Bonneville and Ascott discuss political edge

Bonneville and Ascott discuss political edge

Bonneville and Ascott discuss political edge

See: Hugh Bonneville and Percelle Ascott on the political brink of I came by

The new Netflix thriller I came by acts as “a mirror to society” with a political message baked into its twists, according to the cast and filmmaker behind the story.

In the film, directed by Under the shade filmmaker Babak Anvari, Ascott and George MacKay portray a pair of politically motivated graffiti artists who break into the homes of wealthy Londoners and splash the titular phrase on their walls.

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Their commitment to direct activism leads to trouble when MacKay’s character breaks into the home of a highly respected retired judge played by Hugh Bonneville and unwittingly uncovers a very dark secret.

“I think the politics in it, if indeed there are any, are for the audience to take away,” Bonneville told Yahoo Entertainment UK ahead of the film’s release.

Hugh Bonneville hides a dark secret in the Netflix thriller I Came By.  (Netflix)

Hugh Bonneville hides a dark secret in the Netflix thriller I came by. (Netflix)

The Downton Abbey star said: “It lands at a time when, certainly in the UK and arguably around the world, there is this sense of crisis – of the haves and the have-nots, and how do you express your discontent?

“Hopefully it should be through the ballot box — rather than invading your neighbor — through the democratic process. But sometimes people feel so disenfranchised that they don’t know what else to do.

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“I think Babak is asking those questions in this. The establishment wants to keep the status quo as it is. And in our case, the young disaffected boys will express their displeasure, but how do they change the dynamic?

“But then, as we say, Babak takes you on a completely unexpected journey.”

Percelle Ascott says I Came By works as a

says Percelle Ascott I came by acts as a “mirror for society”. (Netflix)

Ascott said the political edges of Anvari’s film – which the filmmaker first conceived two decades ago – were a key factor in his decision to sign up and join the project.

“The film is a mirror of society, isn’t it? There are themes that I guess we address, whether it’s class and race and things like that, that are important to talk about, you know,” he said.

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Ascott added: “This film is an experience. It’s a rollercoaster, you know, it’s a thriller. But at the same time, it has this real substance and message at the heart of it, which is for all of us who making movies. , that’s an important part.”

For Anvari herself, it has been a long journey to make I came bywhich he initially thought would be his first feature when he came up with the idea 20 years ago.

Babak Anvari directs Hugh Bonneville on the London set of I Came By.  (Netflix)

Babak Anvari directs Hugh Bonneville on the London set I came by. (Netflix)

He said: “I was in my early twenties at university when the original idea came to me, based on the conversations I had with my friends and that disillusionment at the time.

“But it’s a strange thing that we’re still, two decades later, dealing with similar issues. Certain things have gotten better and certain things have gotten worse, so it’s interesting. In some ways it’s a very timely film, even if seeds of it came to me 20 years ago.”

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Anvari added that it’s even more exciting to tell the story now, even given the spotlight such films are given in an increasingly feverish and divisive political landscape.

He said: “It was actually exciting, especially because it’s obviously set in an entertaining thriller, hopefully.

Percelle Ascott and George MacKay both grew up in London and loved filming I Came By in neighborhoods they already knew well.  (Netflix)

Percelle Ascott and George MacKay both grew up in London and loved filming I came by in neighborhoods they already knew well. (Netflix)

“For me, it’s very important to not only entertain and tell an engaging story, but to tackle certain serious themes.

“Having that central theme, which is how the institutions can fail us and what is our responsibility as individuals when they do, that was like heartbreak. And like you said, it’s even more relevant now. So that was part of the excitement .”

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Along with Bonneville, MacKay and Ascott, the cast of I came by also includes Line of Duty star Kelly Macdonald as the mother of MacKay’s character.

I came by is in UK cinemas now and will be on Netflix from 26th August.

Watch: Trailer for Netflix thriller I came by

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