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As the scantily clad vixen Ilithyia in
Spartacus Blood and Sand, Viva Bianca
has developed a cult following with the
Comic Con brigade. Now the WAAPA trained
actress is set to make a legion of new fans thanks
to her performance in Jon Hewitt's dramatic new
Cast as Holly, a high-class escort who is
ready to call it a day, Bianca delivers a gritty
performance that really gives her a chance to use
her cra .
Bianca agrees, having just wrapped the second
season of Spartacus when she got the call to say
she had the part, the role of Holly o ered the
actress a chance to showcase her skills. Describing
her character as "strong and enigmatic", she
says that Holly was a challenging role to play,
"because of the nature of who she is -- a woman
that was working as a prostitute since a teenager
and is now nally wanting to break free -- but she
is so entwined in this life it becomes di cult..."
Di cult is an understatement. Armed with
a ticket for Paris and a plan to perform one last
job -- a double with another girl -- Holly's plan
starts to go awry when the other girl fails to show
up. Enter Shay -- a fresh faced young prostitute
who's on her rst night on the job. What begins
as a routine gig, turns sour when a second guy
arrives at the hotel and kills their client, putting
three bullets in his head. From this moment on
Holly and Shay (Hanna Mangan-Lawrence) are
on the run.
Shot entirely on location on the streets of
Kings Cross, X sets a relentless pace as our two
heroines try to outsmart the bad guy that is hot
on their heels.
For Bianca, the shoot was a far cry from the
luxury of the Hollywood funded Spartacus.
"It was a nocturnal shoot so we were literally
living and breathing the Cross every night
'til 6am," comments Bianca. "In fact when I
met them ( Jon Hewitt and Belinda McClory,
director and writer respectively) before I was
o cially o ered the role, they were like 'just so
you know there's not going to be any trailers or
pampering for the actors or anything remotely
like luxury' and I was like 'bring it on!'.
"But then saying that, it got to a point when
Hanna and I were in some shitty little trailer on
the side of the street so we'd have somewhere to
go that we weren't actually sitting with the real
drug dealers and streetwalkers -- and we'd be
like 'why are we doing this?' ere was nothing
glamorous about it -- partly because of the style
and partly because of the story."
Sex and violence go hand in hand in this
movie, but Bianca is quick to defend the lm
from any critics that might question the violence
" e lovely thing about the movie is that it
subverts the gender archetypes and stereotypes,"
"Even though the women are in compromising
positions as they are working in the sex industry,
they are actually the heroes and the empowered
characters of the movie and the male characters
are mostly painted as pathetic and weak and
She credits writer Belinda McClory for the
successful tightrope walk between violence and
victim, hero and villain...
"It was because she's an avid feminist -- and
the lm walks a ne line, dealing with the sex
trade and is a quite explicit violent movie as well,
so having Belinda dealing with so much of the
content and maintaining the integrity of those
female characters was very important."
X is now playing at cinemas.
Viva Bianca delivers a powerhouse
performance in new Aussie thriller X.
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