The New Year could not open with a finer film. The 1st January 2015 sees the unveiling of James Marsh’s poignant, poetic and profound visual odyssey The
It is likely the film will be nominated for a handful of Academy Awards – and rightly so – as it offers remarkable performances, immaculate direction and a score so emotionally assured that it’ll reduce you to a sobbing mess.
It will also be the project that truly elevates lead actress Felicity Jones into major limelight, but the British beauty has been delivering stunning work for many years. In celebration of this wondrous picture’s forthcoming release, we take a look at six of the best Jones screen turns.
Chalet Girl (2011)
You wouldn’t be wrong for glancing at the poster or DVD box cover for Phil Traill’s romantic comedy and thinking it looked awful. Chalet Girl was victim to a hideous promotional campaign which practically begged attention from the teen demographic; a crying shame in truth because this is actually a bitingly funny, often whip-smart flick that’s wholly enjoyable and rewatchable.
Jones plays Kim Matthews; a skateboard protege who finds herself down-and-out working at a burger bar when her mother tragically passes. Desperate to make more money for her dopey father (Bill Bailey) and herself, she heads to Austria, joining the Chalet Service teams who cater to the wealthy as they hit the ski-slopes. Here she finds her extreme sport-fueled heart beating vibrantly again and embarks on a snowboarding adventure.
Her central performance is wonderful; a hybrid of razor-sharp laughs and rippling sorrow which constructs Kim as a real character to root for in this tired, frequently recycled genre. Sure it’s predictable, but who cares when there’s so much fun to be had?