Award-winning influencer Mary Leest reveals this year’s Cannes Film Festival beauty and fashion trends 

Mary Leest is a global influencer with more than 1.1m followers on Instagram. Glossy magazines regularly name her as one of the most influential people in fashion and she has appeared on a Times Square billboard and a Hudson Street NYC billboard for Calvin Klein. She’s also worked with the brands Carolina Herrera, Bulgari, Fendi,…

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Billie Vee stars in her self-penned film ‘Sparrow’s Call’, premiering at the London Independent Film Festival

Greek-British actress Billie Vee has written – and stars in – the psychological thriller ‘Sparrow’s Call’, which is showing at London’s Genesis Cinema on Sunday 21st April. Billie is thrilled that the film, which is directed by Tim Kent, has been officially selected for the London Independent Film Festival as it explores the challenges of being…

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Samantha Coughlan on her supporting roles in ‘Arcadian’ with Nicolas Cage and ‘Damaged’ with Samuel L. Jackson

Canadian-born, London-based actress Samantha Coughlan says it’s a “thrill” to be appearing alongside Hollywood legends in two new films. Her background is in theatre, but she loved working on the dark, dystopian film ‘Arcadian’ and detective thriller ‘Damaged’, both out on 12 April in the US. Here she talks about filming in Ireland with Nicolas…

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Celebrating female filmmakers on International Women’s Day with SheDoesFilmz

Official film history often forgets about female directors, says Julie Des, the founder of SheDoesFilmz, a subscription service featuring solely female-directed films. She’s hoping to remedy that, and during the week of 4-11 March, new subscribers will get a 50% discount on annual membership, to mark International Women’s Day. Julie says: “For the price of…

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Monaco-based influencer Niloo Poodinehi talks 2024 fashion trends

Niloo Poodinehi is a Monte Carlo-based fashion influencer and business owner with an astonishing 1.5m followers on Instagram. The Persian-Dutch style maven loves elegant, luxurious fashion, and her Insta account shows her dressed in beautiful gowns attending countless special occasions, often accompanied by members of the Monaco royal family. She has a master’s degree in…

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British-born Elizabeth Blake-Thomas on directing ‘Hunt Club’ starring Mena Suvari, and writing her new self-help book

Elizabeth Blake-Thomas is a film director, author and founder of mental health practice Medicine With Words. Elizabeth, who is British but based in Los Angeles, directed this year’s release ‘Hunt Club’, starring ‘American Pie’ star Mena Suvari alongside Casper Van Dien and Mickey Rourke, as well as the new film ‘Caralique’, which is out now.…

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Style ambassador and Instagram influencer Niloo Poodinehi on her new fashion line

Monte-Carlo-based Niloo Poodinehi’s new fashion collection is inspired by Monaco’s famously elegant royal family. Niloo’s creativity has previously been channelled into interior design, architecture and modelling – not to mention her impressive real-estate portfolio – but she says that “fashion is my passion”. Here she talks about her scientific background, living around the world, and the biggest…

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Emiko Ishii’s joyous choreography embraces all genres

Dancer, actor, choreographer and entrepreneur Emiko Ishii puts on dance performances that turn stereotypes on their head. British born and of Japanese heritage, Emiko has her own dance company, Epika Dance, which fuses Indian and Japanese dance, hip hop and martial arts. She’s worked on incredible projects including dancing at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony,…

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Actress Anna Silverman on how fashion influences Hollywood, and vice versa

The actress Anna Silverman, known for her powerful stage portrayals of iconic characters such as Anna Karenina, is a style obsessive. For her, the clothes a character wears are a portal into their personality, emotional state and deepest desires. The Russian-born, London-based theatre and film actress is currently working on a production that embraces 1920s…

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Actress Charlie Blackwood on her new role in the Apple TV+ series ‘The Enfield Poltergeist’

Charlie Blackwood’s career debuted at The National Theatre, followed by The Royal Opera House, London. In quick succession, she fast became known for her lead role in ‘Matriarch’ movie released by Lionsgate and now she’s taken a new role in TV which has just been released. ‘The Enfield Poltergeist’ is produced for Apple TV+ by…

