I was lucky enough to attend the red carpet world premiere in Sydney of the Australian blockbuster film from writer/director Stuart Beattie – Tomorrow, When the War Began – which is based on the first installment of John Marsden’s popular book series.
I briefly spoke with Marsden at the premiere and he noted that he was “more then excited” about the film’s release and went on to say that “I was initially scared of losing the original but I watched them filming one day and felt their energy and became optimistic … Beattie was very passionate, had integrity and obviously cared about the story.” Clearly, fans of the novel should be pleased with the film!
I also chatted with members of the cast to gauge their excitement about the film’s release, their appreciation of the original work, their interpretation of their characters and their future projects.
Could you relate to your character?
Caitlin Stasey (as Ellie): Yeah absolutely. I think every girl who reads these books wants to be like Ellie, which is why I felt a bit terrified about my portrayal, but she is very loyal and I admire her strength and her character.
Deniz Akdeniz (as Homer): I identified with my character quite a bit…. there are bits of me in him… he is a lot of fun!
Phoebe Tonkin (as Fiona): Well I play the prissy, posh one, and I’m not too much like that in real life, but I think we are both a bit vague!
Ashleigh Cummings (as Robyn): My character is the conservative one, and I’m in a state of turmoil concerning my religious beliefs, but I admire her in many ways and I aspire to be like her. She is very strong and has her own ambitions, but she is still very loveable. And it’s a hard balance to find.
What was it like working with Stuart Beattie?
Phoebe Tonkin (as Fiona): It was great! He took us all to breakfast this morning. He is part of our group – he is a friend – he didn’t feel like the boss. He included us in the whole process. We were given the freedom to change our lines within reason, which was amazing.
Deniz Akdeniz (as Homer): He was very collaborative, and he would take our ideas on board.
Rachel Hurd-Wood (as Corrie): He is one of the nicest human beings and he always knows what is happening on set. He is lovely, and guiding and I couldn’t say enough nice things about him.
Published August 25, 2010
by Courtney Dawson