Linette Beaumont was the winner of “Best Performance” in her short film THE PROWLER at the April 2017 Thriller Film Festival. It was an honor to chat with her about her role and what’s next for the talented actress:
Matthew Toffolo: Describe your character? How was the process in executing this performance?
Linette Beaumont: Eva is a tormented character, who is struggling with heart break after her husband has had an affair and left her. Eva is unable to let go and finds herself in a very dark place, manipulating her daughter into being instrumental in something that will change their lives forever.
As an actor I believe I have a responsibility to the character that I am playing, it’s my job to tell my characters story without judgement.
I tried to do that, and to be as honest to Eva (my character) as I could, and act exactly what was on the page.
How did you become attached to this project?
Tim Kent (the director) and I had worked together beforehand at Pinewood Studios. We discussed the possibility of doing a film together.
Tim introduced me to Daniella Gonella (our wonderful producer) at DG Productions. We then all had a meeting in Soho London with the very talented writer Matthew Arlidge, who had worked in television for many years and had written for one of my favorite BBC drama series Silent Witness. Matthew had also recently launched his bestselling crime debut Eeny Meeny. He agreed to write a short film specifically for me which I was delighted about and very flattered.
We then worked extremely hard to make it happen.
Coincidentally, James Friend BSC, (director of photography) BAFTA award winning, Rillington Place, who had just shot Matthew’s episodes of Silent Witness agreed to shoot the film. An amazing team.
How would you describe your short film in two words!
What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
Time restraints were challenging. We used very high-end cameras and lens from Movitech at Pinewood Studios. The end result is fantastic, but when you use such high-end equipment things move very slowly. It takes 3-4 people to move everything. Also the interiors were shot in a cottage, so it was very tight for space.
Also Christmas! Kate Plantin CDG (casting director) who was amazing, was phoning agents to confirm actors when they had closed for Christmas, it was crazy.
And budget, you never have enough money!
What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
Of course as an actor, I was very happy to hear they liked the acting! I smiled at the comment regarding the ‘leaves on the trees’ we shot the film during winter, just after Christmas, and we did have leaves on the trees!
Feedback is great, and it’s important. I think it is always very interesting to hear feedback from people, industry and non industry professionals.
I think film is an observer of life. Everybody loves to watch a film. But we all feel so differently about what we see when we watch a film. It was interesting listening to what they had to say, how an idea resonated, or how the film made them feel. For me film making is magic, full of twists and turns, highs and lows, to quote the film director Danny Boyle, ‘to be a filmmaker, you have to be relentless. You have to be psychotic in your desire to do something and keep working. People always like the easy route. You can’t, you have to push very hard to get something unusual, something different to stand out.’
What film have you seen the most in your life?
Very difficult question as I have films for different moods! But I would say these films are in my top ten of most watched.
The Godfather and Deer Hunter, Star Wars. Street Car Named Desire and Annie Hall, Some Like It Hot, Singing in the rain. Cinderella, and the Fox and the Hound.
What song have you listened to the most times in your life?
Clair de Lune- Debussy its the first thing I learnt on the piano, and reminds me of so much. But I also love Stevie Wonder.
What is next for you? A new film?
Yes, I’m working with writer-director Daniel Yost (co-writer Drugstore Cowboy) co-writing and playing the lead role in Melody’s Tune, a project where I will play both the negligent mother of a homeless nine-year-old and the girl’s imaginary good mother. I can’t wait!