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Thursday 18 December 2014

Eccleston: A need for mature films

Christopher Eccleston said Song For Marion was about performance, not special effects
Christopher Eccleston said Song For Marion was about performance, not special effects

Christopher Eccleston has revealed he hopes filmmakers start aiming more projects at mature audiences.

The Doctor Who actor recently starred in the movie Song For Marion - about a terminally ill woman (Vanessa Redgrave) and her husband (Terence Stamp), who must come to terms with her imminent death - and admitted he hopes it is part of a growing trend in the industry.

Christopher, who plays the couple's son, said: "The industry is missing a trick if it doesn't exploit what is undoubtedly a growing market. Culturally it's very, very depressing when everything is about 'youth' and 'physical beauty'."

The 49-year-old added: "To quote The Smiths, it says nothing to me about my life..."

The actor said it was great shooting the London-set film in the UK.

"We found great locations, expertise and personnel in Newcastle and Durham," he explained.

"The spirit of the places infuses the film. As for the difference between low budget and high budget, it's a general rule of life, never mind the film industry, that people behave better the less money and power is around to be 'had'."

Talking about why he joined the film, he said: "It was a good role; they were paying me; the film was about performance rather than special effects, and I've always been interested in the father/son dynamic."

:: Christopher Eccleston stars in Song For Marion, released on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday June 24.

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