Tell us about the film and how was it like working with the cast.
It’s brilliant. It’s an emotional and truthful and heartfelt account of what happened and to be a part of that, to represent, to have that duty to those people is a privilege and it’s an honor as an actor. You’re studying people’s lives, you’re reading their words, you’re speaking their words and you’re essentially representing them. I think that’s what a lot of us will say, we did feel a duty, we had to honor them.
As it was a strong topic, how was the mood on set? Was it different to other things you’ve worked on?
I think again in the tone of being documented and the testament of the time, there was a sense of us all of being on the same page banding together. A lot of us, Kit, Taron and myself have all read the letters that the guys had written amongst each and so it was important for us to be on the same page in terms of that and the relationships, but it never felt, it didn’t feel heavy because at the end of the day they’re young people of the time and they very much have the spirit of young people now. Well, obviously there are massive differences between what the youth have done now and what they had then, so that was an eye opener for us.
We see you’ve got some exciting things coming up, are you looking forward to them?
Yeah. I was in the midst of filming Humans which is an AMC/Channel 4 drama. I was filming all day today. And then Legends coming out later on in the year with Tom Hardy; really looking forward to seeing how they all turn out. It’s all going well so far.
Do you have a particular favorite line from the movie that you can remember?
The one that always comes through to me is the one that Vera says herself, “Our youth has been stolen from us.” And I think that’s massive. That sums it up perfectly.
Director, James Kent
How was this film for you compared to other things you’ve done?
This is the best experience I’ve ever had because it was such a meaningful story, such a fantastic profound story about a young girl who is an inspiration. I mean she struggles to get to University, she gets to university then damn, the war breaks out. She loses people she loves and yet somehow she comes out of the film stronger and wiser than she began, and I think that’s a lesson. Life will have terrible obstacles for all of us, we will lose, we will grieve, we will recover and we will learn compassion and understanding as a result of that experience.