Pre-Order ‘Keeping Rosy’ starring Maxine Peake, Blake Harrison & Christine Bottomley – available 16 February 2015

Pre-Order ‘Keeping Rosy’ starring Maxine Peake, Blake Harrison & Christine Bottomley – available 16 February 2015

Maxine Peake and Blake Harrison star in this British thriller from writer/director Steve Reeves. Charlotte (Peake) is a busy career woman living and working in London. When her stable life both at home and work begins to unravel as her sister introduces her to new boyfriend Roger (Harrison), Charlotte starts to wonder who she really is and how she can escape what she has become.

Pre-order the DVD here!

I’m so looking forward to this film – having not only read the great reviews but also love a bit of drama so I’d suggest you check out the trailer if you’re still not convinced:

Impressive characters and an exciting plot, don’t you think? Get pre-ordering 🙂

For more info on Keeping Rosy visit their website and/or our tag for everything on the film.

Keeping Rosy + Q&A with Maxine Peake

Keeping Rosy + Q&A with Maxine Peake

Released: 2014
Running time: 93 minutes
Director: Steve Reeves
Genre: British Independent
Cast: Maxine Peake, Blake Harrison

In this London-set psychological thriller, Maxine Peake plays Charlotte, an ambitious workaholic whose life unravels after she is turned down for promotion at the media agency she helped to build. Crushing rejection followed by a freak accident throws her meticulously organised life into disarray, and drags her into a nightmare that is soon spiralling out of control.

Recalling the dark wit and tension of Hitchcock, and powered by a central performance of real spirit and pathos from Peake, KEEPING ROSY is as humane and heartfelt as it is stylish and unpredictable. A truly engrossing British thriller.

When? Tuesday, 15 July 2014 at 6pm

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My Culture Clock: Maxine Peake Dishes On Her Average Day…

Maxine Peake, who is currently appearing in psychological thriller Keeping Rosy with Inbetweeners actor Blake Harrison, tells us about her average day…

5.30AM: At the moment I’m filming The Village for the BBC so I get up at 5.30am. I have a quick shower, get dressed and my driver Paul picks me up and takes me to the Peak District where the set is. We listen to Radio 2 en route.

7AM: I arrive on set and go straight into make-up and hair. Then I go and grab some breakfast which is normally a couple of poached eggs and a slice of toast before getting into costume.

9AM: Once I’m in costume I have about 50 minutes of waiting before I am called to set. I have a read of what I’m doing that day and I’m appearing in Hamlet at the Royal Exchange in September so in between scenes I have been trying to learn lines for that! I’m also reading Women As Hamlet by Tony Howard.

1PM: I’ll queue and get some lunch in the canteen and then go back to my Winnebago and do more reading while I’m eating. I also check emails and make phone calls.

7PM: We finish filming and my driver Paul takes me home in the car. I normally nod off on the way.

8PM: My boyfriend is the cook in the house so we’ll have something to eat when I get home. His parents are from the Ukraine so we eat things like beetroot soup and a lot of fish. We listen to Marc Riley’s BBC Radio 6 Music show while we eat.

9PM: After dinner we will watch a DVD. We watched Behind The Candelabra recently and it was great.

11PM: Before bed we put the news on for ten minutes and then hit the sack.

Keeping Rosy is out in Picturehouse Cinemas now


5 minutes with Maxine Peake…

Keeping Rosy is the new British thriller starring Maxine Peake, Blake Harrison and Christine Bottomley. Peake is Charlotte, a career driven woman who is turned down from a major position at the firm she has worked so long and so hard for. Gripped by rage, Charlotte takes out her anger on her cleaner, with devastating consequences. Desparate for help, Charlotte turns to her sister Sarah (Bottomley) and Roger (Harrison) a security guard with a dark and sinister agenda.
Maxine Peake is best known for her TV roles in Dinnerladies (1998-2000), Shameless (2004) and See No Evil (2006). This new role sees her go deep into the psyche of a complex character whose life is unravelling before our eyes. We spoke to Maxine about this challenging role and her relationship with the rest of the cast.

F3S: How did you first become involved in Keeping Rosy?
Maxine Peake: I got a call from my agent saying a script had come in and that they wanted to meet me. I read it and I just loved it. I was really surprised that this was a female lead piece. It wasn’t a chick flick as they call them – it was really exciting, well crafted, with a tight script. So I met with Steve Reeves the director, and Mike who wrote it, and just had a chat. And then I thought, ‘OK I have to do it’ but I didn’t know whether they’d pick me. Then I got a call saying they would like me on board – so that’s how it happened.

