Chalet Girl

Chalet Girl

Ed Westwick as Jonny and Felicity Jones as Kim in Phil Traill's CHALET GIRL. An IFC Films release. Chalet Girl Films Ltd © 2011.

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Chalet Girl (2011)

Opened: 10/14/2011 Limited

IFC Center10/14/2011 - 10/20/20117 days
Laemmle's Moni...10/21/2011 - 10/27/20117 days

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Genre: British Romantic Comedy

Rated: Unrated


Pretty tomboy Kim (Felicity Jones) used to be a champion skateboarder, but now she flips burgers to support herself and her dad. Opportunity comes knocking when she flukes a winter-long catering job in one of the plushest ski chalets in the Alps. At first, Kim is baffled by this bizarre new world of posh people, vintage champagne, epic mountains and waist deep powder. Then Kim discovers snowboarding, and her natural talent soon sees her training for the end-of-season competition, with a chance to win major prize money. But before she can become a champion again, Kim needs to overcome her deepest fears -- and figure out what's going on with Jonny (Ed Westwick), her boss' handsome but apparently unavailable son.

Developing the Film

The story of Chalet Girl began three years ago when producer Harriet Rees attended a pitching competition at the Cheltenham Screenwriting festival. 'The winner was a writer called Tom Williams,' says Rees. 'who had some great ideas. We got chatting and he gave me a series of three-line movie pitches, including one called Chalet Girl about a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who lands a job in a ski resort, but is totally out of her depth until she steps on a snowboard. I loved the idea, not least having been a chalet girl myself once upon a time. And the story is so appealing -- a real triumph over adversity tale. I got some vital early support to begin the development process from Screen South, and the idea began to take off. Then I did some work with experienced Screen South based producer Pippa Cross, and we agreed to produce the film together.' Director Phil Traill was a perfect choice for this material with a Berlinale winning short film behind him, a first Hollywood feature in the can, and a talent for comedy, not to mention an obsession for snowboarding. Coincidentally he had been at Newcastle University with the writer, where they both studied Film Studies. Tom made the introductions and the four set about development in earnest.

The film's positive message is one of the things that most appealed to Traill. 'It's really warm and makes me laugh so much. Kim will try and fail and try again. And, because she keeps trying, she deserves her triumph. I hope it inspires a lot of people to keep a positive attitude and make things happen for themselves. It's certainly not: you need a man to be happy. It's more: if you're a positive person, then good things will happen to you.'

'The fact that I already knew Tom made developing the screenplay really fun,' says director Phil Traill. 'And of course we had to go and find our locations in the Alps.' Harriet and Pippa had already managed to fit in some advance work there. Harriet explains, 'It was tough persuading anyone this was 'work' when I was fixing trips on private jets to Meribel and on to Laax for the British Snowboarding Championships! But we had to research the snowboarding world, which we did with the help of 'Brits' organisers Soulsports, and made early contacts with key player Roxy, before moving on to the lovely, and very welcoming resort of St Anton' Here we really got lucky ' adds Pippa, ' as we found our 'chalet' -- perfect to play Kim's new workplace and happily available to us even in high season as it now functions as a museum and restaurant.' And finally to another beautiful town, Garmisch Partenkirchen, where they planned to shoot many of the interiors as well as more mountain scenes up the impressive Zugspitze, with the enthusiastic support of the Bavarian Film Fund, brought on board by German co-producers Dietmar Guntsche and Wolfgang Behr of Neue Bioskop.

So the Chalet was in the bag, what about the 'girl' -- on to the casting...

Off Piste

With such a young cast, it's inevitable that lots of fun was had after the cameras stopped rolling. 'We all went out when we got a chance,' laughs Phil Traill. 'And those nights out were very good for the film because everyone had such a brilliant time that the atmosphere on set was always great the next day. Mountain air was really energizing!'

