Well I was going to review this film and since I’ve not actually managed to get off my rump and do any interviews of my own, I’m always looking out for interesting transcripts from Q&A’s that have taken place at recent screenings. (We receive quite a few from PR Folks)
Since I’m holed up with Manflu at the moment it also means that the review for Oranges and Sunshine will be somewhat delayed *shakes fist* It’s a brave film, especially with the subject matter hitting the press recently with full force.
Here’s the synopsis and the Q&A:
The story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times: the deportation of thousands of children from the United Kingdom to Australia.
Almost single-handedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and drew worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. Children as young as four had been told that their parents were dead, and been sent to children’s homes on the other side of the world. Many were subjected to appalling abuse. They were promised oranges and sunshine: they got hard labour and life in institutions.
Oranges and Sunshine is based on the novel Empty Cradles by Margaret Humphreys.
Emily Watson – Oranges and Sunshine Q&A
A swift glance at Emily Watson’s CV indicates what a remarkable body of work she’s forged since delivering her Oscar-nominated breakthrough role in Lars von Trier’s 1996 film Breaking the Waves. Watson’s collaborations include films with suchauteurs as Alan Parker (Angela’s Ashes), Robert Altman (Gosford Park), Paul Thomas Anderson (Punch-Drunk Love) and, more recently, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (Cemetery Junction) – while her work on 1998’s Hilary and Jackie afforded her a second Oscar nod for Best Actress.
Her latest film shows that Watson, 44, is not afraid to work with less established (though no less talented) directors. Directed by first-time filmmaker Jim Loach – son of veteran director Ken – Oranges and Sunshine casts Watson as real-life Nottingham social worker Margaret Humphreys, who – in 1986 – discovered a guilty part of British history. Three decades earlier, British children in care were sent to Australia and forced to live in conditions little better than prisons. Below, Watson discusses this, and what it meant to take on a character who dedicated her life to reuniting the former child migrants with their estranged families. She also talks about her next film War Horse, and how it felt when the director – Steven Spielberg – wanted her for the role.
Q: How did you cope filming Oranges and Sunshine in Australia? Are you good in the heat?
A: No, terrible! I didn’t cope very well, really. We were in Adelaide, so we were somewhere that had all mod cons. But even so, it gets to 45 degrees, and you’re all dressed up in your costume…and we made a collective decision that Margaret rather eccentrically would wear a suit whenever she was working – which I lived to regret! We didn’t want to do the baggy, saggy social worker cardigans look that’s the cliché.
Q: Well, I guess she couldn’t really go around in a swimsuit?
A: I think my swimsuit days are done!
Q: So how did you cope with the flies out there?
A: When we were filming out in Bindoon, or the place that doubled for it, it was horrible. Terrible flies. Particularly that scene at the very end with David at the top of the hill, where we’re reflecting on the whole nature of what’s happened. Really intense. Last scene of the film actually. Last thing we shot. Just had to keep going, even with a fly up your nose…but nothing, nothing compared to The Proposition, I have to say. This was fairly mild by those standards. That was Winton, Queensland, which was a step up in terms of the intensity and the heat and the danger and the remoteness. We did have trailers on that, but even so, desperate, desperate heat.
Q: Can it really put you off your performance, working in those conditions?
A: Yeah. You just go ‘How are we going to get through today? How are we going to get through the next half-hour? Please can it be over?’ Whereas under normal conditions, you go ‘I don’t want to stop. I want another take! I want another take!’
Q: Did you meet Margaret Humphreys during the process?
A: I met her afterwards. It was deliberate. I had an innate sense of who she was through what she’d done. Her story was very clear to me. And I didn’t want to complicate it by trying to do her mannerisms. I didn’t want to have that in my head – trying to mimic somebody. I just wanted to play it straight. I just felt she was a very straight and ultimately good person, to have that sense of calling and self-sacrifice.
Q: She has a family of course?
A: Yeah, and she’s made it her life’s work. To have hundreds of people, desperately asking for your help, who are on the other side of the world…when you’ve got young kids, it must be really, really hard. She didn’t have any choice but to act. She had no choice but to step up and answer that call. That has been the compromise of her life – she’s missed out on a lot of her family. But they’re a very strong family, and that’s testament to her husband and her children. They’re very strong people.
Q: So when you finally met her, you didn’t start regretting any performance choices?
