Charlotte Rampling is a curious and captivating figure in the history of cinema. A star since her first outing on the silver screen in Georgy Girl when she was still in her teens, she was a face of the Swinging Sixties.
And she has continued to make iconic cinema through every decade since – whether that be in arthouse European films, independent British cinema or, more recently, Hollywood blockbusters...
Throughout her career she has chosen complex roles: steely women who make hard choices, women who aren't necessarily sympathetic or even likable - women who are in unenviable or impossible situations.
Her work to date includes landmark films like The Night Porter, Francois Ozon’s Swimming Pool and Denis Villeneuve’s Dune... In fact, she has just finished her work on his second instalment of Dune in Budapest.
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In her latest film, Charlotte Rampling stars in Juniper, as Ruth – an emotionally remote – and largely alcoholic - convalescing grandmother who somehow forges a bond with her long-lost grandson when she is forced through circumstance to stay with his family in New Zealand.
Rampling is famously selective about her work – so when she spoke recently to Sean Rocks on RTÉ Arena about Juniper, he asked her what it was about the script that made her say yes to this project, when she so often says no... listen to their conversation above.
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