Maisie Williams has arguably turned in one of the greatest performance across the entire series of Game of Thrones. She emerged on the show as a totally new talent, but since the show began in 2011, the young actress has proven that she's one of the most promising actresses of her generation. When season eight finally rolls to a close, audiences won't want to keep Williams from their screens, especially considering she's due to star in forthcoming X-Men spin-off, The New Mutants.
The performer has an incredibly bright future ahead of her, having grown with the series spectacularly. However, during her time on Game of Thrones, she has also starred in a number of feature films that are definitely worth checking out. Some of these are underseen gems, but also, some of these feature performances which help us to understand just how transformative her journey has been. Let's consider some of her roles so far:
The Falling (dir. Carol Morley, 2014)
Director Carol Morley has recently divided opinion with her 2018 film Out of Blue. However, her previous film in 2014 was praised by audiences and critics alike. The Falling takes place in 1969 at an English girls' school, following the close friendship of Abbie (Florence Pugh, Lady Macbeth) and Lydia (Williams). The tranquillity of the school environment is tested over the course of the narrative as a mysterious fainting epidemic causes us to question what's really going on with these characters; a striking, unique mystery.
It's a pretty satisfying film, with a terrific central performance from Williams. Besides Arya Stark, this may be her finest work to date, proving her ability to approach nuanced and complex material. Of all her feature-film work, this is the most imperative to witness.
Gold (dir. Niall Heery, 2014)
Niall Heery's comedy-drama features Williams' second feature film performance and, frankly, one of her very best. It's also the second feature film for the director, following 2006's Small Engine Repair. The actress boasts one of the central roles; she plays Abbie, a teenage girl reconnecting with her estranged father.
This charming little indie was a relative hit with audiences, although it didn't exactly reach many. Nevertheless, for fans of Williams, Gold should be essential viewing.
Heatstroke (dir. Evelyn Purcell, 2013)
Although this action-thriller wasn't exactly the biggest hit with audiences, it features Williams' first feature film role; so, it's definitely worth checking out her cinematic debut. The story follows a family on vacation in the African desert who encounter danger when confronted by a feared arms dealer. A fight for survival ensues.
Evelyn Purcell has actually been making films since the early eighties, but sadly viewers weren't quite so kind to Heatstroke. It does, however - as you may have guessed - boast a significant screen role from the Game of Thrones star.
iBoy (dir. Adam Randall, 2017)
Considering iBoy is available to stream on Netflix, it's definitely worth watching to check out one of the actresses more recent screen roles. Adam Randall's film tells the story of Tom (Bill Milner), a teenager who wakes from a coma following a shooting to realise that parts of his smart-phone have become lodged in his head. Not only this... they have equipped him with strange superpowers.
It's a pretty cool concept, but one that's admittedly indebted to so many genre attempts which have come before it. Nevertheless, audiences largely admired the film's visual style and actually considered it one of Netflix's more entertaining attempts at science fiction. Williams benefits from a central role, and needless to say, iBoy benefits from it too.
Mary Shelley (dir. Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2017)
Last but not least, we conclude with the most recent role of this list. Mary Shelley is - of course - the biopic of the classic Frankenstein author. The titular role is fulfilled by Elle Fanning (The Neon Demon), but the film also offers audiences another great turn from Williams in the part of Isabel Baxter. Definitely worth checking out for fans of either actress or indeed, Shelley herself.
There you have it! Be sure to check these films out, as we're sure Maisie Williams will continue to pursue a phenomenal career in the wake of Game of Thrones' finale.
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