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Emily   /   July 18, 2016   /   0 Comments

Joe Sharkey, the author of Above Suspicion posted a blog about the filming of the movie that just wrapped up last Sunday. He talks about how it was a joy to see Emilia play the role of Susan Smith and more. There are also 2 photos of him with Emilia looking beautiful on the set that have been added to the gallery!

JOESHARKEY.COM – I’ve just come back from an interesting trip to the location shoot in isolated Harlan, Ky., for the movie adaptation of my 1993 book, “Above Suspicion.” The working title for the movie was unaccountably changed on location to “Blood Mountain,” and more on that in a minute.

The movie stars Emilia Clarke, famously of “Game of Thrones,” and Jack Huston, who will be seen in the leading role of the $200 million remark of the biblical epic “Ben-Hur” to be in the theaters in mid-August.

It was a real joy to be on the set and watch Emilia dig bravely and energetically into the challenging role of Susan Smith, a smart, sassy, dysfunctional coal-miner’s daughter in impoverished southern Appalachia who foolishly ties her impossible dreams to a young, dashing FBI agent who employs her as his high-producing criminal informant. But then he kills her when she threatens to ruin his marriage and his FBI career by exposing the furtive, desperate sexual affair she has enticed him into. Jack Huston plays that FBI agent with uncanny verisimilitude. Sophie Lowe plays his wife; Thora Birch plays the dead girl’s sister; and Austin Hebert and Johnny Knoxville play the agent’s local police pal and the dead girl’s ne’er-do-well ex-husband as hard-charging good ol’ boys from eastern Kentucky. It is a terrific young cast.

The shoot was a tough one, given the remote locale in Harlan, population 1,800. Harlan is incidentally also the regional locale for the gritty and popular FX cable series “Justified,” about a U.S. marshal working the same crime-ridden mountain towns.

Above Suspicion” wrapped last Sunday, by which time cast and crew had bonded so well that the wrap was more like the end of summer camp, with hugs, email exchanges, and photos. Not all movie shoots end like that.

I’d never spent any time on a movie shoot before, and I went to Harlan anticipating that I would be politely received and then expected to stay out of the way. Instead, as a consultant for the movie, I was welcomed graciously by cast and crew, and invited to remain on the set — even to the point where Phillip Noyce, the director, asked me to sit beside him as he directed key scenes, including the poignant final scene played by a radiant Emilia. I am confident that that last scene of hers will send audiences out of theaters with tears in their eyes, once the movie is released in 2017.

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