Opening today in New York and Los Angeles is “Easy Virtue”. It’s the new film from director Stephen Elliott (“Priscilla Queen of the Desert”) and it’s an adaptation of a Noel Coward play. Starring is Jessica Biel, Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ben Barnes.
I managed to see “Easy Virtue” a few weeks back and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Not only are the performances great across the board (yes…even Jessica Biel), but the script was really funny and it felt very modern – even though it took place in the roaring twenties. If you want to take a chance on a film, I recommend it.
Anyway, I recently interviewed Director Stephen Elliott and co-writer Sheridan Jobbins and they talked about adapting the material and Stephen revealed why he’s been away from making movies for so long. It ends up he was in a horrible ski accident that almost killed him. It’s a crazy story and he describes it in detail. Watch the interview after the jump:
Finally, here’s the synopsis and to watch some movie clips from “Easy Virtue”, click here.
John Whittaker, a young Englishman, falls madly in love with Larita, a sexy and glamorous American woman, and they marry impetuously. However when the couple returns to the family home, his mother Mrs. Whittaker has an instant allergic reaction to her new daughter-in-law. Larita tries her best to fit in but fails to tiptoe through the minefield laid by her mother-in-law. Larita quickly realizes Mrs. Whittaker’s game and sees that she must fight back if she’s not going to lose John. A battle of wits ensues and sparks soon fly. Mrs. Whittaker manipulates every situation to undermine her, while Larita remains frustratingly calm and engineers sassy counter attacks. Before long, Mrs. Whittaker’s manipulation starts to work on John and Larita feels their love is in danger of slipping away. In a grand finale, where the secrets from Larita’s past are revealed, she finally makes a break for freedom from the suffocating house…
Director Stephen Elliott and Sheridan Jobbins
- We talk about how it’s a period piece but it has a modern feel
- Noel Coward talk
- They talk about how they adapted the material
- Jessica Biel talk
- I ask Stephen if he ever thought he’d make a period film and would he do it again
- Stephen talks about his accident and the reason why he hasn’t made a film in years. It’s a crazy story
- Next project talk