When we first see Fanny Robin, a minor character in “Far From the Madding Crowd,” she’s mooning over her handsome fiance (Tom Sturridge). When we next see her, she’s arriving for their wedding — at the wrong church. The third time, she’s unmarried, pregnant and starving. We don’t know what happened between the mixup and the destitution, but Juno Temple, who plays Robin, says it’s not actually that important.
“I think, in a weird way, it works,” Temple says. “You just know that whatever happened, it’s not nice; it’s a completely huge downward spiral.”
Sudden reversal of fortune is one of the major themes in the film. Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) starts out orphaned and poor; thanks to a dead uncle she winds up the mistress of a farm. Sheep farmer Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts) begins prosperous; accidentally, he ends up not. Fanny isn’t immune to the disastrous hand of fate.
“If she had just made it while he was standing in the church,” Temple says. “It was just a mistake, just an honest mistake.”
While Temple pities her pitiable character, she says she’s also proud of her.
“The thing for me that was really key is that, even when her life had completely tumbled out of control, she never felt sorry for herself,” Temple says. “I don’t think she’s a tragic character, because she fights right to the end.”
Julien Temple is directing a biopic about The Kinks, with Ray Davies and Dave Davies working on the soundtrack.
The director of The Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle, Glastonbury and Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten will begin shooting the movie later in 2015.
The film, You Really Got Me, is set to star Johnny Flynn as Ray Davies, George Mackay as Dave Davies and Juno Temple as Rasa Davies.
“We’ve got the music rights and Ray and Dave will work on the soundtrack,” says the film’s producer Joe Thomas.
“This is an exciting chance to tell The Kinks story in a visceral and real way,” Julien Temple told ScreenDaily. “The lyrics of The Kinks have always been fascinating to me and there is an amazing human story here as well which has yet to be captured on film.”
The director added: “It’s not easy to find British leading men who can deliver the kind of musically compelling performances we need and we have those in Johnny and George.”
The script for You Really Got Me has been produced by Likely Lads writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.
Sunny Afternoon, a musical based on The Kinks’ music and story, is currently playing in London.
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Juno Temple describes why it’s so important for her to make a complete investment to the roles she takes.