Thursday, September 5, 2013

Five Performances by HORNS' Juno Temple

Much of the press regarding Horns thus far has been regarding the controversial decision of casting Daniel Radcliffe, star of the beloved Harry Potter films, as the lead in an adaptation by provocateur Alexandre Aja, best known for his brutally violent horror films. However, where Daniel Radcliffe is seen as a surprise, Juno Temple's casting in Horns feels natural -- almost inevitable. 

From her Texan femme fatale in William Friedkin's Killer Joe to her starring role as a promiscuous teenager in Dirty Girl, Juno Temple has become a staple in US independent film. At just eight years old, she landed her first acting role in Vigo: Passion for Life, a film directed by her father, renowned English director Julien Temple. Her upbringing amongst English punk greats such as The Clash and The Sex Pistols, the subjects of her father's films, formed her instincts toward edgier material. She does appear in a few family-friendly blockbusters -- Paul W.S. Anderson's The Three Musketeers, for example -- but Juno's heroes are people like Gus Van Sant, and you're more likely to see her play a lesbian drifter than the buttoned-down girl-next-door. 

Below are five performances by Juno Temple which I believe to be her best.

KILLER JOE (2012)Festival selection in 2011. When Chris (Emile Hirsch) decides to kill his mother to collect $50,000 in insurance, he uses his sister Dottie (Temple) as collateral until he can put together enough money to pay Matthew McConaughey, the contract killer "Killer Joe".

ATONEMENT (2007) Festival selection in 2007. In a fit of jealousy and confusion, Briony (Saoirse Ronan) accuses her older sister's lover (James McAvoy) of sexually assaulting her teenage cousin Lola (Temple).

CRACKS (2009) - Festival selection in 2009. Boarding school ringleader Di Radfield (Temple) becomes increasingly enraged as her diving instructor's (Eva Green) attention becomes focused on a new student from Spain.

LITTLE BIRDS (2011) - Alison (Kay Panabaker) and her rebellious, suicidal best friend Lily (Temple) leave their small town to follow a group of skateboarders to Los Angeles.

THE BRASS TEAPOT (2012) Festival selection in 2012. The perpetually-broke John (Michael Angarano) and Alice (Temple) find a brass teapot at an antique shop that magically dispenses money -- but there's a little bit of a catch, and it hurts.

Juno Temple stars alongside Daniel Radcliffe in Alexandre Aja's Horns at the 2013 Toronto International Film FestivalFurther information about the film can be found on the Festival website, as well as on the Horns IMDB page.

HORNS screening times:
  • Fri., Sept. 6 The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema 6:00 PM
  • Sun., Sept. 8 Scotiabank 4 1:00 PM

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