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In addition to speaking to Amanda Seyfried about her role as Valerie in Red Riding Hood, HeyUGuys recently caught up with the film’s director, Catherine Hardwicke. Not only did Hardwicke discuss the film in great detail, but she also spoke about how hard it is to get films made, sexism in the film industry and how that affected her attempts to get in the director’s seat for The Fighter.
On the influences behind the film
I’m not so much of a person top go back and look at other movies as much, like when I did 13, I didn’t look at other teenage movies, I looked at a couple of Martin Scorsese and Cassavetti’s to get that gritty reality, so actually in this movie I looked more at paintings, I looked more at paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, from that time period, and try to find the spirit of the people, »
- Ben Mortimer
Amanda Seyfried, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Adrian Holmes, with director Catherine Hardwicke were in London to promote their new film Red Riding Hood, a twist on the well known fairytale, and we were invited along to a special round table with the cast and crew.
What did you think was special about this story?
Catherine Hardwicke: Leonardo DiCaprio’s company had written this script, and I guess they thought it would fun and interesting to go back to the original roots, even before the Brothers Grimm, when there was a werewolf in the story. It is an intricate tale, with different levels of symbolism… so I said ‘Yeah, sign me up!’
Why do you think forbidden love works so well?
Ch: I guess if you have a happy love story then it’s kind of boring! »
Interview by Karen Lam
“I’m late! For a very important date!” I’m channeling the White Rabbit as I gun the car through weekend traffic towards the studio. But when Catherine Hardwicke’s assistant Nikki Ramey ushers me onto the sound stage, I realize this is no Wonderland. Instead, I’ve plunged head-first into a dangerous dreamscape, to the place where real fairy tales live. Where happily-ever-after only happens after surviving a nightmare...
This is the set of Catherine’s newest film, Red Riding Hood.
I stand in the center of a strangely surreal village. High above me, rustic log cottages are elevated on stilts. It’s an architectural paradox: safe, and yet complete unstable. The paranoia and fear are almost palpable. Like something dangerous is lurking just beyond the walls of this wooden fortress.
Nikki guides me to another set, where Grandma’s house will be built. The »
3 items from 2011
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