After an extremely successful festival run that wowed both critics and audiences alike, including us (review), writer/director Ben Young’s feature debut releases today. A tough, but profoundly powerful watch, Hounds of Love is a film not to be missed. It’s an incredible film from every aspect; one that stays with you long after the credits role, which is a testament to everyone involved with the film.
In celebration of release, we sat down with actress Ashleigh Cummings, who plays Vicki Maloney, the unsuspecting teen that unwittingly finds herself the latest victim of serial killer couple Evelyn (Emma Booth) and John White (Stephen Curry).
Keeping the discussion spoiler free, we chat about how she approached the heavy subject matter, what’s been most surprising about the project, and more.
How did you get involved with this project?
There’s a lot of trust that I imagine has to be involved in a film with such heavy subject matter. Not just between the actor and director, but between the other actors as well. How did you go about building that trust?
Was there ever a moment where you did need a break?
Speaking of your family and friends, how have they responded to seeing you in this film?
That’s understandable! It’s a very tough watch, but extremely powerful. I loved that Vicki demonstrated a perfect balance of strength and vulnerability; how much was in the script and how much of her character was what you brought to the table?
Was there an added pressure to your approach considering this is based on a true story?
I think you all definitely succeeded in giving it your all. What has been the biggest surprise from this entire experience for you?