Posted by SamClaflinFans on November 28th, 2019


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SCF were lucky to attend a special screening of The Nightingale at Curzon Soho in London on November 28th. Sam and co-star Aisling Franciosi also joined the audience for a special Q&A post screening. Watch the video below:

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Founder of SCF, Val, was also there to watch the movie, asked a question to Sam and congratulated him on the movie. It’s always a pleasure for us to help promote Sam’s movies behind the scenes. We would like to say a special thank you to Vertigo Release , we really enjoyed working with them on the release of this movie.

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Below you will find more interviews of Sam and co-star Aisling Franciosi promoting the movie ahead of the release of the movie in the UK on Friday 29th.


  • For an actor often associated with heroic and romantic roles, Claflin found it hard to resist playing the profoundly unsympathetic officer who brutalises just about everything and everybody he touches” – read the full review The People’s Movies
  • As an actor, there’s always something quite attractive about pushing myself and challenging myself in new ways and, I suppose, learning what my limitations are and how comfortable I am to push myself and how far I’m willing to go.” – read Sam’s full interview with Yahoo UK
  • “Claflin is the most surprising of all as the ruthless deviant Hawkins. Having primarily played dashing romantic protagonists, Claflin goes with frightening realism into the psyche of a man addicted to power and unable to control his rage.” – read the full review The Upcoming
  • It took a little while to get into the mindset of a man like that.” – Read Sam’s full interview with Yahoo UK 
  • Playing the detestable Lieutenant Hawkins, Sam Claflin continues a villainous streak he began playing fascist leader Oswald Mosley in the latest series of Peaky Blinders. It’s not hard to see why, as both performances are undeniably among his best. Hawkins is so horrifying primarily because he is so believable; he is unhinged in a way only men in power are allowed to be, hiding his capacity for extreme violence under a thin veneer of respectability. Whether engaging in disturbing acts of cruelty or sucking up to his superiors in hopes of a promotion, Claflin is note-perfect, delivering a performance as captivating as it is chilling.” –  read the full review Extended Cut 
  • Claflin delivers a career-defining characterisation as the heinous and entitled Hawkins, who takes out his frustrations at his lack of promotion on all those around him, including Clare.” – Read full review Morning Star 
  • Claflin in a brave performance puts his A-list looks to chilling use, playing someone whose outward appearance belies their inner evil.” –  Read full review HeadStuff
  • On the flip side, you have a character like Hawkins who is in every way shape and form a truly despicable person, yet humanity finds itself creeping into his black soul on occasions. It’s not enough to completely turn him around like it does to Claire, but the fact that there could well be a decent person in there makes him all the more detestable, because he clearly can do the right thing but frequently chooses not to. Every act of villainy he commits in this movie is filled with just as much ferocity as the film’s protagonist, from his mistreatment of Claire (he has his way with her at least twice in the first act) to treating his own men with utter contempt (among them Damon Herriman, who has also appeared this year in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Judy & Punch, and out of all three appearances the most likeable character he’s portrayed is Charles Manson – let THAT sink in), and Claflin does such a great job at making this guy so loathsome yet so raw and troubled that his own fierce emotions make him a movie villain you not only hate but genuinely fear.” – Read full review Film Feeder
  • Claflin plays the bad guy very well. He spits his lines with real disgust, forcing audiences to become fully enveloped within the drama and shameful goings-on we see on the screen. He effortlessly forces Clare and her husband Aidan – who also serves under the Lieutenant – into submission, putting his fellow serving members of the British Army to use so that he can get his hands on whatever, and whoever, he wants. When he doesn’t get his own way, we see how he reacts, and it’s gut-wrenching to say the very least” – Read full review Female First 
  • “On the other hand, Kent unleashes the finest, most fearless performance of Claflin’s career. Frequently typecast as an everyday English nice guy, here he completely loses himself in a character which repeatedly pushes boundaries and comfort zones. Hawkins is unimaginably grotesque, and unthinkably evil, and Claflin entirely commits to his deviance. His accomplishment absolutely floored me” – Read full review Live for Film 
  • “As Clare’s main tormentor, Sam Claflin makes for a truly detestable character but never descends into cartoon villainy. He’s an all too human character, which makes his actions seem all the more barbaric. There are a couple of brief moments that seem to explain his actions, without trying to justify them, including a shocking moment towards the end that suggest he’s more tortured than he first seems.” – Read full review Critical Popcorn 


Posted by SamClaflinFans on August 20th, 2019


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The Nightingale came out in various cinemas across the US and Australia this month, as well as during film festivals such as the London Sundance Film Festival and the Venice International Film Festival. With the help of our friend Olga, we compiled a few reviews mentioning Sam’s amazing performance as Hawkins in the movie. Obviously, this is a non-exhaustive list that we will try to update.

