Mark Rylance Daughter: Natasha van Kampen, a promising young filmmaker and the stepdaughter of actor Mark Rylance has died at the age of 28 from “unknown natural causes,” according to her family. After starting out as a Sky Television intern at the age of 16, the young filmmaker went on to study filmmaking at the London Film School, where she directed the short film Nocturne, about sleeplessness, which featured Rylance and was released in 2009. The film went on to be shown at the London Young Filmmakers Festival, where it received positive reviews.
From The Sopranos all the way back to The Godfather, mob dramas have almost exclusively concentrated on the Italian mafia, which has been a mistake for far too long. In contrast, the development of its Russian equivalents has received little attention. True, television has been awash in Russian baddie clichés in recent years, most notably Galina “Red” Reznikov in Orange Is the New Black, but these characters have tended to be racist caricatures, psychopaths-by-numbers, and have been portrayed by actors who are not Russian.
Juliet Rylance is hopeful that the new BBC drama series in which she is appearing will be able to alter all of that for her. McMafia is loosely based on Misha Glenny’s mordant bestselling analysis of the new globalised world of organised crime. She plays Rebecca Harper, a woman who is beginning to realise that Alex Godman, the love of her life, may be losing his idealistic soul to the values of his crime family, and becoming the sort of thug who orders his goons to whack opponents by poisoning them with polonium. This, she realises, will leave her with nothing more than the status of a mobster’s heiress.
When you look at it in this light, Russia isn’t only full with sharpsuited goons and Putinesque hard men; it’s also home to writers like Chekhov and Dostoevsky, who lived in a civilised environment. Furthermore, as Rylance points out, the Russians are really portrayed by Russians. “It kept us on our toes,” she explains. In the film, the two great actors who portrayed Alex’s parents would say things like, “You know, in Russia we would never say it like this,” or, “In Russia, I would give him two kisses here,” or other such things.
And the director would take all of this into consideration.” Aside from that, she had also worked as a production designer on commercials and music videos, and she hoped to get into the feature film industry. It takes a lot of skill to make our hearts skip a beat within half an hour of a literary, six-part costume drama serial, but that is exactly what Mark Rylance accomplished on Wednesday.
He portrays Tudor political fixer Thomas Cromwell in the BBC’s lavish new dramatization of Hilary Mantel’s book Wolf Hall, which premiered last night. The first half-hour had been artistic and brilliant, but it had also been a little sluggish. Then Cromwell was hit by the calamity. His wife and two children perished in the accident.
Cromwell, played by Rylance, seemed to be turning to stone. It’s possible that another actor would have sobbed or battered his breasts or tried a theatrical breakdown. Rylance, not so much. Suddenly, he became quiet, allowing his right eye to enlarge significantly and a big, salty tear to form on the sloping left eyelid, which finally dropped to the ground.
She was scheduled to perform a piece from The Tempest during the London Olympics’ opening ceremony on July 27, however Rylance has withdrawn from the performance as a consequence of her death. He is set to take the lead part in a new production of Richard III at the Royal Court Theatre in London. “Our dear daughter and sister Nataasha died away unexpectedly on Sunday morning due to natural causes,” he said in a statement.