Taylor Swift: My New Film 'Celebrates All Things I Hold Dear'

Image: Taylor Swift: My New Film 'Celebrates All Things I Hold Dear' Taylor Swift attends 'The Giver' premiere at Ziegfeld Theater. (Landov)

Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 01:34 PM

By John Blosser

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Country music superstar Taylor Swift has poured praise on her new film, "The Giver," a movie adaptation based on a book she read and treasured in school.

"It celebrates all the things I hold really dear and are important to me, like our history, our music, our art, our intellect and our memories," Swift told the Telegraph.

The film, which opens Friday, is based on the 1994 book by Lois Lowry, depicting a community in which all hunger, violence, disease, and need have been eliminated, but also all emotion, happiness, choice of careers and romance.

The book won the prestigious Newberry Medal in 1994, has sold over 10 million copies, and is popular among teen readers in middle schools, which is where Taylor first encountered it.

"I'm seeing so many fans write to me on Instagram and Twitter, or in letters, saying they're having such a tough time with life because they can't imagine that we can experience such great pain, such intense loss, such insecurity. And the thing that I just wish I could tell them, over and over, is that we live for these fleeting moments of happiness. Happiness is not a constant. It's something that we only experience glimpses of every once in a while — but it's worth it. And I think that's what they'll take away from this movie," Swift told the Telegraph.

It's only the second movie foray for Swift since "Valentine's Day" in 2010, and her cameo appearance in "The Giver," as Rosemary, in a holographic image of her playing piano and singing, lasts only a few minutes.

She has sold 26 million albums, won seven Grammy awards, has done voiceovers and written tunes for movies, appeared on the TV drama "CSI," and hosted "Saturday Night Live."

The film stars Meryl Streep, teenagers Brendan Thwaites and Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes and longtime actor Jeff Bridges, who originally optioned the book in 1995, hoping that his dad, Lloyd Bridges, could play the role that Jeff now tackles — the elderly holder of secret knowledge of humanity and life outside the community, who must pass it on to Jonas, played by Thwaites.

Swift's character was a "receiver" like Jonas, who could not handle the truth she was given, and was euthanized.

It's a small-scale film by Hollywood standards, costing just $20 million to produce, according to Forbes, and shows a community of "dystopia disguised as utopia" Forbes film critic Scot Mendelson wrote.

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