Saturday, September 30, 2017

...when I met her last week in Toronto she looked relaxed and happy....

I wondered if Maddox’s presence influenced how they were treated during filming.
“Cambodian people are very different and what they value is very different,” she told me. “It’s not like walking around in Hollywood.
“They see us a mother and a son and I’m very proud to be a Cambodian citizen.
“When we’re there we feel like we’re home and people are very kind to us.”
First They Killed My Father, which is on Netflix now, will be Cambodia’s submission to the Oscars and Angelina could end up securing her first Best Director nomination.
But she says she still enjoys being an actor – and is looking forward to filming Maleficent 2.
“I think directing takes a lot, and you can do a movie for six weeks and move on but I love the ones like this that really matter,” she explained.
“I want to give my life to these kind of projects.
“I appreciate being able to be an actress and have fun – and the kids do too. They’re ready for me to play a bit on set – to get my horns on and have a laugh!”


Tommaso Colognese was Angelina's assistant in FTKMF.  He was also her assistant in Maleficent, assisted both her and Brad in By the Sea, and assisted him in Fury.

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Photographed in London by Joss McKinley
May 7, 2013
It’s a common story: growing up in a small town (in Italy), film was a way for me to glimpse the world outside. When I was a teenager, the director of a local film school sent me off to work on a set and from that moment on I wanted to stay. The best thing about working in film is that, with each project, you acquire a whole new family from whom you can always learn something new.
My first job after graduating from film school in LA was so bad I quit after three months, but the lure of the set soon brought me back. Behind the scenes it’s a lot less exciting than the DVD extras would have it, although it never fails to reward in some way. Admittedly I have been tempted to turn my back on film many times, but so far there’s always been a next project exciting enough to get me back on track.
Becoming a personal assistant was completely unplanned. I had just moved to London when I received a phone call from a colleague in Rome asking if I’d be interested in assisting an actor on a new film. Intrigued, I followed up and it turned out to be a position with Daniel Day-Lewis on Nine. It remains one of the most rewarding experiences of my career so far and has led to me working with several other amazing artists. Working closely with an artist while he or she is creating a character is a privileged position that can be very exciting, even though it also requires dealing with many of the more mundane aspects of the film process. A lot of coffee and good humour is required!
Tommaso has been a PA to Martin Scorsese, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio


  1. C A Hall‏ @Producer_CAHall 23m

    “First they killed my Father” Directed by Angelina Jolie, Reviewed by C A Hall
    This movie has performed a miracle. We are watching a small slice and rare retelling of the history of American involvement in Cambodia. We witness US abandonment of the country, the rise of the Khmer Rouge and its revolution which resulted in, the murder and enslavement of the Cambodian people by a political cult. What makes this film stunning beyond The Killing Fields, or Swimming to Cambodia, is that we experience it all through the eyes of a seven year old girl.
    There are no politics more incisive than the judgement of children, upon the adults who run and ruin the world. Witness photos of hungry children reaching out with begging bowls, the late night admonishments of charity for children in need, meant to move us from the comfort of our sofa instead of flipping channels and doing the only foraging we know, from the fridge resplendent. All the faces of these very real children are made personal by this film, and you can’t look away.
    The child who is watching us in the film, could be ourselves. She’s dancing to western music, playing games with her brothers and sisters. No distance separates us from her fall, as up close we see her degradation by political fanatics. She goes from being a “privileged” middle class child in the city, to becoming a refugee peasant in her own country, a child slave and child warrior.
    She doesn’t even understand the mines she buries at the command of her military superiors until she sees others blown up, and then must walk through the field she has mined, herself. Because the camera does not flinch from the child’s judging eyes, it makes our hearts go out to her, finally cleansed of all denial, and ready to engage with our own collusion in the wounds of the world.
    See this film for many reasons, to understand our history, as a country involved with the people of Cambodia. See it to remember being a child and judging with wise eyes, the follies, failures and unforgivable acts of the adults who control children’s lives. See it to understand the beauty and simplicity of the Father, who as his family falls into poverty, simply says to his disapproving daughter, “Yes, now we are poor too.” See it, to witness the courage of the Mother, who only through forcing separation from herself, ensures the survival of her kids.
    It is the tiny scenes of intimacy, tenderness, and touching, the vast silence above the heaven’s eye shots of human migrations and escape, the dream sequences of dancing demons and mythic shadow play foreshadowing village carnage, which in the end all come home to roost in our hearts.
    Angelina Jolie has always been a very interesting and responsible Director. With this film she has gone on to be a much greater one, and she can go even further. Of course the ending reuniting the children resolves the story. Yet, there is a cord of music which is the dissonance of war and the reconciliation beyond peace, that if played simultaneously, resounds in the human soul forever. Play there. We will go there with you. You have something valuable and deep to say, and you have the forum for it. Go beyond where you are already standing up for humanity. We are waiting to see it, with our child’s eyes.

