Ellen Page’s new drama Freeheld arrives in the United Kingdom this weekend. She stars alongside last year’s Oscar winner Julianne Moore in this true LGBT rights drama about a terminally ill detective who wished to leave her pension to her partner, played by Page, despite people telling them their relationship isn’t equal to heterosexual couples.
In anticipation of the release of Freeheld, we are looking back at some of Ellen Page’s best work. Here are some of our favourites, and where you can watch them for free on demand in the United Kingdom:
Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut was blistering, funny and wholly original coming-of-age story charged on girl power. Ellen Page stars as a misfit, alienated by her small Texas town, who finds her spiritual home when she begins to partake in an Austin roller derby league. The indie film, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, also features a killer soundtrack including music from The Ramones, Peaches, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Radiohead.
Juno was the film that launched the then 20-year-old Ellen Page to stardom. The movie itself was an underdog story. The surprisingly heartwarming and comedic story of a teenage pregnancy was adapted from a script written by a former stripper, Diablo Cody. It premiered at the independent Sundance Film Festival where it received rapturous reviews before going on to clean up at the box office and score four Oscar nominations including Best Actress and Best Picture. Juno won one for the Cody’s screenplay.
Director James Gunn’s movie Guardians Of The Galaxy wasn’t his first foray into the superhero genre. Four years prior to that he directed the twisted, independent, 18-rated black comedy Super. It sees an ordinary guy, with no powers, attempt to become a superhero, fighting crime with a pipe wrench in a costume he sewed himself. Rainn Wilson plays the lead role while Ellen Page stars as his sidekick, a clerk at a comic book store.
Christopher Nolan’s Inception pushed the boundaries of science fiction and proved that intellectual blockbusters still have a place in this corporate climate of reboots, remakes and franchises. Ellen Page is part of an ensemble of thieves – alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon Levitt – tasked with stealing information from a man’s mind while he is asleep.
Lynn Shelton followed up her fabulous romantic comedy Your Sister’s Sister with this curious yet comedic story of a failing massage therapist. Shelton mentioned to Catherine Keener that she wanted to work with Ellen Page and Keener relayed the message to her during filming of An American Crime. Page came on board to play the main character’s niece Jenny.