Vienna Blood

Amelia Bullmore (Rachel Liebermann)

I am Max’s mum. A loving mother. Well dressed, conventional and decent but a bit behind the times and concerned with fitting into society. Max is rebelling and that makes the family uneasy.Amelia Bullmore
Date: 07.11.2019     Last updated: 07.11.2019 at 15.44
Category: BBC Two; Drama

Tell us about your character

I am Max’s mum. A loving mother. Well dressed, conventional and decent but a bit behind the times and concerned with fitting into society. Max is rebelling and that makes the family uneasy.

What was it like filming in Vienna? 

Wonderful. It was coming up to Christmas and the shops were full of advent calendars. I bought nine!

Can you tell us about the Liebermann family? 

They are a bourgeois Jewish family. Moved from England and running a successful fabric emporium. The adults are not seeing the world as Max does and are more conservative in their outlook. They do not see the threats that he sees, and is right to see.

What were your first impressions when you read the scripts? 

That it was a clever blend of crime and Freud and costume drama. And captures Vienna being at the centre at the of radical art and thinking.

Were there any stand out moments during filming? 

It was good fun. We filmed in a beautiful huge old house for all but one of the family scenes. Practically the whole house was cold and unused apart from a few rooms where the actual occupants lived. The design team filled the empty rooms with Liebermann furniture and warmed them up. We had good fun smashing plates at an engagement party scene. 

I also adored my costumes. Many were original pieces which were a thrill to wear. The detail and finish. They’re almost black but incredible close up. 

Lunches were also a treat. A canteen was set up every day opposite the big old house. Lots of dumplings. Delicious but incompatible with corsets.

What do you think viewers will enjoy about Vienna Blood? 

It looks beautiful. It is stylish and dramatic and the story comes at the crimes psychologically. And it has a great double act at its heart.