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Interview – Simon Hunter – ‘Edie’ – A Feature Film


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Interview – Simon Hunter

Following a successful festival run, Director Simon Hunter and Producer Mark Stothert’s Edie will receive a welcome cinematic release. Filmed by stunning Scottish mountains the film is as beautiful as it is inspirational, with a breath taking score created by the award-winning composer Debbie Wiseman. Edie stars BAFTA nominee Sheila Hancock (The Boy in Striped Pyjamas), Kevin Guthree (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Amy Franson (Torchwood) and Paul Brannigan (Love/Hate).

At the tender age of eighty three, a gruff old woman (Sheila Hancock) sets out to try and capture a little of the magic she had as a young girl. The story is a tale of triumph over adversity as Edie embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.

Director Simon Hunter made his first film at the tender age of 7 and went on to make nearly fifty films.  At 18 Hunter made his first documentary in Central Africa Zaire, an African River Journey and his graduation film Click garnered several awards. His first feature Lighthouse had an impressive budget and was praised by the New York Post. Whilst directing commercials Simon created his second feature, a sci-fi movie called Mutant Chronicles and then Edie, a passion project of Hunter that tells the tale of an old lady heads to Scotland to climb a mountain.

Interview - Simon Hunter


To begin with, tell us about your latest film ‘Edie’, what is it about?

Edie tells the tale of an elderly lady who after a bitter and miserable life decides to head off to Scotland to climb an enormous and beautiful mountain.

How did you get involved with the film? Where did the idea come from?

I was involved from the beginning. The idea came from the location. I wanted to tell a tale about this mountain which I have climbed many times. The question was always, who would climb this mountain? … and that slowly changed into who would be the least likely person to climb this mountain?

Tell us about the cast, who is starring?

Sheila Hancock plays EDIE In the stand out performance of her career. When I first met her she asked me, “Do I have to climb the mountain for real?” I looked at my feet and then slowly said, “well yes Shelia, you do.” She then spent four months in the gym and nordic walking in Richmond park. Climbing the mountain was an epic accomplishment for Sheila, it involves a fourteen kilometre walk in and then a four hour hands and knees scramble to the top. This was after two heavy weeks of shooting six days a week and in rain, wind and hot sunshine. Sheila was 83 years old when she made Edie, a stunning achievement.

When and where can we expect to see ‘Edie’?

It opens nationwide in the UK from May 25th.

What are your influences as a filmmaker?

I have tried to put a little of Michael Powell’s spirit into the movie. He always had a sense of the larger world in play in his movies. His films had the feeling of the larger and more magical in play, a spiritual feeling that showed us all how small we were in this magical and bewildering universe.

What is the next step for you? Do you have any other films or projects in production?

I am working on a number of projects but all in early stages.


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