Tamara Drewe from comic strip to screenplay

2022-03-30 08:01
Percy Simmonds' comic strip was first serialized in The Guardian, but it wasn't until it was published as a book that producer Allison Owen had the idea to make it into a movie. "I've always followed and loved Percy's work, but I didn't realize its potential until her publisher put it into a book, and it's going to be a great movie.” He then hit it off with BBC Studios creative director Christine Langan, who agreed to make it into a movie.
Despite the irresistible appeal of the character of Tamara Drew Blyth Barrymore, it was the film's script that attracted director Stephen Frears. He talked about the ecstatic mood he felt when he received the script. "I was on a plane to New York City when Kristen said I had something for me, and when I opened the envelope on the plane, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. The script made me laugh for a long time, the subject matter was very Novel, because comics are usually superman or superhero themes, and this comic is about familiar things that happen around you. I've never done a movie of that type."
The original book of the movie is a comic, which is equivalent to a ready-made storyboard with pictures and texts. This is both a selling point and a challenge. Whether it is a restriction or a freedom for the film crew, everyone has a different opinion. Stephen considers adapting a comic to be quite free, as he can almost do what he wants, and the original author's elaboration is only used as a reference. The most important thing for the entire film crew is that they are not limited by the need to be too faithful to the comic itself. Costume designer Consolata Boyle said, "The reason you go back to the original is because you can find something better in it, but obviously you also need space for interpretation because you're working with actors." Producer Ellison Owen has his own unique insights, he said: "Actually, some actors act the same as in Percy's comics, and some are completely different, so people will have a thinking process, and we like this kind of actor's performance. Momentum, but they're not like in the comics at all, does that matter? Isn't it more important to capture the essence of it? Can we imagine this character in a new way, after all, they still have comics The spirit of the characters in the comics?" Therefore, in order to give the audience more room for imagination, the film crew did not follow the plot of the original book, but the match between the actors and the characters in the comics was surprisingly consistent.
Luke Evans, who plays Andy Thompson (Andy), said that the first time he read a comic, he was able to give himself the right seat. "It's so weird, all the actors feel the same way, the characters we play have a certain level of expression in themselves, it's amazing, so talented, it's quite different to be able to pick actors who are very precise in their roles. It's easy." Tamsin Gregg thinks the novel itself is very helpful to him, "It's like watching a 3D movie, you can enter the character from multiple different angles." Gemma has a deeper understanding of her character. , she believes, "Tamara's life is turbulent and exciting, all because of her nose, and it's the focus of the entire film. Tamara's lack of security is exactly what girls face today, to integrate into society, to be beautiful. , to succeed, etc., to get what they want at all costs. They want to be loved, but they have to make mistakes to find true love.”
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Tamara Drewe quotes

  • Glen McCreavy: Wow, this is a great old house.

    Tamara Drewe: Thanks. Do you want to buy it?

    Glen McCreavy: I'm not the property owning type. No, I prefer my life to fit in hand luggage.

  • Andy Cobb: That why you're home, to flog it?

    Tamara Drewe: Yep.

    Andy Cobb: Make a nice second home for some banker wankers.

    Tamara Drewe: Look Andy, if you want it, why don't you just make me an offer?

    Andy Cobb: Because, sadly, I'm still prey to the economic forces that threw the peasant classes off the land.

    Tamara Drewe: Unlucky.

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