Saoirse and Ian McEwan have given an interview to The Times! You need to register to their website in order to read everything, but we have a snippet below. A new picture has been released with it, and we’ve added it to our gallery (you can view it here).
The actress and the novelist, it quickly becomes clear, are each other’s best audiences. Saoirse Ronan tells Ian McEwan that when reading his novels she is always struck by his “incredible understanding of the mind of a woman”. McEwan, for his part, says she has “a wonderful ability” to convey what his characters are thinking without even speaking.
Having embraced delightedly, the pair are in a Soho hotel room talking about his new adaptation of his 2007 novel On Chesil Beach, in which she stars. They have known each since Saoirse (pronounced “Sursha”) played Briony in the film of his Atonement in 2007. She was just 13 yet was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar.
Whoever thought Saoirse would rest after awards season couldn’t be more wrong! The first interview for the ‘On Chesil Beach‘ press is out and in it you can see Saoirse and author Ian McEwan discussing the making of the movie as well as other points. Watch the video below:
Vanity Fair recently had a feature on ‘On Chesil Beach’ along with a new portrait of Saoirse and Billy Howle. You can view it right in our gallery.
With On Chesil Beach, which will be in theaters next month, Saoirse Ronan sustains an unbroken streak of acting excellence that has encompassed The Grand Budapest Hotel, Brooklyn, and Lady Bird. The film is set in the narrowest sliver of historical time, the immediately pre-youthquake Britain of 1962, when, as Ian McEwan writes in the novella upon which the movie is based, “to be young was a social encumbrance . . . a faintly embarrassing condition for which marriage was the beginning of a cure.”
But the picture, directed by Dominic Cooke and co-starring Billy Howle, is tender toward its virginal newlywed protagonists rather than mocking and mean. “Satire creates distance. I wanted the reader, and now the viewer, to get right up close to them,” says McEwan, who handled the screenplay adaptation himself.
In bearing and appearance—”certainly beautiful, but in a sculpted, strong-boned way,” as the book has it—Ronan is uncannily right for the role of Florence Ponting, the violinist who takes the hand (but not willingly much else) of her groom, Edward Mayhew. “The physicality of Florence is so important, because there is so much that isn’t said,” Ronan explains. “And Ian writes with such love and understanding. I don’t think there are many films that have tackled this subject this way. Usually, it’s either a caricature, like American Pie, or overly sentimental.”
New promotional stills of Saoirse and Billy Howle in “On Chesil Beach” have been released! We have uploaded them to our photo gallery. The film premiered during the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and is currently set for a wider release in countries like Ireland, England and the United States on May 18, 2018.