How I landed the part of ‘Rhonna’ in the new Duncan Jones movie ‘Mute’ by Nikki Lamborn

How I landed the part of ‘Rhonna’ in the new Duncan Jones movie ‘Mute’ by Nikki Lamborn

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How I landed the part of ‘Rhonna' in the new Duncan Jones movie ‘Mute’ by Nikki Lamborn

It all started with a mysterious phone call out of the blue around four years ago. The person on the end of the line introduced himself as Duncan Jones, said he was a film director and had worked on the movie Moon which at that point I hadn’t seen.

 

He asked me if I could act; I said that in a way I acted when playing with my band Never The Bride. The songs I write with my band-mate Catherine Feeney are very passionate, about real life: people that we see every day, places we’ve been, relationships, friendships, love, loss etc. I told him I’d done a few odd plays for friends but wouldn’t really call myself an actor. He thanked me, hung up and that was that. I just got on with life.

 

Then in August 2016, I got an email from casting director Manuel Puro asking if I’d be interested in auditioning for a movie by Duncan Jones called Mute, it was a complete surprise.

 

Straight away I Googled Duncan Jones. There he was, and there were his parents, David and Angela Bowie. I couldn’t believe it.

 

I read through some of what he’d achieved and was blown away by this man’s talent – he was already a BAFTA-winning director, had worked with some of the biggest actors on the planet, and now he was asking for me. I’m thinking, why me?

 

It turns out that Duncan had seen me on a TV programme thirteen years before. The way he tells the story, after the show he turned to his girlfriend and said, “That girl is gonna play Rhonna in my new movie.”

 

The TV show he was talking about was called Faking it, which was about taking a person out of their natural workplace and training them up as something completely bonkers. For instance, one episode was about a ballet dancer to wrestler, then another vicar to car dealer or even a sheep shearer to hairdresser. These people would be trained up over around a week or two and then have to perform in front of professionals as well as the public. The idea was, could they fool the professionals or would they get found out?

 

My episode was Cambridge Choir Girl to Rock Chick. I am also a vocal coach and was asked to coach and get the choirgirl ready to fake. This Faking it show was Episode 23 in Series 5, 2004, so that’s how long ago Duncan knew I would be Rhonna.

 

Meanwhile, back in the land of auditions, we finally settled a date. I was sent lines to learn and off it all went.

 

To say I was terrified doesn’t come close! I had no clue what to expect. Who was Rhonna? What was the film about?

 

I met up with Manny (Manuel Puro, the casting director) in London’s West End to audition with him just one-to-one. We went into a square white room with two chairs and a table. He set up a small camera on a tripod and sort of said, “Okay, when you’re ready” Talk about completely thrown in at the deep end. There’s me thinking there might be some props and some kind of vibe of Mute but no, it was what looked like a padded cell.

 

Manny couldn’t have been a nicer, kinder person. He nurtured me, gave me direction, and gave me chances to try different ways of saying the lines. Then afterwards he thanked me and said he’d be in touch and to expect someone to contact me either way in a few days, those days dragged and dragged.

 

Eventually, an email arrived saying that Duncan and Manny could see something in me that they liked and wanted me to see an acting coach to teach me more, take me through my lines and get me ready for another audition. So, almost immediately I had a crash course in acting!  I saw a coach three mornings in a row, and on the third afternoon, I went for my second audition.

 

Then I waited for around two weeks for any word.  Of course, now I really want to do this, so these two weeks of waiting were torture. Every time the phone rang or an email pinged in, or a buzz or beep sounded anywhere, my heart was in my mouth!

 

I was in Norway on tour. I’d just turned out the lights in my hotel room and after a long travel day and snuggled down for a nap before the evening’s performance. I was just dozing off when the phone rang; it was Manny, saying that the powers that be were still making their minds up, so there was no news. He’d called to say just that: “There is no news”! I could understand as this was a big movie and I was Nikki Lamborn, a little unknown actor-to-be –until then I’d been in my own world of music. Anyway, no news was good news as they say so I was still in with a chance! With great difficulty I had to try to close my eyes again, try to stop thinking about it all, as what was important now was singing and tonight’s show.

