Magazine article Screen International

John Cameron Mitchell on 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'

Magazine article Screen International

John Cameron Mitchell on 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'

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Director John Cameron Mitchell discussed making his new film How To Talk To Girls at Parties, which plays out of Competition at Cannes.

He was giving a talent talk at the UK Film Centre's Cannes Pavilion on Saturday May 20 alongside producer Howard Gertler, screenwriter Philippa Goslett and See Saw's head of production Amy Jackson.

The film is based on Neil Gaimen's short story and stars Alex Sharp as a young punk fan in 70s Croydon who falls in love with Elle Fanning's beautiful alien. Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson and Matt Lucas co-star.

Mitchell described how he landed Oscar-winner Kidman.

"We worked together on Rabbit Hole," he said. "I emailed her the story and she told me 'yes, she hadn't really played a character like this.'

"She was doing a play in the West End [Photograph 51] where she was the DNA specialist, so it worked out she could shoot with us two days after.

"She plays a Vivienne Westwood/ Malcom McLaren hybrid – we've never seen her more coarse!"

His additional cast was secured through an assortment of arrangements, including Ruth Wilson, whom he offered the role of JT Stella when he ran into her at a chiropractic appointment, and Alex Sharp, who plays love interest Enn. …

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