Filmoria Interview: Maudie Director Aisling Walsh Filmoria Interview: Maudie Director Aisling Walsh
Romance, bio-pic and a look at a lesser known art form, Maudie isn’t a film that fits neatly into a single category.  The story... Filmoria Interview: Maudie Director Aisling Walsh

Romance, bio-pic and a look at a lesser known art form, Maudie isn’t a film that fits neatly into a single category.  The story of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis traces her fight for independence, her stormy but ultimately happy relationship with the reclusive Everett Lewis and her eventual success as an artist.

Newfoundland doubled for Maud’s home state of Nova Scotia and some filming took place in sub-zero temperatures.  Director Aisling Walsh, a trained artist herself, was determined to make the film as authentic as possible, drawing on archive photographs, TV footage and even re-creating the house Maud shared with Everett and which came to be one large canvas for her talents.

Filmoria’s Freda Cooper talked to Aisling Walsh, who revealed how she first came across the script for the film and how star Sally Hawkins tackled a role full of physical challenges.

Maudie is in cinemas now and you can read our review here.

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Freda Cooper

A lifelong lover of films, I’m at last living the proverbial dream – as a film critic and radio presenter. My blog and podcast, both called Talking Pictures, are award nominated, and I’m heard rabbiting away about movies to my heart’s content every Friday morning on BBC Surrey and BBC Sussex. Favourite film? The Third Man. Career highlight to date? Interviewing Woody Harrelson in his trailer at Pinewood!