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A small snippet from a long, but not very informative article:

(Juno Temple) stars in the Sky Atlantic drama which is inspired by Anaïs Nin’s posthumously published 1979 collection of erotic short stories. The show is set in 1955 in Tangier and combines stories of love and desire with personal drama and political intrigue.

The heady mix had a lasting effect on Juno, who told The Sun’s TV Mag: “The stories awoke a sort of sexual fire in me I didn’t know I had, so to have something come into your life that was a pretty monumental read at 17 was pretty cool. I made a lot of notes in the script where I wanted actual direct quotes from Little Birds and I got a couple of them in there which was really exciting. Little Birds was a very poignant book for me at 17. I thought it was very cool to be a part of a woman exploring erotica in a way that was very brave and new for the time. I think that it’s quite rare to have such a collection of inspirational and complex and difficult roles and characters within a show.”


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This a long and interesting interview, I suggest reading it! (I’ve added my own thoughts in brackets, using Italics.)

Juno Temple is speaking from her boyfriend’s house in LA, during lockdown. (Who could that be?) She’s sleep-deprived, having just moved house and is struggling to stay awake. You really wouldn’t know. The BAFTA-winning actress (you’ll recognise her from projects like ‘Atonement’, ‘Maleficent’ and ‘Dirty John’ – How come nobody ever talks about the movies where she’s the lead?) is upbeat and animated, having just put the finishing touches to a set of necklaces handcrafted for her girlfriends in lockdown (she wanted to study fashion before Hollywood beckoned). “It focuses my brain on something because I’ve got a brain that can be quite hard to manage” she explains of the jewellery-making. Her latest project, ‘Little Birds’ (out next month) sees her play American debutante Lucy Savage. Here, she explains what drew her to it…

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Here’s the second interview about ‘Little Birds (the series)’, this time from TheNews.com:

Juno Temple was 17 when she read Little Birds, a collection of erotic short stories by Anais Nin.

“They really affected me, and woke a sexual sort of fire that I didn’t know I had”,” notes the London-born star, who grew up in Somerset, and has been acting since she was a young teenager. Now, 14 years later, the quirky actress is playing the lead role – New York heiress Lucy Savage – in Sky Atlantic’s adaptation of Nin’s book.“I made a lot of notes of little things that I wanted to add into the script, trying to get actual one-liner direct quotes from Little Birds, and I got a couple of them in there, which was really exciting. That was cool that everyone was open to me doing that.”

Set in Tangier International Zone in 1955, the contemporary and daring tale follows Lucy as she heads to exotic climes for love and marriage.When her husband Hugo does not greet her in the way she expected, she finds herself on a journey to freedom and independence. We see Lucy discovering the surprising, diverse and degenerate world of Tangier, in Morocco, a country quivering on the cusp of independence. Along the way, she meets a myriad of characters including a scandalous dominatrix, Cherifa Lamor (Yumna Marwan) who particularly captures Lucy’s imagination.


The show was shot in Tarifa in Spain, as well in Manchester.While on location, did the cast have any particularly memorable cast nights out after filming had finished for the day?

“When wasn’t there one?!” Temple quickly replies, grinning.“Lots of dinners, lots of conversations, lots of laughter, lots of tears, lots of screaming, lots of hugging. It was great. It was also just an incredible learning experience. Which makes it extra cruel we have to be doing press for this via Zoom, because of a pandemic!” cries Temple. “It really would be nice to be together to do this for real.”


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We’ve asked you if you want to read the many interviews collected about the upcoming Juno-series ‘Little Birds (Series)’. Despite the fact that most of these contain major spoilers, you were interested, so today they will be published one by one. First is an excerpt from The Daily Mail, with all the spoilers removed:

‘Little Birds’ is a period drama like no other (…) it focuses on a female beginning to understand her sexuality. (…) Loosely based on a collection of short stories by Anaïs Nin, the six-part series follows troubled American heiress Lucy Savage, who arrives in the febrile, bohemian Moroccan port of Tangier in 1955.

“In the grand scheme of Little Birds, she is the eyes, the ears, the nose and the tongue” says Juno Temple, the English actress who plays Lucy. “In episode one she arrives fresh off the boat to marry a young, handsome lord and hopefully start her own story. Tangier is this incredible mystery land for Lucy. Everything’s new and exciting to her. It’s like falling down a rabbit hole, and she has to try to be contained in a world in which it would be very easy to explode.”

‘There’s an Anaïs Nin quote we kept going back to – it was on the opening page of our scripts and it works for each character: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Everyone does blossom but their journeys are not always easy, and none of the characters blossom as you think they might. The show is about people learning to exist with who they are and free themselves from whatever kind of entrapment society has put them in.’

The character of Lucy is an amalgamation of several characters in Nin’s Little Birds collection (…).

“I first read Little Birds when I was 17 on a plane journey’ recalls Juno. ‘It was my introduction to this world. It really opened my eyes to a new way of writing and what real eroticism is. In a funny way, I think Lucy is on that same journey of discovery in this show. She has so many things going on inside her. It’s like a bubble bath where the bubbles keep coming up but she can’t let any of them out. She falls head first into this wondrous universe when she sees Cherifa (Yumna Marwan’s character) get up on a stage in a nightclub and act like she’s stronger than all the men in the room. It’s something Lucy learns from her.”

