Live Q&A session with Ken Loach
being in intense danger at the hands of their parents.”
Producers at Intrepid Pictures, who read and loved the treatment Flanagan and Howard created, called it “lighting in a bottle”.
Oculus lays out a story of a seemingly inanimate object that has a long and bloody history. The film slides into flashback with Katee Sackhoff and Rory Cochrane as Kaylie and Tim’s parents. It’s here that the unnerving supernatural nature of the Lasser glass is first presented.
The mirror, according to Flanagan, “is absolutely a character into itself. Every mirror is flawed in some way. Every reflection we see is distorted.”
And in the case of Kaylie and Tim, the mirror’s distortion impacts the way that the audience peers into their lives.
But while the mirror and i its malign effect was the c centrepiece, the story hinges on people. Gillan’s Kaylie has a background in foster care; Thwaites’ Tim has been in a mental institution. He, reveals Flanagan, is the audience’s way in to the story – someone who has “been through intense darkness”.
Adds Thwaites: “One of the s scariest things about this film is these two kids having to deal with their parents going insane.”
Flanagan said Sackhoff, recently seen opposite Vin Diesel in Riddick, was “one of the strongest actresses I’ve ever seen.” He adds: “Her character transforms from this loving mom to this horrific human beast.”
In addition to Sackhoff and Cochrane, the characters of Kaylie and Tim were recast for the flashbacks. Annalise Basso plays the 13-year-old Kaylie and Garrett Ryan was Tim, aged 11.
Flanagan was acutely mindful of the effect such scenes might have on younger actors but also responded to their energy. “The kids were game for everything,” he says.
Oculus is on nationwide release.
TTHE acclaimed British film director Ken Loach is to hold a live Q&A in Sheffield.
The evening will begin with the screening of his new movie Jimmy’s Hall, followed by Ken Loach live in conversation at the Showroom.
The film is set in1930s Ireland and is based on the true story of Jimmy Gralton who enraged the church by opening a dance hall.
Loach is well known for making gutsy films with powerful social messages.
The event takes place on June 18 and for tickets call the Box Office on 0114 275 7727.