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“Your thrombus is the key to your future,” we are warned by one of the many memorable personalities in “Hysteria.” There’s a sentence you don’t hear very often. It’s part of phrenology, the study of skull patterns to determine personality and other unexpected things. It’s also entirely ridiculous, but was just as highly regarded in the late 19th century as the medical usefulness of leeches. If you focus on the constant typhus and cholera epidemics of pre-germ theory Europe, you’re liable to get depressed. If, on the other hand, you concentrate on the total absurdity of pre-modern scientific ideas there’s a good chance you’ll collapse into hysterics.

Director Tanya Wexler and writers Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer take full advantage, giving us a truly hilarious look at the oppressive scientific ideas that used to surround female sexuality. The based-on-true-events story is that of Dr. Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy), who is having trouble finding work in the squalor of London’s old-fashioned hospitals (which are portrayed with the dark sensibility of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”). He finally ends up working for Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), an expert in female hysteria. The basis of the practice, built around this now-defunct sexually-associated diagnosis, is *ahem* manual stimulation. Initially Dr. Granville gets along just fine, developing well-intentioned feelings for his superior’s morally fibrous phrenologist daughter Emily (Felicity Jones). Yet her sister, the passionate suffragette and social activist Charlotte (Maggie Gyllenhaal), throws everything off-kilter.

Everything comes into question when Charlotte’s feminist ideals muck up the very idea of hysteria. The “condition” is even (or perhaps most) disturbing conceptually. Any complaint on the part of a woman can be considered hysterical, especially if it makes a man uncomfortable. The idea that she just needs to be given a manual “paroxysm” to calm down is particularly unsettling. Yet this is the 1880s, well before women even had the right to vote. Any serious confrontation with such institutionalized sexism is inevitably going to be rough, no matter how convincing Charlotte’s arguments may be.

The young doctor’s tenuous and naïve stance between classic medical sexism and the wave of the future supplies the film’s serious thematic material. The heart of the movie, however, is in its hilarity. The scenes of hysteria “treatment” are absolutely side-splitting, pairing the stone-faced doctors with women writhing in pitch-perfect comic ecstasy. Characters are constantly letting slip unconscious double-entendres that will keep you roaring throughout. The supporting cast has impeccable comic timing, from the more familiar face of Gemma Jones to the virtually unrecognizable Rupert Everett and the many perfectly-cast female patients. There’s verbal wit, hilarious physical comedy and consistently expert timing that exacts more laughter from the audience than any film I’ve seen in months. From the opening sequence of patient interviews to the end credits, giggles and guffaws galore.

There have been a number of terrible R-rated studio comedies to hit the big screen this year, romcoms as well as raunch (sometimes both). The strength of “Hysteria” is that it avoids the biggest problems of this summer’s similarly dirty comedies while staying unrelentingly hilarious. This year’s romcoms have failed because they can’t figure out how to avoid those oppressively boring last 30-45 minutes, in which we watch our leading couple come together in the face of flimsy and contrived adversity. “Hysteria,” by being interested in themes beyond the inane love affair of two yuppies, keeps us away from boredom. It’s refreshing.

It’s also just plain funny. There isn’t a single ounce of the frustrating lack of respect that has tended to show up in this summer’s “white dudes behaving badly” comedies. I know that one can make the argument that “The Hangover: Part 2” was funny in spite of being racially insensitive and homophobic and that “The Change-Up” was funny in spite of being a bit misogynist. “Hysteria,” however, isn’t funny in spite of anything. It’s really exciting to see a clever, well-written and marvelously paced movie that doesn’t alienate anybody. And after a summer that included such gems as “Horrible Bosses,” with Jennifer Aniston’s frankly embarrassing character that required “the crazy fucked out of her,” “Hysteria” is an extremely welcome addition to movie humor.

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Posted by Connie on September 17, 2011 under Uncategorized and commented by 0 people

In the prudish days of Victorian England, a quarter of London’s female population suffered from hysteria — a misguided catch-all medical diagnosis of female malaise, melancholia, and anxiety. Suffering women of means found treatment from male medical specialists — quacks actually — who offered “pelvic massage.” Fortunately, there was a brilliant doctor willing to roll up his sleeves and get to the heart of the matter. In Hysteria, a romantic comedy that premiered Thursday night at the Toronto Film Festival, Hugh Dancy portrays Mortimer Granville, the buttoned-up but idealistic inventor of the vibrator. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays the progressive daughter of London’s leading hysteria specialist (Jonathan Pryce) who spends her days laboring to improve women’s lives in more conventional ways.

