hmv.com talks to Andy Serkis about his directorial debut, Breathe
Andy Serkis is probably best-known to most as the go-to guy for motion capture work in some of the biggest film franchises around, particularly his appearances as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings franchise and his turn as Supreme Leader Snoke in the new Star Wars films. In recent years however he's been turning his attention to directing and producing films through his production company Imaginarium Productions, and this week sees the arrival of his directorial debut on the big screen.
Breathe arrives in UK cinemas this Friday (October 27) and tells the true story of Robin Cavendish, a man stricken with polio who would become a pioneering advocate for the disabled. Born in 1930, Cavendish contracted the disease at the age of 28, leaving him paralysed from the neck down and only able to breathe with the use of a mechanical ventilator. Given the limited medical technology at the time, doctors advised him he would spend the rest of his life in a hospital bed and while Cavendish's initial reaction was one of despair, with the help of his wife Diana he pioneered a mobile ventilator and went on to become a prominent campaigner for disabled rights.
Andrew Garfield stars as Cavendish alongside a cast the includes Claire Foy, Downton Abbey's Ed Speelers and Rev star Tom Hollander. With the film arriving in on DVD shelves on Monday (February 26th, you can pre-order it now on the right-hand side of the page), we caught up with Andy to talk about his first shift in the director's chair.
Watch our interview with Andy below...