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netribution > features > interview with jonathan woolf > page two
Why, do you think?
Well, you know the story line I expect, and what it's all about but we have a very very strong leading lady character, not the normal bimbo type that you come across. Films which try and put the focus on a woman would typically have a bimbo type. This is a character is a very young a girl in her late 20s, modern, thoughtful, caring and intelligent and also, by the way, beautiful. So she's got everything going for her and she finds herself in a situation together with the leading actor, also a very ordinary sort of person - intellectual, clever, but somewhat lost in life, you know, doesn't know what his destiny is, compared with a leading lady who actually does. Her character does know what her destiny is, she knows she's on earth for a reason and the film is about their mutual journey to finding themselves and their destiny. I think a lot of women will be identifying very strongly with our leading lady and the things that she faces and the person she is.

I suppose you've also got Terence Stamp as an icon for that older audience as well?
I don't know… I mean it's a very strong character. He plays the father of the leading man and he was always my first choice for it. It is typically a Terence Stamp sort of role but it was very evident to all of us on set just how magnetic a character he is with women. Just filming around him, you could just see it and now that we've seen some rushes on the screen you can just see that.

So I understand you've known Stuart for about 17 or 18 years.
Well I mean we met at university, at Oxford I suppose, was it really that long ago? I don't know, oh my God! Never really that well, but we were acquaintances and on and off since then we've seen each other. Then we worked briefly together last year at BAFTA when he produced the programme for my father's memorial. I felt that we worked very well together and I said at the time that it would be really nice if we could do something bigger together. I never thought anything more about it until very soon after that when I read this script and thought there's definitely something here.

How much of a step was that, to go from being essentially an archive with such a strong legacy like that and going back into production?
Well, one reason why we're doing this is because the story is so good and it needed to be made. I felt I could do it, the company could do it, with Stuart on board we could do it and we should do. Certainly not for the sake of making a film. I would never do that - it's barmy, I mean it's such an enormous undertaking, it's so risky, there's so much that could go wrong and it's so time consuming that there's really no point getting into it unless you have a real belief in yourself. Which I do have and I think that's already coming through enormously.

Can you say if you have anything else in development?
At this stage one must concentrate on one thing at a time. We're getting to the point now where one's seeing how it's going to turn out, the first half of next year we're going to be selling it very strongly in the various markets and festivals and the film has a natural sequel. If it's successful I will certainly look at putting the sequel together. There are one or two other projects we've had on the backburner for a while and we may look at those but I think a good rest first is in order actually.

Probably wise. Thank you.


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