Ellie Bamber graces the cover of Rollacoster’s Autumn/Winter 2018 issue, available now to pre-order.

Here’s what the 21-year-old The Nutcracker and the Four Realms actress had to say…

On her favorite actresses: “Definitely Nicole Kidman. Moulin Rouge was one of those films that I watched as a kid and was like ‘Oh my god, that’s what I want to do.’ And I love Emma Stone, I think she’s a really amazing actress.”

On her upcoming Les Mis mini-series: “The funniest thing is that I was in the musical version of it at my school when I was younger. I really like re-imagining the classics and looking at all the different adaptation. With our version of Les Mis, it’s very much based on the book – which is wonderful because there’s so much detail in it. It’s 1500 pages!”

On her acting journey: “I think I can be very self-critical, for sure. I’ve still got tons to learn. But it makes me really, really excited, I think you can probably hear that. I don’t know much at all, so I’m looking forward to being challenged more and learning more from my peers and directors. I’m always ready. I just want to be as open to that as I can possibly be.”

For more from Ellie, visit Rollacoaster.tv.

The Mexico International Film Festival and Awards has become an important awards event within the film industry and a centerpiece for promoting and growing the thriving arts and culture community of Mexico. Founded on the premise that the language of film is universal and a dynamic force in bridging cultural understanding, the event celebrates and recognizes the very best of international independent cinema from around the world.

Held annually each May, the Mexico International Film Festival and Awards is an extraordinary celebration of cinematic discovery and innovation. Each year we honor the best from around the world in various competition categories including Feature Films, Documentaries, Short Films, Foreign Films, Mexican Films, a short and feature length Screenplay Competition, Music Videos, Experimental Films, Television Pilots, Environmental Films, and more. In addition, Special Jury Prizes are awarded to several standout films and screenplays at the discretion of the Official Jury.

2018 Bronze Palm Award Winners:

Narrative Feature Competition

The Blizzard directed by Jiang Kaiyang
The Suicide (Subtitled) directed by Pedro Pablo De Antuñano Padilla
Tejano directed by David Blue Garcia
Somewhere In Tonga directed by Florian Schewe
Taipei directed by Jason Lester
Desert Shores directed by Michael Stevantoni
A Part Of Me directed by Silvana Santamaria & Bilal Athimni
En Algun Lugar directed by Tadeo Garcia
The Dmz directed by Inchun Oh
Venus Obscura directed by Christophe Karabache

Full list of winners.

Taipei is an adaptation of Tao Lin’s critically-acclaimed, cult favorite novel of the same name. Two young New York writers fall in and out of love amidst a whirlwind of drugs, parties, technology, and travel. As one relationship collapses, another blooms for Erin (Ellie Bamber), swept into the world of Paul Chen (Justin Chon), a mysterious, charismatic author. When he proposes documenting every aspect of their new romance in an epic laptop-filmed “documentary”, the couple enter into a performative bad romance, fueled by substances and sleepless nights. Tracking the pair through a shotgun Niagara Falls wedding, an LSD trip in a New Jersey mansion, and to Taiwan, the country of Paul’s birth where the couple comes to confront their individual alienation, Taipei is a visually stunning, extremely contemporary portrayal of what it means to be young, alive, and in love in a digital world.

Ellie Bamber won the Ian Charleson Award for 2017, which honors actors under 30 in a classic role.

Bamber won the third prize for her performance as Hilde in The Lady from the Sea, at the Donmar Warehouse in London.

They are given in memory of actor Charleson, who died in 1991, with the first prize winner receiving £ 5,000, second prize receiving £ 2,000, and third prize £ 500.

The shortlist also included Daniel Ezra, Sope Dirisu, Hannah Morrish, Rebecca Lee, James Corrigan, Arthur Hughes and Douggie McMeekin.

The awards were presented at a ceremony at the National Theatre.

– 1st prize, Natalie Simpson, The Cardinal
– 2nd prize, Tamara Lawrance, Twelfth Night
– 3rd prize, Ellie Bamber, The Lady from the Sea Donmar Warehouse

Great news! The nominees for the 2017 Ian Charleson Awards have been announced. The awards are for actors under 30 in a classical role (in a play written before 1918), in memory of the Scottish actor, who died at 40 in 1990, shortly after taking over the role of Hamlet at the National, despite his ill health. The awards ceremony will take place at the National Theatre, London SE1, on May 18.

Ellie Bamber for Hilde in Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea
Donmar Warehouse, dir Kwame Kwei-Armah