Alice Foulcher

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Alice Foulcher is an Australian writer, director and actress, best known for the Australian indie drama-comedy That's Not Me (2017). She is also known for her roles in Paris Syndrome and A Bit Rich.

Career[edit]

Foulcher is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, School of Film & TV, Melbourne, Australia. She frequently collaborates with her husband, director/writer Gregory Erdstein.[1] Their work together includes feature film That's Not Me, the controversial short film Picking up at Auchwitz,[2] Tropfest finalist A Bit Rich,[3] and Paris Syndrome.

In 2014 Foulcher and Erdstein spent 8 months in an artist residency at the Cité des Arts Internationale, Paris. During this period they made the short film Paris Syndrome,[4] and wrote the screenplay for their first feature film, That's Not Me.[5]

As well as co-writing That's Not Me with Erdstein, Foulcher stars in the film in dual roles as identical twins Polly and Amy Cuthbert.[6] Appearing in every scene of the film, sometimes twice, Foulcher's performance has been met with critical acclaim, and earned her a Best Actress nomination for the 2018 Australian Film Critics Association awards.[7] The film has been met with a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 87%.[8] Luke Buckmaster of The Guardian gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, writing "At the centre of That’s Not Me is a commanding performance from Foulcher, who establishes herself as a major emerging actor"[9]. Time Out also gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, with critic Nick Dent writing "Alice Foulcher deserves to be a lock for Best Actress [for the 2017 AACTA awards][10]. [She] conveys low self-esteem with the comedic flair of a Kristin Wiig"[11]. Louise of Urban Cinefile writes that "Foulcher is a knockout. She is unselfconscious and instantly likeable. Sibling rivalry, celebrity and chasing dreams have never been so much fun in this energetic, uplifting character-driven comedy that soars as surely as the trajectory of its irresistible star”[12]. Andy Howell of Ain't It Cool writes “[Alice Foulcher] shoulders all the drama and gives one of the best twin performances I’ve ever seen... Having nuanced drama embedded in a comedy is a tightrope walk, but she’s got the skills to land it.”[13] Leigh Paatsch of the Herald Sun gave the film a positive review, noting "a wonderful performance by Foulcher in a deceptively demanding role"[14]. Film Alert 101 suggests that Foulcher "may well be the comic talent of her age",[15] radio station 2ser 107.3 describes her as "absolutely superb throughout",[16] and with Junkee Media writing that "it really is Foulcher's show".[17]

Filmed in Melbourne, Australia and Los Angeles, USA in 2015 and 2016,[18] That's Not Me had its World Premiere at the 2017 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.[19] The film had its Australian Premiere in June 2017 at the Sydney Film Festival,[20] where it came Fourth at the Foxtel Movies Audience Awards,[21]. It placed Ninth in the Audience Awards at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival.[22] That's Not Me won the award for Best Film Under $200k at the inaugural 2018 Ozflix Independent Film Awards.[23] It was ranked #5 of The Guardian's Top 10 Australian Films of 2017.[24]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 That's Not Me Polly / Amy Cuthbert Also co-writer
2015 Paris Syndrome Unnamed lead Also co-writer
2014 A Bit Rich Autumn Also co-writer
2013 Why Ryan is on Detention Director / writer
2012 Picking up at Auschwitz Unnamed lead Also co-writer
2011 Harold Holt is Dead Director / writer
2009 Going, Going Director / writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview: Gregory Erdstein and Alice Foulcher on their new Australian comedy That's Not Me". Cinema Australia. 2016-08-10. Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  2. ^ Villella, Fiona. "St Kilda Film Festival: final weekend highlights". The Age. Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  3. ^ "Tropfest finalists announced". Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  4. ^ "Alice Foulcher: In The City Of Lights With Paris Syndrome". Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  5. ^ "Screen Australian: The Screen Guide "That′s Not Me"". Screen Australia. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Six Young Aussies Who Are Doing Awesome Stuff In Film". 2016-09-08. Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  7. ^ "AFCA 2018 Film & Writing Awards". Australian Film Critics Association. Archived from the original on 2018-03-14. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  8. ^ That's Not Me, retrieved 2018-09-10
  9. ^ Buckmaster, Luke (2017-09-06). "That's Not Me review – smart, low-budget dramedy putting creators on path to stardom". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  10. ^ "35 Australian movies are eligible for the AACTA Awards this year". Time Out Sydney. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  11. ^ "That's Not Me". Time Out Sydney. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  12. ^ "Urban Cinefile THAT'S NOT ME". www.urbancinefile.com.au. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  13. ^ Copernicus. "Copernicus is a fan of THAT'S NOT ME at SBIFF". Aint It Cool News. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  14. ^ "That's Not Me makes a little go a long way". Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  15. ^ 101, Film Alert (2017-06-11). "Film Alert 101: Sydney Film Festival (12) - New Australian Films - WE DONT NEED A MAP, THAT'S NOT ME, ALI'S WEDDING, ELLIPSIS". Film Alert 101. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  16. ^ "SFF 2017: Review - That's Not Me - 2ser". 2ser. 2017-06-11. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  17. ^ "Sydney Film Festival Review: 'That's Not Me'". Junkee. 2017-06-24. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  18. ^ "Indie comedy "That′s Not Me" wraps filming". if.com.au. Archived from the original on 2016-11-20. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
  19. ^ "SBIFF 2017: Films to Find". www.independent.com. Retrieved 2017-02-25.
  20. ^ Maddox, Garry (2017-04-05). "Sydney Film Festival announces Casey Affleck, Whitney Houston and werewolf films". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  21. ^ Gray, Richard (2017-06-21). "SFF 2017: 'Ali's Wedding' and 'Roller Dreams' take Audience Awards". The Reel Bits. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  22. ^ "Aussie films win the hearts of MIFF audiences". IF Magazine. 2017-08-24. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  23. ^ Quinn, Karl (2018-04-15). "Is it time to make low-budget Australian movies cheaper at the cinema?". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  24. ^ Buckmaster, Luke (2017-12-20). "From Mountain's majesty to Lion's roar: the best Australian films of 2017". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-09-10.

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