Almost a year ago an ambitious independent film project was screened for the first time to an enthusiastic audience. Checking In has gone on to be featured in film festivals across the world and won Best British Film at the London Film Awards 2014. The movie is now available on VOD for the first time and in celebration of its continued success we’re going to be visiting some of the cast and reflecting upon the film in a series of special blogs.
In this continuing series of interviews we have the talented David Claridge.
Can you tell us a little bit about your character in Checking In?
As a character, Tim is a pretty selfish kind of person; only really interested in anything that may improve his own bank balance and image. He sees Sally as a bit of an inconvenience – he’d really rather be somewhere other than having to chaperone her at the hotel. His only concern is making a quick buck and he completely misses Sally’s talent. However, even if he did spot her potential he probably wouldn’t know what to do with it or how best to promote her. Tim is the archetypal small time agent.
What aspects of your character did you enjoy portraying most?
It’s always great fun to play the ‘baddie’ and mess around with that part of our psyche as an actor. Maybe this is because it’s so far away from our natural (or conditioned?) inclination.
What sort of preparation did you have to do for this role?
To prepare for the role I did a lot of reading about bad experiences that new artists have had with agents. Many people have felt bullied by their agents into jobs that they were uncomfortable with and been left with a small payment after the agent’s cut. I really tried to channel this bullying element (which, thankfully I’ve never experienced myself).
Filming in a real hotel rather than a studio set gave a real authenticity to the situation. It was quite quiet at the time of filming so there were not many clients around.
What type of movie do you enjoy watching and why?
As a father of two boys, comic based action films have become the norm in our house over recent years!
What was the most challenging aspect of the production for you?
Possibly the hardest part of any shoot, especially a short one (I was only on set for one day), is walking into a room of faces you’ve not seen before or only met briefly, working out who does what and functioning as a team from the off. Everyone on Checking In, both crew and my fellow actor Michelle made this aspect easy -it was as if we were a well oiled machine of creativity.
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Check back soon for another interview with the cast of Checking In.