Magazine article Screen International

Alice Lowe on 'Prevenge': "It's One Individual's Insane Perspective"

Magazine article Screen International

Alice Lowe on 'Prevenge': "It's One Individual's Insane Perspective"

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Don't go trying to compare Alice Lowe's Prevenge to anything you've seen before. You won't have any luck.

"I had a penny dropping moment where I realised it was an artisanal piece, it's like a weird, sort-of, handmade pot," Lowe explains of her feature directorial debut.

"It's not even, it's wonky, it's weird, but that's what makes it interesting. "Everything that compliments it, including the music, needs to have that same feeling. It's one individual's insane perspective.

"Nothing about it is normal or average, every part of it is strange."

Produced by Vaughan Sivell, Jen Handorf and Will Kane, for Western Edge Pictures, Prevenge will receive its world premiere as the opening film of Venice Critics' Week and stars Lowe as a pregnant woman on a killing spree, targeting individuals from different walks of life while her motivation is gradually revealed.

SECOND BABY

Fittingly, you could almost describe Prevenge as a second baby for Lowe, who was seven-and-a-half months pregnant when the shoot started on the film last October.

But shooting while pregnant was not as much of an issue as expected, helped by the fact that Lowe wrote the script and knew "what my limitations were".

"I don't know whether it was hormones or whatever, but I really enjoyed the shoot, it wasn't stressful at all," she recalls.

"It gives you a bit of perspective when you're pregnant because the worst that could happen was that we didn't get the film made. I had bigger things going on, which made me really enjoy and appreciate the shoot."

COMPLETE CREATIVE FREEDOM

The smoothness of production was also helped by the fact that the film was privately financed, by Western Edge Pictures/Gennaker, meaning that Lowe had "complete creative freedom".

Having given birth to her baby daughter over the Christmas period, Lowe worked on the edit from January to July, which turned out to be a completely different learning curve for the Sightseers co-writer and star. …

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