The two actors checked in with Entertainment Weekly before their gala screening in Toronto to discuss their characters, the most memorable faux orgasms, and the real reason film productions have bags of sand lying around the set. There was plenty of blushing, mostly by this reporter.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Hugh, I’d actually like to know how Hysteria was originally pitched to you and you learned that you’d be spending your days performing Mortimer’s duties.?
HUGH DANCY: Well, put it this way, the first description of the movie was the one that you would imagine: You will be playing the inventor of the vibrator. So I sat down to read it without any real awareness of what the tone would be. There’s five different movies you could make, some of which would be, I’m sure, very hard-hitting and gritty. But on reading it, what appealed to me was the balance of tone. I thought there were a lot of balls to be kept in the air. And that’s what appealed to me. It’s also what worried me.

Right. I would think you have to take a leap of faith with a director to capture this balance.
HD: ?It’s true. The first conversation I had with [director] Tanya Wexler was really seeking assurance that it wasn’t just going to be about playing to the humor of the thing. That, on its own, I don’t think would play for an hour and a half. And then subsequently I learned that Maggie had been cast, and that kind of answered that question.

Maggie, I got the impression you really enjoyed playing Charlotte.
MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL: ?Yeah, it was really fun to be her. I’m kind of always looking for things where I can be free. And this was really that. I wasn’t so concerned with her being historically accurate; I wanted her to be almost out of time. I just wanted to make somebody who was like wildly free and just this beating heart. I don’t know that the Charlotte that I made would have survived in Victorian England, you know? But she is kind of a fantasy. I think a lot of women think, “Well maybe that’s what I would be like if I lived back then.” Probably none of us would have been, you know? But I loved being her.

Do you think you could have lived in that era? Is there anything you would have enjoyed from those days?
MG: Well, it sounds like going to the doctor was kind of fun.

Yes, about that, Hugh. And I’m not intentionally trying to be crude, but ummm…?
HD: It’s hard to avoid?.

When you were filming and when you put your hands under the patients’ gowns and pretended to treat them…
HD: ?That’s very delicate of you.

Did the filmmakers have something there for you to massage, whether it was a teddybear or a pillow.
HD: [Laughter] What?

What were you manipulating? Or were you just sort of air-manipulating?
HD: ?There was a modesty sand-bag.

?I’m sorry. A what??
HD: A modesty sand bag. You know, most films have a lot of sand bags sitting around, weighing down the lights and making sure they don’t topple over. So there was a sturdy sandbag placed on the edge of that bench which was acting, (A) as something so you could — I don’t know, how could I put it? — apply a bit of pressure, but (B) acting as a sturdy barrier.

?I’m almost sorry I asked. That takes away all the fun.?
HD: Well listen, I should have just left you with a teddybear image. I don’t know where that came from.

When Harry Met Sally probably has the most famous solo orgasm in movie history, but this movie has a chorus. ?
HD: Right, I don’t think anyone can claim to have taken that famous scene and made a whole movie about it.

Now was there one particular orgasm that cracked you up or one that really stands out in your mind?? ?
HD: There was many but the operatic orgasm was quite remarkable because it was so accomplished. But Georgie Glen who plays the rather timid patient who Jonathan demonstrates on when I first take the job, if you know what I mean, and then has a rather rollicking orgasm. I worked with Georgie in Daniel Derondo, which was an adaptation of George Eliot novel several years ago. I think she might even have played my mother. She’s just the most gracious, polite, mischievous, but very respectable accomplished lady, and therefore seeing her devolve in that way was particularly amusing.

Is this the greatest film ever for lazy headline writers: “Let the buzz begin for Hysteria?” “Hysteria really hits the spot?”
MG: My favorite one is “We hope you’ll come again and again.”

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Posted by Connie on September 17, 2011 under Uncategorized and commented by 0 people

The film, which is based on the true story of the first electronic vibrator’s invention in the 1880s, premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday but even before the curtain rose, the movie’s stars and director had reporters laughing at a news conference.

Maggie Gyllenhaal, who portrays one of the key characters, said that among the best perks of the job was all the unsolicited “gifts” she received while shooting in London.

“By the time I finished the movie I’d been sent maybe 15 vibrators by different people in London with vibrator stores,” said Gyllenhaal. “It was a pleasant surprise.”

“It’s been happening to me my whole career,” joked the film’s lead actor, Hugh Dancy, to peals of laughter from the gathered press.

Joking aside, Gyllenhaal said the film presented a serious opportunity to remove some of the taboo behind female sexuality.

“It’s about vibrators and women’s orgasms, and I don’t think people really do talk about it very much, and I do think it does still make us flushed and uncomfortable,” said Gyllenhaal.

In fact, director Tanya Wexler who is at the Toronto film festival with her first feature in 10 years, obviously wanted to get the snickering out of the way from the first day of shooting on the film’s set.