F3S: How would you compare this to your other roles? You’ve played some dark characters before…
MP: I don’t think she’s a pleasant character, not initially. I think she’s become a victim and has become quite arrogant. It’s a tough life, especially for a woman, in the advertising world, and she’s become quite detached really. She’s lost the sense of who she is as a person; she’s become more about work and making the money. Throughout the film those layers start to peel away and she starts to find out who she really is and what she really wants.

F3S: What was it like to play a character whose mentality changes so much throughout the film?
MP: It’s a real challenge but that’s the fun of it. I think you’re happy as an actor to get the opportunity to play somebody who is affected by the situation they’re in and the events that happen to them. It was a challenge but I enjoyed it. The more challenging it is the more enjoyable it is really – I don’t see the point in doing roles otherwise.

F3S: The film was filmed in Docklands area of London – what was it like to film around there?
MP: It’s got a real bleakness about it, which I loved. At the weekend it feels dead, and there’s little sense of any. There are a few shops and a hairdressers but it’s quite a transient place. Lots of people from all around the world live there because of the trade in the city. So it’s a strange place but there’s something quite atmospheric about it. Something quite alluring about it really and I liked the anonymity of it.

F3S: There are some particularly challenging scenes in the film, were any of them hard to film?
MP: We had twin babies on the set and they didn’t stop crying! But they are the stars of the film. There were times spent just trying to get them to sleep and calm down. Occasionally we just had to roll the camera – its obviously quite difficult trying to speak over screaming babies, but it comes across on screen brilliantly.

F3S: From your character’s perspective, what do you think Charlotte gains from spending time with the baby?
MP: It’s the only time she has spent with another human being really. She gets a sense of who she is, of being a woman, of being a mother, of being nurturing, maternal and its something she may have never given a passing glance to. She has had her career destroyed and has to start again – in her world, it’s very difficult to get back to the same position. So she finds another road, which to her surprise she actually enjoys.

Continue reading 5 minutes with Maxine Peake…

BBC Radio 4 – Front Row: ‘Keeping Rosy’ Sneak Peek & Review – 26 June

The radio program ‘Front Row‘ reviewed Maxine’s new film ‘Keeping Rosy‘ yesterday and aired a short sneak peek from Charlotte’s character… you can listen to the podcast below:


Keeping Rosy is out now!! 🙂

What’s on the horizon for Maxine Peake?

2014 has already been a great year for Maxine Peake, as we have seen her star in Run & Jump as well as a new series of Silk.

Peake continues to deliver fine work as she moves effortlessly between television and film. And it is film she is concentrating on this week, as she is set to star in new British drama Keeping Rosy.

Run & Jump has already been a great film role for her to get her teeth into this summer, and now Keeping Rosy is a second.

Keeping Rosy sees her team up with first time feature filmmaker Steve Reeves, as she takes on the central role of Charlotte.

The movie follows Charlotte who is passed over for a job, and takes out her anger on her cleaner when she gets home.

While Charlotte’s life disintegrates, we follow her on a heart-racing journey of self-discovery, atonement, and danger as she fights for a future that is rosy.

If you are looking for a gritty British drama to enjoy on the big screen this week, look no further than Keeping Rosy. Peake is on fine form in the central role, as she continues to tackle interesting and daring movie roles.

And we are going to be seeing plenty of Peake on the big screen over the coming months, as she has completed work on a series of different projects.

One of the early 2015 movies that I am already looking forward to is The Theory of Everything, as James Marsh returns to the director’s chair.

Marsh has brought us fantastic documentaries such as Man on Wire and Project Nim, but now he returns to live action with this new film.

Theory of Everything follows the relationship of Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane: Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are on board as Stephen and Jane Hawking.

A terrific ensemble cast has been assembled for the film, as Redmayne and Jones are joined by Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Harry Lloyd, David Thewlis, and Peake.

The Theory of Everything looks set to be one of the biopics of 2015, and really is a movie that is not to be missed.

Peake has also teamed up with director Carol Morley in her new film The Falling.

Morley has been behind films The Alcohol Years, Edge, and Dreams of a Life, as she returns to the director’s chair the first time since Dreams of a Life back in 2011.

While the plot for The Falling is being kept under wraps, Peake is joined on the cast list by Greta Scacchi, Maisie Williams, and Monica Dolan.

Peake has also completed work on two shorts The Heart Fails Without Warning and Keeping Up with the Joneses and has been cast in new film Funny Cow.

I have been a fan of Peake’s work throughout her career, as she has moved from Dinnerladies, Shameless to See No Evil: The Moors Murders.

While she has enjoyed huge television success in recent years, the big screen beckons for Peake this year… and films is somewhere she really belongs.

Keeping Rosy is out now.