Academic to dance the night away in new film starring Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman

Posted by ap507 at Oct 17, 2014 12:35 PM |
Dr Heidi Ashton from the School of Management will feature in 'A Little Chaos' to be screened at the British Film Institute Festival from 17-19 October
Academic to dance the night away in new film starring Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman

Image shows Dr Heidi Ashton on the set of 'A Little Chaos'

Dr Heidi Ashton from the School of Management will appear in an upcoming blockbuster film, A Little Chaos, as a dancer - after having already choreographed music videos and worked as a Psychologist in an Olympic Legacy Team with the next generation of Olympic athletes.

Heidi beat off stiff competition to win her place in the film - which stars Hollywood A-listers Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman and celebrates its UK premiere at the British Film Institute Festival from 17-19 October before general release in early 2015 - as only 7 individuals were selected from around 100 who auditioned.

The British period drama is set in 17th Century France and centres around a strong-willed landscape gardener played by Winslet who challenges gender and class assumption when she is chosen to create one of the main gardens at the Palace of Versailles for King Louis XIV, portrayed by Rickman.

Speaking about filming A Little Chaos, Heidi said: “I loved the entire process. Learning a new technique (Baroque) was fascinating and our choreographer was excellent, constantly explaining how the style developed and the psycho-social context of the performance. My dance training taught me how and why Western dance has evolved but it was wonderful to actually learn this early technique."

She has also recently finished working on another film Victor Frankenstein, starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, as a dancer and assistant choreographer which is also due for release in 2015.

Click here to read a full length feature about Heidi's dancing career.

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