Posted on August 5th, 2016 by admin

Harry Treadaway tells us you’ll relate to horror Honeymoon before it terrifies you.

Leigh Janiak’s Honeymoon was one of our favourite films at FrightFest (read our review here): a beautifully acted, deeply creepy and suprisingly affecting relationship horror that stars Rose Leslie (Game Of Thrones) and Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) as a just-married couple who are suddenly forced to confront the question of how well they really know each other. As Bea’s (Leslie) behaviour becomes erratic, Paul (Treadaway) wonders if he knows her at all…

“I started reading the script and I was really taken in by this loving happy couple from New York and it’s actually quite rare to read a couple in love that doesn’t seem like a couple in love in a movie,” remembers Treadaway.  “The fact that it was laced with all this history and detail of what seemed like a real relationship really drew me in, and then as it started to turn and the film started to explore this horrible paranoid fear of the unknown, what happens if the person that you’ve given everything to, that you love and feel like you know each other’s souls backwards, what happens if that person starts to shift and that person starts to become not who you know as them…I suppose it asks the question how well do any of us know who we’re living with.”

“It’s a micro-version of it that anybody in a relationship can relate to. Sometimes you get out of bed and the person seems unknown for some reason, there are those moments, and I thought it tapped into that and the twist towards the end completely pulled the rug from out underneath my feet.”

Honeymoon is essentially a two-hander and relies heavily on the performances of its two leads to keep the audience gripped. Treadaway tells us that the challenge was one of the things that drew him to the project.

“Definitely, yes, and [doing that] with someone as extraordinary and wonderful and brilliant as Rose,” he tells us. “And being helmed by someone as amazing as Leigh, so between us three it felt like we had a really close bond. We only had maybe 10 days out in North Carolina before shooting, so me and Rose spent as much time together as possible and talking about all of the backstory and the history and fleshing out all the details. It was really fantastic, we just connected really well and it was brilliant, the momentum with which you can gather when it’s basically one location and one other actor. And this really kind of intimate story was a real appeal of the film and I think it’s quite rare.”

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The confident and skilful direction of Janiak is all the more impressive given that it’s her feature debut, and Treadaway remembers that her abilities were very clear from the very start.

“From the get go,” he enthuses. “She will say this herself, she’d turn up to the production meetings and members of the crew would assume she was someone’s assistant because she’s a very young looking female and you’re not expecting her to be so assured and for her first film she was incredibly…she was all over it in terms of the shots, in terms of the tone and the pacing, and also a joy to collaborate with as well. So we felt like she had a really strong vision of it and yet was able to…what’s the word…marinade [laughs]! We were all able to work together on it as well, she was brilliant. And it was sensitive stuff; there were lots of really intimate things that were going on so to have her strength and her vision behind it was really essential to be honest.”

That intimacy makes the subsequent horror all the more traumatic. As Paul struggles to understand what’s happening to Bea, the audience is just as much in the dark. “I really liked that part of the script because when I was reading it, when it starts to shift I felt that I was as a reader unsure as to who was losing what.”

“Really there are themes in it which you could pick up and translate to a film about someone who had a car crash and suffered amnesia or someone who was suffering mental illness or someone who had a stroke. You are questioning just what is going on and that was what excited me about reading it, was that constant unsurety until the end. What I felt really drawn is how strong it can be if you have a real drama, a genuine drama going on and you just sort of flick it with a twinge of the other.”

 

Harry Treadaway as Dr Victor Frankenstein in Penny Dreadful 

 

Treadaway is hardly a stranger to the genre after his excellent work in Sky Atlantic series Penny Dreadful, in which he plays Dr Victor Frankenstein. “I’m absolutely having the time of my life playing Dr Frankenstein. He’s such a layered, complex strong vulnerable poetic scientific punk rock and roll genius doctor of the Victorian age that you just it’s a constant delight to go and work on that set. And with the other actors and with John’s writing, it’s really brilliant; I’m absolutely loving it.”

However, despite our pressing, Treadaway tells us that he can’t tell us anything about Season 2. “My lips are stitched shut,” he laughs. “I couldn’t tell you, I’d have to kill you. But it’s very exciting and like all of John’s writing you never know where it’s going to go and it’s very exciting. Just started filming last week and yes, I wish I could tell you more but I won’t, I can’t! They’ll shoot me!”

Penny Dreadful Season 2 might be a long way off but Honeymoon is in cinemas now and Treadaway couldn’t be prouder of it. “It’s a gamble that everyone takes involved in creating a fictional world that hopefully people will believe in and be moved by in some way so when it does, if you feel like in some way that’s happened then that’s a really good feeling, and with a small film to get made without any distribution on a very low budget in a very small space of time, when that happens that’s something to be proud of.”

Source: Scifinow

 


Posted on September 25th, 2014 by admin

Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) is currently starring alongside Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) in the horror movie Honeymoon.

