BAFTA nominated actress Kierston Wareing goes back to her roots in the gritty feature A Hundred Streets alongside Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton, Charlie Creed-Miles, Franz Drameh, Tom Cullen and Ken Stott. Jim O’Hanlon directs the multi-stranded drama, which tells 4 stories of a group of people who live within one square mile of each other in London.
A layered and gripping drama, it takes a fresh look at the vibrant and compelling life of a group of individuals in contemporary London – destination capital of the world. A Hundred Streets intersect the film’s setting. Chelsea is just down the road from high-rise estates, riverside opulence contrasts with the day-to-day grind. It’s in these streets that the characters face defining moments, major choices and fundamental change in their separate lives, as they negotiate their paths through life, paths that often interweave through our hundred streets.
We spoke to Kierston about the film.
How did you get involved in this project? Sounds interesting.
I was sent for an audition and fortunate enough to get the job.
What interested you about taking on your character Kathy?
The thing that interested me about the project was the script, the director and the cast that was attached. It was also nice to portray a normal person, opposed to some of the other characters I play, with many issues.
Can you discuss your inspiration for your portrayal?
Kathy is a nurse I didn’t feel the need to research this, as you only know about her job through one or two scenes, because of her uniform. No medical terms were used in the script, the only thing I did was to listen to the director’s notes. Jim wanted it to come across that I loved my husband and I fully supported him, so in each scene I always had this in the back of my mind.
Was there space for collaboration and to develop the character in the way that you wanted to take it?
I was just happy to listen to the Director, as the writing was there on the page and deliver what was in front of me.
The cast is great. What are the advantages and disadvantages of working with an ensemble cast?
Advantages – When working with a great cast there is always a very good chance the final result will turn out well. It’s great to work opposite a great actor, in this case Charlie Creed Miles. I always feel like acting is like a game of tennis, you kind of bounce of each other.
Disadvantages – I don’t thing there were any, as you can’t go wrong with a good cast.
What do you think A Hundred Streets is all about?
My perceptive is it shows that in all walks of life, people have their own have their own problems or issues.
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