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Monday, 15 May, 2000, 16:38 GMT 17:38 UK
All Saints get Honest at Cannes
Natalie Appleton, Melanie Blatt, Nicole Appleton and Dave Stewart pose in Cannes
Dave Stewart (right) poses with his film's stars
A raunchy thriller starring the members of the pop group All Saints is causing a sensation at the Cannes film festival.

The gangster movie Honest is set in 1960s London, with scenes of sex, violence and drug-taking.

After a lengthy battle with censors over scenes in which two of the All Saints appear topless, the film was finally given an 18 certificate in the UK.

Launching her movie debut at the Cannes Film Festival, All Saints star Nicole Appleton said she would like to continue her film career.

Appleton, 25, stars in the film alongside her sister Natalie, 27, and their fellow All Saint Melanie Blatt, 24.

The film, directed by Eurythmics musician Dave Stewart, has had lukewarm reviews in the UK, but she said she had been encouraged by positive notices in the industry papers Variety and Hollywood Reporter.

Natalie Appleton, Melanie Blatt, Nicole Appleton
The trio insist the film is not a vehicle for their group
She said: "I'd love to. It was so nice to read that, I must say. Yeah, I'd love to do that.

"My priority is with the All Saints. We've got a lot coming up in the next couple of years, but if the time was right it would be nice to do that.

"It's nice to be appreciated."

The threesome play gun-toting thieves in the film, which is released in the UK on Friday.

Natalie brushed off suggestions it was a vehicle for All Saints, pointing out the group's songwriter, Shaznay Lewis, was in the US when it was filmed.

She said: "The opportunity came along at a good time, and the script was fantastic."

Shaznay Lewis
Shaznay Lewis was in the US when the film was being made
Natalie added she also would not rule out another film, but the group's priority was to complete their new album.

Melanie Blatt told how she had not originally planned to be involved with the film, but had only joined when the Appleton sisters recommended her for a part.

The trio will attend a midnight screening of the film on Monday evening.

The daily festival edition of Hollywood Reporter praised the film and described Nicole Appleton as a star in the making.

UK film magazine Empire said the film "just doesn't gel", but praised the singers' acting.

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