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Anna Fishbeyn’s ‘Galaxy 360: A Woman’s Playground’ premieres in New York

Anna Fishbeyn is set to unveil her highly anticipated film, “Galaxy 360: A Woman’s Playground,” with a dazzling premiere at the legendary Angelika Film Center on Wednesday, September 13th.  Drawing inspiration from the iconic Rocky Horror Picture Show, this extraordinary film promises an immersive cinematic experience like no other, complete with interactive screenings, a glittery disco dress code,…

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From Britain’s Got Talent to Bollywood: Emiko Ishii finds success in acting, dancing and choreography

British-born actor, action performer,dancer and choreographer Emiko Ishii was once told by her theatrical agent that there were no roles for Japanese actors. But she’s proved them wrong with her vibrant and multi-stranded career, which has included critically acclaimed theatre, action movies and Bollywood films. She’s also a professional dancer and choreographer, and owns her…

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Comedian and actor Annameka Andrade on mental health and the entertainment industry

Jamaican-born Annameka Andrade is a BRIT School alumni who’s acted in a number of independent films including ‘Mercenaries’ and ‘Payback Season’. She’s also a stand-up comic who performs on the London circuit, sharing her experiences of growing up as an immigrant in the UK. The third string to Annameka’s bow is helping other women in…

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Actress Valery Danko hailed as a ‘young Grace Kelly’ for her role in ’97 Minutes’

British-Ukrainian actress Valery Danko has a scene-stealing role in the upcoming action film ‘97 Minutes’, alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Alec Baldwin. The gripping film is about a hijacked aeroplane that has 97 minutes before it runs out of fuel. Its producer, Pavan Grover, said: “Valery has incredible charisma and screen presence. When she is…

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Award-winning actress Melissa De Mol on her role in the international hit series ‘Slave Market’ 

English actress Melissa De Mol, who started her career in theatre, has recently appeared in two very different projects – the Egyptian-shot ‘Slave Market’ and the British feature film ‘Gone To Ground’. She talks about immersing herself in her projects, partying on the Nile, and the joy of on-set camaraderie. How did you get into the…

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Award-winning Actress & Writer, Jennifer Preston, tells us what inspired her to start her successful screen journey

Jennifer Preston has appeared in Amazon’s ‘Wheel of Time’, ITVs ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Emmerdale’, as well as several award-winning features and short films. She also wrote, co-produced and starred in the award winning short film ‘Milo’. Jennifer, please tell us about your acting beginnings? Stage was where I started my acting career. I was a…

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Actress Burgandi Trejo Phoenix on ‘Spirit Rangers’ and staying true to her roots

Los Angeles-based actor, dancer, voice-over artist, singer and writer Burgandi Trejo Phoenix stars in the new Netflix series, ‘Spirit Rangers’. The animated series is created, written and performed by an almost entirely Native/Indigenous team. Burgandi, who has Indigenous (Yaqui) Mexican and Spanish roots, uses her voice in the industry to campaign for the accurate representation…

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Anna Fishbeyn’s Empathy Project: What would happen if men wore heels in order to better understand women? 

Fiery, Funny feminist filmmaker Anna Fishbeyn has an answer to that – on Facebook Live. SUNDAYS WITH ANNA – Sunday nights at 6:30 PM EST. Anna’s first feature film, ‘Galaxy 360 A Woman’s Playground’, is often described as a cult classic. The film wowed industry insiders at Cannes and found a passionate audience at TIFF with the attention-getting trailer airing nationwide…

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Exclusive interview with actress Laura Patalano

The incredibly talented Los Angeles based actress LAURA PATALANO is a Latina woman in showbiz on the rise! She is starring alongside Latino comedian Chris Estrada as a series regular in ‘This Fool‘ the highly anticipated Hulu Original comedy series which is produced by ABC Signature and began streaming on August 12th 2022. Laura plays the strong-willed, pragmatic, and loving…

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Acting, producing and always learning: Stacey Edward Harris’s success in the film world

Stacey Edward Harris is an actress, producer and writer who’s currently studying at LA’s premier acting school, Baron Brown Studio. She has worked many times with the UK’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) and has shared the screen as an actress with big names including Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt. Stacey is appearing in upcoming…

