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In the new film Kepler’s Dream (showing in select theatres and available on InDemand), Isabella Blake-Thomas plays eleven-year old Ella, a young lady who is whisked off to live with her grandmother when her mother launches her last-chance medical “mission – all alone” against her leukaemia.
Ella dubs Violet von Stern’s (Holland Taylor) isolated adobe ranch “The House of Mud.” She thinks of it too as “Broken Family Camp” and “The Good Grammar Correctional Facility.”
Sparks fly between the steely “GM” and her strong-willed granddaughter, but the theft of a treasured rare book from the GM’s library sets events in motion that reveal secrets, betrayals, and sorrows that have shaped the family for generations.
Ella, like the North Star for her grown-ups, helps point the way to resolution as she draws strength from the constellation of love formed by her grandfather’s legacy, the bonds of friendship with Rosie, Miguel’s daughter, and her own fighting spirit.
We spoke to up-and-coming actress Isabella Blake-Thomas about her magical new movie.
What inspired you to become an actress?
l was five when l first acted, l presented a show for children about the environment and nature called The Green Balloon Club. It just came so naturally to me to learn lines and be in front of the camera that I carried on auditioning and went from one job to the next.
Did you go to acting school? How did you get into the industry?
No l didn’t go to acting school. I’ve learned how to act from being around other actors. l got an agent who arranged auditions for me in London. l quickly realised that l wanted to come over to America though when l got a role in “Rise of the Guardians”. l fell in love with LA and on a TVI course l met my American agent.
Was “Kepler’s Dream” your first movie?
No l had been in a couple of movies before Kepler’s Dream. Little Glory with Cameron Bright and Let Me Survive with Kierston Wareing. Also Johnny English Reborn with Gillian Anderson and Rowan Atkinson.
How did Amy Glazer, the director, describe the movie to you?
As a family film about a girl who was on a mission to find her grandmothers stolen treasure.
Had you read the book that its based on?
l read the entire book before l auditioned. l read it in one go over five hours as my Mum drove me to the auction in San Jose.
How much does it mean to you, personally, that the film is getting a theatrical release?
It’s wonderful to see myself on the big screen. Also to be able to share it with family and friends all over the world.
Can you tell us what’s next for you?
l have a couple of films coming out next year called Maybe I’m Fine starring Rob Mayes and Sounds of Silence starring Daniela Nane and Lauryn Canny.
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