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In the film Treadaway plays Paul, and has recently married Rose Leslie’s character Bea. The pair retreat to a secluded lakeside cabin for their honeymoon. Bea goes missing one night and then reappears a changed woman. She is acting very strangely and falling apart mentally and physically. What happened out there in the woods? Paul attempts to get to the bottom of things, and won’t like what he finds out.

I was lucky enough to get some time to ask Harry about the making of the film as well as his other current project: the amazing bit of telly that is Penny Dreadful. Fair warning – there’s a series 1 spoiler in there.

Hiya Harry. I’m Alan from Live for Films. How are you doing today?

I’m good, mate. How are you?

Cool, cool. I’m alright, yeah. So, what drew you to Honeymoon?

Well… it was a really, uh… fresh, uh… raw, surprising, intimate little film. It felt very real, when I read it. They felt like people that you would know, you know? It had all the quirks and little details of a real relationship.

It was about having someone to know and love, and what you would do if that person starts to shift and no longer be the person they were. I think there are many ways that can come about in life: whether someone’s been in an accident, or having an affair and lying, or becoming delusional, or suffering amnesia… So it taps into that, and I didn’t know where it was going to go when I was reading it.

The combination of the script, Rose and Leigh, the director, made me believe it was going to be a really fun twenty-four days shooting it.

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How difficult was portraying a character constantly being pushed to the edge?

It’s that idea of care. For someone that you love. He’s grappling with… initially… trying to keep the honeymoon sweet and smooth and keep everyone happy. Then it comes to a point where he’s trying to deal with something completely out of his control.

So it’s really looking at the way we would behave when a loved one becomes… not the loved one that they once were.

And what was it like working with Rose?

An absolute joy. She’s an incredible, wonderful human being, and an amazing actor. We’d met before, but through other actors… through other people. We met up a few times before we went out to North Carolina and spoke about our characters. Then we had about ten days in North Carolina before we started and spoke at length, and in depth, about their history and background to flesh out that history.

Was it embarrassing doing your love scenes? It must be very strange…

I mean, it… the whole process of the film relied on total respect and trust between me, and Rose and Leigh, and that wouldn’t have been possible without jumping into it head first. I just felt lucky to be working with someone as  incredible as Rose.

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I don’t get a reason to ask anyone this very often, but as there’s an extraterrestrial element to the film – do you believe in aliens?

Ummm… I watched Melancholia last night, so was asking myself that very question last night. Ummm… I don’t know… It’s hard to say there’s nothing else out there, but it’s not impossible – I don’t know… I haven’t made my mind up on that yet! All I know is that where we are on planet Earth is an incredibly special, amazing place and [laughing] we should all cherish where we are right now.

Lovely. How was it working with the gore effects?

Yeah, yeah. We had an amazing guy called… Nielsen, someone Nielsen – he was an amazing effects guy. He came and created something that, on not a massive budget, really worked. Yeah, it’s… it was pretty gruesome, it was pretty graphic. Not the funnest moment of the day, to be honest, but, equally, it’s kind of fun because it’s more make believe, innit?

Do you think with smaller, more intimate, chancier films like this that you have to have more faith in your director than usual?

It’s definitely a good thing, and I think the faith more than paid off in this one. I think Leigh (Janiak) is brilliant. She had such a strong vision for the film and a great way of working with actors that I’m sure she’s going to go on and make loads of amazing films.

But, yeah, totally. On a small film, well, on any film, what you’ve got is the writing, the other actors and who’s shooting it. They’re the fundamentals, but even if they’re good it’s still hard – there are so many variables.

Are you a fan of the horror genre in general?

To be honest, I wouldn’t use the horror genre term for Honeymoon. I feel that it’s more of a psychological thriller, but I concede that there are total horror elements to it, and that does come into it. To be honest, it’s the story and character and the people. If they’re good, then you wanna do it regardless of genre.

Do you mind if we talk about Penny Dreadful a little? I loved the first series.

Thank you very much! Go for it.

Is there anything you can say about the second series? What stage is it at?

We’ve got the majority of the scripts for the second season now, and just started shooting last week. There were eight episodes in the first season, but are ten for the second season. It just goes deeper and darker and is constantly surprising… Beyond that, I’d better not divulge!

 Talking of surprises, your character was involved in probably the biggest of the first series. How did you react when you first found out about the death of your poor Mr. Proteus?

Oh, yeah! Yeahhh, I know! Well I didn’t see it coming! I just thought that it was a truly great twist, you know? And such a fascinating prospect to play Victor Frankenstein a year on from where you are used to seeing him. It was such a rich character that Shelley wrote, and getting to get him to where he needs to go is a joy.

That was a Game of Thrones level shocker! Do you think that post-Thrones people are starting to expect that kind of “event TV”, where huge moments that previously may have only happened in season finales are now expected weekly?

Yeah. I mean there’s a lot of ummm… It’s getting you to watch the next episode isn’t it? Knowing that people are reacting to it and questioning what’s going to happen next – that’s what you want really. The quality of series’ that are out there is so high, and the fact that you get to spend more time with the characters, rather than just an hour and a half in the cinema, means that when things happen to them it affects you more.

