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Alice Lowe: There was a little debate about whether I was going to wear a wig or not.
Thank God, I didn’t wear a wig. It would’ve been a disaster.
Ben wanted me to have long hair in it, for some reason. I was like ‘I’m not bothered’ – I’d rather look like a normal person.
Ben Wheatley: Because I wanted it to blow in the wind, because that always looks good.
Alice Lowe: Those early days in the house felt like a filmed rehearsal. Let’s find out who the characters are within this environment.
I think the whole exercise – we had three days, which for a location is a long time, that’s like forever.
In three days you can get so much stuff, but I think it was letting the characters settle in, letting us relax giving Ben the performance that he likes.
I think, to an extent, all filmmakers like that because you start the first day going ‘Oh my god! Oh my god!’ You can’t maintain that level of neurosis.
Ben Wheatley: All of Down Terrace was in a house like that.
And the first few days of Kill List was exactly the same as well.
It’s a really good way to start because you can shoot really fast and you get lots of stuff done and then everyone gets to know what the pace is rather than starting with some difficult effects thing.
Steve Oram: It was nerve-wracking when we first walked into the house.
Everything was set up to make us feel right as performers. The whole house was decked out in every room.
People had invested a lot of faith in Alice and me because we’re not movie stars and no-one knew who we were and they’ve allowed us to be the leads in this film.
That put pressure on us, but that validation of our work was brilliant.
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