Interview with Neve Campbell
Coming soon to BBC2 is a nail-biting two-part thriller from the pen of multi-award-winning writer Simon Beaufoy. Burn Up is a powerful story of love, commitment and divided loyalty. Due to be broadcast in July, Burn Up is produced by Kudos Film and Television, the company behind of some of the BBC’s best loved dramas including Spooks and Life on Mars.
The cast is led by Emmy Award winner Bradley Whitford, best known for his role as Josh on The West Wing. Bradley is joined by Neve Campbell, Rupert Penry-Jones and Marc Warren.
The topical thriller sees oil executives, environmental activists and politicians collide in the battle between economic success and ecological responsibility. Rupert Penry-Jones stars as Tom who, having been named the new head of Arrow Oil, finds his life unravelling as he’s pulled into a high-stakes game of power and international intrigue. Neve Campbell plays his colleague Holly, whose covert collaboration with environmentalists puts her in great jeopardy.
Here is what Neve has to say about her upcoming role:
Who do you play in Burn Up and what attracted you to the project?
I play Holly Dernay. She’s an environmentalist working for the renewables division in an oil company. The script is incredibly well written, which is unusual nowadays. The characters are very strong and the writer is very passionate about this issue and the environment – as am I.
How did you find shooting in your homeland?
I love shooting in Canada, I love coming home. I usually come back once a year to visit my family, but if there’s ever an opportunity to shoot at home, I love to come back and film with Canadians.
It’s great to be here in the cold weather – some of the Brits had trouble with the cold, but as I grew up in Toronto, I’m used to it!
Has shooting Burn Up changed your opinion on global issues?
I don’t think doing this has changed my opinion on global warming, as it’s something that I’ve been very concerned about for a number of years, as have many of my friends and family. It’s has been good to learn more about it from the writer’s research though.
What difference does a big budget make to a production, when you’re used to productions like Scream? Do you think the programme becomes more reliant on good story telling?
I think that every piece should be reliant on a strong script and good storyline, but unfortunately some people think that with a big budget they can just get away with some great shoots.
Although, I think they don’t realise that the audiences are disappointed, they think if people sit in the seats, then it’s fine and everyone’s happy but that’s not necessarily the case.
I think either way, whether this production had a huge or small budget, the great script was there, the committed actors and director were there and if you have those things in place then you should have a good piece.
Last year you presented the UK leg of Live Earth. Are issues like this important to you?
Any time that I can help to raise awareness on the subject of global warming, I’m happy to jump on board. Although I’m not going to deny the fact that the great music also attracted me to the concert!
One of the things that they asked me to talk to the audience about was what a difference it would make if everybody just unplugged one light bulb in their house. You may not think so, but it would make a massive difference to the environment.
See Neve in Burn Up on BBC2 in July.