“Lucy starts off as this little bird of paradise who’s there to be looked at. By the end she has escaped her cage. The show is really about people getting to know themselves and be OK with it, even if they’re not who they necessarily thought they were or who they wanted to be.”


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More interviews with Juno about ‘Lost Transmissions’, this time only texts:

In ‘Lost Transmissions’, Juno Temple plays Hannah, a shy songwriter, who learns that her record producer mentor, Theo (Simon Pegg), is schizophrenic. The film follows Hannah as she takes care of Theo, while navigating the United States’ frustrating healthcare system and trying to keep her songwriting career afloat. 

But for Temple, the most difficult scene of ‘Lost Transmissions’ to film wasn’t one of Hannah’s many breakdowns as she struggled to keep Theo out of harm to himself and others, but the parts where she had to sing live for the camera. “What I think challenge-wise, but not an emotionally grueling moment, was all of the singing stuff because that’s not something I do naturally,” she says. “Singing a song in front of people is really hard. I choked a few times.” 

“I got to sit down and talk to Katharine O’Brien and the first thing I asked her was, “Have you experienced anything like this?” And she said, ‘Yeah. This is actually something I went through with a group of friends with one of our nearest and dearest.’ It was a whole group of friends that experienced this with a friend. So Hannah is an arm, a leg, a toe, a nose from all different people. In my family, I’ve had schizophrenia around me. From a young age, I’ve talked to my mother. My mother is a therapist actually, so she’s an incredible person to talk to about life in general, but also talk about mental illness because she also knows about it on a medical level. I think mental illness is personal to each person. Also their reaction to medication is personal, so it’s one of those things where it’s a never-ending conversation really.

I was quite overwhelmed with the fact that it’s quite easy to get a prescription for something, like an antidepressant or things that people don’t necessarily need to be dependent on it. But when someone actually needs medication for something like schizophrenia, it’s a lot harder to get somebody on that medication. Because it does take a minute to kick in and keeping them in a safe place to let that medication kick in is really complicated. I didn’t know about that here [in the United States]. That was pretty fucking mind-blowing to me. It definitely opened my eyes to that.

I think the film is trying to say, ‘Let’s talk about it. Let’s learn about it.’ Because the more we listen, talk and learn about it, the more we can help people going through it. I think there’s still a lot of parts of the world that think of mental illness as an embarrassing, shameful thing, and it’s not. Do you get ashamed when you get the flu? No. You learn about how to make it better.

The scene that I find the hardest to watch is when Hannah goes to the homeless shelter and Theo is there. I thought Simon was so real in that scene that it really threw me when he looked up at me and he just wasn’t there. There was this appearance he managed to create and that was frightening and heartbreaking. It was one of those things, where I was like, ‘Oh my God. Was that real? Was it not?’ 

There are sounds going around all the time. If you really listen to those sounds, it can really take you to another place. With mental illness and things going around you, things become very heightened and sometimes that can become really frightening. So I think “lost transmissions,” that actual phrase, is about all the signs and sounds that are going around us and if we pay attention to them, they could make us feel mad or they could be teaching us something. It’s a fine line, isn’t it?”

(Editor’s note: This article is written in a way that it doesn’t state clearly who said the whole second part. It must have been Juno, but I didn’t knew her mom is a therapist.)


Congratulations on the film! How did you get involved in Lost Transmissions?

I got sent the script and I read it and it really effected me, it felt very personal. I thought the characters were so beautifully nuanced and so honest and Simon Pegg was attached before I was and I thought it was going to be such a brilliant role for him because he comes from a background of so much comedy but he’s such a fiercely intelligent human and I also think that most humans, when they’re going through things that are challenging in life, do tend to bring humor into it to get through it and so I thought it was really genius casting and I think he’s pretty amazing in this film. Then, I read the script and I responded immediately, loving it, and I met with Katherine and I just think she’s one of the most truly graceful humans I’ve met in my life, she carries herself with such grace. Yet there’s a huge world of experience in that graceful creature that I found intoxicating and I was really excited to work with. I really am grateful because I think my mind was expanded from this experience.

What is the origin of this story?

It’s something that Katherine  experienced with a friend and I think, that’s what I mean about opening the doors to talk about it, actually, a lot of people battle with mental health issues. One is schizophrenia, one is depression, an eating disorder is a mental illness. You know, I put my hand up and I say, I battle with stuff and I’ve got a lot of family members that have been through all different kinds of mental health issues and I think it’s something that really is important to start talking about because actually if we start talking about it people won’t feel so alienated if they’re going through it. Also, if we start talking about it, people will be more honest about what they’re going through in their own minds, you know? And I don’t think, banish is maybe too extreme of a word, but banish people from everyday life because of their mental health. I think that really needs to start changing.

What are you hoping the audience takes away from Lost Transmissions? 

I hope they are open to learning more about mental health and about what mental health means and what it is to have people that are suffering from mental health issues in your life and actually being something more fluid in open conversation, I think that’s really important and I really hope that people start really talking about it if they see this film.


And here’s a third interview, but I warn everyone, it’s full of spoilers, because the journalist basically wrote down everything that happens in the movie.

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Here’s a video and a text-format interview about ‘Lost Transmissions’, which just came out last week. In the video, Juno talks first, until the 04:35 minute mark, then comes Katherine O’Brien, director of the movie. Following the More tag, you can read other thoughts from Ms. Temple regarding this work of hers:

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