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Shannon Murphy scores Best Director BAFTA Nomination!

“The UK gets my style”

‘Babyteeth’ director Shannon Murphy on her global outlook

Shannon Murphy and Eliza Scanlon on set

After a recent BAFTA nomination for Babyteeth, SCREENDAILY talks to Shannon about taking on the tough, tender tale of first love, family and terminal illness.

Shannon expands how she worked with each actor to find the character’s “authentic layers” — “it’s not about ‘a drug addict’, just like it’s not about ‘a girl who plays the violin’ or ‘a girl who has cancer’,” says Murphy. She hired a psychologist to read the script and break down each character as a case study — an idea suggested by her director friend Jennifer Kent (The Nightingale). “It was fascinating. It was helpful to me, and I enjoyed looking at all their potential diagnoses.” For Moses, she and Wallace also worked with a rehab expert to discuss Moses’ addictive behaviour and how his upbringing led him to drugs.

Read the full interview on SCREENDAILY

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