hits, featuring such fifties standards as “We’ll Gather Lilacs“, “Lonely Ballerina”, and the “Cuckoo in the Clock”.

Led by Maureen Kennedy, from 1961 the group reduced their membership to five and then three members,[2] and by 1962 had signed to Decca Records where they recorded covers of American hits. Their cover of the Drifters‘ “Lover Please” and “You Know What I Mean” were both hits; the latter was also originally the B-side of “Lover Please”. In the US the group charted with the first Beatles tribute album there, We Love The Beatles. As The Carefrees, they also charted with “We Love You Beatles”, and made an album only available in the United States.

As session singers for Decca, the Vernons Girls were the female backing voices on many hit singles during the 1960s – one of the first being Billy Fury‘s “Maybe Tomorrow”. The trio of Jean Owen, Frances Lea, and Maureen Kennedy also appeared on film in the 1964 TV special Around The Beatles with the Beatles plus Long John Baldry, P. J. Proby and Millie Small, in the Billy Fury film Play It Cool, and in Just For Fun; ex-member Vicky Haseman also appeared in this, with her group, the Breakaways.

However, by 1964, their chart successes had halted and they disbanded.

Later careers[edit]

Some of the girls continued in show business ventures:

Lyn Cornell married session drummer Andy White[2] (notable for replacing Ringo Starr on an early take of “Love Me Do“), and became a successful solo performer; having a chart hit with the title song to the film “Never on Sunday” in 1960 – and later becoming one of the Pearls.

Vicky Haseman formed the Breakaways, and married Joe Brown. Their daughter Sam Brown is a well-known singer in her own right.

Joyce Baker married Marty Wilde; they formed a trio with Justin Hayward called the Wilde Three, and were the parents of singers Ricky Wilde, Roxanne Wilde and Kim Wilde.

Jean Owen had solo success under the name Samantha Jones.

Other members of the group banded together in various combinations as duets and singing trios; these include the Redmond Twins, the Pearls, the Two Tones and the DeLaine Sisters. The DeLaine Sisters had a minor hit in the United Kingdom with the Goffin & King song “It Might As Well Rain Until September“.

The longest surviving and best known of the groups, the Ladybirds, was formed by Maggie Stredder with Marian Davies and Gloria George. The Ladybirds are best known for their long association with The Benny Hill Show, and for performing the backing vocals on BBC television’s Top of the Pops. They performed the backing vocals on the Jimi Hendrix Experience‘s first single, “Hey Joe“. [3]

More recently, Stredder and Sheila Bruce, together with ex-Ladybird Penny Lister, have performed on tour with their friends as part of the ‘Solid Gold Rock ‘n’ Roll Show’. In the later 1990s, they appeared in Cliff Richard‘s show, ‘Oh Boy’, from the Wembley Arena.

Personnel[edit]

  • Maggie Stredder (born Margaret Elizabeth Stredder, 9 January 1936, Birkenhead) – later in The Ladybirds – married writer Roy Tuvey
  • Vicki Brown (born Victoria Mary Haseman, 23 August 1940, Liverpool – died 1992) – later in The Breakaways – married Joe Brown
  • Joyce Smith (born Joyce Baker, 1941) – married Marty Wilde
  • Lyn Cornell (b. 1940, Liverpool) – later in the Pearls – married Andy White[2]
  • Maureen Kennedy (born 1940, Liverpool, died c. 1970) – married comedian Mike Hope – she died in a car accident[4]
  • Jean Owen (born 17 November 1943, Liverpool) – performed under her real name with the group before going solo and changing her name into Samantha Jones. She married her long term adviser, showbiz accountant Jose Goumal
  • Frances Lea (born 1940, St Helens, died 18 May 2014, Reading)
  • Eileen Marina Byrne – (born in 1934, in Bootle, Liverpool, died in 1981 from breast cancer). She married William Percival Homewood (A submariner in The Royal Navy).
  • Ann O’Brien (Simmons) – later in The Pearls
  • Sybil Richardson – still singing and performing in 2011
  • Elizabeth Isaac (born Elizabeth Liddy, 1936) – married John Robert Isaac (a dockyard engineer). Still singing on a regular basis at concerts throughout Wirral.

Discography[edit]

UK singles[edit]

  • “White Bucks and Saddle Shoes” / “Lost and Found” (Parlophone) (1958)
  • “Jealous Heart” / “Now is the Month of Maying” (Parlophone) (1959)
  • “Don’t Look Now But” / “Who Are They To Say?” (Parlophone) (1959)
  • “Boy Meets Girl” / “We Like Boys” (Parlophone) (1960)
  • “Madison Time (with Jimmy Savile)” / “The Oo-We” (Parlophone) (1960)
  • “Ten Little Lonely Boys” / “Anniversary Song” (Parlophone) (1961)
  • “Let’s Get Together” / “No Message” (Parlophone) (1961)
  • “Lover Please” / “You Know What I Mean” (Decca) (1962) – UK No. 16
  • “The Loco-Motion” / “Don’t Wanna Go” (Decca) (1962) – UK No. 47
  • “Funny All Over” / “See for Yourself” (Decca) (1963) – UK 31
  • “Do The Bird” / “I’m Gonna Let My Hair Down” (Decca) (1963) – UK No. 44
  • “He’ll Never Come Back” / “Stay-At-Home” (Decca) (1963)
  • “Tomorrow is Another Day” / “Why, Why, Why?” (Decca) (1963)
  • “We Love the Beatles (Beatlemania)” / “Hey Lover Boy” (Decca) (1964)
  • “Only You Can Do It” / “Stupid Little Girl” (Decca) (1964)
  • “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie” / “Don’t Say Goodbye” (Decca) (1964)
  • EP “The Vernons Girls” (Decca) (1962)
  • LP “The Vernons Girls” (Parlophone) (1958)