As we reported earlier this month, Miranda Otto is indeed active at the ongoing Melbourne International Film Festival in Australia, and recently attended both the MIFF Opening Night on July 24 and the festival ‘Blessed’ Premiere on July 25 2009 (i.e. earlier today). Have a look at the first medium-res photos of the lovely Miranda at both events at our gallery. Enjoy! Report from the Blessed premiere courtesy of Brisbane Times:
The chance to explore the complexities of the mother-child relationship in the new movie Blessed was too much to pass up for real-life mothers Miranda Otto, Deborra-Lee Furness and Frances O’Connor. The three acclaimed Australian actresses join forces in director Ana Kokkinos’ film, adapted from the play Who’s Afraid of the Working Class.
Furness plays Tanya, a married mother of a teenage boy. She is the family’s sole breadwinner. Otto is Bianca, who is more like a sister than a mother to teenage Katrina and O’Connor is cast as Rhonda, a welfare-dependent woman whose three children have different fathers. [...]
Otto, Furness and O’Connor all have four-year-old children – O’Connor a son called Luca, Otto a daughter Darcey, and Furness a daughter Ava, in addition to older son Oscar. “It’s a huge responsibility,” Furness agreed. “Because if there’s something dysfunctional that’s going on, you are going to hand it on to that child and that child’s going to hand it on. You look at the characters in this film, like Frances’ character – you can see obviously her mother would have handed on not a very positive message.” [...]
Despite their flaws, Otto said the women were very human characters who she could relate to. “I think we can all find parts of ourselves a little bit, in each of the characters,” she said.
Blessed, which also stars William McInnes, Tasma Walton and Sophie Lowe, opens nationally on September 10.