Gavin Fowler talks about his starring role as Zac in new British feature film DELIGHT.
DELIGHT is the second film in Gareth Jones's "Desire" trilogy, screening from 20-25 June at Chapter, Cardiff following festival screenings including WOW at Aberystwyth and the Arts Picturehouse as part of the 33rd Cambridge Film Festival. Its world première was at Moscow IFF in June 2013, where the film was nominated for the Golden St. George.
Starring Jeanne Balibar (Va Savoir, The Duchess of Langeais, Ne Change Rien, At Ellen's Age) in her first leading role in a British film, Tim Dutton (The Rendezvous, The Bourne Identity, Tom and Viv) and introducing Gavin Fowler (Nominated for the Ian Charleson Theatre Awards 2014), DELIGHT tells the story of a female war photographer who comes to terms with her buried trauma through a relationship with the son of a former lover and comrade-in-arms.
Building on the intimate, intense style established in his previous film - DESIRE - Nominated Best UK Film, Raindance 2009 - Jones now broadens his canvas to look at the human cost of war reportage and the interplay between landscape, memory and truth-telling.
Jones' story was partly inspired by the experience of his war correspondent father Ivor Jones, who retired to the village where the production was based, but for whom inner peace was always elusive. He says:
"DELIGHT is a war film without violence, about scars hardening on the inside. The journalist as hero - or antihero - is a trope of our times; I wanted to push that theme, to see how cinema could address the price of bearing witness, particularly for an audience steeped in visual consumption, for whom suffering can easily become unconscious entertainment."
Shot by DESIRE Director of Photography Alex Ryle on the Red Scarlet at rural locations near to Jones' own Welsh home, DELIGHT performed the logistical somersault of mounting a major international feature film in a remote and unspoilt corner of Wales with a majority local crew and cast.