February 4th, 2021   Author: admin   The Long Song

“The Long Song” knows what an audience might expect from a period drama airing on the BBC, as it did in the UK in 2018, or under the PBS Masterpiece banner, as it will in the US starting on January 31. The camera, helmed with a steady hand by director Mahalia Belo, pans across still life scenes of porcelain curios and rumpled silks in a manse surrounded by gently swaying palm trees. “The life of a white missus on a Jamaican plantation,” a narrator (Doña Croll) intones, “be surely full of tribulation — from the scarcity of beef to the want of a fashionable hat.” Within seconds, the piercing screech of that “white missus” shatters the idyllic scene, and the acidic streak of sarcasm laden in the narrator’s words comes more clearly into focus. “If that be the story you want to hear, then be on your way. Go,” she says, voice snapping with brittle anger. “Be on your way! For the story I have to tell is quite a different one.”

That the tragic heroine of this story is Black slave July (Tamara Lawrance) rather than her corseted white mistress — played by period drama veteran Hayley Atwell, no less — immediately marks “The Long Song” as a very different kind of Masterpiece series. Outside of something like Andrew Davies’ 2019 “Sanditon” adaptation, which cast Crystal Clarke as a Jane Austen character born in the West Indies, there really haven’t been any PBS Masterpiece dramas that spotlight Black characters, let alone have them steer the entire series. “The Long Song,” an adaptation of Andrea Levy’s 2010 novel, not only centers a very specific Black character and experience, but deliberately dares any skittish viewers expecting something quite different to look away. (That this first Masterpiece series to prominently feature Black people is a slave narrative is unsurprising, and worthy of further examination in and of itself.)

Born into slavery on a sugarcane plantation, July gets taken from her mother as a child simply because the owner’s sister Caroline (Atwell) spots her out in the fields and thinks she’s cute. There are many painful scenes yet to come, but this one is particularly crushing in its simplicity. Her kidnapping, which alters the course of her life and devastates her mother (Sharon Duncan-Brewster), is nothing more than a casual whim from people who have no awareness of their own cruelty. This pattern repeats itself over and over again throughout the series, each time just as wrenching as the last. For instance: Caroline’s insistence on calling July “Marguerite,” the better to fuel her fantasies of being a fancy lady of the manor even in a humid country she doesn’t understand, is a stabbing indignity every time. (Atwell, an actor who typically radiates warmth, does a remarkable job of curdling the atmosphere of every room unlucky enough to have Caroline in it.) Particularly fraught is the heel turn from Robert Goodwin (Jack Lowden), a white Brit who initially sweeps July off her feet with promises of fidelity and fair wages for all the recently freed slaves on the plantation. And yet he sours the second the Black people in his employ stand up for themselves, twisting into a hard, gnarled version of the idealistic man July fell for.

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January 16th, 2021   Author: admin   Gallery - Photoshoots - Site Updates

Hello everyone!

I am so happy to announce that Hayley Atwell Central is celebrating 6 years online. I can’t believe you support and visit the site after 6 years, so, thanks from the bottom of my heart to all the visitors.

This past year was so hard to me and I am not good yet. Some personal things are beating my life right now and, although I still love and support Hayley, past days I am thinking on close the site. I haven’t take my decission yet…but it is so difficult for me to pay all the bills for the site monthly so, I really don’t know what to do. I don’t want to close this because still love to work with the site and also, have a lot of stuff to add…but really, don’t know what to do.

Anyway, you know, if you love the site and want to help, you can go here to donate. Every single dollar will help, so, please, help me to keep the site.

Also, to celebrate the 6 years online, I have added some great photoshoots of Hayley Atwell from 2015 to the gallery. This was the year I started with the site so, a lot of photos were missing. Hope you enjoy the photos!

November 30th, 2020   Author: admin   Gallery - Mission: Impossible

More new photos of Hayley Atwell on the set of ‘Mission Impossible 7’ in Rome, have been added to the gallery.

November 24th, 2020   Author: admin   Gallery - Mission: Impossible

More new photos of Hayley Atwell on the set of ‘Mission Imposible 7’ in Venice and Rome have been added to the gallery. Go there and enjoy!

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November 12th, 2020   Author: admin   Gallery - Mission: Impossible

More new photos of Hayley Atwell filming “Mission: Impossible 7” in Venice, have been added to the gallery so, you can go there to take a look.

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October 15th, 2020   Author: admin   Gallery - Mission: Impossible

More new photos of Hayley Atwell filming “Mission: Impossible 7” in Rome, have been added to the gallery so, you can go there to take a look.

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October 13th, 2020   Author: admin   Gallery - Mission: Impossible

Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell filming “Mission: Impossible 7” in a yellow Cinquecento on October 9, 2020 in Rome. You can go to the gallery and enjoy the photos.

October 8th, 2020   Author: admin   Gallery - Mission: Impossible

Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell are spotted on the set of “Mission: Impossible 7” on October 6, 2020 in Rome. I have added some photos to the gallery so, go there and enjoy!

September 23rd, 2020   Author: admin   Gallery - Magazine Scans

I have found and added some magazine scans of Hayley Atwell from 2011. You can go to the gallery to take a look the scans and article.

August 25th, 2020   Author: admin   Gallery

Hello there!

I have added some old photos of Hayley Atwell to the gallery. You can go there to take a look and enjoy the back to the past.

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