A: Not really. I’d seen her on film. I’d seen her in action as a social worker, on film, being interviewed. And I didn’t want to try and be imitating her voice. I felt very overwhelmed when I met her. Not so much because of who she is…she’s not like a great big forceful presence. But what she’s achieved. The change she has affected in people’s lives, and the amount of shit she’s absorbed. It’s been truly amazing – and pretty thankless in a way.
Q: Though it’s been amazing that the British and Australian governments both apologised…
A: Yes, while we were making the film. Kevin Rudd apologised, and then Gordon Brown, while we were filming, apologised. And I think for her, that was massive. For these children who had been ostensibly – what did they used to call it? – banished. From the age of three or five, they were sent from children’s homes to live in prisons, really. Abusive children’s homes on the other side of the world. For them to be told ‘You are our children, you are our citizens, you belong’ was huge.
Q: Do you think that affected the production in any way?
A: I think, as we filmed it, we came to more and more understand the enormity of what it meant to those people. To know that everything she’d been through, her life’s work…not that she could ever give those people back what they lost, but there was some sense of the acknowledgement of the irreparable harm that had been done.
Q: Is it harder playing fictional characters to play someone real?
A: You don’t have such an open page, a blank page. But at the same time, you have a good map, if you’re lucky, to follow.
Q: Does it worry you if the person is still around?
A: Yeah, absolutely it does. But in a way you have to distance yourself from that. Thankfully, she likes it!
Q: I guess she wouldn’t have told you if she didn’t…
A: No, I think she’s the kind of person who would. She’s quite forthright.
Q: How was working with Jim Loach?
A: Jim is the gentlest director I’ve ever worked with. He’s actually, I think, totally in control. A complete control freak. But he achieves everything he wants with total kindness, which is the opposite of what a lot of people do.
Q: Do you mean some people bully you into emotions?
A: Not so much that. I don’t mean in terms of actors. But in terms of getting everything achieved on set, there was never a single raised voice. I remember on the first day of shooting, Lorraine Ashbourne and I turned to each other and said, ‘Is that a take or is it a rehearsal?’ Usually there’s this build up of important voices raised – and people running around fixing things – before you get to a take. And you have to disappear and protect yourself. But that just didn’t happen. He surrounds himself with like-minded folk and I think that’s something he’s probably inherited from his Dad.
Q: Do you think he could follow in his father’s footsteps?
A: Oh God, yeah. I think he’s immensely talented. Yeah.
Q: Have you met his father?
A: I met him once very briefly.
Q: So you had some foreknowledge of what Jim might be like…
A: Yeah, I guess so – although I said to him ‘I don’t know how you like to work but I guess everything’s not going to be storyboarded.’ You have an intimation of what he’s going to be like.
Q: You’ve also just worked with Steven Spielberg on War Horse. It’s a family drama, right?
A: Yeah, it is. I had no idea what to expect and it was all rather intimidating – as it was Steven Spielberg and, despite the fact that the unit went from here to Clapham, once you were on set, it was intimate, passionate and about the acting. And every single priority that as an actor that you would want to be there was there. It felt very real and focused. And he’d come in, in the morning, and say ‘I couldn’t sleep last night. I was worrying about this shot!’ Which was fucking great! He’s human and he’s still working in an impassioned way, like a 21 year-old, trying to make the best out of everything.
Q: Your co-star Peter Mullan compared it to Black Beauty…
A: Yeah. The Michael Morpurgo book is ‘Black Beauty goes to war’. So if you’re English, two of the most emotive subjects you could touch on are Black Beauty and the First World War [where the film is set]. The crew were constantly in tears, as there were war memorials and everybody had a story in their family…for English people, everyone is touched by that war.
Q: War, as a subject matter, is something that clearly interests Spielberg, after Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List…
A: I think for a filmmaker, in terms of recent history we can all relate to, it is the moment in time when the stakes are the highest. That’s why The King’s Speech has been so successful. Although it’s quite a small, domestic film, it’s about a moment in history when the stakes were incredibly high. The free world was about to fall, and it doesn’t get more urgent with that.
Q: Have you kept up with all the Oscar films this year?
A: I’m lucky enough to be a member, so I have. I’ve been pleasantly surprised quite a few times. If I have a night out, I will go to the cinema, but they are very few and far between – I have small children and it doesn’t happen very often. I have a 2 year-old [Dylan] and a 5 year-old [Juliette]. It’s pretty full on.
Q: So you probably know all the Pixar films very well?
