Set against a backdrop of impending catastrophe in the early 20th century, Parade’s End (airing on HBO from February 26th through 28th) tells the story of English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch), who is trapped in a marriage to an unfaithful wife while being torn over his unspoken love for a fearless, young suffragette. Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) is a callous socialite who has given birth to a child that may not be his while Valentine Wannop (Adelaide Clemens) is a fearless young woman who unexpectedly turns Christopher’s world upside down. As the First World War breaks out across Europe, Christopher struggles to adapt to his new life as an army officer and attempts to hold onto sanity and meaning, as the old world order collapses amidst tremendous upheaval, marking the end of Edwardian ideals and bridging the gap between feudal England and the dawn of modernism.
During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, director Susanna White talked about how she came to direct this five-part mini-series, whether her work on HBO’s Generation Kill helped prepare her for the epic undertaking, the challenges of centering the story around a character who really keeps his emotions inside and still getting audiences to fall in love with him, why she wanted Benedict Cumberbatch for the lead role, having two multi-faceted and complicated female characters, the logistics of shooting the battle sequences, shooting the film on digital, and breathing a sigh of relief once it was all put together and done. Check out what she had to say after the jump.