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Monday, May 7, 2012

her first time : Dreama Walker


All-American cutie-pie and hot as fuck Dreama Walker gets naked for very first time on screen in disturbing psychological horror Compliance (2012).
Release date : Aug. 17
Compliance synopsis :

At a local franchise of the ChickWich chain located in a snowy Ohio town, middle-aged store manager Sandra (Ann Dowd) briefs her mostly young and disinterested staff on the key points of her stressful day: an employee oversight has spoiled the bacon so supplies are low and a secret shopper from headquarters could be dropping by at any time. Late as usual, cute, 19-year-old blonde Becky (Dreama Walker) gives Sandra some unwelcome attitude and proceeds to slack off when she’s not serving customers at the counter.
Sandra gets a phone call mid-shift from a male caller claiming to be police officer Daniels (Pat Healy), who explains that the cops have received a complaint that Becky stole some money from a customer’s purse earlier in the day. He insists that Sandra will need to question Becky about the theft, since he says he’s occupied with a search of Becky’s home as part of a larger investigation.
Hesitant at first, Sandra agrees to assist the officer and brings Becky into the back office, where the girl denies any involvement with the theft. With Daniels still on the phone directing the investigation, Sandra becomes his proxy, relaying his questions to Becky or handing the phone to her so he can question Becky directly. Daniels’ voice is calm, insistent and commanding, with an attitude that brooks no resistance.

Tensions escalate after Sandra’s search of Becky’s purse and pockets doesn’t turn up the missing money and Daniels directs her to strip-search her employee, saying the only alternative is for the cops to jail Becky while the investigation continues. After eliciting Becky’s compliance, Sandra agrees, calling in her assistant manager to be present while Becky strips and they search her clothes, with no result. In a chilling scene of dread and humiliation, Daniels demands that Becky strip completely naked to be certain there’s nothing hidden in her underclothes.
Daniels insists that Becky must remain naked, although a coworker gives her an apron to put on while he directs Sandra to put Becky’s clothes in her car and leave it unlocked so the police can collect the evidence. Sandra then insists on going back to work in the busy restaurant and Daniels directs her to have a male employee watch Becky “for security purposes.” Daniels then follows with a series of increasingly invasive search techniques and questions about Becky’s body, accompanied by reluctant cooperation on the part of several men that Sandra recruits for assistance, with appalling results.

On Dreama's nudity :

http://blog.mrskin.com/breaking-nudes-sundance-midnight-movie-madness---14224
Gossip Girl and The Good Wife's Dreama Walker makes her nude debut in the disturbing docudrama Compliance, where she co-stars as a fast-food employee abused and assaulted by her manager after an anonymous prankster accuses her of theft. It's heady stuff, but Dreama is still a dream come true when she bares her McNuggets at the 28-minute mark, where she's forced to strip and don an apron, and again 55 minutes in, where she's ordered to do nude jumping jacks.


Glowing reviews for Compliance and Dreama:
[1] http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/sundance-2012-compliance-review-284018
This is dark, edgy material – numerous walkouts and vocal criticism of the festival accompanied the Sundance premiere at the Library Center Theater, leaving the cast and crew defending the film during a post-screening Q-and-A. Yet with careful handling and the filmmakers’ passionate support, Compliance is so eerily attuned to current cultural issues that a specialized berth is not unlikely.
Tightly framed shots, subtle camera movements and constrained blocking build tension, underlined by Heather McIntosh’s excellent, foreboding score.
Newcomer Dreama Walker acquits herself admirably in the role of Becky, at first stridently denying the accusations against her and then gradually complying almost catatonically with Daniels’ directives. Her nude scenes are handled with relative discretion considering the level of verisimilitude necessary to convincingly execute her role, but it’s nevertheless a brave and impressively well-modulated performance.
Likely to spur discussions about workplace safety, employee rights and broader awareness of sexual predation, Compliance is also a suspenseful psychological drama for viewers prepared to tolerate its extremes.