A: I do. And thankfully, I feel very grateful that I live in a renaissance period of animation and good children’s movies. We live on a diet of…we’ve just done E.T. Dylan trots in and out, and does other things, but Juliette threw herself onto the sofa and sobbed at the end of it. She loved it.
Q: Do you have a stack of films you want to show them?
A: Well, we’re just getting into that territory. Juliette has watched The Railway Children and loved it. Same again – sobbing her heart out at the end of it. It will be quite a way off before they can watch anything of mine.
Q: Have you worked less since you’ve had children?
A: Yeah, much less. I never really worked all the time but it’s very hard. I try and do things that will be cost-effective and not too far-fetched in terms of logistics. Where’s it shooting? How many weeks? How much? I’ll think about it…if it’s Timbuktu for six months, I’m not even going to read it.
Q: So what happened for Oranges and Sunshine?
A: Well, I took them with me. Juliette had not yet started school. She has now, so the plot thickens. It gets more and more interesting as the days go by.
Q: Are you bothered you might miss out on things?
A: Oh God, no. I don’t feel ambitious anymore. I really don’t! It’s such a pleasure going to work, and I love my job, but if I had to give it up tomorrow, I would. But actually I can’t because I’m the breadwinner and I have to keep going. So I won’t. I have to find a way of making it all work and putting it all together.
Q: You’ve managed to flit between Hollywood and here. How so?
A: It’s just the way it’s worked out, I guess. It’s just the way it’s worked out. I’ve never made that wholesale transition to being over there. I’ve always based myself here. But I have spent a considerable amount of time working there, and have very much enjoyed it. But I still have my feet here, I guess.
Q: Do you think the studios know your body of work?
A: You’re a little bit out of sight, out of mind. I feel I’m established enough to be remembered. I work enough to keep a little flicker – ‘Oh yeah, I remember her.’ I think if I wanted a big American career, I’d need to be over there and put myself about a lot more than I do.
Q: Do you get nostalgic and look back on older films?
A: It’s quite strange seeing your younger self – quite shocking sometimes. It’s like anybody. You’re looking back on your life. There is a record of it, I guess. But that’s been my working life. It’s not something we do in my house – we don’t sit down and watch my old films. But we did sit watch Gosford Park, the other day. It was on TV – and the nostalgia really for him, for Robert Altman. He was such a wonderful force of life. I’m so pleased that I met him, and knew him, and was friends with him. He was a wonderful man. Just as a human being, it was extraordinary to be around him. He created this arena, this sense of being in an artistic place where people were swimming against the tide and doing the stuff that mattered.
Q: What is next for you?
A: I’m about to do a thing called Appropriate Adult, which is the story of a woman called Janet Leach, who was training to be a social worker. She had done the training to be an appropriate adult – who are the people that sit in on police interviews when there is somebody with learning difficulties. They’re not a lawyer. They’re supposed to be an independent person, which makes sure everything is understood. And after a day’s training, she found herself on the Fred West interviews. The law has been changed since that case – nobody does that job for more than three days in a row. But she became the person to who he would confess. He would wait until the police weren’t in the room and say ‘There’s a body under the…’
Q: Are you expecting this to be controversial?
A: I’m sure there’ll be a lot of interest. But I’d be surprised if there was a big outcry. It’s very respectful, but it’s also about the relationship about her and Fred West. It’s not about the murders and the victims. It’s not grisly. It’s not gruesome. It’s none of that stuff. It’s about the police interviews really.
Q: Sounds like another intense role. Any chance of a romantic comedy?
A: I’d love one! I never get asked! I’m touting for levity!
Jim Loach – Oranges and Sunshine Q&A
With a surname that causes instant recognition for any fan of British cinema, Jim Loach knows he has a task on his hands. But while he may be the son of Ken – director of such classics as Kes and My Name is Joe – Loach has more than managed to emerge from his father’s shadow with his debut film. Adapted from Margaret Humphreys’ book Empty Cradles by Rona Munro, who previously scripted Ken Loach’s harrowing 1994 film Ladybird Ladybird, Oranges and Sunshine is an equally traumatic tale. Starring Emily Watson as Humphreys, a Nottingham-based social worker, the film tells of how, back in 1986, she came across a shameful secret from Britain’s past. Thirty years earlier, hoards of children in care, many of whom still had parents, were shipped from the country to Australia on the pretence of giving them a better life. Below, Loach talks about what drew him to the project, how an apology from both British and Australian governments to the former child migrants affected the film and how he feels about being the ‘son of Ken’.
