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Cate Blanchett: The secret of her success

As Cate Blanchett is honoured in New York, Tom Brook looks back at her career −and asks what do audiences, and those who work with her think is her secret?

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.

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