Reece Ritchie has appeared in movies such as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and The Lovely Bones, while Amara Karan has starred in Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited and St Trinian's.
The pair are now starring in the latest movie by director Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls and Made in Dagenham) and writer Ayub Khan-Din (East Is East), which was part of the programme at the Glasgow Film Festival.
Speaking to STV, Reece Ritchie told us: “The movie’s called All in Good Time, and I play Atul, who is the groom at the very start and is married to the wonderful Vina.”
Amara said of her character: “Vina is the newly married bride who moves in with her in-laws because she can’t afford a place of her own.”
“We play a husband and wife who get married in the first scene,” explained Reece, “and the whole thing centres around us trying to consummate our marriage, so it’s the lack of sexual activity in the nest.
“The problem worsens and gets pretty serious for them, and it gets to breaking point without giving too much away.
“Vena moves into Atul’s house with his parents, and it’s this small Bolton claustrophobic house, where things go from bad to worse...”
“Especially when you can hear your parents in the next room,” joked Amara. “And your next door neighbours. And the dogs in the street, and the toilet flushing...”
All in Good Timeis based upon an Olivier Award-winning play Rafta Rafta, which itself was based on the classic Bill Naughton play All In Good Time. Reece and Amara talked about the joy of working with The Kumars at No. 42starMeera Syal and Run Fatboy Run and Coronation Street actorHarish Patel.
They also praised Nigel Cole. Reece said: “I love his work, he’s such a delicate director – a human director as well, he knows how to really get down on the grassroots level with human stories.”
He continued: “I think sometimes with reality it’s harder to find truth than it is for a send-up or a genre movie, a sci-fi or a horror, because you’re dealing with such subtle things that people need to be able to emphathise with and identify with.
“So I think in many ways it is trickier, and you do have to be a certain sort of director to direct movies like that, and I think Nigel does it brilliantly.”