'On the first night, we went out to a place on the mountain in St Anton called the Krazy Kangaroo,' reveals Nicholas Braun. 'It was crazy. If you've ever been to a frat party, it's like three times that. Wild times.' Other big nights out included the famous Mooservirt, the other side of the home run back into town. Bill Nighy and Brooke Shields were more than happy to join in the entertainment. 'The younger members of the cast were very inclusive,' says Nighy. 'They didn't leave me in my room. We went out for Thai food, one night we got burgers and there was one epic night in a bowling alley, when I think everybody had a very good time.'

Brooke Shields admits to feeling somewhat torn in her relationship with the young cast. 'I ran the gambit of feeling like I was one of them and also feeling ancient,' she laughs. 'I felt honored to be included, but then I'm playing their mother so it was a little bit disconcerting. The thing that pleasantly surprised me was that nobody had an attitude. We worked long hours and they worked hard and the conditions were sometimes hard but there was a camaraderie. I actually saw Ed a little while after filming had finished and he was like, "I really miss you guys." And I know what he means because I miss everyone too. We were with each other every day. It doesn't happen often that such a variety of people just bond together. It's a cliche but it was really special. Now we can look at each other and say, "hey, we've been through something together."

On the Slopes

With a great cast ready to go, Traill and his crew set to work to make it all happen, in sometimes difficult conditions. 'One thing out here is no-one can predict the weather, which is very frustrating,' he sighs. 'Whenever we tried to plan the following day's filming, the Germans and Austrians would always say, "we are in the mountains," which is shorthand for saying, "we haven't a clue what the weather will be doing."'

Sophia Bush, who plays Chloe in the film, agrees. 'I was very, very lucky that I didn't have to do much of the mountain work,' she sighs with relief. 'It was very intense up there. I think Phil had to do a lot of improvising around the weather. We were luckily due to leave St Anton for Germany as all the snow melted in St Anton. Then the snow melted in Germany and it started snowing again in Austria. It did feel a little bit like being at the mercy of the elements. Georgia King, who plays chalet girl Jules, laughs in agreement. 'On paper, this film sounds great,' she smiles. 'In reality, it's any director's nightmare. Weather-wise it was ridiculous - either too hot, too cold, too much snow, not enough snow.

The weather isn't the only issue in the mountains. 'It's hard work because there is a lot of equipment and lights that have to be moved around,' explains Traill. 'Carrying all that incredibly heavy equipment is hard work, and also you're at altitude so it's even more exhausting. For some sequences we were going really high -- which meant a cable car and then a pistenbully up to the top of the mountain. Then, if needed, we had skidoos, which would take cast and crew back down to the loo. It's like a motorbike on skis, or is it a jet ski on snow?'

The next challenge was getting professionals involved to make the snowboarding scenes as convincing as possible. 'Neither Pippa nor I knew anything very much about snowboarding,' says Rees. 'so when we read the script it took a minute to realize that Tom had done his homework and written in real life legend Tara Dakides who is the most famous female snowboarder in the world. This was no fictional character.'

Luckily Tara responded rather well to the idea of playing herself in the film

Says Dakides 'It's me that spots Kim's talent and encourages her to go for the snowboarding competition. I tell that she's got skills but, like most of us, she just has to believe in herself a little bit more.' 'I used to think I was pretty good at snowboarding,' says director Phil Traill. 'But that was before I started hanging out with the world's best female snowboarders. Then I realised I'm not. I actually got a lesson from Tara Dakides during filming. She told me to bend my legs more.'