[2] http://badassdigest.com/2012/01/29/sundance-review-compliance/
Director Zobel, who also wrote the script, has created a remarkably tense and uncomfortable film, one that doesn’t exploit the situation (despite the claims of a few at an explosive Q-and-A; star Dreama Walker is actually rarely shot nude, even though her character is naked for much of the film).
Zobel has assembled a terrific ensemble of actors, and they put themselves right into the roughest parts of human experiene. Dreama Walker portrays a slow breakdown of will, a performance that might seem too subtle to those waiting for a ‘big scene’ where the character snaps. The point isn’t that we snap, it’s that we’re eroded, worn away.
Compliance will make you uncomfortable. It will make you squirm in your seat.
[3] http://bestmoviesevernews.com/compliance-movie-review-craig-zobels-latest-gets-some-audience-outrage-2923/
Compliance‘ is a powerful film that at first looks to be absurdist humor, but then quietly pulls its punches on an unsuspecting audience. It’s horror without the blood, political thriller without the preaching.
[4] http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/55091/compliance/
Suffice it to say that Compliance is a tough movie to watch, a harrowing button-pusher--both in the metaphorical sense, and in a literal one, since it seems such a keenly perceptive update of the Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures. You've heard about it (it's in Ghostbusters, for God's sake)--a pair of test subjects were brought in for observation, with one administering potentially lethal electric shocks to the other, as instructed by the experimenter. It was a ruse; the subject receiving the shocks (which were not real) was an actor. The purpose of the experiment was to see how far the subject would go to follow the instructions of the authority figure, even if it violated one's own conscience.
One might ask--not unreasonably--why an audience would want to subject themselves to witnessing this young woman's humiliation. But the film is effective on both the psychological and the personal level; Zobel is fascinated by not only the acquiescence of that power, but by the transfer of it, and the intoxication of it as well. It's all so cruel, and so dehumanizing. Zobel doesn't sensationalize the story (frankly, he doesn't have to), but he does thread the needle very gently, unpeeling the layers of deception at a steady pace, understanding how upsetting it is, and pushing on.
Walker's performance is mostly physical, and she's enormously sympathetic.
[5] http://www.slugmag.com/festival-coverage/824/Compliance.html
Largely dialogue-based and only shot in a few locations, strong acting was key to Compliance’s success. Compliance is infuriating and the excellent acting of the cast make the degrading acts on the screen even more difficult to watch. Cheers to Zobel for ripping a headline from the paper and crafting it into a psychological thriller.
[6] http://smellslikescreenspirit.com/2012/03/compliance-review/
Why did Zobel choose to cast a beautiful young woman in the role of Becky, instead of choosing an actress that was older or less traditionally physically attractive? Dreama Walker is by far the most traditionally attractive female figure in the primary cast. Personally, I feel the film would have been even more powerful if the victim had been someone older or less attractive or even if it had been a male. Considering that the character is the subject of sexual misconduct and assault and that the film features several shots of her scantily clad and topless, I walked out of the theater with an uneasy sense that there might be something to the charges of exploitation and titillation. But to the film’s credit that wasn’t the only uneasy feeling I left with. I was left with lots of thoughts about how I might have behaved in similar circumstances. Or how my young sons might someday respond if they were to find themselves in that kind of situation.
[7] http://blogs.indiewire.com/spout/compliance-review
"Compliance" is a Bloodless Horror Film That I Couldn't Resist
[8] http://www.soundonsight.org/sxsw-2012-compliance/
Compliance is the tale of a young fast food employee, here named Becky (Dreama Walker), who is interrogated, stripped, and abused by her manager and others because a man impersonating an officer over the phone has instructed them to. Given how ludicrous that is outside of the context of it actually happening, director Craig Zobel makes the sordid affair eminently believable. And his methods are stealthily unnerving.
It is a tale about how, in Zobel’s mind, a group of characters might go from zero to felony in the course of a phone call. If that sounds appealing, this is a fascinating film. If that sounds stressful and difficult to watch, well it is that too.
[9] http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117946883?refcatid=31
In taut, gripping and deeply disturbing fashion, writer-director Craig Zobel measures the depths to which rational individuals will sink to obey a self-anointed authority figure in "Compliance." Based on a series of real-life prank calls reported at fast-food restaurants nationwide, this stealth psychological horror film is at once tough to turn away from and, by design, extremely difficult to watch as it grimly assesses the human capacity for sheeplike naivete under duress. Received at its Sundance premiere with a smattering of outraged boos, it's a surefire conversation-starter that, with smart handling, could prove a boon to a daring distrib.
While the matter of Walker's lengthy physical exposure has already riled some viewers, it's handled in the least prurient manner possible, remaining well within R-rated boundaries, and done with an eye toward skillfully maximizing audience discomfort and empathy. Indeed, the film's most shocking and credulity-straining turn would arguably have been even more nauseatingly persuasive were it not for Zobel's basic sense of discretion.
[10] http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2012/02/03/416839/stop-using-controversial-where-theres-no-controversy/?mobile=nc
The first time it aired at the festival, some members of the audience by images of star Dreama Walker underdressed or nude and being mistreate (and in proof that being a rich progressive doesn’t make you classy, some creep decided to shout things about how hot Walker is in the midst of that discussion). But the subject matter of the movie isn’t actually controversial: nobody thinks that the things that happen to Becky should have happened, and the movie makes it clear that they’re awful. And the making of the movie itself doesn’t seem to be the source of the controversy. As director Craig Zobel told me, he worked with Walker both to make sure she felt she wasn’t being exploited as an actress, and to make sure she felt like the movie would be something audiences would walk away from having absorbed the messages that Zobel intended to send. There may be a controversy over whether artists should portray bad things happening to women at all, but our culture seems to have settled on an agreement that it’s generally fine as long as you’re not making snuff pornography. Compliance is challenging, uncomfortable, and deeply moving. It is not controversial.
[11]  http://artsandculturentx.com/film-review-compliance/
Merely by making demands over the phone, Daniels (who we find out is not who he says he is) is able to command Sandra and several other employees to sexually abuse Becky. She is made to get naked and repeatedly lift her arms, turn around, and bend over. Ultimately, Daniels orders escalate, ending in Sandra’s boyfriend and the other male employees torturing and raping Becky.
As you watch Compliance, you become so uncomfortable you want to scream. You want the characters to snap-out-of-it and come to their senses! It is hard to accept humans as mere automatons — yet here they were, following each and every grotesque and immoral command of a random stranger.
Compliance is a slow moving film and with Zobel’s unique direction, I felt trapped in the stock room with Becky.  With the slow camera pans and the incredible eerie score, the tension builds–never giving you the chance to escape the torture.  Walker and Dowd give incredible performances as they are forced into an unthinkable situation.  
It is hard to watch in certain moments, even though Zobel uses caution and a certain type of grace during the more disturbing scenes.