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Tilda Del Toro talks about ‘Life Lessons,’ ‘The Thing About Pam,’ and what she has learned about saying no

It’s been two years since Tilda Del Toro graced our screens in the film noir ‘Capone’, working with Tom Hardy. Here she talks about losing her father, making tough decisions, and her exciting new roles. How are you?  I’m good. It’s a beautiful summer’s day and I’m grateful for that. In a time when many…

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Anna Fishbeyn on the bold and empowering fashion in ‘Galaxy 360: A Woman’s Playground’

Anna Fishbeyn’s new film, ‘Galaxy 360: A Woman’s Playground’,which she directs and stars in, took this year’s Cannes Film Festival by storm. A sci-fi comedy set in 2195, when women rule the world, it’s a funny and biting satire on gender roles – but it also embraces outlandish and joyful fashion. Anna’s character of Illumina,…

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Model Gia Skova writes, directs and stars in ‘The Serpent’

Russian-born, US-based actress and model Gia Skova likes a challenge. Not only did she write her new film, ‘The Serpent’, she also directed it and appeared in the star role of Lucinda Kavsky. What’s more, Gia created the character of Lucinda, a special agent who works for an ultra-secret part of the CIA, by drawing…

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Lucas A. Ferrara Film Fund, in partnership with Broken Flames Productions helps talented UK scriptwriters get their voices heard

The Lucas A. Ferrara Film Fund, in partnership with Broken Flames Productions, helps emerging scriptwriters get a break in a competitive industry. In this, its second year, entrants will get the opportunity to have their scripts read by a panel of industry professionals, with the winner having their project financed and produced. The deadline for…

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Interview with actress, producer and comedian Karina Diglyte

Karina Diglyte is a Lithuanian-born actress, comedian and producer, known for her work on projects such as Fourever, Clowning, and Stan the Man.  Here, we talk to Karina about her acting career to date, the path she took to get to where she is today, and all the exciting projects that she has coming up.…

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Interview with US-Brazilian screenwriter Laura Malin

Laura Malin is a bestselling Brazilian author and screenwriter whose female, Latino production company is based in LA. Laura has worked on the development of films including ‘Head Over Heals 3’ and TV series such as ‘The Awakener: The Series’ among many other film and TV projects. Here she talks about why she always wants to champion Brazilian…

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Producer Martina Adamcova on bringing real stories to the screen

Shooting films during a pandemic is challenging, especially when restrictions are changing constantly, but Martina Adamcova has made it possible. The Canadian producer and film maker, also known as Tina Adams, works in four languages and films all over the globe. Focused on documentaries, Martina works with big names and diverse, challenging subjects. Here she…

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Award-winning actress Kamala Lopez fights for female equality

Kamala Lopez – known for acting roles in ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ and ‘This Is Us’ – has affected real change with her documentary, ‘Equal Means Equal’.The film helpedspur a movement to complete the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the US Constitution, with Kamala leading the charge. She made ‘Equal Means Equal’ after…

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‘Galaxy 360: A Woman’s Playground’ explores a funny, feminist future

Actress, comedian, writer and film director Anna Fishbeyn is best-known for her comedy web series ‘Happy Hour Feminism’. Her boundary-breaking new feature film, ‘Galaxy 360: A Woman’s Playground’, which Anna directs and stars in, is out soon. She’s won an Award of Recognition for Leading Actress for ‘Happy Hour Feminism’, as well as Best Director…

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Multilingual actress and film director Tina Adams shares her industry-insider tips

Tina Adams – also known as Martina Adamcova – is a Canadian actress and film director who works in four different languages. Her acting credits include ‘Pasáz’, which was directed by the acclaimed Juraj Herz; and she’s directed the feature films ‘Hotel Limbo’ and ‘The Perfect Kiss’ and short film ‘Treat and Cheat’. Tina told…

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Nordic International Film Festival returns for in person screenings at Fotografiska New York

