Coming to theatres tomorrow from director/writer Hillary Brougher and Scion Pictures is a young girl who is ruled by INNOCENCE.
This film tells the story of Beckett (Sophie Curtis), a 16-year-young girl who is dealing with the loss of her mother in an accident. Starting over again with her novelist father Miles (Linus Roache), Beckett is enrolled in Hamilton, a prep school for girls in Riverdale.
Immediately Beckett realizes something is not right. She finds friendship with Tobey (Graham Phillips) but no so much with the girls in the school. When a suicide happens in the school Beckett sees Dr. Vera Kent (Sarita Choudhury), the school’s psychiatrist who offers medication to help ease her mind.
When school nurse Pamela Hamilton (Kelly Reilly) also befriends her, it becomes clear quickly that Pamela is befriending her father. What she doesn’t understand is why?
On her own Beckett seeks the answers to the secrets behind the doors of Hamilton, and what she finds is more than she bargained for.
FINAL WORD: I recently had the opportunity to talk to the star of INNOCENCE Sophie Curtis. She has been acting since her debut in THE ART OF GETTING BY in 2011 and ARBITRAGE with Richard Gere in 2012.
Now Curtis takes the reigns in the film INNOCENCE!
Thanks for joining me today Sophie.
Of course Jeri.
I saw the film and my first question is with Beckett being such a dark character, what made you decide to take on this role?
I think through the audition process I was really drawn to the character. During the audition we talked about life and being a teenager and I connected with that. It made me really wanted to be a part of the film and bring this character to life.
Did you find it difficult to find the dark place to play her?
No, I think it’s important to play characters different from myself. She is struggling and testing herself. I think I would be like her meeting new people and being scared at the same time. There are a lot of emotions that she goes through.
How was it for you to play the lead having it all on you?
I was nervous but proud to be a part of this film. Just bringing this story to life and knowing how this character needed to be made me a little nervous. I did have a lot of responsibility and felt that responsibility to do well for the director and the cast and it taught me a lot. I think I matured a lot as well. I think that intensity just added to Beckett’s character and everything happening in her own life.
There is a wide range of actors in this film, how was that for you working with them?
I think that working with various actors with new comers is a little intimidating at first but I couldn’t be happier. They were all super welcoming and very understanding that everyone has to start somewhere and this was my start. The helped me when ever they could.
How much fun, or was it fun, to play the gorier parts of the film?
The gory parts were actually really fun because I got to do things for the film that were new to me. During filming I got to go to the special effects & make-up artist person to see how they make and would use the props. Just to see that process and the whole other side of filming was awesome. Getting to do the action scenes was really awesome. Doing the fight scene with Kelly [Reilly] and the action coordinator we had a lot of fun. We got to decide which way she would end up finishing her and creating that with Kelly was awesome.
Gives you a new respect for special affects in film yes?
Yes, it gives me a lot of respect for it. I’m in a production class and have become very interested in that part of things with effects and costumes. It really is very cool.
So what was the best part of making the film for you?
I really looked forward to the parts that I could sink my teeth into and this one definitely does. Beckett has so many emotions and I loved playing all of them. I loved the rawness and the natural way about her. There was something about everything that’s happened to her that makes the role interesting.
Did you find a lot of things relatable that made the character easy for you to embrace?
Yes, I think that her shyness and that aspect of her is something I can relate to. I am shy when I first meet people so I can relate in that sense. I grew up in New York City so re-exploring New York City from my characters point of view was so interesting for me.
And thank you Sophie for speaking with us about your role!
The film INNOCENCE is based on the novel by the same name written in 2000 by Jane Mendelsohn. This writer, in 1996, also wrote I Was Amelia Earhart and is known for her mythic and poetic themes.
Opening this Friday is INNOCENCE because in the end – they seek eternity, power, wealth and beauty!