Compliance is a harrowing and almost unbearable viewing experience (in very positive sense). Mostly the anger I felt comes from watching the physical emotional assault and degradation Dreama's character undergoes - many are implied but terrifying nonetheless thanks to superb sound effects and performances. Craig Zobel deserves enormous credit for crafting a psychological horror of highest quality. But one of the major factor in Compliance certain critical success is well could be unintentional. The casting of very pretty Dreama Walker is a boon and a curse at same time when the movie plays in theaters. The audience reaction will be divisive and potentially sink a terrific flick. The element of patriarchal and protecting the 'white woman' that is so entrenched in many of America's male psyche will erupt in most negative manner as evidenced at Sundance. Even I was left angry and hapless watching Becky suffer at hands of her unwitting tormentors.
And ashamed to admit if it been an unattractive girl, a fat girl or a non-white - my reaction would been totally different. In fact I will enjoy it the way I view the rape-revenge genre - with a mixture of glee and fascination. But there is no fictionalised gratifying resolution for Becky here. Talking about rape-revenge flicks also suggests handful of criticisms aimed at Zobel and Dreama by some of the Sundance viewers may have root in latter's unintended titillation watching a pretty half-naked girl sexual torment and feeeling ashamed about it.
Dreama gorgeous tits are on show for couple of times - brief but satisfying look. Though you will not enjoy the second one as much as her intitial strip. I was totally engrossed with the proceedings and raging at the perv caller and Pat Healy for humiliating and torturing sweet angel Dreama. Kudos to Dreama for stepping out of her comfort zone and auditioning for such a challenging role.
Compliance have an outside chance for an Oscar nomination (best bet: the script). But slating it for August release is pretty stupid when tail-end of October (Halloween week) is much more of a perfect fit. Without a doubt, Compliance is not only one of 2012 best horror offering but also one of most memorable flick to come along in recent years. Make sure to catch it at your nearest cinema for maximum impact.
As expected, Compliance have courted undeserved controversy at Sundance thanks to few moronic reviewers and audience at the screenings.
[a] http://www.indiewire.com/article/craig-zobel-addresses-the-sundance-controversy-of-compliance-and-why-he-doesnt-need-to-please-people
"During the Q-and-A itself, actress Dreama Walker, who appears partially nude in the film, was subjected to catcalls of a sexual nature from audience members."
[b] http://www.vulture.com/2012/01/whats-it-like-to-be-heckled-at-sundance-one-director-tells-all.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+nymag%252Fvulture+%2528Vulture+-+nymag.com%2527s+Entertainment+and+Culture+Blog%2529&utm_co
The director subjected to claims of misogyny and an audience member who accused him of getting off on actress Dreama Walker’s nudity and humiliation. (“I’ve never seen a response like that to a film,” said one viewer.) "
Q: What was the worst thing you heard at the Q-and-A?
Zobel: There was a guy who said something about Dreama specifically, that I felt in really bad taste. From his reaction, I think that he regretted saying it at the same time. I actually felt bad for the guy. He said he enjoyed seeing her naked. I think in a way he was maybe trying to say something about the fact that something awful is happening to her and yet she is a beautiful girl and that made him uncomfortable, maybe.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comments went from admonishing to uncomfortable for star Dreama Walker during Sundance press conference.
When Walker attempted to talk about her role and performance, which required her to be at least partially nude for a large portion of the film, a man in the audience yelled: "Your body is pretty appealing," leaving Walker visibly shaken as a few other audiences members joined in with catcalls directed toward the cast and director.