  2. Kyle Bella‏ @quixoticblazes 5m5 minutes ago
    Problematic optics aside, First They Killed My Father is really a directorial success: beautifully humanizing, resists typical war tropes.

    John Rose‏ @John_T_Rose 3h3 hours ago
    First they killed my Father, an astounding movie #FirstTheyKilledMyFather

    Fiona Barrie‏ @fion_barrie 5h5 hours ago
    #FirstTheyKilledMyFather brilliantly made movie from a brilliant book. Excellent Direction, Cinematography & Acting. #AngelinaJolie πŸ‘πŸ»

    Ann tarr‏ @Anntarr1 45m45 minutes ago
    God bless you Angelina Jolie for making First They Killed My Father. People need to be aware of what went on. Thank you for your kindness and concern.

    - TheMermaidLife 🐬 🌊‏ @MzReVzYinnuh 51m51 minutes ago
    Angelina Jolie did a great job with First they killed my father πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

    Paul Momoh‏ @pomomoh 1h1 hour ago
    Much props to Angelina Jolie directing "First They Killed My Father" ...Well done

    Joe Currie‏ @joepjc 2h2 hours ago
    @NetflixUK First They Killed My Father what a powerful thought provoking film.

    Jade Radford‏ @MsJadeRadford 2h2 hours ago
    Urging people to watch “First they killed my father” on Netflix. A masterpiece..

    Monica‏ @myluckyfeather 2h2 hours ago
    Just watched First they killed my father directed by the amazing Angelina Jolie ... I just can say to watch it if you haven’t!!!!

    John Rose‏ @John_T_Rose 3h3 hours ago
    First they killed my Father, an astounding movie #FirstTheyKilledMyFather

    ash @1moresmartwoman 8h8 hours ago
    My husband and I couldn't stop crying. So touching. A must see. Cambodia is beautiful. FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER …

    Abhiroop @abhrptl 9h9 hours ago
    "First they killed my father" is one of the best and most heart wrenching movie of this year.

    Adi Nugroho @AdiWriter 14h14 hours ago
    Powerful account of atrocities, First They Killed My Father is harrowing and extremely moving, made with such care by Jolie (her best work)

  3. Katie McQue‏ @katiemcque 5h5 hours ago
    Just finished watching #FirstTheyKilledMyFather. It's every bit a devastating as the book. A really great film.

    Jessica B @jessicabocking 6h6 hours ago
    Finally watched #FirstTheyKilledMyFather , what an amazing film! Recommend anyone to watch if they don’t know anything about Cambodia.

    Randal Rauser @RandalRauser 6h6 hours ago
    Just watched #FirstTheyKilledMyFather on @Netflix. Cambodian genocide thru the eyes of a child. Riveting must see!

    LB‏ @ ElleBee75 9h9 hours ago
    Just finished watching #FirstTheyKilledMyFather on #Netflix. The movie is exceptional. Several moments had me sobbing hysterically. See it!

  4. WFI‏ @sfwfi 33m33 minutes ago32 minutes ago 33m33 minutes ago
    Angelina Jolie ‘First They Killed My Father’ Film on #Netflix #wfinews #angelinajolie

    Grade: 9/10
    In First They Killed My Father, Angelina Jolie’s adaptation of Loung Ung’s memoir of the Cambodian genocide, the sentence “A daughter of Cambodia remembers so others may never forget” appears on-screen — a perfect summation of the hauntingly emotional film. Though it is told from Ung’s perspective (played by Sareum Srey Moch), the Netflix film becomes the story of Cambodia as a whole, a recollective testament to an entire country’s trauma. The words aren’t etched on a stone monument, but a filmic one.

