Karen Gillan: 'I really, really want to direct'

Karen Gillan: 'I really, really want to direct'
From BBC - February 26, 2018

Actress Karen Gillan has spoken of her behind-the-camera ambitions following the premiere of her first feature film as writer and director.

The Inverness-born star also played the lead role in The Party's Just Beginning, which debuted at the Glasgow Film Festival at the weekend.

She told BBC Scotland that her career was split between acting and directing.

"I am trying to jump between the two but I know that I really, really want to direct," she said.

Ms Gillan, 30, found fame as Amy Pond, the companion of the 11th Doctor Who, Matt Smith.

Since then she has starred in Hollywood blockbusters like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Guardians of the Galaxy.

However her latest project saw her return to her hometown to explore the issue of suicide in the Highlands.

The Party's Just Beginning is a dark but sometimes funny story about a young woman whose life goes wrong after the death of her best friend.

Ms Gillan said she was inspired to write the screenplay after discovering that suicide among young men in the Highlands was far higher than in other parts of the country.

She told BBC Scotland's arts correspondent Pauline McLean: "I was really interested to find out why that was the case and also why in this part of the world because I grew up in Inverness.

"It's just the most idyllic, beautiful, picturesque place to grow up yet there's this strange, interesting contradiction so this film is me exploring that."

She added: "For me, I wanted to take the postcard image and look beyond that so we still have the picturesque quality but we are telling a much darker tale.


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