Ruth Wilson said the female-led team behind her new film True Things was able to create “really intimate, interesting scenes” without “showing everything”.
The actress, 40, plays a Ramsgate social worker who enters into a complicated relationship with a stranger, played by Tom Burke, who has been released from prison.
Appearing on BBC One on Sunday morning, Wilson said it was important to have women in the roles of writer, director and cameraman given the subjects they were investigating.
She also suggested that the film is more explicit than many, although the camera often moves away during more intimate moments.
Wilson, best known for her roles in Jane Eyre, Luther and His Dark Materials, said, “I always think you can create really intimate, interesting scenes without really seeing much.
“That’s the beauty of cinema. It’s the beauty of being creative. They can create amazing chemistry and tell a story without showing everything.
“And we had Harry Wootliff. She is a writer and director. Also, we had a female DP (cameraman). And actually, to have that space when you’re telling a very feminine story, it was important that we had women in those positions.
“We were in a way more explicit than other shows at times, but without showing that; I’m just getting to the truth of what it’s like to be a woman in these moments.”
Based on the book True Things About Me by Deborah Kay Davies, the film explores the power dynamic between Wilson’s Kate and Burke’s villainous blonde, who can be controlling and cold.
Wilson praised the film for addressing issues made mainstream through the work of Michaela Coel and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
She said: “I felt like we’d never seen those stories on screen before, certainly at that time – it was before I May Destroy You, it was before Fleabag – the early stages of a relationship that felt like infatuation at times can feel or obsession.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/true-things-ruth-wilson-on-new-films-really-intimate-interesting-scenes-41467643.html True Things’ Ruth Wilson on the new film’s “really intimate, interesting scenes.”