Live Q&A ses­sion with Ken Loach

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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.

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