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Hello from Ogre Jenni! I am not George R.R. Martin. Not even close. Believe me, I’m just as sad about this as you are!

And I'm sorry.

On Saturday, January 16th the Jean Cocteau will screen Natalie Dormer’s latest film, The Forest. Following the film screening, we will meet up with Natalie via Skype for an exclusive Q&A with this talented and incredibly charismatic actress. That’s right—audience members get to ask her any question they want! Within reason…don’t get too weird.

Dormer is well known for her roles in Game of Thrones (Margaery Tyrell), The Tudors (Anne Boleyn), The Hunger Games (Cressida), and more. She gets ALL the amazing costumes!

The Forest is a supernatural horror film about a woman whose identical twin sister has mysteriously vanished. While investigating her sister’s disappearance, she receives a cryptic phone call suggesting that her twin entered Japan’s notorious (and very real) Suicide Forest at the base of Mt. Fuji. She hurriedly travels to Japan, and despite several warnings enters the dangerous and bewildering woods. She soon discovers her sister’s abandoned tent—along with a host of malicious spirits.

Which really shouldn’t come as a surprise. C’mon, it’s clearly haunted as all hell.

As the forest’s macabre moniker plainly suggests, this place is a well-known destination for suicides—especially by businessmen at the end of the fiscal year. The only location in the world with a higher suicide rate is the Golden Gate Bridge. How’s that for depressing?

Many people in Japan believe that the numerous suicides have created a terrible supernatural force that permeates the trees and generates a ghastly array of paranormal phenomenon. There are also ancient beliefs and traditions surrounding the forest, including the practice of “ubasute,” which involves leading an elderly or sick person to a remote place to die of exposure, thirst, starvation, or animal attacks.


And on that note—if you live near Santa Fe or are just visiting our lovely city, drop by the Cocteau!

*If you are suicidal, please seek professional help or call a suicide prevention hotline. Your life is well worth saving, and we don’t need more spooky ghosts flying around.


Jan. 14th, 2016 10:30 pm (UTC)
So will only people there in person be able to ask questions? I missed her Reddit AMA and am still hoping for a chance to ask her something.
Jan. 15th, 2016 02:53 am (UTC)

IMHO, Natalie Dormer is the most charismatic woman in a business that brings in the most charismatic women in the world.

Tommmen is the world's luckiest boy.
Jan. 15th, 2016 03:28 am (UTC)
Suicide Forest
I heard about that forest in the 1990s, back when Japan had a big epidemic of teenage suicide. 20/20 or Dateline did a section on it. I forget which. So I'm interested in seeing this film. Thanks for putting it on my radar.
John Nelson
Jan. 15th, 2016 08:25 am (UTC)
This looks so great. Spooky in the real dark sense, and something that appeals to my black metal sensibilities. HA! I can't remember what show I was watching when they had an exclusive preview. I think it was the Flash or Arrow or something comic bookian. Anyway, there was my Natalie announcing the coming preview, and I was delighted. I would love to be part of the skype Q/A. But alas, I can't. :(
But I'll be there in spirit, and I'll see this movie in the theater for sure...
Jan. 15th, 2016 10:10 am (UTC)
Controversy etc etc
Wonder if the PR people will allow her to respond to the various controversies surrounding this movie-- in the Reddit AMA several of the most upvoted questions were explicitly ignored.
Jan. 15th, 2016 01:54 pm (UTC)
I like Natalie, and her work on The Hunger Games, The Tudors, Game of Thrones, and Elementary is all terrific... but this film seems exploitative. Utilizing a location where real Japanese people have committed suicide as a basis for a horror movie focused on white folks? Yikes. Not really all that delightful, I'm afraid. That said, I hope this is just a misstep for her and that she continues using her amazing talent on worthy projects, otherwise.
Jan. 15th, 2016 03:13 pm (UTC)
<3 Natalie Dormer *swoons*
Jan. 15th, 2016 03:58 pm (UTC)
I highly suggest anyone start with The Tudors if you want to fall in love with Natalie Dormer. Her portrayal of Anne Boleyn was just phenomenal. <3
Jan. 15th, 2016 05:12 pm (UTC)
Miss Natalie
Miss Natalie D is a great actress and beautiful in such an uncommon way.

Great beauty is often unique and she has a unique look..and, like all the GOTA cast that I have heard interviewed, has an amazing sense of humor and an ability to laugh at herself.

Cheers! And much luck to her..May she escape her GOTA dungeon and avoid becoming a dragon snack or a hot wight.

Hearing of extra seasons of GOTA and, at long last, a movie for me beloved Deadwood was an early birthday present. I have been feuding, but still subscribing, with HBO since bean counters, and David Milch's John From Cincinnati jump, left Al Swearengen scrubbing that damn spot of innocent whores blood in the Gems backroom.
Jan. 16th, 2016 03:21 am (UTC)
I wonder how much work is involved in a British actor/actress having to put on a General American accent?

On the one hand, it's not the accent you grew up with. And on the other hand, due to the inundation of American media into other English language markets, it kind of is the accent you grew up with.

I'd ask Ms. Dormer myself, but you know how it is. Half a continent away and all.
Michael Siegel
Jan. 17th, 2016 12:34 am (UTC)
Elders permitted to die of exposure
Reminds me of a practice in the North, during the long winter...
Topher Hemann
Jan. 17th, 2016 03:23 am (UTC)
Great write-up, Jenni! Looking forward to the host of malicious spirits!


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