“I gave everybody, cast and crew, a little bullet vibrator when we started,” she told reporters, before adding a little punchline of her own. “It was expensive!”

In “Hysteria,” Dancy plays Mortimer Granville, a young doctor with modern ideas who finds himself working with London’s foremost expert in women’s “hysteria”, a catch-all diagnosis for everything from insomnia to bloating.

At the clinic, Granville treats this ailment with a special therapy that involves manual massage. Through this stimulation the woman could achieve a “hysterical paroxysm”, what is now called an orgasm, and be temporarily cured.

But the massage technique proves to be taxing on Granville, who develops hand cramps from his work, inspiring him to invent an electronic means of performing the stimulation.

“The most outrageous thing in the movie … is the premise of the film,” said Dancy. “The fact that these medical men were seriously — without any irony, without any deception — diagnosing this nonexistent condition and doing what they were doing manually, and totally failing to see there might be anything sexual about it.”

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Posted by Connie on September 17, 2011 under Uncategorized and commented by 0 people

Maggie Gyllenhaal has revealed she’d hate to do a film sex scene which looks like “softcore porn”.

The actress plays alongside Hugh Dancy in tongue-in-cheek comedy Hysteria, which is about the invention of the vibrator.

On the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival, she said: “Sometimes you can do a sex scene and it’ll look like a softcore porn, which will be about the bra and showing the breast – that scares me. But a real sex scene, that is about communication, like the way all sex is. Even if no one is communicating in the sex. I’m interested in that in film.”

She went on: “I’m interested and curious about sex and sexuality like I think most people are. I am interested in how women and sex are portrayed in movies. I think sex is such an interesting way of communicating.”

Hugh added that the film is one of the few out there with an “intelligent and funny” script.

“This is a romantic comedy that I feel you don’t know what is coming in every scene, and that’s rare enough in itself,” he said.

He added: “It’s a well-written script. The subject matter makes for a good one-liner but unless it’s well treated, it could be a disaster. I felt that director Tanya Wexler had chartered an interesting course through it.”


Posted by Connie on September 17, 2011 under Uncategorized and commented by 0 people

Maggie Gyllenhaal needs a little help from her friends when it comes to using her extensive assortment of purses. “One thing about being an actress is I get sent a lot of bags. So I have this incredible collection, and I actually use like one or two of them,” she told The Cut at Mulberry’s 40th birthday bash on Monday. “I lend them to my friends, and they’ll take them for six months at a time.” But bags aren’t the only goodie friends of Maggie can expect to borrow: She also has a surplus of vibrators. Her collection was amassed while shooting the movie Hysteria: “I was sent a lot of vibrators from different sex stores in England while we were shooting the movie,” she said, laughing. “I shared them around.”

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Posted by Connie on September 14, 2011 under Headlines & Rumours,Hysteria,Interviews and commented by 0 people

Director Tanya Wexler’s rom-com about the invention of the vibrator is more tame than its subject suggests.
Delivering a tickle more often than a sustained buzz, Tanya Wexler‘s romantic comedy about the invention of the electric vibrator in Victorian London, Hysteria, is a pleasurable diversion, even if it could have used a touch more spark in the writing.

The film has considerable overlap with Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play, produced on Broadway in 2009. Using the same premise of a doctor inducing paroxysms to treat “hysteria” — at that time the all-purpose medical term for a whole gamut of female ailments — Ruhl employed fictional characters to explore social mores, the gender divide and women’s attempt to understand their sexual and emotional needs.

Screenwriting team Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer instead build Hysteria around the historical figure of Dr. Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy), who invented the prototype stimulation device. But they use that breakthrough as background for a less specific story of women seizing their rightful place in society and for a slow-starter romance.

Frustrated with a medical establishment that still prescribes leeches, bleeding, sea-bathing and miracle tummy tonics but refuses to keep up with scientific discoveries such as germ theory, Mortimer bounces from one unfulfilling hospital job to the next with mounting despair. Eventually, he finds an open door at the private practice of Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), who maintains that half the women in London are afflicted with hysteria, manifested in everything from frigidity to nymphomania. Unable to keep up with the demand for his intimate massage, he hires Mortimer to, ahem, lend a hand.

Mortimer proves quite popular with the patients, prompting his employer to consider taking him on as a partner while dropping hints that his smart, pretty daughter, Emily (Felicity Jones), would make an ideal doctor’s wife. Dalrymple is less content with his elder daughter Charlotte (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a one-woman whirlwind of social revolution who defies his wishes by continuing to run an East End settlement for the economically disadvantaged, even after he cuts off her funding.