Chalet Girl star Felicity Jones had to do more than learn to bend her legs more. 'Learning to snowboard, or ski, is one of those things I've always wanted to do but have never had the opportunity,' says Jones. 'I wanted to take on something that was about learning something completely new and making my body learn something different and Chalet Girl allowed me to do that. I learnt so much that I would never have had theopportunity to do without this film, but it was such a physical challenge. I had to do a crash course before filming started. It was intensive eight-hour days, three weeks before filming started. In the end, I really got into it. I'll definitely be back on the slopes in the future, - wanting to go off piste.' Not that she got the hang of it immediately. 'I had a few snowboarding meltdowns,' she laughs. 'It was just such an enormous challenge. Remember the TV show Faking It? It was like that. I had to go from zero to hero. Phil and I had a lot of intense discussions. He was a bit worried about me throwing myself into it so hard, but I wanted it to be as convincing as possible. That meant I had to put in a lot of practice. Physically, it's very grueling.'

Co-star Tamsin Egerton had never been on a pair of skis before. So, learning to look like a seasoned skier presented quite a challenge. 'I felt like such an idiot novice,' laughs Egerton. 'Before filming started, it was four hours a day with my ski instructor, Gunter, on the slopes. Gunter is my hero now. He might as well have had a whip! He was so into the technicalities of it. He has given me the tools, which is why I think I've progressed so quickly. It's such a mind-over-matter sport, it's all about confidence. I'm not into the adrenaline junkie side of it. I'm not into throwing myself down a hill to see if I survive. And I have cried, all of us have cried on the slopes, going, "I can't do it! I'm going to walk down!" Then, the next day, it gets a bit easier. Now I'm even starting to enjoy it. I'm proud of what I've accomplished.'

Not all of the characters have to look as good on the slopes. 'I don't know how to ski and I haven't taken a lesson,' says Nicholas Braun. 'But luckily all I have to do is start and stop. Plus it doesn't matter if I'm goofy and slip and fall because that's Nigel.' Georgia King, who plays Jules, managed to avoid skiing altogether. 'Originally, the script had me skiing into some of the shots,' she laughs, 'but now they've taken all of that out. I just walk around in ski boots a lot. It's funny because, when casting this film, they have really gone for talent over convenience!'

Not so with Ed Westwick, who has been skiing since he was 11 years old. 'Yeah, I'm a huge skiing fan,' he enthuses. 'To be part of a production like this is very exciting. I learned skiing at school so, unlike a lot of the cast, I knew what I was doing. Felicity has been working her socks off and she's doing brilliantly.'

For the skiing and snowboarding scenes to look authentic, the producers brought in the professionals. Christian Stevenson is a filmmaker, DJ and presenter, who plays the compere of the snowboarding competition in the film. 'I used to make snowboarding movies for a living,' explains Stevenson. 'But now I'm more in front of the camera. This is my first proper film and I play the announcer. It's the same as what I do in real life anyway, because I host the big Freeze event in London with Ed Leigh. I'm basically a show off, so I love working a crowd. I got involved with the film because Spencer Claridge and Stuart Brass, who run the British Ski and Snowboard Championships, are consultants on the film. The production were talking about getting a well-known actor and Spencer said, "just get Christian. He knows what he's doing and he'll do all the flamboyant stuff." I love dressing up. I do about nine costume changes in every show I do. And it's been really amazing to watch the whole process of the film being made. The only problem is, every time I see Ed Westwick, I just get lost in his eyes.' He laughs: 'I mean, I'm hetero but, man, I'd go to that side.'

Man crushes aside, how does he feel the cast are faring on the slopes? 'Felicity has been riding with a lot of the crew who are actually pro snowboarders,' says Stevenson, looking very impressed. 'In this film they've got the real pro-snowboarders surrounded by the actors, so they're helping them look the part. I think they've done it right, you know? It's hard to do a film like this and keep it cred. Myself and a couple of snowboarders went through the script to make sure all the things my character says is what I would actually say. I've been snowboarding since 1985, before it really took off. You free the hands from the poles and you free the mind man. Going fast, taking chances. Speed is your friend, it really is.'

