Award-winning actor Sarah Peirse is best known for her portrayals of two very different mothers — the ill-fated Honorah Rieper in Heavenly Creatures, and the disaffected sophisticate in Rain. Peirse’s first film was the 80s short Queen Street, followed by tele-feature A Woman of Good Character (aka It's Lizzie to those Close). More recently, she has appeared in tele-movies Bliss: The Beginning of Katherine Mansfield and Aftershock.
In this ScreenTalk, Peirse talks about:
- The intense acting journey in A Woman of Good Character
- Playing the gloriously named Vivienne Wallop in Sylvia
- Being heavily pregnant on the set of The Navigator
- Her experience of working with director Vincent Ward
- Being told not to watch Peter Jackson’s previous films prior to working with him on Heavenly Creatures
- Dreaming about the character she played in the film
- Finding the story in the feature film Rain compelling
- Perspectives on her character’s grief and self-destruction
- Playing a 'constrained and compromised' mother in Bliss: The Beginning of Katherine Mansfield
- Not knowing whether or not her work on the The Hobbit films would make the final cut
- Feeling blessed to have been able to do roles integral to many films
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside