Emily Beecham opens up about making hit drama Little Joe
Emily Beecham has opened up about the making of new psychological sci-fi drama, Little Joe.
Beecham plays Alice, a single mother and senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species.
Recently, Alice has made a breakthrough, a special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value: if kept at the ideal temperature, fed properly and spoken to regularly, this plant makes its owner happy.
Against company policy, Alice takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. They christen it ‘Little Joe'.
Sadly, as time goes on, they come to see that the plant's side effects may not be worth the benefits...
Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor, David Wilmot, Phénix Brossard, Sebastian Hülk and Lindsay Duncan co-star alongside Beecham.
Austrian director Jessica Hausner, who oversaw acclaimed drama Amour Fou, writes and directs this one.
Speaking to hmv.com about the movie, Beecham opened up about the different ways people can read the film.
She said: "It's a super unusual film and there's no one way to explain it. It's a psychological film, but there's a lot of science in there too. You spend the whole film wondering if it could all be in the character's head. Alice goes down a rabbit hole. She's really cerebral, but also very paranoid. It's got a lot of topical modern themes."
She added that the film's shoot was an unusual one, saying: "It was a giant plant house in Vienna. It was the ideal set. Normally when you make a film, you wake up at 5am and you go to a dark warehouse with fake lights. This was blazing sunlight and so hot. We were dripping under our lab coats and gloves. Vienna was a great place though, such a brilliant environment."
Little Joe is released into UK cinemas today (February 21st) and is available to pre-order on DVD here in hmv's online store.
Emily Beecham was speaking on hmv's My Inspiration Podcast. The episode will be released in full in the coming weeks.