When persistent hand cramps prevent Mortimer from doing his job, Dalrymple dismisses him. But while hanging out with his friend and benefactor Edmund St. John-Smythe (Rupert Everett), a filthy-rich toff who dabbles in the burgeoning field of electronics, Mortimer stumbles upon the idea of a power tool capable of giving women the desired paroxysm in a fraction of the time and without the manual effort.

As the end credits illustrate, the rest is vibrator history, ranging from the original Granville’s Hammer to more recent models like the Rabbit and Pocket Rocket. But the film shifts its focus away from the gadget and onto volatile Charlotte’s legal woes when she gets into strife over debts. That causes Mortimer to reconsider his views on women’s so-called hysteria and to redirect his affections.

Much of the humor in the Dyers’ screenplay is more droll than genuinely witty, and the prurient sexual stuff occasionally gets strained. But while Wexler’s pacing can become a little stodgy at times, the film has a sweetness that keeps you watching. This is helped by the relaxed charms of Dancy, who wears his mutton-chop sideburns and dapper period garb well, and the luminous Gyllenhaal, whose boisterous, vaguely contemporary energy here fits with her character’s hunger for emancipation.

Everett turns the dial way up on his blase, upper-crust mannerisms, but enjoyably so, and Pryce brings an agreeable hint of eccentricity to the earnest doctor, though it’s questionable whether his refusal to consider the value in Charlotte’s work is entirely in-character.

The well-upholstered production delivers a solid period look on what’s doubtless not a huge budget, thanks to resourceful work from set designer Sophie Becher and costumer Nic Ede.

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Posted by Connie on September 13, 2011 under Hysteria and commented by 0 people

How three women producers joined forces to put together a daring period movie about romance, the stirrings of feminism and the invention of the modern vibrator.

On The Luxembourg set of Hysteria, Maggie Gyllenhaal is panting. But it’s not from a close encounter with the world’s first ‘electro mechanical vibrator,’ the invention of which is at the center of the new movie. No, it’s simply because the character she plays, a proto-feminist trapped in Victorian London, ‘talks really fast. Much faster than I do,’ says the actress. ‘I am panting by the end of my scenes.’

Whether audiences will find themselves equally breathless will be decided when Hysteria has its world premiere in Toronto on Sept. 15.

It promises bawdy comedy: Based on historical fact, the film is set in the offices of doctors who cured women diagnosed with ‘hysteria’ by treating them to orgasms. The original screenplay, by the American husband-and-wife team of Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer, also examines female repression and a blossoming romance. British producer Sarah Curtis (Mansfield Park), one-third of the female producing team, admits she was skeptical when she first read the script, doubting two Americans could master such a British comedy of manners. ‘But after reading it, I thought they had captured the wit and voice of the era well,’ she says.

Fellow producer Tracey Becker‘s (Finding Neverland) longtime friend Tanya Wexler was eager to direct. She says making a movie about the collision of stuffy Victoriana and the invention of the vibrator was ‘too funny not to do.’ Becker and Curtis joined with a third producer, Judy Cairo (Crazy Heart). But the movie, at nearly $15 million, was not an easy sell.

The project began to gather momentum when it attracted the interest of veteran British actor Jonathan Pryce, who plays Gyllenhaal’s very proper father, and the producers were able to assemble a polyglot patchwork of financing.

Nearly a third of the budget came via a U.K./Luxembourg co-production deal that utilized both the British tax-credit system and Film Fund Luxembourg. That arrangement required that the film be shot for five weeks in London before heading to Luxembourg for a final week.

Another big chunk of change came from U.S. private-equity financier Informant Media, in which Cairo is a partner. There were sizable presales to France and Germany. International sales company Elle Driver struck more presales in Cannes this year, and Cassian Elwes is handling North American rights as the movie heads to Toronto.

There, it is hoped, the film’s provocative premise will help Hysteria attract the attention that will help it find its way to theaters, where R-rated female comedy is suddenly in vogue. ‘It was watertight and really funny when I saw it,’ says Gyllenhaal of her love for the project, ‘and I thought it would take a lot to f– it up.’

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Posted by Connie on September 13, 2011 under Headlines & Rumours,Hysteria and commented by 0 people

Sorry I haven’t added these before!


Posted by Connie on August 24, 2011 under Gallery Updates and commented by 1 people

It has been officially announced that Hysteria a comedy about the invention of the vibrator, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy will be having it’s world premiere Toronto International Film Festival next month. The festival runs from September 8-18.

Movie trailer and stills from Hysteria have been added to the site, so excited about this movie!


Posted by Connie on August 17, 2011 under Gallery Updates,Headlines & Rumours,Hysteria,Media and commented by 2 people

I’ve added some new magazine scans from 2 rather new magazines and one older one from 2008. Enjoy!


Posted by Connie on August 16, 2011 under Gallery Updates and commented by 0 people
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