Scott Hicks, the Oscar nominated director of the 1996 movie Shine, is back with the big screen adaptation of the Kathryn Price young adult novel Fallen, (now on DVD and various streaming channels).
I had a chance to speak with Kathryn Price, the author of Fallen, as well as two of the stars from the film, Addison Timlin, who plays Lucinda Price and Harrison Gilbertson, who plays Cam Briel.
In the movie Fallen, Lucinda “Luce” Price is a strong-willed seventeen-year-old living a seemingly ordinary life until she is accused of a crime she didn’t commit. Sent off to the imposing Sword & Cross reform school, Luce finds herself being courted by two mysterious students to whom she feels oddly connected. Isolated and haunted by strange visions, Luce begins to unravel the secrets of her past and discovers the two men are fallen angels, who she learns have loved her for centuries. Luce must choose where her feelings lie, pitting Heaven against Hell in an epic battle over true love.
“I got the idea for the Fallen novel from the story in the Bible where the sons of god are looking down from heaven and find the women on earth beautiful,” says Price.
Speaking of beautiful, the cast spent a few months on location in Hungary, and were all able to create fond memories of their time there.
“Hungary is definitely one of the most beautiful places I have been to,” says Addison Timlin. “I concur,” laughs Harrison Gilbertson, who plays the bad guy in the movie.
“Well, I’m not really a bad guy,” says Gilbertson, laughing, when I call the character he plays a bad guy. “He is a just someone who is conflicted.”
There are four books in the Fallen series. The other three are Torment, Passion and Rapture.
“I would love for all four movies to be made into films,” says Price, when I ask her if there are plans for the remaining three to be adapted. “At the moment, there are no definitive plans for any of the other three being made into movies, but I hope that they do become movies.”
Addison Timlin, who plays the lead in the film, the woman torn between two men, got her start in acting on stage on in the national musical tour of the smash Annie. She performed every orphan role before taking over the role of Annie when she was 9 years old.
Now twenty-six, Timlin has a lot more on her resume than just a little orphan girl that ends up being adopted by a billionaire, including having been featured on one season of the hit Showtime series Californication.
“I really enjoyed working in Budapest,” says Timlin, echoing the sentiments of her costar and the author.
“But being able to work with Scott Hicks (the director) was one of the highlights of the whole experience,” she adds.