Duns’ Tilda Swinton, who already has a BAFTA and Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, had something else to celebrate last week when her new film was named Best Picture at the London Film Festival.
With her striking androgynous looks and boyish figure, Tilda was always going to be a maverick in Hollywood. While other actresses of her generation - Michelle Pfeiffer, Demi Moore and Sharon Stone - became Tinseltown’s golden girls, she has played the waiting game for three decades.
After winning the Best Supporting Actress BAFTA and Oscar in 2008 for her performance in ‘Michael Clayton’, opposite George Clooney, the 50 year-old has now made an impact on the UK box office with her role in the gripping drama ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’, which won top prize at the London film gala.
Starring alongside John C Reilly (as husband Franklin) and newcomer Ezra Miller in the title role, the actress is gaining acclaim for her performance as troubled mother Eva Katchadourian in Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s controversial novel, looking at the lead-up to a teenage boy committing a high school massacre.
A successful travel journalist, Eva is forced to give up her burgeoning career and globetrotting dreams after giving birth to her first child, laying the foundations of an uneasy relationship which continues up to his unspeakable atrocity.
Despite having described acting as “a major mistake”, Swinton is set to continue her love affair with the big screen, with an upcoming role in Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
“I’m really not interested in acting. Still not. And I’ve given up waiting for an epiphany of interest to strike,” she states.
“I would like an opportunity to have a good sleep and get on with some writing.”