Amazing times. December 13th saw the official premiere of "Der Lack ist ab" in Berlin. What a lovely evening! I feel blessed and humbled to have been involved in such a fantastic, award-winning series. Working with such a gifted and lovely team, including Kai Wiesinger, Bettina Zimmermann, and the fab production team of Phantomfilm, is every actor's dream.
...busy times indeed. First things first: I've finished updating and editing my new international reel. Horay! :D
I just realized that it's been a while since I updated this part of my website - the reason for this being that I was so busy acting, travelling, and enjoying the summer, that I simply forgot!
So much has happened over the last couple of months, I cannot wait to share it on here - one post at a time! ;-)
With autumn pretty much in full swing, now is the perfect time to get comfy, snuggle, and look back - bear with me as I gradually update this blog. Happy autumn everyone! :-)
A year ago, my short film "Therapy Vlog" made waves at the 2016 Snowdance Independent Film Festival in Landsberg, Bavaria.
When your best buddy is a stuffed Penguin called "Piepser" (Piepser insists on being called "Beaker" in English, because he likes Beaker the chem assistant on "Sesame Street"), and you spend your week doing hugging workshops, practicing odd flirting techniques on the Berlin underground - that is definitely an ice-breaker when you're meeting casting directors, producers and filmmakers.
I am proud to say that the Snowdance jury voted "Therapy Vlog" amongst the Top 11 out of 400 submissions, and that I was also shortlisted for the "Marlene" acting award.
Anyhow. I've gone back into the editing suite, and I'm super-pleased to re-release my "Therapy Vlog" in it's update international version. Enjoy! And let me know what you think.
Berlinale has always held a special place in my life as an actor and filmmaker.
When I first moved to Germany in 2012, this was the first big film festival I ever attended. Since then, I've been a regular, despite the freezing February weather and the imperative to always pack a pair of warm, comfy boots together with your stiletto heels. That's Berlinale fashion to you, and I think it works superbly well for this city of unassuming, odd glamour. This being said, once you dive in, it really is a full, intense 10-day programme, butI love the challenge of navigating the exciting, if exhausting, mix of inspiring, thought-provoking films, fancy red-carpet evening receptions and industry talks while trying not to catch the typical Berlinale flu.
But Berlinale is serious for me, too. As a member of German Actors Union BFFS as well as in my capacity as one of its Berlin branch representatives, the film festival is an important opportunity for me to raise awareness for issues pertaining to our industry; to talk to my fellow creatives about our work, both aesthetically, but also pragmatically; the kinds of stories we want to tell and see on screen, as well as the question of how to finance these stories and provide fair pay, regardless of gender, race and age, to the many important people who help bring these stories to life. Filmmaking is always a team effort, made by highly qualified, motivated and passionate creatives who deserve appropriate respect and financial compensation. Berlinale always makes me incredibly proud to call myself an actress, and to identify as a member of the creative family.
Stay creative - and keep making those time machines out of DeLoreans. :)
And just like that, 2016 has ended and made way for a shiny, brand-new year 2017!
I wish you all a very happy, healthy, and most importantly a creative new Year - may 2017 be blessed and full of love, kindness and empathy for us all.
Looking over my news section, I realize that I haven't posted an update since August. Entschuldigung. Things got quite busy, I simply forgot. So, without further ado, here's a quick update, and a heartfelt "thank you" to these last months of 2016, which have been rich and filled with joy and creativity.
"Assangelkisses" has been waiting to happen for a long time, so I am immensely proud to say that we finally started shooting this gorgeous, Berlin-based comedy. I am honoured to play the lead role of NORMA, a clumsy, down-on-her-luck, newly-single and completely hapless 30-something Berliner, who needs to learn an important lesson.
Having shot most of the indoors scenes, we are currently on a winter break (ah, these Berlin winters are just too cold...), and wil resume shooting the outdoor scenes in the spring. I can't wait to see the finished film and for it to hit the festival circuit!
"Finding Dory" - Berlin Premiere
Rarely does a movie make me cry and laugh at the same time - FINDING DORY did exactly that. And it did so beautifully. DISNEY very kindly invited me to the German premiere of their latest offspring. It was a genuinely delightful evening, with an even more delightful film.
DAfF Awards Show
I am a member of and proudly support the German Academy for Television / Deutsche Akademie für Fernsehen. Its annual symposium is followed by an awards show and glorious afterparty. This is always a great moment to catch up with colleagues and review some of the best moments in German television of the past year. And, as you can tell from the phote, we had lots of fun with the photo booth.
From left to right: Wrapping up 2016, I had a blast shooting a supporting role in the upcoming feature film FREAK CITY (d: Andreas Kannengießer / p: Leyendas) - my first ever nightshoot! I loved supporting and meeting German Familiy Minister Manuela Schwesig on the occasion of the "Equal Pay Day 2017" event in Berlin. Likewise, I had massive fun helping out with and shooting a 90-second "about me" video for "BFFS ungeschminkt", the German actors' union brilliant selftape project, which brings together Berlin actors and casting directors. Stay tuned for the screening in 2017. Last but not least, I updated my youtube channel with a little comedy stand-up Christmas address. You can check this, as well as my other reels and scenes, out on my YOUTUBE CHANNEL.
July saw me head back to the UK, my beloved second home and country of adoption.
While enjoying the creative buzz of London and meeting up with my new agent, Peter Davis of dQ Management, I was delighted to be invited for an interview by Cambridge TV in order to talk about my award-nominated short "Therapy Vlog", all things acting as well as balancing my two careers as an actress and an academic.
I had met filmmaker/doctor Nidhi Gupta, the presenter of Cambridge TV's film and culture series "Celluloid Dreams" at this year's Cannes film festival, whereupon she invited me up to Cambridge for an interview on my career and my short film. Despite my nervousness, I tremendously enjoyed the experience - and am genuinely in awe of Nidhi and her impressive range of creative projects (if you haven't already, go and check out this busy doctor!)
You can view my interview in season 2, episode 6 of "Celluloid Dreams" - I am on from about 19:00 onwards. Happy viewing! :)
Happy Birthday DSP! Julia is a longterm member of the German Actors Union BFFS and supports their work as a volunteer. May 20th saw the 5th birthday of the German Actors Union Award, which Julia attended at the Zoopalast Berlin.
No better time than May in order to flee a still somewhat timid German spring and attend the Cannes International film festival!
Julia had the immense pleasure of working with American director Will von Tagen on his feature film "After Walpurgisnacht". Julia played the role of historian Dr Siebert in this mystery thriller set in Berlin and the Harz region, with its rich, yet at times unsettling heritage of folklore, artefacts and fairy tales.
Hosted by Northern Lights Promotion, the Northern Lights Gala aims to promote Nordic actors during the Berlin International Film Festival. This gala evening also hosted the Harpa Music Awards, which rewarded outstanding artists in the field of film music. Julia was delighted to attend this event at the Nordic Embassies in Berlin and support her fellow colleagues from Northern Europe.
Julia's 90-second short on "Time" has made the top 11 in the Speedcasting event at the Snowdance Independent Film Festival in Landsberg (Bavaria), 30 January 2016.
The Speedcasting at Snowdance is a full-day event, organized by CastForward and CastMag, which gives a selected group of actors the opportunity to meet and network with casting directors, producers and filmmakers.
Disclaimer: This motion picture is protected under the copyright laws of Germany and other countries throughout the world. While I do thank my muses who inspired me to create this motion picture, the story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons, places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred. No penguins were harmed in the making of this motion picture.