Emily Watson The Book Thief DVD Interview

h3EmilyWatsonTheBookThiefDVDInterviewh3pstrongCaststrongSophieNeacutelisseGeoffreyRushEmilyWatsonbrstrongDirectorstrongBrianPercivalbrstrongGenrestrongDramaWarbrstrongRatedstrongPGbrstrongRunningTimestrong131minutesbrbrBasedonthebelovedbestsellingbookwrittenbyhomegrownAussietalentMarkusZusakthemusthavemovieishighlightedwithexclusivespecialfeaturesforthehomeaudiencethemovieadaptionoffersfansanextremelymovingglimpseintoworldofagirlwhotransformsthelivesofthosearoundher.brbrSetduringWorldWarIIGermanyTheBookThieffollowsthestoryofLieselSophieNelissewhoisadoptedbyaGermancoupleAustralianOSCARregWinnerGeoffreyRushandOSCARregNomineeEmilyWatsonafterhermothercannolongercareforher.DespitearrivingattheirhomeilliterateLieselisencouragedtolearnandreadbyherdotingadoptivefather.brbrViewersareinvitedtowitnessLieselrsquosjourneyafterthecoupletakeinMaxBenSchnetzeraJewhidingfromHitlerrsquosarmyasLieselbefriendshim.UltimatelywordsandimaginationprovidethenewfoundfriendswithmuchneededescapismfromtheshockingeventsunfoldingaroundtheminthisextraordinaryacclaimeddepictiondirectedbyBrianPercivalDowntonAbbey.brbrAthomeviewersexperiencemoreofthefilmrsquosemotivestorytellingwithTheBookThiefBlurayandDVD.OntheDVDthedeletedscenesprovidealookintothecompletestory.OnBlurayyouareinvitedtotakeadvantageofasneakpeekbehindthesceneswithfourspecialfeaturettesofferinganinsiderrsquoslookastohowthebookwasadaptedintoacriticallyacclaimedfeaturefilm.brbrstrongSpecialFeaturesstrongbrDeletedscenesbrbrstrongBluraySpecialFeaturesstrongbrDeletedscenesbrAHiddenTruthBringingTheBookThieftoLifebrAnInspirationalHistorybrFindingtheThiefandHerFamilybrBringingthePasttoLifebrThelegendandtheMusicppnbspppstrongTheBookThiefbrstrongRRPDVD29.99brRRPBluray34.99ppstrongbrstrongph3strongimgstylefloatrightmargin5px15pxsrchttpwww.femail.com.auimgthebookthief2.jpgaltwidth350height233InterviewwithEmilyWatsonstrongh3pnbspppEmilyWatsonlandedherfirstscreenroleasBessMcNeillinBreakingtheWaves1996forwhichshewasnominatedforanAcademyAwardbeforeworkingonMetroland1997TheMillontheFloss1997andTheBoxer1997.ShewoncriticalacclaimforherportrayalofcellistJacquelineduPreacuteinHilaryandJackie1998andforAngelasAshes1999thefilmadaptationofFrankMcCourtsbestsellingbookofthesamename.OthernotablefilmcreditsincludeGosfordPark2001RedDragon2002Equilibrium2002PunchDrunkLove2002TheLifeandDeathofPeterSellers2004TheProposition2005FirefliesintheGardenTheMemoryKeepersDaughterboth2008WarHorse2011andThePoliticianrsquosHusband2013.InthebigscreenadaptationofthebestsellingWWIInovelTheBookThiefshestarsasRosaHubermannwifeofHansplayedbyGeoffreyRushhellipbrbrbrstrongQuestionstrongDoyouthinkthatyourcharacterisperhapsmeanerinthebookthanthefilmbrbrstrongEmilyWatsonstrongYesmaybe.IthinkshersquosprettymeantoHans.ShecallshimlazyandgoodfornothingandcomplainsabouthimquitealotbutIthinkthatsheloveshimreally.Shevalueswhatheiseventhoughshersquodneveradmitit.Itooktheattitudethatshewasveryangryanddisappointedwithherlifeandisneverinthepresentmoment.Sheisalwaysstressingaboutsomethinginareallystrongwaywhichmadeherdisregardotherpeople.WhenyouarereallystressedyoucanbereallymeantopeopleandshoutatyourchildrenThatwasaveryintensethingbutIdidviewherasaneverywoman.AllacrossEuropeatthattimeyoungmenhaddiedinthewareveryoneinGermanyhadsufferedtheDepressioneveryonewasreallystrugglingtomakeendsmeet.AndshersquodmarriedaromanticmusicalpaintermdashnotveryusefulSosheprobablyhadnrsquotmetherownexpectationsinlife.Shealwayswantsthingstobedifferent.