The Nightingale also won Best Australian Feature Award at the 2019 Melbourne International Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.

You can also watch our interview with Sam and spoiler-free review below:

Awards Circuit: “Meanwhile, Claflin showcases career-best work. When he is pushed, he is terrifying to everyone around him. He shows no remorse and pure anger at those around him. His entitlement drips from the screen, and his performance as an angry white man comes through in spades. He is dangerous and violent, but what could be the most chilling of all is the righteous way he performs these acts.”

Slashfilm: “On the opposite end of the spectrum is Claflin, as the consistently cruel Hawkins. This is a tricky character, because Claflin has to portray him as both someone with zero redeeming qualities who also thinks he’s entirely justified in his actions. It’s a tightrope act – in Hawkins’ mind, the violence he enacts towards Clare, Billy and others is perfectly natural, because he’s superior to them. The actor nails this…

Variety:  “Sam Claflin, playing adventurously and horrifically against type.”

A.V. Club Claflin, so charismatic in the Hunger Games and elsewhere, provides shades of a soul, shining very faintly beneath his barbarism.”

Joe Blo’s Movie Emporium:Claflin’s never disappeared into a part like this, thoroughly embracing how repugnant the character is in a way that calls timing vintage Oliver Reed.”

Nerdist:the towering performances (especially by Sam Claflin, whose Hawkins is one of the most sadistic, cruel, and eminently punchable villains since Joffrey Baratheon)”

Collider: “Sam Claflin brings an especially vile form of evil to screen playing the leader of the aforementioned group of soldiers, Lt. Hawkins.”

Jumpcut online: “Another surprising aspect of The Nightingale is that it features a completely different kind of role for Sam Claflin. Claflin has certainly been moving on and growing up from his origins in big-budget franchises (The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean, Snow White) and rom-coms (Love, Rosie and Me Before You). In recent years, he has been taking on much more morally complex roles in The Riot Club, My Cousin Rachel and Journey’s End. The role of Hawkins here is definitely his most out-and-out villainous and evil role yet, but one he leans into well, without becoming cartoonish. He mostly sticks to his accent – which is of Northern England (yet another unexpected choice) throughout and entirely divests himself of any of the boyish charm which he displayed as recently as last year’s Adrift.”

Weliveentertainment“If you are like me, you probably never thought you could hate Sam Claflin because he always plays that lovable nice guy that somehow manages to die in every other film. Well, I hate to break it to you, but Jennifer Kent has managed to make Claflin play a character that is so deplorable and vile that you may never be able to look at Sam Claflin the same way ever again. His performance is so deeply disturbing because he plays a character that shows zero remorse for his actions. He rapes and kills without a care in the world. Claflin’s performance as Hawkins is some next level acting. I honestly can’t believe that I was watching the same guy who was in Their Finest because he transforms into a man that not only abuses his power but one that doesn’t have a single redeemable quality about him.”

The Lamplight Review:“Claflin, so dashing and charming in the Pirates of the Caribbean and Hunger Games franchises, is absolutely monstrous as the sadistic Lieutenant, and viewers will have a difficult time conjuring up a cinematic villain that evokes so much hatred.

Discussing Film: “Sam Claflin is unrecognisable as the irredeemable white-devil-like officer, his performance is unfathomably intense and Claflin gets lost within.”

The List: “As Claflin bristles with dangerous levels of entitlement, it recalls his performance in contemporary drama The Riot Club, with white male privilege then and now spilling over into violence.”

Observer:A veteran of the Hunger Games films, Sam Claflin is terrifying as Hawkins, the lieutenant who is infatuated with Clare’s beauty but has complete disregard for her humanity.”

Hollywood News: “So too is Sam Claflin, whose Hawkins is about as vile a human as possible to be depicted on screen.”

Rolling Stone: “Claflin, the blond dreamboat Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games series, plays this colonial monster without dropping his charm and good looks, which makes him doubly scary. It’s a bold gamble of a performance that pays off.”

Reeling Reviews:but the most astounding performance comes from Claflin, showing complex layers of villainy rooted in the fragility of the male ego like nothing we’ve seen from him before.”

