‘Supernova’ Director and Stars Discover Hardships of Dementia

'Supernova' Director and Stars Explore Hardships of Dementia

Earlier than penning the script for “Supernova,” writer-director Harry Macqueen volunteered at many charities over the course of two years and spent loads of time with individuals with dementia. He stated the story behind his movie is impressed by his time working with individuals going by way of this journey.

Within the Selection Streaming Room hosted by senior tradition and occasions editor Marc Malkin, Macqueen spoke about “Supernova,” alongside co-stars Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth. The 2 actors play a middle-aged homosexual couple struggling to return to phrases with a devastating analysis. Macqueen stated he started writing the story about 5 or 6 years in the past after witnessing a middle-aged girl he labored with battling a model of young-onset dementia. 

“What I had been watching, although I didn’t know it retrospectively, was her personality unraveling and her being unraveling because of the dementia,” Macqueen stated. “At the same time, a friend of mine put her dad in a care home just after his 60th birthday. He had young-onset dementia as well. These things made me really want to learn more about dementia just as a human really, not necessarily as a filmmaker.”

Tucci was the primary to signal on to Macqueen’s movie. Tucci stated it was probably the most stunning scripts he had ever learn, describing it as extremely poetic and profoundly shifting. 

“It had a beautiful restraint to it and a lot of writers can’t achieve that,” Tucci stated. “There was very little exposition. I loved the silences, the sort of clumsiness of the dialogue.” 

Firth and Tucci have been pals for greater than 20 years, engaged on varied movies collectively, resembling “Conspiracy” and “Gambit.” After being supplied a task alongside Tucci after which watching Macqueen’s 2014 drama “Hinterland,” Firth stated he felt like he was being handed an expertise quite than a job. 

“I thought if this is the way Harry shoots and the way he trusts his actors, and that he is not afraid of silences, and not every moment has to be a scene-stealer, a zinger or a dramatic thing, I thought this could be something very, very beautiful,” Firth stated.

Watch the complete dialog above.

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