Tribeca 2009: Accidents Happen Round Table Rap
by Annie Vinton
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The Accidents Happen round Table was held in an intimate (read: small) space at the press office at 11th and University. Although I’m more interested in the one-on-one exclusive interviews, I realize the value of these. First of all, usually there are multiple cast members or those involved in the project on hand for it; and secondly, some other journalist, much more brilliant than me may pose a question on a perspective of the film or processes that maybe I hadn’t thought of yet.
I screened the movie just prior to the Round Table and when doing my research, so that I would sound somewhat intelligent, I’d read that it came from Australian filmmaker Andrew Lancaster. When I was watching the movie, there was a few times I thought I heard an Australian accident slip into a word or two, but the otherwise, the almost one hundred percent Australian cast (Geena Davis was the only American actor) did a phenomenal job with their American accents and many kudos to their dialogue coaches as well.
I was looking forward to the Round Table not only to probe the cast about the movie, but more so elated to hear the Aussie’s speak, taking me back to my days Down Under living in Perth.
The Round Table participants:
The whole group arrived at the Round Table right on time and along with six or seven journalists, I spent about thirty five minutes with them. The cast was extremely light hearted, funny and just plain nice and it was clear there was real camaraderie amongst them. I’m convinced we’ll be seeing a lot more of the young Australian actors and I can then say, “I met them when…”
Hope these excerpts and insights are as enjoyable for you as they were for me:
Davis on what it was like to film in Australia:
Lancaster on how/why Davis cast in the lead role:
Davis on if she’s been in any traumatic accidents or been witness to any:
Lancaster on why he chose to make the film in Australia?
To that end, someone asked him about how difficult it was to bring in American cars from the 1970’s and 80’s. Surprisingly he said there were plenty of resources and he found many locals who were fascinated with cars from that era and made the process extremely easy for him.
Carbee on if the script inspired by any accidents you experienced or witnessed?
Incidentally, while he was giving this answer, the cast members at the Round Table, in particular Davis, looked at him stunned. They’d had no idea!
Davis on why she took this role and why we haven’t seen her in Indie roles:
Davis on her character:
Lancaster and Carbee with some thoughts about the story and characters in the film:
And that’s a “wrap” on the Accidents Happen Round Table Rap…
Yes, theFestival’s coming to a close this weekend, but there’s still some reporting to be done…coverage continues…
Annie Vinton Annie Vinton is a freelance writer and film critic living in NYC. You can read more about her and her writing at her blog here.
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