Q-and-A with the director Craig Zobel
http://thefilmstage.com/features/sundance-interview-compliance-director-craig-zobel-talks-crafting-prolonged-sex-scene-dragon-tattoo-comparisons/
Q: What do you say to your actors? Like to get them ready?
Oh, well, before hiring them there was a discussion before. You’ve read the script. You know what we’re doing. It’s funny because some people ask me, ‘Well, are you making the actors comply?’ And I’m like, ‘No, they chose to participate.’ You know? A lot of people passed on it. The people that wanted to do this were fascinated by the same subject. Which isn’t the question you asked…

Q: Oh, no no. It’s fine.
But, we were pretty explicit. Dreama [Walker] and I had a lot of conversations about what all the shots were going to be. And I don’t know. I had never done…When I said things that scare me, I had never done a sex scene before. And this wasn’t even a sex scene where people would be happy having sex.You know? [Laughs]
This was like, double hard. Because it was in that one location.The first day there was a ton of crew, but to a degree too many people could not be on set. Because it was only one room. It’s funny that everybody was cracking jokes whenever we weren’t heavily into a take.

Q: There’s a lot of repetition in convincing the characters and convincing the audience that this is all plausible, and even true in some ways. And then you get to the scene (SPOILERS AHEAD) [with the spanking and the ultimate blow job], and it seems to me that it kind of doesn’t dive into it as much. When I was watching it I almost wanted to know how he goes from asking her to take off her apron to rape. Was there ever more of an explanation in earlier drafts?
There was an earlier draft. I actually cut out another sex act that happens. Basically this was a combination of intention and what we had at the end of editing. It just made sense and worked.
[Hope he restores the scene for unrated DVD release. Extended version with extensive Dreama nudity....LOL] 
Dreama, Ann [Dowd], and I were both tracking different things. So I would do almost two takes of everything. I would do, say, the take for Ann where Ann’s really mean to Dreama and jealous, and then the take where she’s like a mom. And we would do that every big scene. Because we were kind of trying to figure it out. At what point did it change, you know? We moved really fast with Ann but with Dreama it was a bit harder so some of what’s there I had something I thought was really in the wrong direction, that went a little further in the explanation, but you wouldn’t have liked that scene. I felt like this was kind of the end of what we could do.

Q: It almost seems like in the movie what’s implied is that, once she bends over, he’s no longer himself.
His decision…Bill would not want to explain that to you and so I’ll try to be respectful of that to a degree. But I think Bill saw Van as, in some ways, having this crazy complicated relationship with his girlfriend, that was in some ways motherly. He’s always asking her permission to do stuff. And he kind of blames it on her. He’s almost doing it to get back at her. If you think about it, that character is actually super hard. The writing of Van is much more blunt and stupid. I couldn’t find a lot of sympathy for that character, and Bill taught me to find the sympathy in that character, because he is just amazing. One of the best actors I’ve ever worked with. He found a way to make [that sequence] such a rich part [of the film] when I would say the script is much more judgmental towards him.

Q: What’s your response to this criticism that what you’ve made is exploitative in some ways?
I think that it’s hard. Like I said, I will freely stand up and admit that it’s hard to watch too. I just feel like it’s reductive to say that it’s just exploitation of a girl. What is it exploitation of? Can you be more specific of your criticism?
I understand that it’s a hard movie to watch and I understand that it may turn some people off. Exploitation is seeing a girl nude in a movie so you can sell more tickets. Like some stupid sex scene that didn’t need to be in the movie. Like at the very beginning. I mean we can talk about it. Exploitation in movies? Are you kidding me? That’s an easy conversation to have. I thought about all of the nude shots that I put in this movie because I knew I had a responsibility.
Exploitation has to do with an intent, in some way right? There will always be people who just cannot eat these kind of vegetables. They just don’t like this kind of movie. And they will find a reason to not like and they will use a word that comes to mind quick.

