VAMP IN THE FORREST
IN the mood for an uplifting film about polio?
Going against the grain, Breathe is not the weepie-of-the-week kind of film you may come to expect about someone who can’t move from the neck down, can’t breathe without a machine and lives every day on the verge of death.
Adventurous and energetic Robin Cavendish is struck with polio in the late 1950s while in Kenya at the age of 28.
He is paralysed and given just months to live in a dank hospital alongside other sufferers, but his wife, the ever devoted Diana (Claire Foy), takes him home to be with her and their young son.
Unwilling to let his condition keep him indoors until he dies, Robin enlists his friends’ help to build a wheelchair that can accommodate his hefty breathing apparatus and make him mobile.
Andy Serkis, best known as the guy who performed Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films before being digitally replaced, steps behind the camera for the first time and tells this story through a rose- coloured lens. There is more humour than tears with a traditional love story woven throughout, and Serkis maintains a very British feel, particularly with the dry wit.
Breathe plays as part of the British Film Festival, October 26 November 15. EIGHTY litres of stage blood imported from the UK has been delivered to Black Swan State Theatre Company and Perth actor Sophia Forrest could not be more excited.
The 2016 WAAPA acting graduate is making her debut for the company in Let The Right One In at Heath Ledger Theatre playing 200-year-old vampire Eli.
“Then there are blood capsules and other things as well,” the 22-year-old said.
“Technically this show is going to be very challenging to pull off but part of the fun of being an actor is jumping through hoops.
“I love how dynamic and fast-paced the play moves. The scenes themselves are quite simple and sit in the moment, but it’s also so grand with these huge death scenes and the challenge that Eli will give me by murdering lots of my cast mates.”
Forrest, daughter of mining magnate Andrew Forrest and his wife Nicola, moved to Sydney after her WAAPA training and soon signed on to hit television drama Love Child where she played pregnant teen Debbie.
She said her family had always been supportive of her career choice, having a laugh at certain characters she had played “and the fact I’m playing a vampire has been the butt of many jokes at the family dinner table”.
“Acting wasn’t something I ever considered to be a viable career option growing up and I was dead set on psychology,” Forrest said.
“But I took a gap year and towards the end of it I knew I could never sit at a desk, so I decided to explore what I could do on my feet that would change every single day, and the answer was acting.”
Forrest is working opposite fellow WAAPA graduate Ian Michael, who plays Oskar in Let The Right One In which is based on the Swedish novel and film by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
“It’s a beautiful coming of age, friendship story that’s also a horror,” Forrest said.
Forrest said Eli was the most complex character
she had played, being a 200-year-old vampire in the body of a 12-year-old girl. “It’s a real tightrope and there’s so many different factors to take in,” she said. Tanya MacNaughton
Sophie Forrest stars in Let The Right One In.
Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield in Breathe.