Directors: Laurence Hamburger & Michael MacGarry
We loved this script from the minute we saw it.
Mike pitched the tone here as 'something like a Coen Bros comedy', - in that it was to feel like a scene in a well-made Indie film. Strong, classic storytelling frames, a clear but subtle pallete (in this case pastels), a considered but invisible sense of sound design, and most importantly, a performance of 'nuanced awkwardness'.
With all this in mind, we saw a great chance to have some fun with casting. With a script this good - where the idea is so obviously unique - keeping it simple and letting the actress carry the story is really most of the job.
The creative team had described the character as 'someone from somewhere like Wellington, who'd hardly left the house, let alone the town', and while we're not normally fans of people dressing up for castings, Christel Van Der Bergh really had thought it all through and came not just in costume, but remained unnervingly in character from the minute we first met her to the moment we wrapped.
Thanks to the team at Hunt and to our favourite client Peter at City Lodge for the opportunity.