The real incident Dreama Walker's Compliance was based on.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d03_1236269064
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFXeXK3szOk

Interview with Miss Dreama Walker


http://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/dreama-walker-dont-trust-the-b#_
Dreama Walker is an actress you probably recognize, regardless of your demographic. You might have seen her as Gossip Girl baddie Hazel Williams, opposite Julianna Margulies on The Good Wife, or even as the granddaughter of a particularly prejudiced Clint Eastwood in 2008's Gran Torino. But with two new projects in the pipeline—the ABC comedy Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, in which she stars alongside Krysten Ritter and James Van Der Beek as earnest roommate June, who is forced to endure (and strategically outdo) the deceit of Ritter's menacing but loyal character Chloe, and Compliance, a film following the chilling true story of a prank caller's power over a fast food restaurant manager—the 25-year-old talent will attempt to take her budding career to a new level.
Interview spoke to the blue-eyed beauty about the importance of range, the process of getting her new show on the air, and getting heckled at Sundance.
CHAPMAN: A movie like Compliance is a huge contrast from a show like Gossip Girl, which one could argue is a huge contrast from Apartment 23. Is the distinction in your roles intentional?
WALKER: I can totally count my lucky stars that Compliance and this show are going to be released in the same year, because I feel so lucky to have gotten two projects that I'm really passionate about, but are completely separate. Something that can happen when you enter the world of being an actress is that people see you one way and have a really hard time using their imaginations to see you any other way. I would be completely satisfied if I could go the rest of my life without being super-huge and super pigeonholed—I would love to play different characters the rest of my life.
CHAPMAN: In that respect, Compliance seems like a movie most actors who love acting would die to take part in.
WALKER: I still feel very privileged to have gotten that part. I was up against a lot of great theater actresses and women I respect, so I never really knew if that part was going to be mine. I was in The Sitter, in a scene that tragically got cut—it'll be in the director's cut—but David Gordon Green was directing, and he told me my name was in an e-mail list of names being considered for a little film he was working on. He told me it was really dark and messed up, and at that point my heart was racing and my adrenaline was pumping. I was like, "I can do dark! I can totally do dark!" Then I got a chance to read the script and thought it was unbelievable—I remember the real incident specifically, and it had an impact on me then. I went in for the audition, and then we started having meetings, and at that point, I knew it was down to me and like two other girls. I decided to bring beer into the mix, and I was like [to writer-director Craig Zobel], "Cool, let's go to a bar and talk, because that's how I make people fall in love me!" So we did, and he was saying "It's between you and two other girls," and I was like, "We have to keep drinking!" And then eventually it was my part. [laughs]  I totally won it over with good beer.
CHAPMAN: Very tactical. When the movie premiered at Sundance, you guys got heckled, which it seems was a reaction the movie was searching for. What was that like?
WALKER: The piece was powerful enough that it prompted very emotional, guttural reactions. I don't think it was a terrible thing—it kinda sucked at the moment, being yelled at.
CHAPMAN: Were you able to grasp the positive in the negative at that exact moment?
WALKER: I absolutely wanted to cry and go into a dark room. Unfortunately, the night before I had this horrible stomach flu, and I had no idea people were going to freak out like that. I'm actually so grateful I wasn't there by myself! I pretty much shut down—I couldn't take it.


[1] Vamperifica Trailer - Dreama Walker Version
[2] Dreama Walker, Compliance, Don't Trust The B in Apartment 23

[3] Sundance: 'Compliance' Cast Responds to Controversial Premiere
[4] video interview with Dreama Walker




Dreama's bio:
Dreama Walker (born June 20, 1986) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Hazel Williams on Gossip Girl, as Becca on The Good Wife. As of 2012, she stars as June on the ABC comedy series Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.
She is originally from Tampa, Florida, where she graduated from H.B. Plant High School in 2004. She resides in Los Angeles, California.
Dreama Walker made her film debut in 2007's Goodbye Baby, and later had minor roles in major films such as Sex and the City, Gran Torino and The Invention of Lying.
Starting at a young age she garnered the attention of her family by turning scallions into talking puppets while sitting in the grocery cart or breaking out in song at her sister’s 12th birthday. As a teenager she joined the all girls pop group S*coolgirlz and she intended to form a career as a singer, but after a couple of auditions in New York she decided to pursue acting.
Born         June 20, 1986 (age 25)
Birthplace    Tampa, Florida, United States
Years active     2006 - present
Height        5'2"
Hair        Blonde
Eyes        Blue

• Is Florida’s Junior Miss Hometown.
• Was in a girl group called S*coolgirlz.
• Her first acting work was a Pepsi Light commercial.
• Wanted to be a singer when she was a child.
• Is naturally a redhead.
• Her favourite football team are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

http://www.dreamawalker.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreama-Walker/149516160107
http://twitter.com/#!/PrimaDreama

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