Local actress Georgina Haig stars in upcoming Australian thriller â€˜Crawlâ€™, a tense, character-driven film set in an unknown rural town where a seedy bar owner hires a hitman, the double-crossing backfires and a young woman is caught in the middle and taken hostage.
Q: Describe your character and what appeals and repels you about her? Marilyn's the innocent in the film who ends up having to make a choice about whether to lose that innocence in order to survive. The idea of an ordinary girl that everyone can relate to being put in an extraordinary situation appealed to me. It's nice when characters have contradictions, and that was the part of her that appealed to me the most.
Q: Hardest aspect of this role? It was the scene where I was gagged and bound. I spent most of the afternoon that way and it made me so angry. I had to do a lot of foot stamping to get the energy out. It's so interesting how putting your body into a stressful place affects you psychologically too. It's ridiculous because you know it's pretend but your body is going into fight or flight as though no oneâ€™s given your subconscious the memo.
Q: What do you think of the local film industry? I think it's incredibly hard to get a film made in this country, and it's a huge credit to Ben, Bryan and Paul that they got this film up privately. Australians just don't see that many Australian films, but it's also our responsibly as filmmakers, and the responsibly of the funding bodies to remember that audiences want to be entertained and people are entertained in lots of different ways.
Q: What do you want audiences to say as they leave? Hopefully they wonâ€™t say much but put their hand to their chest and feel the heart pulsing. And then forget to turn their phones back on til late - that's when I know I've been taken in by a film.
Q: Describe the film in 5 words? Unforgiving, edgy, cinematic, brittle, unrelenting.
â€˜Crawlâ€™ is screening as part of the Gold Coast Film Festival, November 25, 5pm at Australia Fair Event Cinemas. Plus the cast and crew will be attending the session to present the film.