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We need to talk about Tilda

— by Alyson Walsh

It’s been an intense few days. I spent the entire duration of We Need to Talk About Kevin in a state of buttock-clenching anxiety. Which was probably quite good for my core muscles. Pale, gaunt and tortured, Tilda Swinton, 50, is perfectly cast as the mother of a teenage sociopath:

The award-winning film is like a Martin Margiela ad – visually rich and stylised. Though I need to be careful here because in the latest issue of Vogue, Swinton the Serious Actor eschews fashion, ‘ What I wear for myself in life is what I feel like wearing at the time. And when it comes to walking down a red carpet in a foreign city, it just becomes a question of what’s the right thing to wear tonight. It’s no more complicated than that.’

Here she is wearing the right thing at Cannes this year:

And again in W magazine:


And if that wasn’t enough tension for one week, I dragged the Blog Widower to see Jerusalem with Mark Rylance, 49. Fantastic. I’m more of a film fan than a theatre-goer – as a youngster, my mum always used to take me to the cinema on my birthday – so this is easily the best play I’ve ever seen. Powerful, poignant, wild. Rylance is superb. The performance of his career, and all that. Go and see it if you’re in London soon (it’s on till 14 Jan 2012) – oh and Daisy from Downton is in it too.


What have you been up to this week?

Photos
Tilda Swinton Vogue pic: Alasdair McLellan
Tilda red carpet: Getty
W magazine: Tim Walker
Mark Rylance: Andy Hall
Sophie McShera (Daisy): thisislondon

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It’s been an intense few days. I spent the entire duration of We Need to Talk About Kevin in a state of buttock-clenching anxiety.