 You co-star with Timothy Dalton in the show. How exciting is it to work alongside a Bond?

Oh! You know… I love him! I think he’s a fantastic man, and it’s been a pleasure.

 Brilliant. My time with you is nearly up, but I have one final question: If you could be killed by any movie monster, which one would it be, and what would your last words be?

By any movie monster?! [thinking] I would say E.T. And my last words would be “Go home!”

[both laugh]

 Awesome! That’s a good one! Thank you very much for taking the time to talk to me. I hope Honeymoon does really well, and I can’t wait to see series 2 of Penny Dreadful.

 Thank you! You have yourself a lovely day!

 Bye-bye!

 Cheerio! Thanks! Bye!

 Harry Treadaway is a thoroughly lovely fellow and I would like to again thank him for his time, as well as the rad Ryan at Fetch PR for sorting this interview out for me.

Source: Liveforfilms


Posted on July 16th, 2014 by admin

Just hours before the U.K opening of his new movie, Honeymoon, Harry Treadaway agreed to have Flavourmag interview him on his newest endeavour. Getting into some of the dynamics of ‘Honeymoon’, working with newly minted director, Leigh Janiak, and the beauty of North Carolina.
You’ve seen him in The Lone Ranger and most recently playing Victor Frankenstein in Penny Dreadful.

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FM: First off, congrats on the success of Honeymoon at Tribeca and SXSW. There seems to have been mixed reviews about “Honeymoon” elsewhere. Can you tell us a little about your feelings regarding some of the reviews?

 HT:I tend to kinda stay well clear of that sort of thing. I am happy that it come out at Tribeca and SXSW. Considering the film being a smaller budget and not a studio film, I was happy that it was released. I think its good to celebrate a film even coming out at all.

FM: The movie itself has been tagged as a horror film, yet some may argue its more of a psychological thriller, albeit, a gory one. Would you agree with Honeymoon being tagged a horror film?

HT: I would agree with it being tagged a psychological thriller as well. The term horror for me leads me to think of Slasher movies, you know, blood and guts. And although there are elements of that in ‘Honeymoon’, there is a grounded reality in it and a drama involved where you spend time getting to know the characters that cause the horror at the end to become more pronounced.

FM: What ultimately led you to accept the role as Paul in Honeymoon?

HT: I read the manuscript while shooting The Lone Ranger, a bigger production in comparison, and the intimacy of the production of ‘Honeymoon’ felt like an exciting challenge to do, contrasting with what I’ve worked on. The idea of telling a story within four weeks and it being about the psychology of two people felt like a good challenge.

FM: Was this filmed in North Carolina or Canada?

HT: It was North Carolina. Canada was, I think, deemed too cold. It would have been too difficult to get into the lakes, as they would have been iced over. Nonetheless, North Carolina was a beautiful place to film, near the mountains. Lovely crew and local people. We had a great ole time.

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FM: Honeymoon gives rise to legitimate concerns that a marriage of any age might encounter. Paul seems to take issue with the fact that his wife never mentioned her childhood friend until seeing him again when on the Honeymoon. Could you relate to your characters concern? Do you think its important to relate every past relationship to your new love?

HT: Speaking from someone who isn’t married, I don’t profess to have much insight into what one should or should not do once married. Personally speaking, I would hesitate to divulge every single detail regarding previous relationships to someone who I was going to spend the rest of my life with.

HT: What I find interesting about the film is that is projects the idea that we are all looking for someone to share our lives with, to love, and to give ourselves to. And what happens when something just doesn’t seem usual for the person we have come to know so well. And it seems that anyone in a long term relationship has those days when their partner doesn’t seem the same. And ‘Honeymoon’ is like that. Perhaps even similar to a story about a partner who suffered a stroke, amnesia, or the like. And I loved that about the script.

FM: Can you tell us a bit about working with Leigh on her directing debut?

HT: She’s wonderful! She really was. She was incredibly prepared. I have to say, I am sure she will go on to continue to make some exciting films. It doesn’t feel like she first movie, really.

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FM: There come a time in Honeymoon when Paul’s wife, played by Rose Leslie, seems to avoid having sex with Paul. In your opinion, do you think sex within a marriage is important for a marriage to succeed?

HT: I would personally say sex is important. I’m sure its possible to have a marriage without that, but personally speaking, I would have to lean towards the side of, yes, it is important.

FM: Let me say that we really appreciate you taking the time to speak with us, can’t wait to see you again on the big screen, and MUCH success on this movie and future endeavours.

HT: Thank you very much, it was lovely to chat with you.

Movie Synopsis
Young newlyweds Paul (Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behaviour increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.

Treadaway and Leslie give captivating leading performances as a couple that takes new love to disturbing depths. With romance slowing giving way to terror, writer/director Leigh Janiak puts her unique stamp on this intimate, chilling thriller.

Source: http://www.flavourmag.co.uk/


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