Trou­ble in par­adise

Psy­chothriller Hu­man Traces is a hair-rais­ing drama on an iso­lated is­land

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In this tense New Zealand film by Nic Gor­man, a hus­band and wife are try­ing to re­store a re­mote is­land to its pre-hu­man glory. Af­ter the ar­rival of a young man, out­side com­mu­ni­ca­tion is cut off and their iso­la­tion in­ten­si­fies. So­phie Hen­der­son, who plays DOC sci­en­tist Sarah, talks about the film.

Did the re­mote­ness of your film­ing lo­ca­tions, par­tic­u­larly The Catlins, make you feel more a part of your char­ac­ter’s iso­la­tion?

Def­i­nitely, it was so freez­ing. So nei­ther the weather or the cold faces is act­ing, it’s real. It was re­ally helpful not hav­ing to imag­ine your fin­gers go­ing numb – they just were numb. Ev­ery­one else on this film had a lovely time – they got to work on the beau­ti­ful Catlins with the most ex­tra­or­di­nary, rugged scenery and be up close to wildlife. Mean­while, I’d just found out I was preg­nant and was throw­ing up in be­tween takes and hav­ing anx­i­ety at­tacks and try­ing my best to do good act­ing in the mid­dle of nowhere.

Wow. So how did you get into your char­ac­ter?

We did some great re­hearsals where we did a bunch of bush walks and I did some re­search on DOC. But I al­ways find a char­ac­ter comes from in­side of me, I guess – she’s al­ways try­ing to prove her­self, and that she’s earnt her place on the is­land, and is not just some­body’s wife. Peo­ple un­der­es­ti­mate her so she has to be even bet­ter at her job than her hus­band so she’s lis­tened to. I think peo­ple un­der­es­ti­mate me.

How would you de­scribe her re­la­tion­ship with her hus­band?

He’s kind of this much older, wiser, gruffer guy who used to be her lec­turer, and I think from her per­spec­tive the is­land be­comes this prison that he won’t let her out of. He won’t fix the ra­dio and she’s go­ing to be trapped there for the win­ter, and she finds a con­nec­tion with the new DOC worker but be­com­ing close to him makes things way, way worse for her. Hu­man Traces is in cin­e­mas from Thu 16 Nov

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