In what is inevitably being described as a return to form, Woody Allen’s latest film, Blue Jasmine is drawing particular attention for the performance of its central character, played by Cate Blanchett.
Jasmine is a New York socialite who has fallen on hard times, suffered a nervous breakdown and teeters on the brink of sanity. The film opens as she moves to stay with her sister, Ginger in a working-class neighbourhood of San Francisco.
The film’s plot has attracted comparisons with Tennessee Williams’ classic play, A Streetcar Named Desire – and the lead role of Blanche du Bois is one which Blanchett has already tackled to great acclaim.
Tom Brook sits down with Blanchett to discuss the experience of working with Woody Allen, the director’s view of women and her enjoyment playing the title role.