Nordic International Film Festival (NIFF) returns for in person screenings at Fotografiska New York With 27 titles, 18 films will premiere during the 5 days of the Nordic International Film Festival, running August 25th through August 29th. Included in the screenings is full access to Fotografiska New York, and all of the exhibition floors.  Now…

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Tilda Del Toro, Rowena Koenig and Lucia Senesi awarded ARRI Grant for “Black Madonna” — a film with diverse all-female cast & women-led crew

Tilda Del Toro (‘Capone’ (BRON Studios), ‘Night School’ (Universal Pictures)), Rowena Koenig (Berlinale Talent Campus Alumna, ‘Hirokin: The Last Samurai’ (starring Wes Bentley), and Lucia Senesi (‘A Short Story’, Alliance of Women Directors) have been awarded The Franz Wieser ARRI Grant for ‘Black Madonna‘. The short film features Black actress Tye Myers (‘Angels in Paradise’, ‘Loop’) in the title role and showcases under-represented voices both in front of…

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Producer Karina Michel on empowering fresh female talent in films

Anglo-American producer Karina Michel is passionate about supporting rising female talent in the film industry. She’s currently executive-producing two films produced and directed by talented young women, both of which aim to de-stigmatise mental illness.  ‘Self-Charm’ tackles the issue of self-harm. It’s directed and produced by 19-year-old Ella Greenwood (‘Faulty Roots’) and stars 18-year-old Bukky…

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Academics and experts get their voices heard in new Nina Kojima’s Brexit documentary

‘Brexit Through The Non-Political Glass’ is a new documentary that takes a fresh look at Britain’s once-in-a-generation referendum on Europe.  The film’s director, writer and producer, Nina Kojima, is an Eastern European immigrant. Despite now considering herself British, she did not have a right to vote in the Brexit referendum five years ago. Here she…

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Interview with actress Nadia Lamin, star of new horror film ‘Hosts’

Up-and-coming actress Nadia Lamin is inspired by classic Hollywood films, and her latest projects range from edge-of-the-seat horror to tragi-comedy. Nadia’s most recent film, the terrifying home-invasion film ‘Hosts’, has had a lot of media attention. But this is just the beginning. The actress has many other projects lined up, including ‘Giddy Stratospheres’, set in…

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Tilda Del Toro signs with Emerging Talent Agency in New York

Actress and filmmaker Tilda Del Toro, whose recent film appearances include ‘Capone’ and ‘Night School’, has signed with Emerging Talent Agency in New York City.  Tilda was most recently seen opposite Tom Hardy in the film‘Capone’, in the role of Mona Lisa, Al Capone’s mysterious ex-lover and mother of his illegitimate child. The film, which…

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Find hidden cinematic talent on the first film platform featuring 100% female directors

She Does Filmz is the first 100% women-director film platform and the perfect place to discover award-winning films from around the world. Films by women – even those acclaimed by prestigious festivals – have historically been under-represented or less distributed, and so are harder to find. She Does Filmz fills that gap, featuring women directors…

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Nadia Lamin stars in home-invasion supernatural horror ‘Hosts’

Nadia is an actress known for films including ‘Homeless Ashes’, ‘Nefarious’ and ‘Chimera’. She now stars in ‘Hosts’, a horror feature film directed by Richard Oakes and Adam Leader. A family fall victim on Christmas Eve to a series of vicious attacks orchestrated by their neighbours whom against their will, have been controlled by a dark…

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Interview with Coco Lloyd, star of new horror film ‘Heks’

British/Australian actress Coco Lloyd stars in and co-produces new indie horror film ‘Heks’, which tells a deliciously creepy story. The film, written and directed by South African actress Reine Swart, takes in murder, witch doctors, and curses… Alongside her acting career, Coco is also a writer, producer and singer. She grew up in Hitchin, England,…

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Audrey L’Ebrellec stars as Laudine in ‘Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot’

‘Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot’ stars Audrey L’Ebrellec as Laudine, showcasing her formidable stage combat skills. She appears alongside Richard Short (‘Mary Kills People’) as King Arthur and Richard Brake (‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’, ‘Game of Thrones’) as Merlin. The film is released on DVD on 13 July and can be pre-ordered on Amazon. …

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