from an Interview with Ella Hunt
of “Anna and the Apocalypse”
Ron Salfen: Yeah,
I work for an obscure rural newspaper.
Ella Hunt: I
come from a very obscure, rural place.
not even a town, just a small farming community in North Devon in the U.K.
It's a tiny village, like in the movie, but it's fields and a few
RS: So how
do you catapult yourself off the farm and into international stardom?
Umm, my family were all artists. So
I grew up traveling a bit. I
was aware of how you become an actress because my Mum had done some
acting. I, from a very young
age, was begging for an agent, and she said, “When the time is right, an
agent will find you.” I was
thinking I'd be much older if I decided to act, and then when I was eleven
I was very randomly doing a school play, of The Mikado, the Gilbert and
Sullivan musical, and I was playing Katisha, wearing a fat suit and a
kimono, and I had no idea that one of the boys I was playing opposite, his
Dad was an agent! And he saw
me in it, and approached my Mum, and said I should act.
And I've been acting ever since.
RS: What a
And I had to do this really fast tongue-twister of a song, so he
knew I could sing, but I think it's really funny that my big breakthrough
is a Christmas zombie musical. Fate is kind of like, laughing at me,
“I'm going to deal you an awesome hand, but it's going to be weird.”
and it is, but it's remarkable, too.
RS: I had
a lot of empathy with you because yesterday, when I saw the movie, I was
also asked to sing in a cemetery, at a graveside service, actually.
So I was singing in a cemetery, along with you.
singing in the cemetery scene was so much fun to do.
It's this really spectacularly beautiful old cemetery where we were
shooting, just half an hour outside Glasgow.
And that day Sarah, our choreographer, who also plays Steph in the
movie, is beyond wonderful in real life.
And that day she says to me, “I want you to feel like you're
dancing in your own bedroom, with nobody around.
Go crazy. And Malcolm
(who plays John) and I had the best time shooting that scene.
I even got to the high kick!
RS: So the dancing was no big deal?
not that, it's just that all the dancing in the film is an extension of
the characters, expressing internal angst, and it wasn't about being
formulaic. It was actually
about embracing chaos. And
that worked on a very indie budget, as well.
It wasn't like the dancing was all “easy-peasey,” we just tried
to make it as comfortable for Anna as possible.
RS: I felt
for John when you told him you only wanted to be friends.
He looked so crestfallen!
then he was good at his acting, then, wasn't he?
I really like that the film glorifies friendship, rather than
teenage romance. And I love
that she doesn't run off into the sunset with a boy, and her relationship
with John is very special.
do you think happens after the last scene?
last scene was always about Anna accepting the loss she's just
experienced, that moment of coming down off this adrenaline high, and
going ok, “Where to next?” And
I don't know where she goes next, but we know it'll be about survival, and
I hope that she finds like-minded people.