The Girl with All the Gifts is a the post-apocalyptic zombie horror movie we’ve been waiting for. With similar energy and aesthetics to Danny Boyle’s classic 28 Days Later, The Girl With All the Gifts is a fresh new take on the zombie movie genre.
At the center of the movie is Sennia Nanua who plays Melanie, the girl of the film’s title. In a recent interview with Screen Daily, Director Colm McCarthy spoke about how she got the role:
The casting of Melanie was always going to be the most important creative decision. We met 500 girls for the role. Sennia was the last one we met. She is a working class girl from Nottingham who was 12 at the time. She came from the Nottingham Television Workshop, which is where actors like Samantha Morton and Jack O’Connel have also come from.
We wanted the casting process to be as colour blind as possible. We made a point of not referencing skin colour in the script. It was a fairytale end to our casting process. I think Sennia’s first casting session with Gemma was her first trip to London.
Last year, at the Locarno Film Festival, Locarano, Sennia was praised for her ‘truly captivating breakout performance’. She also received commendation from film critic Charles Gant:
Heartbreakingly conveying her character’s interior struggle between emotional and physical needs – for human connection and for animal blood – the actress presents ample evidence on-screen to support the affirmation suggested by the film’s title.
The movie came out in the UK at the end of last year and is due for release at the end this month in the US. We’re proud to support the work of this young, up-and-coming British talent. We’ll be off to see the film, as soon as we’ve finished reading the book of course!