13 April 2015 at 4.17pm | Comment on this article
The film follows three solitary women over the course of one evening, all played by Ruth Wilson, who won the Golden Globe Best Actress award for her performance in The Affair earlier this year. It features a performance by Royal Ballet First Artist Romany Pajdak, choreographed by Royal Ballet Soloist Kristen McNally.
‘One of Ruth’s characters is a girl who is trapped by the expectations of her upbringing. Her life is a mundane routine, but there’s a hunger within her for something more,’ explains Alex.
However, the character escapes the monotony of her existence by exploring a fantastical world in her imagination.
‘Tobias and I asked Kristen to find a physical language that would draw Ruth’s character into this world of sensuality and release her from the shackles of her day-to-day life’, explains Alex. ‘Pairing Ruth with Romany was fantastic, as each brought something out of the other: Romany really helped Ruth to explore the subtleties of movement, while Ruth drew a very naturalistic and detailed performance from Romany.’
The three characters in the film were inspired by three poems - W.H.Auden’s If I Could Tell You, Robert Frost’s Acquainted With The Night and Leonard Cohen’s The Faithless Wife. British writers - all rising stars of stage and screen - Polly Stenham, Michael Lesslie and Anya Reiss then drew on the original poems to create a voiceover for their characters.
‘Eleanor is about dealing with loss and isolation in a big city’, says Alex. ‘Even so, it’s not a depressing film as the human element remains strong. It is incredible the way Ruth conveys the subtle differences between the women, but also finds a union between them. There is something amazingly uplifting in how it reinforces the humanity within us all.’
With one screen allotted to each character, the film is designed to be an immersive experience.
‘The three-screen interplay allows us to play scenes from different angles and explore interactions within the film. Every time you watch it, you see something different.’
Eleanor will be screened at Soho Revue from 15 April until 12 May 2015.