The following is an article from the Mayo Advertiser by Kernan Andrews.
While she is best known as a television and film actress, particularly for her role in the iconic noughties’ TV series The OC, Mischa Barton finds the most challenging and rewarding parts to play are in the theatre.
Mischa Barton will be in Castlebar next week where she will star in Solar Theatre’s production of Steel Magnolias which will take to the stage in the Royal Theatre. In many ways, this production, which has been running since September, is a return to her roots, as her career began in theatre, off-Broadway, in the mid-1990s.
With Steel Magnolias about to begin its Mayo run, how did Mischa become involved in the production? “It was a bit last minute really,” Mischa tells me during our Monday afternoon conversation, “but the fact Ben Barnes was directing it swayed me as he is a great director, and the cast is terrific.”
While Mischa is the most high profile cast member, her co-stars will be familiar faces from TV – Anne Charleston (Ouiser Boudreaux in the play) was Madge in Neighbours and more recently Lily Butterfield in Emmerdale; Barbara Brennan, (M’Lynn) has appeared in The Tudors and Veronica Guerin; and Gillian Hanna whose credits include Casualty, Drop The Dead Donkey, Poirot, Brookside, and Mr Nice.
“It was luck that everybody happened to be available as after this we’re all working on other things,” says Mischa, “and we might not get another chance to do this.”
Working with an all-female cast, Mischa admits, is an unusual situation to find herself in. “There are usually some men there to break it up,” she says. “Ben I think was terrified directing an all-female cast. I would have thought they would have had a woman direct it. So it was very brave of him as it’s a lot for a man to take on.”
Title: Assassination of a High School President
Starring: Mischa Barton
Released: 6th October 2009
SRP: $24.96 (DVD)
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced DVD ($24.96) and Blu-ray ($34.95) releases of Assassination of a High School President which stars Mischa Barton, Reece Thompson, and Bruce Willis. Each will be available to own from the 6th October. Extras will include a filmmakers commentary, deleted scenes with optional commentary, extended and alternate scenes with optional commentary, and alternate opening sequences with optional commentary. The DVD artwork is attached:
Unfortunately Assassination of a High School President was unable to overcome Yari Film Group’s bankrupty and according to Walmart it will be arriving on DVD June 30th, 2009. Thanks to David for the tip. Details are limited at this stage apart from the fact that the movie will be rated R and released in widescreen.
DATE PUSHED TO OCTOBER 13th, 2009
Director Brett Simon’s feature debut is an intricately crafted high school drama that strays from the typical teenage fare and manages to keep what at first seems like a familiar plot twisting and turning until the very last frame. Combining a keen sense of relief that no one can make you go back to high school with an equally strong desire to return and make all of the cool kids realize that there’s life past graduation, “Assassination Of A High School President” deftly captures a new kind of grown-up teenage angst. Sophomore Bobby Funke, played with witty nuance by Reece Thompson, is a self-described newspaper dork whose social skills are severely lacking in this high school hierarchy, yet he is instantly recognizable as the person with the most promising future in his class. Determined to win a spot in a coveted summer journalism program, he finds himself at the epicenter of a story that threatens the entire social structure of St. Donovan’s High School – everyone from jocks to misfits to Bruce Willis’s campy and over-the-top principal. The rest of the perfectly cast ensemble creates a high school from hell, where anything seems possible, especially since every character appears to be 16 going on 30. Giving any hints about the way this film turns out would only destroy the fun.
Screen captures from Assassination of a High School President have been uploaded. Mischa stars with Reece Thompson, Bruce Willis and Luke Grimes in this dark comedy. The movie premiered in Russia last week on a cable television service so the captures aren’t high quality but good enough. Huge thanks to Maz for taking the time to cap!
Note: Album of captures features mild nudity. Visitor discretion advised.
The film is unfortunately backed by a now bankrupt film distributor so at this stage it seems unlikely we’ll get an English release any time soon. Hopefully some other company will come to the rescue and at least release the movie on DVD. Bad time for indepedent film.
MISCHA BARTON has become the latest victim of the credit crunch – her new movie has stalled as makers can’t find the cash to distribute the film.
The actress appears alongside Bruce Willis in Assassination Of A High School President, but the project is in need of investment before a release date is set.
And Barton even claims movie distributors, Yari Film Group, have been forced to file for bankruptcy.
She says, “They just can’t get the funding to distribute it. The movie is complete and ready to go but there is no release date set and it is not looking likely there will be one.”
The film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was slated for release in March (09).
Here is the Russian trailer for Mischa’s upcoming “Assassination of a High School President” co-starring Bruce Willis and Reece Thompson. Thanks to Michele from Luke Grimes Net.