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Alicia Vikander’s Turing Test

In Ex_Machina, Alicia Vikander plays Ava, the sentient android subject of a Turing Test, required to convince Domhnall Gleeson’s computer programmer Caleb that she possesses a fully functioning artificial intelligence. We thought we’d quickly test Alicia’s humanity using six of the questions Ava and Caleb exchange during the film…

Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander

1.       When did you learn to speak?

What language? It’s interesting with language because now I probably speak more English than Swedish and I had a hard time doing my Swedish interviews. I’d forgotten some of the words of my native language. People say “do you think or do you dream in English or Swedish?” but being bilingual, you realize that thoughts are not language. You don’t think in words. If you go to pick up your phone you don’t think “I’m going to pick up my phone now.”

2.       Where would you go now if you could go anywhere?

I would probably say my own bed. I’ve landed in London and been here for three days but I still haven’t been able to see my own flat yet!

3.       Do you have a favourite colour?

Blue.

4.       What makes you nervous?

That people can see right through me. That I can’t hide things.

5.       Are you a good person?

Oh! [laughs] Coming back to what I was nervous about, I guess I don’t want people to see who I really am.

6.       What’s your earliest memory?

It’s so funny with memories trying to figure out if they’re real memories or just created in your own mind, but I have a memory of me walking across a big bridge, I think it’s Christmas, and I see this red man, a man that I’m very scared of, but I’m being told that he’s Santa Claus and he will come and visit us at our home.

Result: Pass. Although she’s such a great actor, we will never know for sure.

 

Ex_Machina is in cinemas 21st January 2015

 

Domhnall Gleeson’s Turing Test

In Ex_Machina, Domhnall Gleeson plays Caleb, the human component in a Turing Test, tasked with deciding whether Alicia Vikander’s sentient android Ava possesses a fully functioning artificial intelligence indistinguishable from a human. We thought we’d just quickly test Domhnall’s humanity using six of the questions Ava and Caleb exchange during the film…

Domhnall Gleeson

Domhnall Gleeson

 1.       When did you learn to speak?

I believe it was early enough. I think I was two. I know that when I met my younger brother for the first time I said, ‘Oh mam, he’s beautiful.’

2.       Where would you go now if you could go anywhere?

New York.

3.       Do you have a favourite colour?

Blue. That’s the same as Caleb, I think. And then in the end his answer is that he doesn’t actually have a favourite colour because he’s a grownup. So maybe the important thing here is that I actually do have a favourite colour, and it is blue.

4.       What makes you nervous?

People who are certain about everything. That really makes me nervous!

5.       Are you a good person?

That’s the killer. [pause] It’s impossible to know. Caleb says “I think I am”, but he follows it up with, “Yes, I’m a good person,” and I don’t know if I can definitively follow that up. Because we live in a messed up world, and have I done enough for the world that I live in? Probably not. As much as I could? Probably not. So maybe I’m not.

6.       What’s your earliest memory?

I remember having a dream. In our house there were stairs which used to go down and then take a sharp right-angle turn, and I remember having a dream where I could jump from the top step and somehow turn that corner in the air and land on your feet at the bottom. I never remember my dreams. But I remember that dream from when I was pretty young. I’m sure there are previous memories, but I think they’re more based on photographs and created memories, whereas that one I know is a memory of a dream.

Result: Pass. We’re 99% convinced he’s human.

 

Ex_Machina is in cinemas 21st January 2015

 

Mr. Turner receives 4 nominations at this year’s Academy Awards

16 Jan, 2015 Productions Posted in: Academy Awards, Awards
Mr Turner

Mr Turner

Mike Leigh’s critically acclaimed film Mr. Turner yesterday received Oscar recognition in 4 categories:

Cinematography – Dick Pope

Production Design – Suzie Davies & Charlotte Watts

Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran

Original Score – Gary Yershon

Mr. Turner debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last year where Timothy Spall won the award for Best Actor and Dick Pope, Leigh’s long term collaborator, took home the prestigious Vulcain Prize for his cinematography. The film exceeded box office expectations in the UK, taking over £6m via eOne UK, and continues its global release throughout early 2015.

The film has also garnered 4 BAFTA nominations; Cinematography (Dick Pope), Production Design (Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts), Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran) and Make Up & Hair (Christine Blundell, Lesa Warrener), many of whom have worked on Leigh’s previous award winning titles such as Another Year, Happy Go Lucky and Vera Drake.

Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the great of eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies.

Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.

Film4 and Ourscreen team up for special presentation of Mr. Turrner

16 Jan, 2015 Productions Posted in: Events

In celebration of the recent Oscar and BAFTA nominations for Mike Leigh’s biographical drama Mr. Turner, Film4 and ourscreen have teamed up to present a special screening of the film at the Greenwich Picturehouse on 25th February 2015.

Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner

Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner has deservedly received a multitude of Oscar & BAFTA nominations. To celebrate this we’re hosting a very special screening of this tremendous biographical drama. Book a ticket and you won’t just get to see one of the most acclaimed films of 2014, you’ll also get an exclusive Film4 gift to take home with you, for free.

London from Greenwich Park, by JMW Turner

London from Greenwich Park, by JMW Turner

We’ll also be giving away 2 free tickets – all you need to do is go to the Royal Observatory at the top of Greenwich Park and photograph, draw or paint the view as Turner did in his spectacular painting London From Greenwich Park. Once you’ve done that tweet it to usThe Royal Observatory, and ourscreeen, along with a link to our screening, and the best entry we receive before 24th February will win the tickets.

Click here for more information and to book tickets

Film4 at Berlin International Film Festival

15 Jan, 2015 Productions Posted in: Berlin, Festivals

Two Film4 films have been selected to screen at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Both films feature in the competition programme.

45 Years

45 Years

From the director of Weekend, writer-director Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a couple whose seemingly contented lives are thrown into question when a letter from a past lover arrives in the post.

Dane DeHaan in Life

Dane DeHaan in Life

Anton Corbijn’s Life stars Dane DeHaan as James Dean and Robert Pattinson as Dennis Stock, the Magnum photographer commissioned to photograph the actor for LIFE Magazine in 1955.

Both films will receive their World Premieres at the festival.

The festival runs from 5th February to 14th February.

’71 and 20,000 Days On Earth, which featured in the 2014 festival, have both since received British Independent Film Awards and BAFTA nominations amongst a number of other accolades.

 

45 Years (Dir. Andrew Haigh)

The film follows Kate Mercer (Charlotte Rampling) in the five days leading up to her forty-fifth wedding anniversary. Party plans are going well, until a letter arrives for her husband (Tom Courtenay) informing him that the body of his first love has been found frozen in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. As their anniversary celebrations grow closer, they delve further into their past, leaving their future in question.

Life (Dir. Anton Corbijn)

Life is inspired by the true story of a friendship that developed between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) and actor James Dean (Dane DeHaan) when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for LIFE magazine in 1955. Stock was 26 and old before his time, when into his buttoned-down world came fledgling star James Dean, a free spirit who would change popular culture from suits to jeans and from matinee idols to teenage heartthrobs. The assignment, which took the pair on a photographic journey across the US, from LA to New York and on to Indiana would change Stock’s life and provide the world with some of the most iconic images of the age.