In a year when the UK was beset by floods, Robert Carlyle played the man who could save us all in the imaginatively titled Flood. This cinematic rarity, a British disaster movie, was otherwise deemed "predictable" by critics and sank like a stone when pitted against Hollywood blockbusters at the summer box office. Perhaps filmgoers just didn't want to be reminded of their recent troubles.
Stream Of Consciousness
A batch of cast and crew interviews accompanies the film on DVD, but these are hardly in-depth. Carlyle has just under five minutes to sum up his role in the story, dubbing himself "a mini action hero" although he admits that it was tough on him physically. When asked what separates this film from the Hollywood flock, he says that it's the "heart" and American co-star Jessalyn Gilsig echoes that when she talks about the family values angle of the script. Tom Courtnay and David Suchet quickly chip in with their thoughts as well.
Tony Mitchell is afforded more talk time in his capacity as director. He reckons it was "the credibility" of the story that appealed to him and insists that he took every measure to ensure that it was "scientifically accurate". Of course having to create cataclysmic storms on a low budget was a huge challenge and he readily admits stumbling a couple of times. Even so, he doesn't get into the nuts and bolts of production (which took place in Cape Town). In short: wishy-washy.
Flood DVD is released on Monday 29th October 2007.