 

It was just a few days later when I finally got the heads-up, I’d got the part. I could hardly believe it. This was totally surreal; I was going to be in a movie with BAFTA-award-winning director Duncan Jones, together with award-winning A-list actors, Alex Skarsgard, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux and even a cameo appearance by Sam Rockwell.

 

Days later, I’m on a plane to Berlin where Mute is being filmed.

 

It wasn’t until then I was told how Duncan really wanted me to be there with this incredible cast playing Rhonna it would be true to say he stuck his neck out to get me in Mute.

 

So on my first day of filming in my life there I was, at the world-famous Babelsberg Film Studios where Fritz Lang made the movie Metropolis, about to work with all these amazing people: actors, crew, caterers, drivers, set builders, what an experience.

 

I even had a trailer with my name on – Rhonna – this is stuff that dreams are made of. Don’t wake me up!

 For more about Nikki Lamborn visit www.neverthebride.com

Distant Sky – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live In Copenhagen

Distant Sky – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live In Copenhagen

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In Cinemas Worldwide - April 12th 2018

For one night only, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will share a show from their celebrated 2017 world tour on cinema screens worldwide.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ phenomenal tour started in Australia in January 2017, before continuing on to the USA and ending in Europe. Filmed at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena in October 2017, Distant Sky captures an extraordinary and triumphant live concert from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

Performing new album Skeleton Tree’s exquisite compositions alongside songs from their essential catalogue, the band’s first shows in 3 years provoked an ecstatic response in fans, critics and band alike, renewing profound and intimate relationships wherever they played:

★★★★★ “An extraordinary response to the unimaginable” The Telegraph

★★★★★ “Joyous and unexpectedly triumphant” The Guardian

★★★★★ “Tense and thunderous at times, tender and cathartic at others. It’s masterful.” The Independent


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ seven-piece touring line-up features Nick Cave(vocals, piano), Warren Ellis (piano, keyboards, violin, tenor guitar), Martyn Casey (bass), Thomas Wydler (drums), Jim Sclavunos (vibraphone, percussion, piano), George Vjestica (guitar) and Larry Mullins (keyboards, piano).

Directed by award winning filmmaker David BarnardDistant Sky – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live in Copenhagen will be distributed by Trafalgar Releasing, and shown in 500 cinemas worldwide for one night only on 12thApril.

Trafalgar Releasing CEO, Marc Allenby commented: “We are excited to be working with Nick Cave and his team for the third time with this amazing gig from Copenhagen from his most recent, highly acclaimed tour. We are big fans of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds at Trafalgar and look forward to sharing the fruits of this collaboration with cinema goers and music fans alike around the world.”

Tickets are now on sale.

For the full list of cinemas taking part in this special one night only event and for ticket information, please visit http://www.nickcave.com/

RONAN KEATING ATTENDS THE WORLD PREMIER OF ‘ANOTHER MOTHER’S SON’

RONAN KEATING ATTENDS THE WORLD PREMIER OF ‘ANOTHER MOTHER’S SON’

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RONAN KEATING ATTENDS THE WORLD PREMIER OF 'ANOTHER MOTHER'S SON'

Ronan Keating attended the world premier last week of the film ‘Another Mother’s Son’, in which he stars. Photographed with lead actress Jenny Seagrove and his co-stars at the Odeon Leicester Square in central London, Ronan Keating plays Harold Le Druillene, the concerned brother to Seagrove’s character who takes in an injured Prisoner of War on the Nazi occupied island of Jersey.

Joined by his wife Storm, the premier also attracted a host of TV stars and other celebrities. To read the coverage online, click here.

Hamilton star collaborates with Disney for new film, ‘Moana’.

Hamilton star collaborates with Disney for new film, ‘Moana’.

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Hamilton star collaborates with Disney for new film, 'Moana'.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new film “Moana” is about an adventurous teenager who, with help from demigod Maui, sails out on a daring mission to become a wayfinder, save her people and discover her own identity.  Along with stars such as Auli‘i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson providing voices for the characters, the film also features music from Tony and Grammy award winning lyricist/composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Phillipa Soo, Tony-nominated for her work in ‘Hamilton’, also joins the star-studded cast and lends her voice for a villager of Motunui, Moana’s home island, in the film.

For more information on this new movie release, click here.