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Terence Davies casts former model in 'Sunset Song'

Terence Davies casts former model in 'Sunset Song'
By Euronews

Adapted from the classic novel of the same name by Scottish author Lewis Grassic Gibbon, ‘Sunset Song’ is the story of a farming family in rural Scotland, whose lives are torn apart by tragedy at the start of World War I.

Model-turned-actress Agyness Deyn takes on the lead role of the teenage daughter, with Peter Mullen playing her violent, repressive father.

“The first time I read it, I read it in a hotel room after kind of windelling it out of the casting directors to let me read it,” explained Deyn. “And I was just so moved, I remember crying, I was in a hotel room reading it and when something moves me, it’s so meaningful. So yeah, I thought I have figure out how I can play this woman.”

Shooting took place in New Zealand and Scotland in harsh climatic conditions, and acclaimed British director Terence Davies paid homage to his team: “It was hard in Scotland, because it was very cold, it rained a lot. There were one of two days where it wasn’t too bad, but it was misery for everybody and they were absolute troopers – they never minded being doused with water and all that.”

The film has garnered mixed reviews ranging from a tour de force of drama, composition and colour to a heartbreaking disappointment.

‘Sunset Song’ is out this month in the UK and Ireland.