This week, Cate Blanchett is the talk of the New York Film Festival, where she is being honoured at a special gala reception for her ‘contribution to film culture’.
The Australian actress has recently won plaudits for her performance in Woody Allen’s latest film, Blue Jasmine − with many critics already tipping her for the Best Actress Academy Award next year.
Blanchett’s acting career has been a phenomenally successful one – with surprisingly few duds. She first received mass attention for her grandstanding performance in Elizabeth. And she has since gone on to take on a wide range of roles – from Bob Dylan in I’m Not There to Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator and Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Talking Movies’ Tom Brook speaks to the actress and those who have worked with her, to find out the secret of her appeal.