In this podcast Natasha Waugh talks to BAFTA-winning writer and director Neasa Hardiman about her debut feature Sea Fever.
For marine biology student Siobhan, it was supposed to be a research excursion with a trawler crew fishing the West Irish seas. But when they hit an unseen object and become marooned, a mysterious parasite infects their water supply. Soon the oozing force infiltrates the entire vessel and turns Siobhan’s journey into a claustrophobic fight for survival. Can they stop the mysterious water borne parasite from spreading before it’s too late?
Sea Fever is available on VOD platforms from Friday, 24th April.
Amongst the conversation, Natasha and Neasa discuss:
- her intention behind the film
- reflecting transnationalism
- the film inhabiting both a cinema of political meaning and a cinema of spectacle
- the conflict between magical thinking and the scientific method
- the ethics of contagion
- probing the cliches of scientists in cinema
- the lead character Siobhan owning her own agency
- the development process
- telling stories about underrepresented communities
- shooting on a trawler
- the influence of film studies
- the cultural influence and politics of film
- working in television
- unconscious bias and fixing it
Sea Fever has the suspense of Hitchcock.
Thoroughly enjoyed it.