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongLieselrsquosarrivalhoweverchangesheroutlookasdoesMaxrsquoshellipbrbrstrongEmilyWatsonstrongTheyrsquoveappliedforthesefosterchildrensothattheycansortthemselvesoutfinanciallyandoneofthemhasthetemeritytodieonthewaysotheyonlygethalfthemoney.Butyesitdoesbegintochangeherstraightaway.ThedecisionsmadearoundthesmallfamilytableinasmalltownarethebuildingblocksofNationalSocialism.Soifyoudecidetosaveyourskinaheadofyourneighbourrsquosthenyouarejoiningthetrainasitwere.Theymaketheotherdecision.WhenthispoorJewishboycomesthroughthedoorsheismarkedassomeonewhohasnrsquotlosthermoralcompasswhichalotofthisnationdid.Thatstartstochangeher.Shehasanurgentjobtodoandhastobeinthepresentmomentandbeveryalerttotheverypresentdangerthatisaroundthem.Thatcracksheropen.Ithinkshehasenormousfearthough.TheyknowthattheyrsquoreinterribledangerbutthesonshealwayswantedhasfallenthroughherdoorbrbrbrstrongQuestionstrongYoureadthescreenplayfirstbutdidthebookallowyoutogetanevenfirmerholdonthecharacterbrbrstrongEmilyWatsonstrongInawaywechangedherabitfromthebookwhereshehasagrownupfamilywithwhomshehasaverycomplexrelationship.Butthatwasjusttoomanybitsofstorytoinclude.Thatwasabitofagifttoourfilmbecauseitmadeusachildlesscouple.Thenchildrencomeandtheyfulfilaneedandavoid.Inthebooksheisspittingonneighboursrsquodoors.Butyestherearelotsofanecdotesinthebookthatwereveryusefultome.TherersquosalsoamomentwhenHanssaystoLiesellsquoShewasbeautifulonceandshewassoftlyspokenwhenIfirstmether.rsquoSoyougetthatunderneathhowsheisnowthereissomethingthathelovedandlovesstill.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongWasitshockingwhenyouwenttoworkintheshadowofhugeNazisymbolslikeinthetrainstationsceneforexamplebrbrstrongEmilyWatsonstrongIdidfinditquiteshockingwhenwefilmedthetrainstationinGoumlrlitzasHansisleaving.Iwalkedinthatmorningtosee20foothighswastikas.Thatwasreallyshockingwhenyouseethatintheflesh.Thescenealsowhenwefilmedtheprisonerswalkingthroughthestreetthatwasprettyinterestingbecauseusuallyonafilmyouusuallyhavetoexplainquitealotofcontexttotheextras.Butheretherewasnrsquotasinglepersonwhowastherewithoutagreatdegreeofintegrityandrespect.Itwasveryquietmovingandapowerfulscene.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongIsthatoneofthesuccessesofthefilmandbookmdashthatitremindsyoungeraudiencesoftheHolocaustbrbrstrongEmilyWatsonstrongDefinitely.ThisfilmisaimedatyoungadultsandSophieNeacutelissewhoplaysLieselsaidthatmanyofherfriendshadneverheardoftheHolocaust.ShelivesinCanadaanditisnotaspresentthereasitishereinEurope.Inawaythatrsquoswhatthebookisaboutndashshelearnstoreadandusesthosebooksasawaytosurvive.Weliveinaworldwherethereareformsofextremismgoingonallaroundus.ThinkofthatgirlMalalaYousafzaithePakistanischoolgirl.Shewascampaigningforgirlstobeeducatedandhaveaccesstobooksandtheytriedtoassassinateherwhenshewasstillachild.Ifyoudeprivepeopleofliteratureandartthatisarealproblembecausethatrsquoswhereyouderiveyoursenseofhumanitymdashfromthestoriesyoursquoretoldandthemythsandthelegendsthatrsquoswhereyougetasenseofwhatitistobehuman.Thebookisaninterestingtakeonthewholesubject.IwastalkingtoaproducerfriendofminewhowasdoingacoproductionwithaGermanTVcompanyaboutaUboatandshesaidthatshereallyhadtofighttolettheGermansportraytheNazisasrealpeoplendashtheydidnrsquotwantthemtobeambiguoustheywantedthemtobestraightforwardlybad.brbrbrstrongimgstylefloatleftmargin5px15pxsrchttpwww.femail.com.auimgthebookthief7.jpgaltwidth350height241QuestionstrongWhatdidyoulikemostaboutyourdirectorBrianPercivalbrbrstrongEmilyWatsonstrongHersquosoneofthoserarepeoplewhoaregoodatreallyclearlytellingthestory.Therearenohistrionicsandegoaroundthatatall.Hewasverystrongandclearaboutwhathewantedandhewouldonlyinterveneifhefeltthatitwasnrsquotright.ButIlovedthesenseofcollaborationhereallyfeltthatGeoffreyRushandIwereveryexperiencedinmakingfilmsandhereallylistenedtousandweallworkedtogether.Itwasaveryhappyexperience.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongHasGeoffreyRushchangedmuchasanactororasapersonfromwhenyouworkedwithhimonthePeterSellersmoviebrbrstrongEmilyWatsonstrongYesandno.OnsetIalwayssaidifyouwantedtoknowwhereGeoffreywasyoujusthadtolistenforthelaughterHeisalwaystellingstoriesandmakingpeoplelaugh.WeinventedawordforhimwhichwaslsquoDribbldaryrsquobecausehewasdribblingonwithrisqueacutejokesallthetime.Hersquossillyanddoesmagictricksforthekids.Hehasalovelysenseofmischief.WehadinterestingconversationsaboutworkingonthisfilmbecauseheandIweredoingverydifferentthings.Hehasdonealotofveryextremeandlsquoouttherersquopartsbutonthishewasveryquietandverystill.IliketothinkofhimaslikeaclownonadayoffHersquostakenhiscostumeoffandisjustsittingthere.HewasveryawakeandalertandpresentwhileRosawasverystrongextremeandnotawake.Shewasnrsquotalertndashshewasverystressedinherhead.SoitwasverydifferentfromthePeterSellersfilmbecausetherehehadtobeverybigandboldandbrassywithalotofprosthetics.