Q: You premiered the film in Rome. How did that go down?
A: We did. It seemed to go down very well. We showed it at the film festival. Then we were struck by the irony of taking it to the home city of the Pope. It was an opportunity too good to miss in a way. To be honest, we were slightly cautious about how it would go down, but they really took it to their hearts, and it was a really good moment.
Q: What was the local reaction like?
A: The Italian press were really supportive actually, and obviously for them, the big questions were around the role of the Catholic Church in the story, which for us is one aspect of it. But for them it was very important. They really picked it up and ran with it, and they were up at the Vatican asking questions. It was really good. I think they’d covered stories of abuse a lot. And then at the press conference, it was one of the main strands that we were talking about. Then the way they reported the film tended to focus on that, but they were very complimentary and supportive so that was good.
Q: How are you expecting the film to go down in Australia?
A: We’re going to be holding onto our hats, I think! Not many people have seen it in Australia yet. I went over a couple of weeks ago and showed it the people that helped us with all the research. The former child migrants…we got a group together and put on a screening for them. They were hugely emotional and had an incredible reaction to it. So I felt, whatever happens now, I know that they really like it – and they see it as accurate and truthful to their kind of story.
Q: Really, the accusations can’t be denied now…
A: Absolutely. Even in the time we were making the film…for me, it started seven or eight years ago, when I first started talking to Margaret. At that time, there was much less known about it. But in the course of making the film, a lot of the facts are now in the public forum and beyond doubt. So I think that’s good. I think it will still provoke a lot of debate in Australia, because it touches on a lot of issues that are very close to home for them. It is where the children’s homes were. They were in Australia, not Britain. So it provokes a lot of soul-searching, I think.
Q: Of course, Britain is hardly innocent in all this…
A: Absolutely. What the former child migrants said to me is that the apology that they valued the most came from the British government because they were the ones that sent them in the first place, and they were British children. So we had a very big part to play in it.
Q: Were you surprised when both the British and Australian governments made a formal apology?
A: I knew there was something they were working towards, but the timing of it took us all by surprise. We had just gone into production, so we had just started shooting. Only a few weeks before, it seemed like an apology was a very long way away. So we were all surprised by the timing of it. I was genuinely happy for the real people. Well ‘happy’ is the wrong word. I was really pleased for them, because it was something they’d worked so long for. It was very, very important for them.
Q: How did it affect the film?
A: Well, it affected the atmosphere of making it. What the film was, Rona and I were really keen that we didn’t make it like a campaigning film. We really wanted to make a film that stood on its own two feet as a piece of drama and as the story of a woman – Margaret. That was the film we always wanted to make, and we didn’t want to make a campaigning film. So in many ways, we were pleased that the apologies came. Dramatically, we felt that you could get to it like a full stop. You could almost get to the end of the story. So for us making the film, it was actually quite helpful. You felt like you get to the end of the story.
Q: How did the film get started?
A: I read Margaret’s book, and there’d been some pieces in the newspaper – not much. And I went to see Margaret in Nottingham. At first she was fairly cautious! She was very cautious! She wanted to be convinced of what a film could do, and what sort of film it would be. So it took a long time for us to talk through those sorts of issues.
Q: So how did things evolve?
A: Every time I went to see her – she’s got an office in Nottingham, quite a small one – she’d tell me another story, which I felt, dramatically, was absolute gold. So every time I went to see her, for me the story, the film, the idea, got better and better and stronger and stronger. Because more of Margaret’s story emerged, and it became less an issue and more a story about this woman.
Q: Did she gradually warm towards you?
A: Yeah. Yeah. I think so. We had our ups and downs. We had some fairly frank conversations. Overall, we went on this huge journey together, I think, where we were trying to work out what we could do together. And Margaret is a brilliant person. I’ve known her for a long time now, and I love her to bits. She’s quite a normal, private person. So to have this bloke coming up from London, getting into quite personal areas, was quite difficult for her, and I can understand why.
Q: Was it problematic that you didn’t have a body of film work to show her?
A: That would be a question for her. Funnily enough, it never really came up in conversation. It was just always about the story and telling the story and what we would be doing. I think Margaret’s main concern was that it couldn’t just wallow in misery without usefully doing something. I’ve got no interest in doing that either, but of course at the time, it was just an idea, so everybody slightly has their own take. I think that was the nub of it: what sort of film it would be?
Q: How was she with the apology? Do you remember that?
