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Stalked: Anderson talks British films and McGrath makes A Violent Act

GillianAnderson.jpgDouglas McGrath is writing and will direct the true crime story A Violent Act by Alec Wilkinson and Gillian Anderson has been talking about appearing in small budget British films such as Straightheads.


The Writer and Director of Infamous, Douglas McGrath, has revealed his next project, an adaptation of a novel by Alec Wilkinson entitled A Violent Act. It's a true crime story that follows a man who murdered his probation officer before heading on a crime spree of carjackings, robberies and murders. Eventually the man was caught by an Indian tracker.

According to his comments through Teletext, McGrath says that it's taken him a while to write the story because he wanted to do it just right. The book has been praised for the way it presents the crimes in a factual style, and they way it makes the reader feel, perhaps this is the reason that the adaptation has taken so long.


Straightheads is due out soon and I'm keen to see Gillian Anderson in the film, in the meantime she's been talking about appearing in small budget British films and how she both loves them and hates them.

"I find myself on yet another film where we constantly have to cut scenes and hurry up and shoot something before the light goes and knowing if it does go the scene gets thrown rather than picked up later because we don't have the budget. So there is part of me that says never again, but then again it's the kind of low-budget British film that I love watching, so I don't think I'll stop."

The comment comes from Timeout and shows that Anderson has developed much more than her previous X-Files persona. I still wonder why she's considering returning...oh yes, money.





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I still wonder why she's considering returning...oh yes, money.

Which is not really such a bad thing.

No it isn't, not for her. For us it's a bad thing because we want to see her in great roles.

I take it that you meant why is she returning to X-Files and it's because of the money?

See, I never had a problem with actors going that route, at the end of the day it's their day job. As long as they've done a wonderful performance why will it be an issue? A lot of these ones do not get to star in huge films and are content with tv work, which is not bad mind you but acting is still a job, and like any job you get paid for it. Handsomely sometimes, and perhaps in Anderson's case, deservedly too.

I wouldn't worry too much, Richard. The XF sequel is not very likely, anyway. Money might be a decisive factor, but not the only one in this case: I suppose the cast and crew might simply feel good aabout a reunion. Meanwhile, I'm sure Anderson will continue to impress us with interesting roles in more or less controversial films. She's getting better and better, and no amount of scathing reviews for Straightheads will change that.

I agree LT, she was great in Last King of Scotland, and despite reviews I am looking forward to seeing Straightheads. I hadn't actually seen that there were bad reviews.

So, Richard, did you get to see Straightheads in spite of the terrible reviews and Spiderman 3 invasion?

I'm afraid not LT. It had a disappointing run at my local cinemas, and by that I mean they didn't show it for long. I was going this weekend just passed and found they'd dropped it.

I'll now have to wait to see it on DVD.

Bummer. I was looking forward to your review, Richard. I wonder whether the film has a chance of being shown at least in a few European countries after the box office failure in the UK. Anyway, I'll sure be buying the DVD.

Bummer. I was looking forward to your review, Richard. I wonder whether the film has a chance of being shown at least in a few European countries after the box office failure in the UK. Anyway, I'll sure be buying the DVD.

I was looking forward to seeing it as well. I didn't realise the showing window was going to be so small.

If the studio would be kind enough to send a screener I'd happily review it. Otherwise I'll wait until the DVD release too.

You could try contacting Verve Pics at http://www.vervepics.com/straightheads.shtml. ;-) I'm fascinated by how divided the opinions are on Straightheads and I'd love to see it to make up my mind whether it is just a sloppily edited, exploitative movie or a gritty thriller that is too real to handle for the viewers. I do not trust reviews which are short and hateful, and poorly written, nor do I trust the enthusiastic opinions knowing how biased Anderson and Dyer's fans can be.

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