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Posted by SamClaflinFans on May 22nd, 2019


 

There it is… The Nightingale‘s first trailer and official poster!  We don’t know where to start to explain how excited we are to watch Sam take on such a completely different and challenging role. If you haven’t heard about the plot of this movie yet, “The Nightingale” is a period drama set in the 1800s. Newcomer Aisling Franciosi plays a convict seeking revenge against a British officer, played by Sam Claflin, for crimes he committed against her family. Aiding her is an Aboriginal tracker (Baykali Ganambarr) who has his own troubled past.” (x)

We interviewed Sam a few weeks ago and he confirmed it was going to be a tough watch, you can watch our interview here. We are also running a competition until the 26th of May to win a pair of ticket to the UK premiere of The Nightingale at the London Sundance Film Festival (1st of June). Find out more on how to win here.

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Posted by SamClaflinFans on May 12th, 2019


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The Nightingale will be premiering at the London Sundance Film Festival on the 1st of June at 8.30pm, Picture House Central. With thanks to Premier we are offering ONE  person the chance to WIN a pair of ticket to the premiere! There is currently no release date for the movie in the UK and attending the premiere might be the perfect opportunity to watch the movie.

To be in with a chance of winning this incredible prize, all you have to do is:

This competition is only opened to UK Citizens, closing Sunday 26th of May at 5pm BST. Please read full Terms and Conditions below.

Aisling Franciosi and Sam Claflin will be in attendance.

One night in 1820s Tasmania, Clare, a young Irish convict, loses everything she holds dear after her family is horrifically attacked. Driven to track down and seek revenge against the British officer who oversaw the horror, she enlists the service of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy. Marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past, Billy reluctantly agrees to take her through the interior of Tasmania. On this brutal quest for blood, Clare gets much more than she bargained for.

A snarling Aisling Franciosi drives this merciless revenge thriller through the unforgiving land of Tasmania in the 19th century, a time when British colonists nearly decimated Aboriginal Tasmanians. With horrors around every corner, Jennifer Kent’s new nightmare will traumatize the weak of heart, but those willing will discover a majestic achievement most striking in its haunting moments of grace. [x]

Sam Claflin Fans will be attending the premiere to cover the event across our social media channels, we look forward to sharing everything with you guys!

We had the chance to interview Sam a few weeks ago at the Wales Comic Con and this is what he had to say about The Nightingale.

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  • The competition prize: ONE complimentary pair of tickets (2 tickets) to see THE NIGHTINGALE at Sundance Film Festival: London on Saturday 1 June 2019 at 20:30. No travel or accommodation are included in the prize.
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Posted by SamClaflinFans on May 1st, 2019


 

We would like to start by saying a huge thank you to Wales Comic Con for organising such an incredible event. Not taking in consideration the weather, the day was perfect and everything was very well organised! It was held at Wrexham Glyndwr University, a considerably big campus, the staff was always helpful in pointing us in the right direction.

We arrived a bit before 9am on Saturday 27th of April and went straight to the signing hall, where guests would be signing autographs. Big thanks to those of you who came to chat with us, it was lovely to meet you and we were very happy to distribute our mini-sam-badges.

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We had the amazing opportunity to meet Sam and chat with him about his upcoming movies – The Nightingale and Charlie’s Angels. He also mentioned he was excited to start filming “Love, Wedding, Repeat” in Italy, he also shared his excitement about Game of Thrones. Catching up with Sam is always an absolute pleasure, and we hope you guys like the message we recorded for you.

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In the afternoon, we headed towards Hall A to start queuing for our Photo-Op with Sam at 2.05pm. We met some lovely people in the queue and everyone was very excited to meet Sam though queuing under the rain was not very ideal.

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Alexander Ludwig (Hunger Games, Vikings) also came to Sam’s table to greet him and noticed the pair spent some time together during the weekend. A Happy Hunger Games reunion (though they were in different movies). Make sure to check out the Hunger Games Q&A with Sam and Alexander, courtesy of Emily from our SCF Team who attended the event on Sunday!

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After their Hunger Games Q&A with the host Andrew (x)

Comic Con is also about cosplay and art! We did not want to miss anything and wondered around to discover extremely talented artists!

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Nathan made an amazing coffee painting portrait of Sam – watch the video with Sam’s reaction here.

Overall, we would definitely do it all over again! We look forward to the next event with Sam and will make sure to be there to support him, as we have been doing for the past 7 years. We hope you guys love the message he left for you! Again, thanks for supporting him.

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Posted by SamClaflinFans on March 26th, 2019


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The US finally gets its release date…. The Nightingale will hit the theaters on the 2nd of August 2019! If you want to find out more about Sam’s upcoming movie directed by Jennifer Kent, click here. Definitely a new and challenging role for Sam, we look forward to watching the movie.

We will keep you posted as soon as we find out more release dates around the world.

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