With the documentary “David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived“, Daniel Radcliffe almost made his directorial debut. The film was based on his stunt double from “Harry Potter“, who suffered a terrible accident on the set and was left paralyzed.
During the London debut of the HBO and Sky documentary, Radcliffe, who is currently playing in the Broadway revival of “Merrily We Roll Along,” zoomed in from New York City for a Q&A with director Dan Hartley and Holmes. During the Q&A, he revealed that his original goal for the film was to direct it himself.
“I always wanted to do something for Dave because I wanted the world to see him as an amazing person. And for a while, Dave wasn’t sure about it because of his inherent humility; he wanted to develop something else Was broad about the stunt in general. Ultimately, though, I think I convinced her that she should be at the center of it,” Radcliffe commented. And we did some filming because, for some reason, I believed That, even if I had never directed a documentary before, I would be able to do it. As it happens, I didn’t. Absolutely not.
Hartley was invited to come forward by Radcliffe and Holmes because they recognized him from his work as a video operator on the “Harry Potter” series. Earlier in 2013, Hartley directed the play “Ladd: A Yorkshire Story”.
Radcliffe admitted, “We were looking for someone who had a connection to the subject matter and was familiar with it. We were a little afraid of having an outsider enter the room with a slightly sexualized perspective. Dan undoubtedly Had directed a feature film in the past. Even though he hadn’t made any documentaries, we had a lot of confidence in him, and we discussed all the documentaries we liked, so we were pretty much in agreement. After that Dan Recorded some afternoon interviews and showed them to us, everything became crystal clear.
According to Radcliffe, Hartley commented, “If you want to make a documentary that, you know, looks good, you should probably start over,” when he showed him the video he had filmed. We followed, and he made the movie you’re currently watching, totally impressive.
Instead of playing the lead role in “Deathly Hallows Part 1”, Radcliffe became executive producer of the film, which tells the story of Holmes’s rehabilitation after suffering a spinal cord injury during pre-production rehearsals. Alison Harman, Variety’s chief TV critic, reported, “Radcliffe used his fame to shed light on his friend’s story – and the complex mix of guilt, inspiration and admiration driven by two men’s contrasting, intertwined fates.” is an attempt to navigate.” In his review the documentary, which he wrote, was excellent.
In relation to the message Holmes wants viewers to get from the film, she quoted the line “Living for the hope of it all” from Taylor Swift’s song “August”.
Holmes continued, “[Hope] is the last thing you should give up and the first thing you should find.” Yes, it’s a bit chaotic out there at the moment. In my opinion, we should all be more willing to share our vulnerabilities, because of the group support that allowed me to live my life and the possibilities that arise when we all love and trust each other. Are. No one should feel ashamed of this because it is what makes us human. The wounds we receive in life shape who we are.
HBO’s “David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived” is currently streaming, and on November 18 it will debut in the UK on Sky Documentaries and streaming service Now.