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongIsHansquiteclosetothereallifeGeoffreythenbrbrstrongEmilyWatsonstrongYesabsolutely.Theyrsquoreverysimilar.Ithinkthispartwasveryspecialforhimbecauseheexposedhimselfinawayinthisfilm.Hereallylovedit.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongHowwashisaccordionplayingbrbrstrongEmilyWatsonstrongHekindofmastereditHewasmimingtoplaybackbuthedidhavethebestaccordionplayerinGermanyashistutorwhowasawonderfulguy.Andhereallystudiedsothatitlookedauthentic.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongApartfromGeoffreywhichotheractorsdoyoureallyadmirebrbrstrongEmilyWatsonstrongIwantedtobeRobertRedfordinAllisLostIthoughtthatwasbrilliant.ThatrsquoswhenIthinksomethingisagreatmoviemdashwhenIseeanactorandthinklsquoHowdidyoudothatThatisbrilliant.rsquoIthinkthatalotaboutChristianBalethesedaysandDanielDayLewisMerylStreepandJenniferLawrence.HowgoodissheWhatshedidinAmericanHustletherersquosnowayIcouldhavegotclosetothatwhenIwaslike22tohavetherangeofemotionsandvisceralanger.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongDidbeingOscarnominatedyourselfsoearlyinyourcareerproveagoodorbadthingItsetthebarveryhighhellipbrbrstrongEmilyWatsonstrongAbitofbothIthink.GreatformeinthatitopeneddoorsandputmeonalevelwhereIcouldworkwithreallyinterestingpeopleonreallyinterestingthings.Itisabitofatrapthoughparticularlywithdramaticfilmsbecauseproducersandstudiossetthemselvesuptoaimforthat.Andthenyoustopmakingthemovieandstartaimingforaprize.Andthenputtingfilmsinahorseraceisnotagoodthingmdashsayingonefilmisbetterthananotherisaweirdthingtodowithapieceofart.HorsesrunracesnotfilmsbrbrbrstrongQuestionstrongThatwasyourfirsteverfilmworkingwithLarsvonTrieronBreakingtheWavesandithadaprofoundimpactonBrianPercival.WasitatoughfilmtomakebrbrstrongEmilyWatsonstrongLarshasareputationforbeingdifficultsometimesbutIdidnrsquotfindhimatalllikethat.Tomeitwasamazing.ItwastoughbecauseIrsquodnevermadeafilmbeforeanditwasextremelylsquoouttherersquoandexposingbutthatrsquoswhatyouwantasanactorgoingasfarasyoucanwithsomething.Alsothewayweworkedonthatfilmitwasallhandheldcamera.Therewerenobigsetupsthecamerawaslikeanotherpersonintheroomthatfollowedyouaround.Wejustshotandshotandshotoverandoveragain.Ididnrsquothavetohaveanyknowledgeofthetechnicalaspectsoffilmmaking.Iwasjustinitandveryquicklygotusedtobeingverycandidandfrank.Itwasanamazingthingtolearn.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongWhatareyoudoingnextbrbrstrongEmilyWatsonstrongIamdoingafilmcalledEverestdirectedbyBaltasarKormakuranensemblestoryaboutanascentofEverestwherealotofthingsgowrong.IrsquomabasecampmanagerandIrsquomfilminginthestudiosinRomeTherersquosnoNepalformeNepalwouldhavebeenfunbutitrsquodhavebeendifficultwithmyfamilyandthekids.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongDoeshavingafamilyplayabigroleinyourdecisionsaboutwhichfilmstotakebrbrstrongEmilyWatsonstrongAverybigrolehuge.Itisveryproscribing.MyfirstquestionsarealwayslsquoWhereAndforhowlongrsquoFourmonthsinChinanoThreemonthsinBerlinplayingtwodaysoutofthreethenthatrsquospossibleandcommutablebrbrbrstrongQuestionstrongDoyourkidsknowmuchaboutWorldWarIIbrbrstrongEmilyWatsonstrongIdonrsquotthinktheyrsquovedoneitinschool.Buttheyrsquovelearnedalotfrommyhusbandandme.TheyknowwhoHitlerisandthathewasabadmanandtriedtokillalotofpeople.Mychildrenarefiveandeight.Theydonrsquotknowthatmuchtheyrsquorestillabityoung.WehavetalkedaboutTheBookThiefthoughandtheywereveryintriguedbythecoverwithDeathdancingonthebookp


 
 
 



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