I share with you today exclusively the scans of the magazine ‘Time Out‘ published on March 16, 2019 in New Zealand where Rose is appearing in. Below, you can find high quality scans from the magazine, photos + interview transcript.
Source | Rose McIver and George Mason have just seen Daffodils for the first time, and they’re buzzing with pride – and relief. After pouring their hearts and souls into the film, neither star had any idea whether the ambitious project was actually going to work.
“Right up to last night, I really didn’t know what the film was going to be like at all, because (director) David Stubbs didn’t let too much out of the bag at all,” says Mason. “He’s just so humble and down to earth as a person, that I was still going, ‘What’s this film like David, what’s it going to be like?”
“It was so cool when we walked out,” says McIver. “I was like, ‘David, it worked! It’s good!’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, it does, eh.'”
You can understand why McIver and Mason might have been nervous; on paper, Daffodils is quite a swing. When it hits cinemas next week, it will become the country’s first musical feature film to be released since 1966.
Based on the real-life story of writer Rochelle Bright’s parents and adapted from an acclaimed stage play, Daffodils follows a young musician (played by Kimbra) who charts the dramatic, bittersweet love story of her parents Rose and Eric (McIver and Mason), which takes place against the backrop of late 20th century New Zealand. “It’s always daunting doing something that’s based on a true story,” says McIver, “but it’s also that much more sacred, and that much more meaningful to be a part of.”
In an inspired twist, the couple’s story is brought to life by some of New Zealand’s most beloved songs: by artists such as Bic Runga, The Mint Chicks, Dave Dobbyn and Crowded House. But it’s not a musical in the traditional sense; in Daffodils, the songs exist in internal, almost imaginary spaces that weave in and out of the story. In key scenes, characters sing songs that communicate the emotional subtext of a moment – “they’re singing the things that they can’t say out loud,” explains McIver.
“That’s what the magic alchemy is of this film – it’s about people who are unable to communicate, and yet we feel all of that through music, through the most universal form of communication,” she says. “It’s really everything that’s going on behind the surface and what isn’t being said.”