To celebrate the release of Iain Softley’s new film Trap For Cinderella out in UK cinemas this Friday, we’ve decided to take a look at a collection of the best films to grace cinema screens which focus on the theme of Obsession


Fatal Attraction, (1987)


Dan Gallagher, played by Michael Douglas, lives a normal family life with his wife and kids until meeting Alex (Glen Close). After a one-night affair Alex becomes obsessed with Dan and begins to terrorize him and insist they continue their relationship. She goes to great lengths, pretending to carry his child and kidnapping his daughter for a start, to try to win him back. Dan is forced to attempt to preserve his family, while dealing with the consequences of his own indiscretion. This classic obsession story earned six Oscar nominations and features the brilliant Glenn Close in one of her most iconic roles.


Misery, (1990)


As famed novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) heads home from his Colorado retreat he is met with a freak blizzard which causes a car crash in which he is seriously injured. Seemingly lucky, he is rescued by none other than nurse Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), who professes herself as his “number one fan.” Annie takes Paul to her isolated house in the mountains, and he starts to realise that Annie may not be as sane as he previously thought. Based on the horror novel by Stephen King, Misery features terrifyingly terrific performances, especially from Kathy Bates who won an Oscar for Best Actress.


Single White Female, (1992)

Single White Female stars Bridget Fonda as Allie Jones, a young software designer living in New York City. When she discovers that her fiancé, Sam Rawson (Steven Weber), has had an affair she kicks him out of her apartment and is forced to find a flatmate. Allie holds interviews but is ultimately content with quiet Hedra “Hedy” Carlson (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Hedy begins to light up Allie’s life, cooking and cleaning for her but admiration soon turns into obsession as Hedy begins to copy Allie, ultimately looking almost identical. She also tries to stand in the way of a reconciliation between Allie and Sam. As Allie begins to realise who she is actually living with, she must find a way to save herself…


Notes on a Scandal, (2006)


With an impressive cast featuring Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal tells the haunting story of Barbara Covett (Dench), a school history teacher who appears cold and anti-social. She is feared but respected by her colleagues and students. When Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett) starts as the school’s new art teacher, Barbara sees the opportunity to re energize her life. Sheba is very much the opposite of Barbara with her husband, children and friendly personality. When Barbara catches her with a younger student, she begins to blackmail Sheba to create the life she’s always wanted.


Trap For Cinderella, (2013)


Based on French writer Sebastien Japrisot’s cult novel and shot on location in both London and France, TRAP FOR CINDERELLA stars some of the UK’s finest rising young talent, – Tuppence Middleton, Alexandra Roach and Aneurin Barnard – alongside Kerry Fox, Frances de la Tour and Emilia Fox.

Directed and adapted for the screen by award-winning director Iain Softley (‘Backbeat’, ‘Wings of the Dove’, ‘Inkheart’), the film tells the story of Micky (Tuppence Middleton) who is a fun-loving photographer, living a party lifestyle in London until a chance encounter with a childhood friend changes her world forever. The opposite to life-and-soul Micky, Do (Alexandra Roach) is a quiet bank clerk, with little by way of a social life. Yet much to the annoyance of her DJ boyfriend Jake (Aneurin Barnard), Micky is all too delighted to reacquaint herself with Do, embracing her old friend with typical gusto. But when they return to the tranquil French villa where they spent so many happy summers in their youth, tragedy strikes. A fire engulfs the building, leaving Micky badly burnt and blighted by amnesia. Unable to even recall her own name, Micky is forced on a shocking journey of self-discovery. For nothing — friends, relatives, lovers and even herself — is as she remembers it.

TRAP FOR CINDERELLA hits cinemas 12th July 2013.

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