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Feel The Fear, Do It Anyway, F*** Up Forward: A Conversation with The Programme + Eleven + The Angel of Auschwitz’s Grace Blackman

04 March 2019

Born in South-East London, Grace Blackman has trained with the National Youth Theatre, Loughborough University, Arts Educational and National Youth Film Academy. She graduated in 2016 and is best known for feature films Eleven, Deep Breaths and web series Tour Girls.

Grace most desires to play strong female characters created by inspiring female filmmakers and is very passionate about using film to cause positive change. She's never played the same character type twice so the future of her career is somewhat of a mystery.

In our interview, Grace tells The Fan Carpet‘s Marc Jason Ali where it all began, moving from theatre into film and her upcoming releases...


If we go back to the beginning, was there a defining moment for you to get into the Film Industry?

I first made the transfer from theatre to film in 2015 with Outsiders; a short film produced by Slenky, BFI Creative Skillset and Sony Professional. The talent in the cast and crew was incredible; Stefan Boehm has since gone on to act in feature film Blackbird, TV series Line of Duty and Cleaning Up, Tom Moutchi who has since worked on feature film The Hustle and known for sketch show Famalam, editor Hannah Leckey has gone on to join teams on feature films Artemis Fowl, Holmes & Watson and Mission Impossible Fallout, legendary stunt woman Fizz Hood has since worked on Wonder Woman 1984, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Solo, The Last Jedi & Rogue One – a truly talented team across the board and I learnt a great deal from them. I will always be so very grateful that the team took that chance to cast me without any screen experience and it’s where my professional film career began.


You’re most recent film, The Programme is in production, what can you tell us about the project?

It was my first time working with writer and director Antony Spina and it’s a completely unique project. Filmed in the same vein as documentaries such as Making a Murderer and The Keepers, it’s a hypothetical depiction of a world in which prisons are oversaturated with inmates, are desperately understaffed and the ramifications that could occur should extreme penal systems be implemented in an attempt to compensate. With violence increasing day on day, contraband flows filtering through prisons almost openly and gang culture thriving; The Programme questions how far could things go when the only solution is extreme intervention, taking inmates’ liberty but also their humanity to create the ‘perfect prisoner’. Once completed, it will be submitted to various film festivals towards the end of the year.


You were Pfani in The Angel of Auschwitz, is something with a historical context something that appeals to you?

This was my first project with a historical context and because of the delicate subject matter, I was so grateful to be working with Terry, Courtney, Sam and the Cobra Films team. The script, work ethic and sensitivity on set produced a very special film. It was a blessing to work opposite Hayley-Marie Axe and Noleen Comiskey; their dedication into the research process of their characters was second to none and this transferred into their powerful performances. The Angel of Auschwitz has never been more needed, particularly because recent publications have revealed one in 20 Britons ‘do not believe’ the Holocaust took place. It is so important to keep our history alive on film to remember stories such as that of Stanislawa Leczenska’s selfless bravery to save countless lives. Audiences are always hungry for new subjects, platforms and technology with film, but extraordinary deeds from extraordinary people will never become dated – that is what appeals to me about historical context films.





Keep up with Grace Blackman on Twitter, Spotlight, Backstage, Auditionist, IMDb, Curtain Call and Mandy.

Check out her Showreel, Comedy Showreel and Commercial Showreel.

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