With the character of Ginny Weasley having more and more screen time as Harry Potter evolved into a global phenomenon, Supa-Star Bonnie Wright found herself spending a lot more time on set, something she used to her advantage and still benefits from today.
Stopping by Supanova TV in Brisbane, Wright gave us some insight into her path to a director.
“I don’t think there was ever a moment when the pin dropped and suddenly it was an obvious choice or transition that was finite and clear,” Wright told Supanova TV host Quinny.
“Obviously, during the process of making [Harry Potter], I really got the chance to observe and learn and watch how a film is made on the biggest end of the spectrum of filmmaking.
“You’re witnessing these people at the top of their field in terms of their craft, so I think from the experience of Harry Potter, I really was inspired by just the level of detail, craftsmanship and artistry that goes into filmmaking. That curiosity led me to think about how I would do it if I were in different positions on a film set because you had so much time to watch it being operated.
“It came really from curiosity and then I guess in the last few years of school, my subjects were all pretty much art-based. I thought I may as well go to film school; it wasn’t even like, ‘That’s the only thing I want to do,’ it just felt like the obvious choice. It took a while after I graduated to really take ownership over wanting to be a director. I think it’s quite a big thing to chew off and say you’re going to be that.”
Her directorial debut, 2012’s Separate We Come, Separate We Go, is still one of her favourite pieces of work to date.
“My first short film was my graduation piece at the end of my last year at university, and it’s funny because it’s still a film I love the most out of all of my work. It just feels very honest and true and it’s within a landscape that I know really well. It was shot at a place I went to every weekend as a child, so I was familiar with it and it was kind of my reaction to the landscape and what it’s offered me, but then the character gets that same sort of cathartic experience out of the landscape.”
Wright is currently eyeing off her first feature film, which she hopes will enter production next year for a 2020 release.
“It’s basically a thriller/horror movie that uses the monster story to represent pollution, so humans are being haunted by the cause and effect of [pollution].”
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Lead image: Bonnie Wright at Supanova Adelaide. Pic by Ryan Anderson