I saw the first images of Golden Age on the big screen today. OK, so it was just the make up and costume tests. But hey, my breath was taken away by the beauty of the two women I saw on screen.
First Cate Blanchette. This woman only grows more beautiful with age. 8 years after I first saw her through the camera lens for Elizabeth, she looks more attractive. More formidable. More vulnerable.
And with her is the wonderful Abbie Cornish. Another Aussie, playing Bess Throckmorton. Abbie is a very contemporary looking girl, and has done some wonderful contemporary work. Check her out in her films, Sumersault, and Candy. I think there was some concern how she wold transform into a ‘period’ look.
I never worry about any of that. I look at myself and wonder, 400 years from now, if anyone makes a film about me, would they make me look ‘period’ ? People were living, breathing folks those days, and many of them walked with a slight hunch and a silly grin on their face like I do.
Anyway, Abbie looks just as wonderful in her period costumes. These two women have an enmeshed relationship in the film. I can’t explain it all now, but looking at the film from the mythic point of view, Bess Throckmorton represents the mortal side of Elizabeth. Amost as if Elizaebeth, in denial of her mortal, earthly, non divine self, has imposed that mortal self upon a younger, beautiful girl that is so obviously of the earth and mortality.
I can tell u though, this is going to be a very exciting relationship. Never seen this before, on screen.