    The film’s casting process was criticized for being exploitative, but whether or not Jolie’s exercise in improvisation was as innocent as she claims, the film deserves recognition as a true Cambodian production while many Hollywood films are marred by whitewashing and white savior tropes. Jolie wrote the script with Ung, and worked closely with acclaimed Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh to ensure the film’s authenticity — First They is largely spoken in Khmer, and even the closing text is written in Khmer.

    Nevertheless, the film doesn’t rely on its dialogue, preferring to convey the horrors of war through its own visual language. We aren’t told about the titular murder, but see it through Ung’s recurring nightmare, one of many dream sequences that communicate Ung’s interiority. This emphasis on visual storytelling comes at the expense of developing Ung as a character, but her seeming numbness makes sense in a world so rife with horrors.

    First They Killed My Father also includes several overhead shots which underscore the notion that this film is about the entirety of Cambodia. In one such shot, dozens of makeshift campfires illuminate the families gathered around them, defying a seemingly invincible darkness.

    Even though the film is often tough to watch, moments like these tastefully suggest that love and empathy always win the day. Later in the film, Ung stands before the withered shell of a captured Khmer Rouge soldier. She stares him down, neither condemning nor condoning his actions, but seeing him as someone’s father, a person capable of love but manipulated to hate. The film’s success lies in its belief in humanity’s capacity for goodness, putting the onus on the viewer to validate that belief.

  6. marwa abdallah‏ @marwa_abdllah 1h1 hour ago
    πŸ“· Netflix is submitting Okja, Mudbound, First They Killed my Father & The Meyerowitz Stories for Awards...

  7. Christine Janolo‏ @JanoloDesigns 2m2 minutes ago
    Just watched the film First they killed my father on Netflix. Such an amazing film based on the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Emotional filmπŸ˜₯

    Jaswinder Chadha @jaswinder_it_is 3h3 hours ago
    Angelina jolie did a great job with “First they killed my father” #RESPECT @netflix @NetflixIndia

    Guillaume Bouqueau @GBouqueau 2h2 hours ago2 hours ago 2h2 hours ago
    Just finished Angelina Jolie’s First they killed my father. Rather good film. The horror of the Khmers rouges seen from the eyes of a child.

    Third Line Center‏ @mgcamp76 2h2 hours ago2 hours ago 2h2 hours ago
    First They Killed My Father. Netflix. Watch communism in full bloom.

    Cindi ❤🌻 ‏ @Sweet_Purgatory 3h3 hours ago3 hours ago 3h3 hours ago
    Replying to @sizwey
    Of course, now I feel compelled to watch Jolie's “First They Killed My Father"... thank you πŸ’›

    Mitchell Hattersley‏ @MitchH90 4h4 hours ago
    On a different note, everyone should go watch 'First They Killed My Father". What a truly eye-opening and remarkable story!

    Brick‏ @Fakiou 4h4 hours ago
    First They Killed My Father : What a Fucking Film .. Congratulations Angelina JolieπŸ‘

    Jeackye Hills‏ @jeackyehills 4h4 hours ago
    Watch First they killed my father on Netflix and cry as a child, see what communism does to a country.

    vrovro @livocidade 5h5 hours ago
    really, ' first they killed my father ' awakens a desire to go after the story behind the film to better contextualize

    Daniel Neto @dmnetobr 8h8 hours ago
    Last night I went to watch First They Killed My Father from @ NetflixBrasil and I finished with a heart tightening.😒

    ibarra valentin @ibarra_ve 8h8 hours ago
    Last night I saw the Impactante " First they killed my father " directed by Angelina Jolie, 100% recommended.
    @ NetflixLAT

    Erin Organa Fisher‏ @RoseofTarth 10h10 hours ago
    I watched “First They Killed My Father” on Netflix last night and cried. It was an extremely well made adaptation of the book.

    Once Nayelli @loveemnayelli 13h13 hours ago
    “First they Killed my Father” is absolutely a 10/10 must watch + read. Angelina Jolie did a beautiful job directing this, thanks @netflix ❤️

  8. Cathy O'D @l0islane 5h5 hours ago
    I just watched #FirstTheyKilledMyFather, it's a really accomplished, important film.

    Holly Dean - Young‏ @Elfinholly 6h6 hours ago
    #FirstTheyKilledMyFather Affecting and compelling. It works because there aren't many words. It shows and doesn't tell. Heartbreaking.

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