'The Cry' star Jenna Coleman says the show's narrative was complex from "costume to continuity"
The complicated nature of the story and the characters in it makes 'The Cry' a notch above other psychological thrillers around
For Jenna Coleman, it was the complicated nature of the characters in 'The Cry' that pulled her into doing the show. Based on Helen Fitzgerald's best selling 2013 novel of the same title, the story follows Joanna, struggling with newfound motherhood as she tries to tackle the media who blame her for the terrible tragedy that has fallen upon her family.
As Joanna, the role was difficult to execute for Coleman who herself has no experience of being a mother.
During a conversation with Deadline, the former 'Doctor Who' star stated that it almost felt for Joanna that "every scene is at breaking point.”
As a new and young mother, who has no previous experience with motherhood, Joanna heavily falls into the grip of post-natal depression with no help from her husband, Alistair, played by 'Top of the Lake: China Girl' star Ewen Leslie.
Regarding the first episode which explores the establishment of Joanna and Alistair's relationship, and its eventual downfall, Coleman explained, "So much of episode one is about being a new mother in such an unflinchingly honest way but the story then takes on such a different psychological element. I also feel each episode is its own thing; the disintegration of Joanna’s psychology and then being in the camera lens of the media."
The 32-year-old actress also revealed that while in the book the ending appears as early as the first page, the show had to revolve around what happens in between in order to develop the characters and make them more relatable. Her statement was supported by Synchronicity Films’ founder and creative director Claire Mundell, who executive produced the series.
After writer Jacquelin Perske adapted the show and developed it for over four years, Mundell explained, "We spent a lot of time talking about what is the order of this story because we need to take the audience on a journey; we need to get to know these characters, understand them and find out how they came together but then it’s a thriller and it’s all about what you reveal and when."
The mini-series, coming from 'Peaky Blinders' producer Brian Kaczynski, has been directed by Jeremy Herrin who considers that the very complicated nature of the story and the characters are what makes the show sans pareil. In the same interview as Coleman, Herrin exclaimed, "It’s far enough away not to feel the fear. I’ve been looking for a while for the right [stage] part and it’s such an ensemble thing. It’s playing within veneer; it’s all coded. It’s something that is presented with so much simmering underneath and that will be really interesting to explore.”
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'The Cry' has completed its run on BBC 1 since its launch in the UK on September 30 and is set to debut on Sundance Now on November 8, 2018.