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Interview: Filmmaker Harry Macqueen his new drama, ‘Supernova’

Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth lead the cast of the drama.

Following the film’s premiere at this year’s LFF, director Harry Macqueen sat down to chat with us about his sophomore feature Supernova – which stars Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth as a couple going through the wringer.

Sam (Firth) and Tusker (Tucci) have been together for over 20 years; the former is a pianist about to embark on a revival tour while the latter is trying to write his latest novel. However, Tusker suffers from early on-set dementia and he’s starting to forget things. While on the road for Sam’s upcoming performance, hoping to kick his musical career back into gear, the pair make stops to see various friends and family along the way. But as Tusker starts to struggle with his memory more and more, the pair are forced to confront Tusker’s dementia head on and their relationship faces its toughest challenges yet.

This is Macqueen’s second feature following 2014’s Hinterland which dealt with similar themes and helped pave the way for Supernova. For the filmmaker, working with both Tucci and Firth this early into his career was a dream come true. Ahead of the film’s release on November 20th, the writer/director sat with us to chat about working with those titans, as well as his research into dementia, his writing process, LGBTQ representation and more.

Check out the interview below.

For as long as I can remember, I have had a real passion for movies and for writing. I'm a superhero fanboy at heart; 'The Dark Knight' and 'Days of Future Past' are a couple of my favourites. I'm a big sci-fi fan too - 'Star Wars' has been my inspiration from the start; 'Super 8' is another personal favourite, close to my heart... I love movies. All kinds of movies. Lots of them too.


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