INTERVIEW: ‘Disgrace’ star Jessica Haines

Posted by · 9:35 am · December 4th, 2009

When I begin my phone conversation with Jessica Haines by telling her how insistently I prodded her publicist to set up our interview – the reverse is so often the case – she responds with a bashful laugh. “I can believe that,” she says, in a warm South African drawl. “Not many journalists have bothered […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Disgrace” (***1/2)

Posted by · 2:32 pm · September 17th, 2009

“As long as one is alive, one is all right.” These words, spoken with pithy irony by John Malkovich halfway through Steve Jacobs’s brilliant, bruising adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s novel “Disgrace” — which opens Stateside tomorrow — encapsulate a post-apartheid South Africa more riven by crime and inequality than the bandages of democracy can cover. […]

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Superb ‘Disgrace’ trailer goes online

Posted by · 12:24 pm · November 3rd, 2008

As I’ve said before on these pages, I’ve been looking forward to Aussie filmmaker Steve Jacobs’ film adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s “Disgrace” for some time. It’s a novel very close to my heart, John Malkovich seems ideally cast in the lead and, though it’s a South African-set story, its stark, ruminative nature sits comfortably in […]

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Under the radar: ‘Disgrace’

Posted by · 3:59 am · August 20th, 2008

With the Toronto festival just around the corner, one title set to bow there that isn’t garnering that much attention yet is Australian production ‘Disgrace,’ the long-gestating adaptation of Nobel Prize-winner J.M. Coetzee’s searing 1999 masterpiece. That’s not exactly surprising, given that it’s a sophomore effort from a director, Steve Jacobs, whose previous credit, the […]

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