A: I do. We were in Nottingham. It was about two days away from shooting. It was a very heightened time. It was a very emotional time. Margaret was pretty overwhelmed, because it was such a huge moment. It was something she’d worked for, for 23 years.
Q: Your screenwriter Rona Munro wrote Ladybird Ladybird for your father. Is that how she came to work with you?
A: I was talking to my Dad in very early days about it. And then we’d spoken over several years about it. So yeah, I saw Ladybird Ladybird, and I’d met Rona when I was much younger, and then I met her again and we talked through it. Then she met Margaret and they got on very well. And they actually had a very sparky relationship, and that’s how it came about. She was really committed.
Q: The characters played by Hugo Weaving and David Wenham – are they amalgams?
A: They are amalgamations of different people we met but there were a few people we met in particular who we were really struck by. That was very much true to the people that we met. Obviously, everybody had dealt with it differently. They’d all had similar experiences but they’d all dealt with it in very different ways. David’s character was based partly on this guy in Perth that Rona and I had met. Rona was incredibly struck by him, and when she met him she started going off and writing straight away in the hotel in Perth, I remember. For her, I think it completely unlocked the script. If you ever offered him sympathy, he was just not interested. He would run a mile from anyone offering sympathy. He was so emphatically not a victim. He was very direct and quite prickly, and was always deflecting with humour and messing around. So Rona was just really struck by that, and struck by him and his relationship with Margaret. When they first clapped eyes on each other, they couldn’t stand the sight of each other. By the end, they were absolutely as one.
Q: Hugo’s character is very broken. Was this a common trait in your experience?
A: I would say, he was less common in a way. Our experience was that we didn’t meet victims, which was what made the story appealing for us dramatically. That was our experience. Other people might find differently. But we found all these people with amazing senses of humour and they were not asking for sympathy all the time. There was this guy who we met who was an immense character and for us a real enigma. He’s quite private and kept his counsel, and kept his thoughts very much to himself. We found that an exceptional contrast to David Wenham’s character, and it was at that point that we felt we could tell Margaret’s story through her relationship with these two men.
Q: How did you get Emily Watson on board?
A: I lucked out big time! I was looking back in my diary the other idea, and about six or seven years ago, I drew up a fantasy casting list. Emily’s name is at the top. And I know it’s something we all say, but it’s completely true! I think at that time I thought, she probably wouldn’t want to do it. So she was at the top for a long time. We’d gone through quite a few drafts, and I was trying to work out when I should send her the script. Eventually I did, and then we got together, and we talked it through, and she was completely committed from then on really. That was quite a long time before we started shooting – just at the beginning of financing. For me, she’s obviously one of the best actors of her generation. But what it was, was that she had a brilliant mixture of strength and compassion. My overriding fear for the role was that I didn’t want it to be mawkish or sentimental. She can do that very strong thing but also compassionate. She’s also incredibly intelligent. And she’s got a really wicked sense of humour – she’s quite naughty. And I like that. We didn’t want any holier than thouness, and we didn’t want any sentimental thing. Emily just doesn’t go there.
Q: Was it any film of hers that convinced you to cast her?
A: There wasn’t one particular role. I like all her films of course, like we all do. For me, Breaking the Waves made a huge impact. But it wasn’t one particular thing. It was a sense of all her work, and her as a person. Then I met her, and she absolutely really liked it a lot, and really loved Rona’s writing. And what’s great about Emily is she knows what she wants. She’s a lovely, lovely woman – and I love her to bits – but you don’t get taken in by her. She’s also very determined and that’s really good for the part. So all those reasons really.
Q: Did Margaret meet her?
A: They didn’t meet before we started shooting. We thought about it for a long time. But we decided probably best not to, and I’m glad we went down that route actually. I just wanted her to be her own Margaret and not an impersonation. Emily came to the same conclusion. They met only quite recently to be honest, at a screening. We went out for something to eat, and they got on very well.
Q: Where in Australia did you shoot?
A: We shot in Adelaide, in the city, and in the Flinders Ranges, which were where all the Bindoon sequences were, which is set in the Outback. I loved it. I loved shooting away from this country anyway. I think it’s more freeing to me personally, away from stuff here. So for me I find it very liberating to go away, so I always go away, which is probably why I focused on that story in the first place.
Q: How was the heat out there?
