Tilda’s got a new direct approach
ADELAIDE’s Tilda CobhamHervey is making her debut as a film director at next month’s Adelaide Film Festival, four years after starring in her first movie when she was a schoolgirl.
The rise and rise of Tilda, now 23, started in 2013 with 52 Tuesdays, the documentarystyle story of a relationship between a teenager and a mum undergoing gender reassignment. It won awards, as did Girl Asleep in the 2015 festival, for which Tilda was also the poster girl.
At this year’s festival, which runs from October 5 to 15, Tilda co-stars in the wry comedy-drama F***G Adelaide, about a family returning home, and directing A Field Guide To Being a 12Year-Old Girl.
Her mentor as a director was Closer Productions’ Sophie Hyde, who encouraged Tilda to apply for funding for an ABC youth project to make content for 12-year-old girls.
“I feel like being 12 is a really interesting year in any human’s life; it’s the last year where you are officially labelled as a child,” Tilda says from Los Angeles.
Instead of turning her adult e eye to what interests a 12-yearold, she asked 12 very different girls of that age and filmed the results over a few days in an Unley hall. The result is both scripted and ad-libbed.
“I was in Los Angeles at the ti time so I Skyped them a lot and m made little tasks for them and I’ I’d alter the script as I got to know them better,” Tilda says. F***G Adelaide was a more familiar experience of filmmaking and the subject was close to home. “It was a funny film for me to work on because I have that relationship with Adelaide as well,” she laughs. “I travel a lot but I always end up there for long periods; there is always that pull back to it.”
In a relationship with Hollywood superstar Dev Patel, who she met in Adelaide while making Hotel Mumbai, Tilda will be home for the festival. As to whether Dev will be with her, Tilda will not say. “We’re private, sorry,” she says. SEE: FOR SCREENING TIMES, VISIT ADELAIDEFILMFESTIVAL.ORG
- Penelope Debelle