Vivacious Kate Winslet, from a theatrical family, has much in common with her screen characters. Just as she purposefully throws herself into her performances, her gallery of forthright young women give their all to make things happen.
Many turn out to be lost souls: the deeply troubled Juliet in Heavenly Creatures (Australia/New Zealand, d. Peter Jackson, 1994), the doomed Ophelia in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (UK/US, 1996), the long-suffering Sue in Jude (d. Michael Winterbottom, 1996), the feisty Madeleine in Quills (UK/US, d. Philip Kaufman, 2000), even the adventurous young Iris Murdoch (Oscar and BAFTA-nominated) in Iris (UK/US, d. Richard Eyre, 2001).
Others eventually rise above the storm: the determined Marianne (Oscar nominated, BAFTA winner) in Sense and Sensibility (UK/US, d. Ang Lee, 1995), the spirited Rose (Oscar nominated) in Titanic (US, d. James Cameron, 1997), the part that made the actress internationally famous, the determined Ruth in Holy Smoke (US, d. Jane Campion, 1999), the restless Julia in Hideous Kinky (UK/France, d. Gillies Mackinnon, 1998).
But they're all single-minded in pursuit of their dreams, whether valiantly struggling against the constraints of circumstances or simply trying to survive.
Tom Ryan, Encyclopedia of British Film