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27th Philadelphia Film Festival Closing Night Awards Ceremony

Last night (October 26), Karen attended the 27th Philadelphia Film Festival Closing Night Awards Ceremony at Philadelphia Film Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was awarded with the Artistic Achievement in Independent Film Award for her directorial debut, The Party’s Just Beginning. High-quality images have been added to our gallery.

“The Party’s Just Beginning” Sprouts At The Orchard

Deadline — The Orchard has snapped up North American rights to Karen Gillan’s directorial debut The Party’s Just Beginning which made its stateside premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival where it was one of the standouts. The Orchard is planning a fall release for the movie.

Shot in Gillan’s Scottish Highlands hometown of Inverness, The Party’s Just Beginning was a passion project which took the Guardians of the Galaxy and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle actress six years to write and five to finance before breaking through with Mt. Hollywood Films. She also headlines in the film as Liusaidh, a young woman who is living an endless bacchanal to mask the severe pains from a recent loss. At the same time, a wrong number leads Liusaidh to an anonymous connection with an old man grappling with his own end-of-life questions and regrets. Under fleeting glimpses of the Northern lights, the characters at crossroads in the film, search for answers—together and independently—in the cold landscape. Gillan captures Inverness with a kinetic, somber colorful hued, rapid-edit style, reminiscent of how Nicolas Winding Refn arrested Los Angeles in Drive and Neon Demon.

Gillan’s producing partner Mali Elfman produces alongside R. Andru Davies and Claire Mundell. The cast also includes Guardians of the Galaxy star Lee Pace, Matthew Beard, Paul Higgins, Siobhan Redmond, Jamie Quinn and Rachel Jackson.

Totally and completely thrilled to team up with The Orchard on my directorial debut,” said Karen Gillan. “I greatly admire the films that The Orchard put out into the world and I’m honored to have The Party’s Just Beginning be one of them”.

Karen Gillan’s The Party’s Just Beginning establishes her as a unique talent and fresh new voice that absolutely blew us away,” said Paul Davidson, EVP, Film and TV at The Orchard. “It’s a directorial debut anchored by a stellar performance and a compelling screenplay that makes her a true triple threat. We are excited to partner with her on her first feature.

The deal was negotiated between The Orchard’s Danielle DiGiacomo and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers. Gillan is repped by UTA.

Karen Gillan photographed for W Magazine

W Magazine — Karen Gillan is hard to miss. Five feet eleven, flowing red hair, an infectious Scottish accent—it’s the perfect storm of attributes that will invariably make you take notice when she walks into a room. It’s that much more ironic, then, that her most recognizable role to date, as Nebula, the bald, blue-skinned alien from Guardians of the Galaxy, is Gillan at her most unrecognizable.

But Gillan, you see, is always ready for a challenge. “In the audition for [Guardians of the Galaxy], they asked if I was willing to shave my head, and it sounded like a cool project and I was up for this change. I’ve always had long red hair that was kind of a defining feature for me, so to kind of rid myself of that…” It’s worth noting that at this point, Gillan was under the impression that her character, daughter of the evil alien warlord Thanos and sister to Zoe Saldana’s Gamora, was only going to be a minor role, amounting to just eight days of shooting. “Yes. It seems a little extreme, in retrospect,” she admitted. But it’s a risk that paid off, as it turns out that Nebula has stuck around far longer than Gillan had ever imagined. It’s been four years since the first film debuted in 2014, and in that time, she’s reprised the role in last summer’s sequel and will do so once again in this weekend’s Avengers: Infinity War, posed to be Marvel’s biggest movie ever, which will bring the Guardians into the fold alongside Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man, and the rest of the gang. “I felt like the Guardians were a family and we were about to meet all of our cousins,” Gillan said. (She’s also fully grown back her hair in that time, she’s proud to report, noting, “When it is first growing in and is completely vertical and you are five feet eleven, people will mistake you for a man.”)

Just as the Guardians have joined a roster of established heroes, Gillan found herself working among some of her own acting heroes while filming the movie. “I was really excited to work with Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr., just because I grew up watching their films and think they are such incredible actors,” she said. “I really wanted to see their process and behind-the-scenes. And it was great. What I love about them as actors—and you can see it on the screen—they are so loose and inventive, and there is lots of improv happening. It just feels really natural to them.

Of course, the 30-year-old can’t say much about the film; mainly because, despite the fact that we’re chatting just five days before it is slated to hit theaters, she still has yet to see it. “Hardly any of us have even read the script for the film,” she added. “They are so secretive that they’ve gone so far as to write a fake script for people to read. So you just don’t even know if what you’re reading is real or not until you are there reading the words. We are in the same position as all of the fans of the film. I just can’t wait to watch it. I mean, we were shooting it for a year. I’m not entirely sure how any of my scenes fit into the overall story. It is actually kind of a fun place to be in, because it is going to be surprising.

Gillan was poised to figure it out days later, at Monday night’s world premiere, which gathered all of the Avengers in Los Angeles, but first she had another red carpet to tend to: the premiere of her directorial debut, The Party’s Just Beginning, which opened at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday night. The film, which Gillan also wrote and stars in, follows a 20-something woman named Liusaidh dealing with the aftermath of her best friend’s suicide, leading her on a path of nonstop partying and trysts with anonymous men. Though the film, which is at times both wickedly funny and profoundly heartbreaking, is set in Gillan’s hometown of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, the film is by no means an autobiographical tale. “Initially I read a statistic that sparked the whole thing that said that suicide rates in the Highlands of Scotland were significantly higher among young men than the rest of Scotland,” she said. “I thought it was so strange because it was such an idyllic and picturesque place to live. I was like, ‘Why is this dark statistic looming over this beautiful place?’ I knew that I wanted to tell that story, and take inspiration from my own life and thread it through this fictional storyline.

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Photoshoots & Portraits > 2018 > Session 08 [+05]
Karen Gillan photographed for NY Daily News

NY Daily News — […] “The Party’s Just Beginning,” which Gillan wrote, directed and starred in before debuting it at the Tribeca Film Festival, began as a passion project six years ago, long before “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jumanji.” She began with a statistic: every 10 days, a resident in her hometown of Inverness, Scotland, commits suicide.

In the movie, Gillan, 30, plays Liusaidh, a young Scottish woman dealing with the aftermath of the suicide of her transgender best friend (Matthew Beard) who jumps in front of a train. Liusaidh copes with French fries, alcohol and sex with random men; a dangerous, loud, chaotic cocktail mixed with serene moments of self-reflection and, at times, self-doubt. Even the solace she finds in Dale (Lee Pace) can’t quiet her thoughts long enough to keep her away from the bridge where her best friend took the last leap. Her pain is visceral, real and unrelenting.

It’s such an idyllic, beautiful place to live,” Gillan told the Daily News. “Why do we have this dark statistic looming over this?” The movie, she said, is her way of exploring her home’s ghosts. “I wanted to tell an emotional story from a character’s point of view and follow this girl who has been at the brunt of this statistic,” she said. “She’s the one who has been left behind.

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I hope that people connect with it in their own personal way,” she told The News. “The most important thing isn’t what I intended, but more what exists between each audience member and the film. It’s different for each person. It’s all open to interpretation.

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“The Party’s Just Beginning” Screening – 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

Yesterday (April 22), Karen attended the “The Party’s Just Beginning” Screening during 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. She looked effortlessly beautiful in a gorgeous Valentino gown. High-quality images have been added to our gallery.

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