On the Telegram today, we are very excited to announce that Glory Days will be hosting the New Zealand premiere of Carol, we give you some background on the film and the seminal novel that it is based on and Creative Director, Rose Jackson, tells you how you can get your hands on the exclusive VIP tickets to the #glorydayscarolpremiere.
When Glory Days was approached to host the New Zealand premiere of Carol, we were more than a little excited. Editor, Natasha Francois, had just finished reading The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith which the movie is based on and I had been lusting over the film's impeccable 1950s styling and wardrobe.
We were lucky enough to see a review screening before we agreed to host the premiere and it is a beautifully shot, evocative film with a huge emotional undercurrent and for me personally, it boasts one of the best "I love you" lines I've ever seen on screen.
Carol vividly depicts the transitional period of the 1950s following the end of World War II. America is marked by feelings of both paranoia and optimism. As the post-war years ushered in many voices of change, 28-year-old crime author Patricia Highsmith wrote her second novel, The Price of Salt, about an unlikely attraction and love affair between two women living in New York City— Therese Belivet and Carol Aird. Published in 1952, the sexual candor explored in Highsmith’s words made the book one of the seminal pieces of literature to come out of the era.
Highsmith's first novel was Strangers on a Train, proved modestly successful when it was published in 1950. However, Hitchcock's 1951 film adaptation of the novel propelled Highsmith's career and reputation. Soon she became known as a writer of ironic, disturbing psychological mysteries highlighted by stark, startling prose.
Producers Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley and Christine Vachon were confident in Patricia Highsmith’s universal message on love when they came together for the making of the film adaptation. “I’ve always been interested in seeing films that feature strong female characters in dramatic storylines,” said producer Karlsen. “Highsmith’s book was very daring when it was published, and in a way the story doesn’t feel as though it’s dated. Many aspects of what Carol and Therese endure are still relevant today.”
Highsmith, however, was aware of her personal boldness as the writer of The Price of Salt when it was first published in 1952. Now considered a masterpiece, Highsmith’s novel was initially released under the alias author of Claire Morgan— one of 40 pseudonyms invented by Highsmith throughout her career— due to its homosexual subject matter and she did not publicly associate herself with this book until late in her life. Her other novels adapted for screenplays include: The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955), Ripley's Game (1974) and Edith's Diary (1977); which all became films.
“Carol is a love story that depicts how truth is the ultimate tonic. If you’re emotionally truthful to who you are and what you believe in, good things may not happen, but you will become a better person,” said writer Phyllis Nagy. The emotional turmoil central to the characters in the film is rooted in the conventional worlds both Carol and Therese have built around them.
Director Todd Haynes paints a beautiful picture of a particularly radical time in history as society’s openness to
homosexual emotions and desires began to shift in the 1950s. The film gives audiences a realistic glimpse into the challenges and hardships of a love not lead by example. The contemporary relevance of the film offers a foreshadowing perspective of what it means to have true happiness in life.
To capture Highsmith’s 1950s New York, Carol was shot in Cincinnati, OHIO over the course of 35 days. The pre-war buildings and apartments in Cincinnati mirrored New York in the 1950s and created a realistic time and place for the story to be recreated.
Production Designer, Judy Becker, chose to work with a very specific color palette that was based on the colors used in the early 1950s. The film really emphasised, especially in the interiors, the sour greens, yellows, and dirty pinks of the era— slightly soiled colors that give the viewer the feeling of the post-war city before the brightness of the Eisenhower administration had taken over. To bring the final touches to the interior spaces, Set Director Heather Loeffler, added the elements that make a place feel lived in by a particular character. For example, with Carol, she left magazines and books around the house, implicating the idea that she was bored or was looking
for things to do.
Three times Academy Award®-winning costume designer Sandy Powell is undoubtedly one of the industry’s most celebrated and respected creative talents. Powell helped create Haynes’ and Lachman’s vision as the Costume Designer of Carol and took a naturalistic approach to dressing them as she said, “My job was to help create the characters and make them believable to each other and audiences. I wanted Carol to be fashionable, but understated— somebody a character like Therese would look up to and be impressed by as well.”
