Movies are becoming increasingly graphic in their depiction of sex. For actors, it means some very awkward days at the office
|Kerry Fox and Mark Rylance in the sexually explicit mainstream film ‘Intimacy’|
Kelly Campbell, an actor who trained originally at the Central School of Music & Drama in London, has a CV that runs the proverbial gamut from stage to screen. Sex scenes have come as part of the territory, she says.
“Film-making is a construction of reality that is very mechanical and very choreographed. It is made to look like the camera has chanced upon an intimate moment between two people, but the reality of constructing it couldn’t be further from that.”
Creating an intimacy and chemistry between the two characters was paramount, and integral to the film’s heft. Yet it was Dunford’s first foray into previously unchartered territory.
Dunford’s Patrick’s Day co-star Kerry Fox – who played his mother Maura in the film – appeared in the 2001 British film Intimacy, directed by Patrice Chereau. Known for being one of the first British movies that featured unsimulated oral sex, it became a landmark production.
Campbell-Hughes met her co-star Julian Morris several weeks before shooting. “There was a small crew,” she recalls. “We shot everything in one room over a week. It was cramped, and very, very real. There wasn’t much room for exhibitionist fakeness, or modesty, as we shot in long solid real-time chunks. The main choreographing was specific to the asphyxiation dynamic that Kelly and Victor focus on. Kelly strangles Victor with a sash and they have a tapping signal to indicate [when to stop].”