William Moseley leads our Take You With Me film, written and directed by Sally A. Edwards and Sarah J. Edwards. Narrated by Public Enemy's Chuck D and introducing Chelsea Edge.
We first talked about working together years ago and finally made it happen, thank you! What were your initial thoughts on the Take You With Me concept/story when we presented it to you?
"I thought the concept for Take You With Me was very cool. The idea of the white t-shirt is an iconic symbol really dating back from the 50's where we saw James Dean famously grace the screen in Rebel Without A Cause. From then on people have romanticised the idea of the blue jeans and white shirt: the all American look. It is a symbol of freedom, the open road and a chance to break from the suits of society. That is really what interested me and why I trusted Sarah and Sally. Their taste is alway impeccable so I knew we would have something pretty great on our hands.”
What was it like working with Chelsea Edge who is brand new?
"Working with Chelsea was great, she has a bright future ahead of her. It's fun to work with someone who knows who they are and knows what they have. It inherently means they don't have to work hard on screen and that ease plays really well. I am looking forward to seeing what she tackles in the next couple of years.”
How did you find working with Sally and Sarah?
"Sarah and Sally work in perfect synchronicity. They have a brilliant vision within BLAG and brought that to the film. There is a calm about them that puts you at ease and allows you to just do the job you have been asked to do. I hope I can work with them many more times in the future.”
How would you describe their Directing and Writing?
"Their writing is innovative and thought provoking. I loved the voice over they wrote for Chuck D, who delivered his lines with a resonance that really makes you stop and listen. The writing had a unique and inspired angle contrasting the onscreen relationship of the characters. Their directing was specific and clear and I knew exactly what we were aiming for at all times. There were a few shots that weren't in the final cut which also were beautifully framed. Sarah and Sally did a wonderful job.”
The film is narrated by Chuck D. It's had such great feedback. He's a legend in not only music but culture and his voice is the second most sampled after James Brown. What influence has he had on you and how do you feel about the story being told by him?
"I feel so lucky to have Chuck D work on something with me. He is one of the all time great MC's and also very politically active. His lyrics have spoken to people since the mid eighties up until now. I really liked his new song, No Sympathy From the Devil, it has so much strength and power in it. He is a musical genius and a true legend. It is a great honour to be working with him.
And what is next for you?
"I just finished a film in New York, a coming of age story with Bel Powley. It's cool indie and a script I loved. The third season of The Royals has been picked up which is fantastic so I will be coming back to London this summer."
A little love story
Written & Directed by Sally A. Edwards & Sarah J. Edwards Narrated by Chuck D Starring William Moseley Introducing Chelsea Edge
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