Published: July 4, 2020 3:24:48 pm
For author David Farr, the basic idea behind creating Hannah, a series that she says empowers women, was the lack of female existential heroes in cinema.
The writer, who adapted Joe Wright’s 2011 film Hannah into an original series for Amazon Prime Video, said the films have never progressed beyond the Lycra-clad female killers.
“Some creators have seen the character of female killers with a male eye. So they would be sexy killers wearing lycra. This is a symptom of the fact that cinema has lost confidence in writing, ”Farr told PTI in a zoom roundtable with international journalists.
“Most writers are now moving to television, where the writer has charge. The story is long. It almost becomes a novel. The cinema is now caught up with three-line ideas. It feels like they are written on the back of a cigarette packet. The sexy girl in Ra Lycra does this… ‘And that’s it, it’s not strong. ” He added.
Farr said that unless producers consider writers to be an important voice in filmmaking, the industry does not grow above big-budget tampole films.
“I believe that cinema needs to engage more with writers and respect them. There is no reason to write for cinema (now). A writer has no incentive to write for cinema. Until the cinema removes it, there will be only tentpole films. “
Most famous for his work in the series The Night Manager, Farr co-wrote Hannah with Seth Lohched. The writer said that he decided to turn the film into a web series to give his voice to the characters.
“The film has a male point of view. I wanted to make sure that the series spoke through female characters and gave them voice. The series format gave me an opportunity to explore these female characters better. “
In the first season of the Henna series, Esme Creed-Miles, which stars as the titular character, premiered on Amazon Prime Video last year and the Seafourm season debuted on the platform from Friday.
The initial story centered on Hannah being parked in a remote forest by her adoptive father, Eric (Joel Kinnan), as she reveals that she was born in a facility owned by Utrax – the purpose of raising a genetically modified female. A secret operation from. Assassins.
In the latest installment, she attends The Meadows, a boarding school-type facility for trainee teenage killers, led by John Carmichael of Dermot Mulroney.
The British writer said with Hanna, he wanted to create a character that young women could relate to.
“(We are) giving powers to the murderer at the age of 15 and at the same time, it is a coming-of-age story as Hanna tries to trace her life. These are powerful ideas and I felt that young women could identify with the story. “
Farr, 51, said he ensured that both seasons featured female directors of Yugla Hawksdottir, Eva Husson and Sarah Adina Smith.
“We have leading female directors in both seasons. Women are part of our writing team. We have tried in a very organic way to allow their empowerment. I don’t see ‘Hannah’ as a simplified empowerment model, she is not.
“He is a deeply flawed and messed up person. But at the same time, he is remarkable and amazing. I always love the idea of existential heroes, the idea of a lonely person fighting against a power structure, ”he said.
In Hanna season two, actor Mireille Enos also reprized her role as Marissa Weigler and flibag actor Anthony Welsh as Leo Garner, Carmichael’s right-hand man. Gianna Kiehl, Aine Rose Daly and Yasmin Monet Prince are in supporting parts.
Farrar, who is awaiting a response to the latest season, said he has an idea for a third run, but believes that “nothing is certain in the world we’re living in”.
“This is not an endless story for me. I’m glad I had to do a second season out. It was very encouraging. There is a third function in my head, but I cannot say further than that.
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