Tilda’s got a new di­rect ap­proach

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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

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