the i-D guide to the hot tickets at the cinema this year
It's official, 2015 is going to be a big year for film! Follow i-D's guide to the biggest blockbusters, coolest indies and most up and coming talent to ensure you have your finger on the pulse of the silver screen next year.
Photography Tryone Lebon
1. Tom Hardy
Hollywood has it bad for Tom Hardy and who can blame it? In 2014, he made driving a car on the M1 for 90 minutes a thrilling watch in Locke and sprinkled A-Lister stardust on BBC Two's Peaky Blinders. May puts him in overdrive with George Miller's dystopian nightmare revisited in Mad Max: Fury Road. Also, he goes bleach blonde and whaddayaknow, it bloody well suits him!
2. Star Wars
Kim Kardashian's arse didn't break the internet in 2014 but there's every chance snippets of the new Star Wars film might do the trick in 2015. J.J. Abraham directs this seventh outing of the franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens which stars Girls guy Adam Driver and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o. And in a fan boy wet dream, there's an outing from the old guard led by Harrison Ford. It's not out until December but expect the forums to be swamped by light saber chat from now to Christmas 2015.
3. Cara Delevingne
The British Model of the Year 2014 hits the big screen in three big performances. First up, there's The Face of an Angel, Michael Winterbottom's bound to be controversial fictionalized account of Amanda Knox's plight, the American student accused of murdering British girl Meredith Kercher in 2007. For lighter relief, Cara dons period costume for Tulip Fever alongside Jack O'Connell and Holliday Grainger. She'll also star in Paper Towns an adaptation of a hit YA novel timed to come out exactly a year after similarly YA orientated sobfest The Fault In Our Stars. The message: could go big.
4. The early quality deluge
January: time make friends with the guy who serves popcorn at your local Picturehouse as a burst of serious award season contenders pop up at the cinema. There's Birdman, Alejandro G. Inarritu's comedic tour de force about a washed up former superhero actor [Michael Keaton] in desperate need of a comeback; Wild starring Reese Witherspoon, also on the comeback trail, as a 26-year-old woman who sets out on a 1,000 mile hike across America; Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything; and Foxcatcher, another real life tale about 1988 Olympian wrestlers taken under the wing of an American multimillionaire and (whisper it) nutjob. It's got Channing Tatum in a singlet for most of the time.
5. Jessica Chastain in A Most Violent Year
The quietest Oscar contender reads about as interesting as a gas meter bill. It's New York, 1981 and an oil-heating entrepreneur Abel Morales [Oscar Isaac] is taking a hit from his rivals, intent on doing him out of business. But A Most Violent Year is a superbly understated crime thriller, electrified by a terrific performance by Jessica Chastain as Morales's wife, Anna. She's a bad-girl-from-Brooklyn-done-good and a woman with the most impressive range of sunglasses, fur coats and wrap dresses this side of Manhattan. The 80s are back and they are badass.
Control director Anton Corbijn didn't want to do Life, a film about the friendship between magazine photographer Dennis Stock [Robert Pattinson] and James Dean [Dane Dehaan] if it were just another tragic star biopic. Instead, the idea is more akin to Driving Mr. Dean. It's 1955 and Life magazine photographer Stock has persuaded the actor to take a road trip from Los Angeles to New York and his native Indiana. On the road, a bond develops between snapper and subject in a film that with Corbijn at the helm and two young actors hitting their stride should have quality written all over it. It will also look handsome as hell, obvs.
7. Appropriate Behaviour
Appropriate Behaviour isn't simply a Girls copycat, though its writer director Desiree Akhavan, like Lena Dunham, puts herself in the frame. She stars as Shirin in this New York rom com about a Persian American bisexual lass whose girlfriend's left her to a mess of misguided career paths, strangers' beds and worrying if her breasts are too small to bother to with a bra. Clue: they are. A Sundance fave this year, Appropriate Behaviour could see Akhavan take her spot in the 'voice of a generation' booth.
8. Dior and I
Frédéric Tcheng [Valentino: The Last Emperor] hit fashion narrative gold when he secured eight weeks access behind the doors of Dior just as new Creative Director Raf Simons took the reins. The result is a documentary as intricate as the house's gowns and as low key as its creative powerhouse behind it. Most revealing is the dynamic between Simons and his atelier staff as the tension builds ahead of his first Paris show for Dior. Spoiler alert: it was a triumph.
9. Kristen Stewart
In Clouds of Sils Maria Kristen Stewart plays Valentine, PA to Julia Binoche's ageing actress, Maria Enders. The star can't stand the Hollywood newbie [played by Chloe Grace Moretz] she's forced to act against in a new staging of her most famous play. But it's Stewart that steals the show as Enders' right hand woman in a role that shows an actress maturing at a rate equal to her Twilight counterpart, R-Pattz (no one calls him that anymore do they?). Clouds of Sils Maria got Stewart the best notices of her career when it closed proceedings at Cannes 2014.
It'll be a push to get this out in 2015 seeing as the female reboot of the 80s classic hasn't been officially cast yet but if the line up includes Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling (as a bunch of emails from the recent Sony hack have suggested) then this could well be the popcorn flick of the year. Or any year really. Who you gonna call? J. Law, obviously.
Text Colin Crummy
Photography Tryone Lebon
Fashion Director Sarah Richardson
Top Brian Lichtenberg. Jeans American Apparel. Bet Jessie Western. Necklace and rings Boucheron. Shoes Giuseppe Zanotti.
[The Q+A Issue, no. 324, Spring 2013]