These are artist approved production stills supplied by Heyday Films, with kind permission for this portfolio use. Process and reference photos by Christine Allsopp. The photo of Michael Jibson is reproduced with his kind permission.
Producers: David Heyman and Norma Heyman
"I have nothing but wonderful things to say about you so please feel free to have anyone contact me or Rosie in support. Nobody has been in touch to date, but I am happy to speak to anyone who does." All the best, David
Executive Producer: Rosie Alison
Director: James Kent
Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Olivia Colman, Sophie Turner, Antonia Clarke, Madeleine Power, Emily Beecham, Stephen Macintosh, Tom Goodman Hill, Janet Amsden, Alexandra Roach, Robert Pugh and Lizzie Hopley.
Credit: Hair and Make-up Designer
This production was another visual feast to create. The main challenge was to achieve a family of redheads from a cast with very different colours of hair. It required I fly to New York to take Vanessa's head shape for a wig to be made. I also spent a day at Daniel Galvin with Head Colourist, Liz Edmonds (see photo's below). She coloured Sophie's and Antonia's hair, 2 real hair, 2 lace fronted doubles wigs and yards of wefts I'd assembled so that we could get a good through line for the hair colour which was so essential to this piece. It was a memorable and most enjoyable day.
Janet's role required a subtle character arch of mental decline which was mostly suggested by her hair becoming more awry and a little distressing with make-up. Compare the picture above and below.
Robert didn't require much, a little stubble to rough him up a bit - but interestingly - when his character was killed I offered to make a 'pool of blood' that wouldn't damage the limestone steps on the location - so that James Kent, the director could have his pool of blood seeping from Robert's head. More detail below.
Tom is naturally a red head and wouldn't you believe it, for the narrative, his natural hair colour hinted at a connection to the family which was not wanted - so we had to lose the redness. Instead of dying it darker, it was sprayed blonder to tone down the red, which suited Tom better.
Emily's role as the mother of the twins placed her in the 1940's. As a free spirt her hair was of the period but let to be awry and soft as she was vulnerable. Her make-up was subtly period, she was not a character who would wear much and old, healed 'self-harming' scars were required, which she allowed her brother to inflict upon her.
"The stand out Christmas drama of 2013"
"The biggest treat of the Christmas season"
"Amazing... Extraordinary and terrifying"
"James Kent's direction is spine chillingly atmospheric...superb"
"The Thirteenth Tale comes with an impeccable pedigree and an impressively creepy atmosphere....Redgrave extracts every last drop of drama"
The Sunday Times
“James Kent is a director experienced in delivering suspense (with‘Inside Men’ and ‘Marchlands’) and tight character drama (‘Margaret’, ‘The White Queen’). And sure enough, this formidable team delivers a melancholy but compelling tale of identity, loss and loneliness" Time Out
"A tour de force"
The Radio Times
"Christopher Hampton's masterful adaptation is at once spellbinding,
intelligent and artfully chilly. Two award-winning performances."
"A magnificent and hypnotic Gothic drama"
"Two perfectly pitched performances...Thank you to everyone involved for a smashing late Christmas present. It unleashed great tidings
of comfort-watching and spooky joy".
“A haunting ghost story of suspense and secrets”
"Tis the season of quality drama and this holds the standard"The Mail on Sunday
“Christopher Hampton’s dialogue zinged...the whole thing was satisfyingly bizarre.”
The Daily Mail
“A house full of secrets, rumours of ghosts, insanity, murder and, most potent of all, creepy kids — Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Diane Setterfield’s Gothic novel The Thirteenth Tale from 2006 recycled many of the dusty old tropes of 19th-century literature and 20th-centuryhorror films but did so with elegance, intelligence and a certain clammy originality.”
“Compelling lead performances by Olivia Colman and Vanessa Redgrave.”
Daily Mail Weekend