LAMB TO SLAUGHTER
bound in a plaster cast resembling a mermaid’s tail.
Essie Davis recalls feeling sorry for her frozen co- star. While she and her fellow nuns could conceal thermals and foot-warmers under their woolly robes, Reid had no such luxury, other than a steady supply of hot water bottles and blankets between takes.
“It was a bit tough because obviously I didn’t have that much clothing on for the majority of the shoot and it was really cold,” he says, with great understatement. “So they had to keep taking my temperature every half an hour to make sure I wasn’t going into hypothermia.”
Similarly, he knew what indignities and unpleasantness his character could expect suffer on screen. “When I read the script I knew that all of that stuff was coming – the torture and the imprisonment and what it entailed physically,” he says. “I was wondering what it was going to be like shooting for a month and a half strapped into a plaster cast where I couldn’t get out without a team of dressers helping me. So it was frustrating and difficult, but it only helped serve the character and serve the story.”
Once he had landed the part of Ignatius, Reid began researching Catholicism to better understand his character.
“I did start going to Mass just to kind of get the hang of the showmanship of the way they do it,” he says. “It’s very theatrical, so I looked a lot into that.”
He also thinks the recent ructions that have put the Catholic Church into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons – the litany of abuse cases and the conviction of Cardinal George Pell – will give an added poignancy to a story about standing up to powerful figures within the faith.
“Cardinal Pell hadn’t happened when we were shooting,” he says of the Australian cleric’s conviction for child sexual assault, currently under appeal.
Reid, 32, has been living in London and Los Angeles for most of the past decade and has been itching to get back home to be closer to his family and to support the industry that gave him his start. The fact that
was shooting around Australia – in Sydney and Tasmania as well as the Blue Mountains – was an added bonus. He also spent time here fi lming the Stan mystery series and the upcoming SBS drama in which he stars alongside Asher Keddie as teachers who become embroiled in a sexting scandal.
“I have lived overseas since I was in my early 20s and I was always trying to get home but it hadn’t been working out that way,” he says.
“Coming home and working at home, it really gives one a sense of identity and I am really proud to be a part of the industry and the incredible work that is happening here.”