Climbing the acting ranks as quickly as Sarah Snook has in just a few years since graduating from NIDA is no small feat. Rachel Cook speaks with the rising star about her eclectic career and highly anticipated new film, Predestination.
Sarah Snook’s CV would be the envy of most young actors. Since graduating from NIDA in 2008, not only has she worked across theatre, television and film, but she can add luminaries such as Ethan Hawke and Noah Taylor to the list of people she has shared a screen with.
Predestination, starring Snook, Hawke, and Taylor, had its Australian premiere as the opening night film at the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival last week. It’s an Australian sci-fi thriller based on the short story All You Zombies by Robert A Heinlein. Heinlein was one of the most influential science fiction writers of the 20th century alongside Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke.
All You Zombies was written in a single day and deals with the paradoxical nature of time travel. Hawke plays a temporal agent who must travel back in time to face his longtime enemy. The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Texas earlier this year to rave reviews, with Snook’s performance acclaimed as ‘an extraordinary breakout performance’ by Variety Magazine film critic, Justin Chang.
“I’m very proud of what they did with this film,” Snook says. “All You Zombies is a very short, short story – it’s only about 10 pages long – and they really fleshed it out and created a film where every time you watch it you discover something else you didn’t see before.”
The experience of working with Hawke, who could almost be considered a veteran actor now having started his career in 1985 at the age of 14, went beyond acting skills for Snook. She says his ability to maintain his passion for his craft after nearly three decades was inspiring.
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“It’s a good thing to see someone who has been in the industry for longer than I’ve been alive still so passionate, and trying to make each project better than the sum of its parts,” Snook says.
“Ethan was really energetic and enthusiastic, and he was really different to Noah, who is reserved and very gentle and quiet. Noah is this enigmatic person, which was perfect for his role in the film. He is just really lovely and really considers his words as he speaks and I like that about him.”
Snook recently finished shooting her latest film, Oddball, based on a true story about a man who came up with a unique idea to save penguins who were being killed by foxes on Middle Island near Warrnambool in Victoria. She is also stars in soon-to-be-released horror film Jessabelle, and recently shot the pilot for a US drama series called Clementine, in which she plays the title character.
This is an abridged version of a story that first appeared in CULT magazine
[Top image] Sarah Snook in Predestination
Predestination opens in cinemas on August 28.