HOW TO GET YOUR EXCLUSIVE VIP TICKETS TO THE #GLORYDAYSCAROLPREMIERE
We are thrilled to be hosting the #glorydayscarolpremiere at the Academy Cinema in Auckland on Tuesday the 2nd February. Tickets are extremely limited to this event and cannot be purchased! To secure your ticket...
* Subscriber ticket giveaways are limited to 50 tickets in total
** Time Out giveaway is limited to four double passes
On the Telegram today, we want to remind everyone who owns a copy of the TEXT Issue to enter our draw for the Vintage Hamilton Getaway worth over $500, which includes two nights accommodation at the Ambassador Hotel and two tickets to the Glory Days Salon at Hamilton Gardens.
In one of our favourite Glory Days features, we get to poke around selected cities discovering all the vintage delights that they have to offer so we can share the secrets with our readers. In our current issue, our roving reporters Michelle from Debonaire Dos and Mel from The Sweet Painted Lady were kind enough to delve into their town and uncover the top spots for vintage lovers in Hamilton.
Images from Mel and Michelle's country themed photoshoot for Glory Days - The Country Issue at the Old Creamery Cafe
featured in This Vintage Town Hamilton
While it's all well and good reading about amazing vintage places around the country, what we really love is for people to discover it first hand which is why we are offering one lucky Glory Days reader the chance to win a weekend for two in the vintage town that we feature!
This time we are super excited about the prize that is on offer as not only does the winner get to stay at the fabulous retrotastic Ambassador Hotel for two nights on the 6th and 7th February, with complimentary breakfast for two...
They also get to join us at our first ever Glory Days Salon. Held at the beautiful Hamilton Gardens during their Mansfield Garden Party, a selection of expert speakers will be talking about the food, fashion, flowers and literature from the past including Katherine Mansfield's era. Guests will also receive morning tea, a goodie bag and Hendricks Gin cocktails in the gardens to finish!
Music lovers take note: You definitely don’t want to miss Leon Bridges’ New Zealand debut. With his distinctive soul-blues-gospel stylings and full band in tow, Leon is set to blow the roof off the St James when he touches down in the country this Saturday the 9th January!
Hailing from Fort Worth, Texas, the 26 year-old is without doubt one of the year’s most talked-about artists with a stunning, critically acclaimed debut album and fast-growing reputation for mind-blowing live performances.
On his first-ever New Zealand visit, Leon will bring his unique brand of vintage soul and captivating on-stage presence, to one of Auckland's most beautiful historic theatres. He sold out his debut US tour in a matter of minutes earlier this year and just last month played to a full house in the hallowed Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY. Leon has also picked up a Grammy nomination for his soulful debut.
Leon performs smouldering ballads, elemental rock’n’roll and sassy big-band numbers with equal aplomb, testament to his broad appeal to critics and fans alike. His acclaimed debut album Comin Home hit top 10's around the world and has delivered three celebrated singles, with the buttery, seductive ‘Coming Home’ and the piston-driven doo-wop flavoured 'Better Man' demonstrating Bridges’ versatility.
Current single ‘Smooth Sailin’ is a brass-laden two-chord wonder with a hint of blues guitar to accompany Bridges’ trademark southern vocals.
The New York Times says that Leon “… has both an edgeless, soothing voice and a knack for swinging, idea-filled songwriting”. While NME writes that, “Coming Home exists in a satin-swathed time warp that takes you back 55 years.” That sounds like a bit of us!
Supporting Leon will be New Zealand based Tiny Ruins. Formed as a solo project in 2009 by Hollie Fulbrook, she now perform tracks from two widely acclaimed albums as a four piece, Tiny Ruins tour extensively around the world and the group’s haunting folk will make a spellbinding foil for the equally emotive sound of Leon Bridges and his band.
Photo from Radio NZ. Photographer Credit: Ben Howe
We are lucky enough to have a double pass to Leon Bridges to give away to one lucky Glory Days reader worth over $160.00! Please visit our facebook page to enter the draw before the competition closes on Thursday 7th Jan at 8pm.