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Sally Hawkins – Eternal Beauty #LFF2019

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British talent, Sally Hawkins, tells us about playing June in Eternal Beauty and tackling mental health on the big screen.

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PODCAST | Sarah Bradbury interviews Sally Hawkins, actress of the film Eternal Beauty.

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We hit the red carpet for the premiere of Eternal Beauty at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival. We had the privilege of speaking to British talent, Sally Hawkins, about playing June and tackling mental health on the big screen. We also spoke to director Craig Roberts about how a person in his own life with a “superpower” inspired the story and that he wrote the script specifically with Sally in mind.

Eternal Beauty: Sally Hawkins is a schizophrenic woman coping with a hallucinatory existence in Craig Roberts’ bold, sometimes hilarious and disturbing exploration of mental illness. Jilted as a young woman on her wedding day, the outsider in a fragmented family and beset with anxieties both real and imaginary, June has a life of constant struggle. Pills offer a possible solution and her relationship with vagrant musician Mike (David Thewlis) might be another. But does the medication and even love just exacerbate June’s delusional state of mind? Following his 2015 directorial debut Just Jim, Submarine star Craig Roberts’ sophomore feature is a true high-wire act, depicting the unstable perceptions of a fragile persona with delirious colour and design across ever-shifting time frames. Sally Hawkins’ fearless performance again confirms her as one of Britain’s best, and an ace supporting cast – Alice Lowe, Billie Piper, Penelope Wilton – prove equally committed to Roberts’ singular, humane vision.

To discover more about the film, click here.


  • Reporter
    Sarah Bradbury
  • Guest
    Sally Hawkins
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Eternal Beauty
  • Festival section
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