Mountview Academy to Hollywood: A Conversation with Charlie Blackwood who takes the Lead in Scott Vickers' MATRIARCH | The Fan Carpet

Mountview Academy to Hollywood: A Conversation with Charlie Blackwood who takes the Lead in Scott Vickers’ MATRIARCH

07 November 2018

Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts graduate, Charlie Blackwood, takes her first lead role in the film “Matriarch”, a thrilling horror which got its worldwide premiere at Glasgow’s Popcorn Horror Fest after being snapped-up by a major Hollywood studio.

With its Scottish premiere seizing a spooky Halloween timing for its debut, the independent film “Matriarch” is already receiving a scary amount of attention from the regional media and movie fans alike.

Written and directed by former “River City“ star, Scott Vickers, the film has already received a major Hollywood deal, with the Cineworld release which took place in Glasgow on the 2nd November. Charlie, who is the lead actress in the movie, plays ‘Rachel Hopkins’, a traumatised pregnant wife.

In this exclusive and revealing interview, she shared with us her experience making the film as well as past and future projects which have made her such an iconic and exciting young actress...


Which film projects are you most proud of?
I am most proud of this new film, “Matriarch”. It was my first lead role in a feature film and I loved every minute of it. It's pretty remarkable what we achieved on such a short shoot-time, just over 2 weeks! Working with Scott Vickers (director/writer) has been the highlight of my career and it was great to act alongside him too. Filming “Matriarch” was an incredible experience, and one I'll never forget.


How does it feel to have a lead role in a film like “Matriarch"?
Fantastic. It was wonderful to be given the opportunity to play a lead role like that so early in my career. When I read the script I instantly knew I wanted to be part of it. It was great filming alongside Julie Hannan, who plays the other lead role 'Agnes Fairbairn' as she's an incredible actress. 


Can you describe your character in the film?
I play 'Rachel Hopkins', a lawyer who is eight months pregnant at the start of the film. Rachel and her husband Matt, having had a car crash in the Scottish countryside, seek help from local farmers. Things soon start to take a sinister turn as Rachel goes into labour. When faced with adversity, Rachel has to become a fighter. She goes through one hell of a journey and constantly proves to be brave and determined. There's a lot of despair felt by Rachel, but her courage drives her forward.






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