STARDUST - Visual Hollywood

STARDUST - Visual Hollywood

Everything you need to know



…and how it relates to you

and the world around you.

Includes info on the actors,

director, with news, reviews,

and photos.

Presentation by

David Bruce,


Movies Contain the

Essence of Being Human

"Stardust," based on the bestselling

graphic novel by Neil

Gaiman and Charles Vess, takes

audiences on an adventure that

begins in a village in England and

ends up in places that exist in an

imaginary world. A young man

named Tristan (Charlie Cox) tries

to win the heart of Victoria

(Sienna Miller), the beautiful but

cold object of his desire, by

going on a quest to retrieve a

fallen star. His journey takes him

to a mysterious and forbidden

land beyond the walls of his

village. On his odyssey, Tristan

finds the star, which has

transformed into a striking girl

named Yvaine (Claire Danes).


The Cinematic Arts Have the

Power to Transform


has established herself as one of

Hollywood's leading actresses. In

2007 Danes stared in Lajos Koltai's

"Evening," an adaptation of Susan

Minot's best-selling novel, opposite

Toni Collette, Meryl Streep, Glenn

Close, Natasha Richardson and

Vanessa Redgrave.

Danes recently starred in Anand

Tucker's "Shopgirl“ opposite Steve

Martin and Jason Schwartzman.

Danes also starred in Thomas

Bezucha's romantic comedy "The

Family Stone"opposite Diane

Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Luke



Our Artists Are

Our Liberators

Director/Producer/Screenplay : MATTHEW VAUGHN

Screenplay: JANE GOLDMAN

Director of Photography : BEN DAVIS

Production Designer: GAVIN BOCQUET


Costume Designer: SAMMY SHELDON



Actors are

Liberators Unaware


His illustrious career spans five decades. During that time, the range

of recognition his big-screen performances have garnered includes a

total of eight Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and an

Honorary Academy Award in 2003, three BAFTA nominations for Best

Actor, and three Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture Actor.

He most recently received an Oscar nomination for his role as an

aging stage actor in "Venus" and was heard voicing the role of a

restaurant critic in the Pixar film "Ratatouille."




is truly the villainess

of the summer,

appearing not only in

“Stardust,” but also in

“Hairspray” as the

ruthless and conniving

Velma Von Tussle, a

former beauty queen.

She has earned three

Academy Award

nominations, two as

Best Actress, and as

Best Supporting


Actors help us: laugh, be happy, cry, get angry,

and even think. Can there be any better gifts



(Director/Producer/Screenplay by)

started his career in 1996 as a

producer with "The Innocent Sleep," a

thriller starring Michael Gambon and

Rupert Graves.

He set up Ska Films with director Guy

Ritchie in 1997 and the following year

made "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking

Barrels," which became one of the

most successful British films of the


Filmmakers are Revolutionaries,

Not Just Entertainers

This was followed by the diamond

heist movie "Snatch" with Brad Pitt,

Benicio Del Toro and Jason Statham.

The film opened to great acclaim and

went on to accrue $100 million



Movie Making is the Convergence

of Many Talents and Art Forms

The original DC comic series was a top

votegetter for the Comics Buyer's

Guide Fan Awards for Favorite Limited

Series for 1998 and 1999. The collected

edition of the series was a top

votegetter for the Comics Buyer's

Guide Fan Award for Favorite Reprint

Graphic Album for 1999.

Regarding a central plot character in

the novel (a large tree with red leaves

that talks): The character was based on

singer/songwriter (and friend of

Gaiman) Tori Amos. Both Gaiman and

Amos have been directly asked in

press interviews if Amos would voice

the tree in the film, and both have

refused to comment before the film



Stories are


A young man named Tristran (Charlie

Cox) tries to win the heart of Victoria

(Sienna Miller), the beautiful but cold

object of his desire, by going on a quest

to retrieve a fallen star. His journey

begins at the Wall - a barrier separating

his village from the mysterious and

forbidden lands beyond. On his odyssey,

Tristran finds that in the lands beyond

the Wall the star is actually a striking girl

named Yvaine (Claire Danes).


All Kids are Born Artistic

What is Natural is Essential

In the land of Stormhold, the dying Lord (Peter O'Toole) sets his

four living sons on a quest to retrieve the Ruby of Stormhold in

order to claim the throne. Before he dies, one son is killed by

another and the Ruby is thrown from the bedchamber. It flies into

space and knocks down the evening star. The three remaining

brothers – not to mention the ghosts of their four dead brothers –

begin preparations to retrieve the Ruby, not knowing they are now

on the same path as Tristran.


Stories Embody the

Essence of Being Human

Elsewhere in the lands beyond the Wall, the three evil Lilim -

witch-sisters, Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer), Empusa (Sarah Alexander),

and Mormo (Joanna Scanlan) - also witness the fall of the star.

Lamia sets off to retrieve the star so the trio can restore their

youth and beauty by consuming the star's heart.


Cinematic Story Telling is a

Profoundly Humanizing endeavor.

As Tristran seeks to return the star to Victoria, he must deal with

these threats as well as encounters with an air pirate named

Captain Shakespeare (Robert De Niro), a shady trader named

Ferdy the Fence (Ricky Gervais), and a witch named Ditchwater

Sal (Melanie Hill) along the way.


Film making is a

Community Event.

Through his

travails, his quest

changes: he must

now win the heart

of the star for

himself as he

discovers the

meaning of true



Free Artistic Expression is

a Mark of a Free Society

The sweep of the story and the

humor keep things on something of

an even keel.

--John Anderson, Variety

The movie goes down easy, but

there's a thin line here: is this an

homage or a parasite

--David Ansen, Newsweek

A magical adult fairy tale.

--Sura Wood, Hollywood Reporter

„Stardust' Fun Fairy Tale for Grown-


--Christy Lemire, Associated Press


One fateful night, Tristran Thorn promises

the most beautiful girl in the rural, English

village of Wall, Victoria Forester, that he will

retrieve a fallen star for her from beyond the

wall that borders their village and separates

it from the Faerie realm. That journey

changes his life forever.

The journey always changes us. That is the

message at the heart of this film. This film

gets that point across in a fun and

enchanting manner. The story is well crafted

and the acting is superbly fun. As John

Anderson in Variety says: “Sprinkled with

tongue-in-cheek humor, fairly adult jokes

and some well-known faces acting very

silly.” How can anyone not like this film

Art is the Language

of Liberation



The Liar is a place where the

witches have unsuccessfully

sought immortality.

The Lair is a place that the witches

had designed when they had lots

of power. Over the years however,

it has become run-down and

crumbling, symbolizing their loss

of magical powers.

The exterior is made of very

gloomy black volcanic rock.

“Our hope of immortality does

not come from any religions,

but nearly all religions come

from that hope”

--Robert Green Ingersoll


Art is a

Liberating Force

Move beyond the walls!

Only fear holds us back.

“On a long journey of human life,

faith is the best of companions; it is

the best refreshment on the journey;

and it is the greatest property.”





To Restrict Creativity is to Restrict

the very Nature of the Creator

“There are stars who's

light only reaches the

earth long after they

have fallen apart.

There are people who's

remembrance gives

light in this world, long

after they have passed

away. This light shines

in our darkest nights

on the road we must


--The Talmud

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