Nadeem Ali’s interview with the cast of Reversed – Part 1


How did you feel about the script?

The script desired to be talked over. When you read it for the first time it certainly isn’t as straight forward as any other script you may get as an actor. Often you’ll just get an audition excerpt, two or three sides or whether you read the whole script it’s very simple or basic. It’s not often you are asked to think while reading a film script. There were things that weren’t on the page, specially, the soundtrack.

In order to be part of this sort of project you need to understand the visual idea behind the script, and as I said the soundtrack especially because there is no dialogue. Although, as an actor, that can be a fairly good failsafe. If you end up getting involved in something terrible or unprofessional, as sometimes happens with student films, you can look like a tit. With non-dialogue films that is rarely the case. It is always the film that may look worse than you.

I spoke to Vince about his vision of what it’s supposed to look like. When I mentioned Last Year At Marienbad and how the script reminded me strongly of that Vince immediately picked up on that, telling me that it was something quite similar, albeit more modern. That really convinced me to be a part of it.

What were your impressions of Vince [director]?

It is very rare to find someone in this industry who has such a positive outlook on things and that is able to explain themselves so clearly.



What were your impressions of Vince?

I thought he was really nice and gentle. He was really informative and passionate about his craft and the project. It was a really good first impression.

How did you feel about the script?

I liked it. We had spoken about it…when I read it; I knew it was an arty/experimental kind of

thing. Exactly the kind of thing I like. The fact there was no dialogue was the one thing that pulled me towards it because it was so different. I thought it was going to be very challenging because obviously dialogue makes it easier to relay emotion.

How has filming been?

This is my first day on location, on set. So far it’s been good. I was worried about some of the scenes because there is a lot of nudity and sex. I was worried it might be too in your face. But the whole thing has been planned and thought out well. It’s gone smoothly.

How do you feel about your character?

I’m V. I’m one of Asia’s lovers. Asia is starting to lose it a bit. She has these insecurities. We have a tender relationship. She lost O, her first lover, and in some ways I remind her of O. But she is paranoid and thinks I am judgmental of her. There is a scene when I am laughing and she thinks I am laughing at her. She thinks I am humiliating her. In the end my character dies. It’s all very abstract. There’s no clear idea of where V actually comes from or goes to. There is a clear insinuation Asia kills her…but…who knows?

Tell us more about your acting career?

I have mainly worked on student films. This is my first professional film. When you go such a long time without working you start to question things. Is this really for me? Is this what I really want to do? Should I buy into the rat race and go corporate. But then you spend five minutes on set with the crew and you realize this is exactly what you want to do.



How did you get involved?

I got an email from Vince asking me if I wanted to be part of it. I was really impressed with the script and excited by it. I thought it was very cleverly done, how it’s shot in reverse and plays around with time sequences. When you are excited about it you want to be a part of it. We met for coffee and had a good chat.

How did you feel about the script?

I’ve got to be honest I didn’t notice the lack of dialogue. It’s so detailed. I didn’t read it from

an actor’s point of view and that’s why I Ioved it so much. I felt like an audience member and I envisioned every single detail in my detail. I was in bed reading and I got quite scared. I think liked it because there was no dialogue. I think it’s easier. When you strip away the dialogue you can convey more of the character’s feeling. I thought it would challenge me in a different way.

What were your impressions of Vince?

I thought he was great, really kind. He had a good energy and passion. You really want to trust him because he makes you feel really comfortable.

What were your impressions of Patrick [director of photography]?

He reassured me over some of the reservations I had about the film. He gave me some great advice. He told me not to do anything I felt uncomfortable with. I feel completely safe in Patrick’s hands. There is a softness and a reassuring nature about him. Because I was able to speak to him about my concerns, automatically I feel there is a bond there.

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