THERE are some films that seem to court low expectations. And with Chalet Girl (“a SNOW-mantic comedy!” according to its vein- opener of a poster), mine were closer to the ground than a sausage dog’s dangling bits.
The signs were not good. Not only is it directed by the chump who foisted Sandra Bullock’s disastrous All About Steve on the world but its opening scene contains cameos from two Wrigley’s Extra-toothed goons off T4.
Yet, unexpectedly, Chalet Girl is a proper delight. It’s exactly the kind of funny, sunshiny, teen-skewed romcom that Britain normally struggles to make. There’s no “message” – just great performances from a talented, good- looking cast, and more charm and humour than both Bridget Jones movies put together.
In a potentially star-making turn, Felicity Jones plays Kim, a 19-year-old skateboarder who takes a summer job working for a couple of hee-hawing poshos (Bill Nighy and Brooke Shields) at their Austrian holiday home. Also working there is upper-class lass Georgie, played by St Trinian’s star Tamsin Egerton. She shows a real flair for comedy in this that I’ve not seen before – possibly cos all I’ve seen her in is St Trinian’s.
Class-clash high jinks unfold – as does romance, when Kim falls for her bosses’ hunky but taken son Jonny (Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick). AND there’s a big snowboarding competition to worry about. Can Kim scoop first place and a good man?
Well – this is a romcom so the outcome is predictable, but the sharp script and top cast sell it with ease.
So if you’re after a frothy, non-challenging night at the flicks, fear not, Alp is at hand.
And on reflection, that’s even worse than “snow-mantic”. Sorry.
Its friday!!! And what a day it is today we have not only seen Ed Westwick eating Jam doughnuts and getting all sticky for Red Nose Day but I also have managed to get a hold of our Director all the way over in LA and grab a few thoughts on how it was for him to be shooting Chalet Girl in the mountains earlier this year.
If you are interested in hearing his side of the story then click on the ‘Interview with Cast & Crew’ and you will find new pictures as well.
Coming up with have interviews with Tamsin Egerton, Felicity Jones & Bill Nighy so keep coming back to see when we will be feeding you more content on the run up to release!!!
Amazing interview is now up with our top 1st AD Mr. Joe Geary. Telling or his favourite actors & crew members along with storys of Jagermister…. probably best that you guys give this one a read. Enjoy!
Sooo excited for this one. There is a very close bond that is made between the costume department and the cast. Read our latest interview with Leonie Harthard on her experiences in the mountains, with the cast and opinions on fashion.
We get up close and personal with questions on her first meeting with the lovely Felicity Jones and the dashing Ed Westwick! How she names Bill Nighy as her personal favourite and what happened when she danced in a night club with Brooke Shields….
Check out the latest interview for the blog with Georgia King spilling all on her thoughts of the film and her adventures whilst filming it.
Totally awesome content and pictures for you to see!
So fantastic news! Chalet Girl is being released in the UK on the 18th of Feburary 2011. I literally can not contain my excitment. The press release has gone out and the start of the run up to the film has begun.
This February, strap on your board and take to the slopes with CHALET GIRL. An ice cool comedy filled with laughter, romance and kick-ass snowboarding!
Feisty 19 year old Kim Matthews (Felicity Jones) takes on the challenge of her life when she lands a job as a chalet girl in a glitzy ski resort in the Alps.
Assigned to live and work in the luxury chalet of successful businessman Richard Masden (Bill Nighy), she spends her days cooking, cleaning and catering for his family. Propelled into a world of wealth, fun and endless parties, Kim is utterly baffled by this new way of life. Finding it hard to grasp all the rules and be accepted by her uber-posh co-worker Georgie (Tamsin Egerton) she quickly finds herself way out of her depth.
To make matters worse, she finds herself falling for her boss’s son Jonny (Ed Westwick.) Gorgeous, charming and talented there’s just two problems –Jonny’s ice-princess girlfriend Chloe (Sophia Bush) and his scheming mother (Brooke Shields.)
With few friends to turn to Kim takes to the slopes where she discovers the thrills of snow-boarding and a natural talent. Filled with a new found confidence she enters the resort’s biggest Pro-boarding event of the year.
As the competition draws nearer and Jonny and Kim grow closer it looks like her luck is finally changing. But Jonny’s family have other plans for his future and they could turn Kim’s world upside down.
Packed with breathtaking snowboarding action and stunning locations, CHALET GIRL is a hilarious and touching story about finding a talent, staying true to yourself and achieving your dreams.
The stellar international cast includes Felicity Jones (Cemetery Junction), Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl), Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Brooke Shields (Blue Lagoon), Tamsin Egerton (St. Trinians), Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill) and Bill Bailey (Black Books.)
CHALET GIRL is directed by Phil Traill from an original screenplay by Tom Williams and produced by Pippa Cross and Harriet Rees.
Monday 4th of October was a most awesome evening. Starting with cocktails in a favourite haunt of mine, Frevds… ever been? You should go!
After a long day in the office, having arrived from Paris that morning I was shattered but had managed to be granted an hour for a disco nap on the office sofa before throwing on my new vintage Parisian dress and a touch of mascara to meet the gang.
A super cool venue for drinks set in an industrial enviroment underground it is always full of new artists work on its walls and arty types in there. Pretty trendy and a very relaxed atmosphere this was often a place I would of once taken first dates as either way – should I be overly nerves or bored out of my mind at the very least I would be able to drink my way through it. There cocktails are just out of this world!
After one of these superb cocktails in frevds, which had Phil exclaiming, ‘why had I never taken me out here before!’, we were off to Soho house. We walked over from covent garden in to the heart of Soho and took a seat in the round bar for champers to toast to our very lovely, will absolutely be missed, one of a kind Director.
As when it comes down to it I don’t think many producers can honestly say that at the end of every film project they can get through to the other side and be sat round a table in soho house having dinner with their writer & director all having the most amazing evening… Well we did just that.
Felt really special to be one of the remaining five people who have been on this amazing journey. As I sat there with both my producers, Harriet Rees & Pippa Cross along with Tom Williams our lovely writer and Phil I can safely say this was not a work do more like a drink with friends.
Dinner was super, with a seriously good bottle of red to wash down some tastie Lamb!
Not a group to have ever had a quiet night, Harriet had a final card up her sleve…down the road in Piccadilly was the after party of Mr. Nice which had just premiered that evening.
A hop skip and a jump from Soho house we were entering the after party at the Criterion.
As soon as I arrived there were a fair few familiar faces with our first AD Joe Geary looking extremely dapper with his lovely Lucy on his arm in a killer green dress. As I popped outside for some fresh air to catch up, I was joined by a seriously handsome chap who just so turned out to be none other than Rhys Ifans star of Mr. Nice.
So we hung out for a bit before I started to say things like ‘your much better looking in real life’ and thought best be getting back inside before I end up looking stupid or saying something really offensive. All in all though he was a super nice guy and I can totally see what Sienna Miller saw in him for sure!
By about 1am I had about given everything I had left after my weekend in Paris for Nuit Blanche so I called a cab gave Phil a very Kitty speech on how I loved him dearly would miss him clearly and would count down the days till the premiere come February!