A: Yeah, it was absolutely blistering. A lot of the unit were Australian and they were tough. But for the English people, we were suffering! We had a fantastic collection of hats! And nets – they’ve got these nets that you put over your face to stop the flies. The flies get into your mouth and your eyes and everything. Emily was doused in fly spray before every take but it didn’t really make much difference, so we just had to go with it in the end. I’ve never known flies like it! They go in your eyes, in your mouth, up your nose, in your ears – it was horrific! It was quite challenging. It was at the end of the shoot as well, so it was quite a heightened time. We were keen to do it at the end, because we just thought to keep it in that story order would be beneficial to the material.
Q: Did you show your father the film during the edit?
A: Yeah, we screened it. He popped into the cutting room to give me a few tips! We talk every day, so it’s not really a big deal. We’d talk all the time and text and stuff. It’s important to be able to show it and have someone with a fresh eye to come in and see it. I’m lucky really. People always assume it’s going to be difficult, but it’s not really as difficult as they think.
Q: I’ve read you swore you’d never follow your Dad into filmmaking…
A: I know! When I was much younger, I definitely didn’t want to make films. I think it was because I was determined to do the opposite of what my parents did. At the time, I wanted to be a journalist. I wanted to be like John Pilger – he was my hero. It’s difficult to explain, to be honest. The pull was irresistible. That’s the only way I can describe it. And I think fundamentally I always did want to make films, but I denied it in myself.
Q: One of your earliest jobs was directing Coronation Street. How was that?
A: It certainly knocks out a few high-falutin’ ideas you’ve got, to do Coronation Street. What was really good about it, for me, was that technically it was very valuable. You just had to go and shoot dozens of pages a day, so technically you learn a lot about the process of filming. In terms of telling a story, for me personally, it was a little less useful. But at that time, if you’d done World in Action, you could hop over to Coronation Street. Unfortunately, that doesn’t really happen now. But a few directors had done it before me. So I was quite fortunate…I was the last to make that leap over. Yeah. Obviously I was only there for ten months – so even at the end, as far as they were concerned, I was the new boy. A lot of the older cast used to look at me like I should make them a cup of a tea and then bugger off! It was a completely surreal experience to be honest. I’d just stand there thinking ‘What on earth am I doing here, in the Rovers Return? How has this happened? And what on earth am I going to say to them.’ But looking back, I think I did learn a lot technically.
Q: What else were you doing then?
A: I did quite a lot of television series. I did a series called Holby Blue, which was about the police. I did a series called Bad Girls about women in prison. And I did Shameless.
Q: Did it feel strange to go into features?
A: In some ways…I was going to say it was a natural step but that sounds so arsey. For me, the filming is when I feel in my comfort zone, if I’m honest. That’s when I feel most at home – when I’m filming with the actors. So in that sense, no. It felt comfortable to me. I like being around actors.
Q: Did you spend much time on your father’s sets when you were young?
A: We visited occasionally. It was in our world, I suppose, as kids. But we weren’t always on set or traipsing around the country. In our teenage years, we were brought up in Bath, so it was a pretty normal childhood to be honest. Whatever that means!
Q: How do you feel being seen as ‘the son of Ken’?
A: Really, it’s a royal pain in the arse to be honest a lot of the time! But I’m really, really close to my Dad – and my mum – and we talk all the time. There were definitely times when I felt like it was too difficult to deal with. But now I just do what I want to do. The problem for me was, obviously you don’t start from a clean slate, so you just have to let that notion go, and accept there will be a perception, and get on with it, and do it anyway. You’ve got to, I think!
Q: Are you ready for comparisons to your father’s films?
A: Yeah. I know it’s going to happen and it’s inevitable. Funnily enough, in terms of the material we go for, we probably would be slightly different. But it’s totally inevitable. It’s difficult but it’s just my world. It’s just my perspective, so I have to get on with it. We talk all the time.
Q: What is next for you?
A: Rona and I have got another script, which we’re hoping to get going later in the year, which I’m really excited about. It was something we were developing alongside Oranges…and we weren’t really sure which one would take off. And I’m really excited about that. I’m really hoping we can do that next. It’s about a kid who wants to escape his life and he wants to find out who his Dad is. His journey is to try and achieve those ends, and it takes him off across the world. And it ends in a shocking way for him. We were always interested in the themes that are in Oranges… and we felt they would sustain another narrative. There was something interesting about heritage and parents and how well you know your parents. In a way Oranges… tells part of that, because it’s focused on the real story of Margaret, so it was ideas that came out of Oranges…It’s completely fictional. We didn’t want to do another true story. I think we both felt like we wanted to do something fictional next.