Professional snowboarder Tara Dakides is equally passionate about the sport. 'I started riding when I was 13,' she says, proudly. 'I'm going to date myself but, back then, very few people were snowboarding. So I got to watch snowboarding come a very amazing distance. I was very fortunate to start so long ago and see it grow and be part of a generation that were all delinquents and rebellious people. It was a really nice time. Now it's being incorporated into the Olympics and motion pictures. Some sports come in and out like rollerblading or whatever. But snowboarding has taken off, even though it's a still a really young sport. And now it's cool to see so many kids and families doing it.'

On set, Dakides is really impressed with how quickly the young cast have taken to it. 'Felicity is doing great,' she nods. 'It's actually really impressive. She's linking turns together and incorporating style, which doesn't usually come until after you've been snowboarding for a bit longer. She's enjoying it too. I think she's got the itch for snowboarding. I'm happy to teach her and have as much input in the film as I can, to bring my experience to it. I was really honoured to be written into the script. Although I was also relieved that, in the contest scene, she doesn't actually beat me. I get injured and have to pull out. If she beat me, I probably wouldn't do the film. That's the competitor in me.'

Bill Nighy is clearly lacking that competitive instinct. 'I have never skied or snowboarded,' he says firmly. 'The biggest challenge was trying to walk in ski boots and look relaxed and elegant at the same time. It's impossible. I don't understand the appeal of skiing and having to dress in skiwear is particularly unsettling. I immediately asked the costume designer if they do it in navy blue and, funnily enough, she had already started looking for navy blue skiwear. I was rather touched. She obviously knows my work. My nightmare was florescent orange or something. There is far too much of that on the slopes. In fact, there are all manner of crimes against fashion.'

Also key to the 'on the snow' process were Soulsports consultants Spencer Claridge and Stuart Brass, both ex pro boarders now working fulltime 'backstage' in the sport. Every scene on a snowboard needed to be graded to show Kim's progress, and then choreographed and delivered by a careful mix of stunt doubles, performance doubles and the actress herself, as far as insurance would allow! Cross explains "Spencer and Stuart worked really hard with Phil, Ed Wild DOP, Joe Geary our first assistant and the wonderful local team of Jens Hoffman, second unit director, and Torsten Jerabek, stunt coordinator, to ensure a real authenticity for all our snow boarding scenes, especially the final competition scenes at the Roxy Slopestyle Pro. Balancing so many issues, creative and practical, was a huge achievement for them".

The Cast

'The cast on this film is just so exciting,' grins Phil Traill. 'The first person we cast was Felicity Jones, (who plays heroine Kim Matthews) because it's her story. We got to meet many of England's leading young actresses. Then Felicity came in, who I didn't know before but, ten minutes later, she had the part.' Pippa Cross and Harriet Rees nod in agreement. 'As soon as we saw Felicity, it was a no brainer,' says Rees. Cross agrees. 'After all those months developing the script, it was like Kim had just walked through the door.' Felicity Jones found herself drawn to the script simply because she loved the character. 'I've never played anyone quite like that before,' she smiles. 'And the script was very funny. I also liked the interaction between Kim and the Madsen family. It was an interesting investigation of the difference between moneyed English people and non-moneyed. Even though they're from the same country, they're completely foreign to each other. In terms of wardrobe, I wanted to make Kim as convincing as possible. She's not particularly vain and would never think about trying to make an impact in what she wears as she's quite a practical soul, so it was all about trying to make the costumes relaxed.' And it wasn't considered a problem that Jones couldn't snowboard? 'Very few of our cast had ever stepped on a snowboard before,' laughs Rees. 'But they can all do it now,' adds Cross, proudly. 'Felicity and Tamsin have kind of fulfilled their roles -- and their destinies -turning into a great boarder and skier now".

Tamsin is Tamsin Egerton, next to be cast as Georgie, the posh chalet girl. 'She is just hilarious -- as if the part has been written for her' says Rees. Tamsin Egerton clearly relishes the chance to play the bitch. 'My character Georgie has basically got the best job in the Alps,' laughs Egerton. 'She works in the best chalet, with the nicest family - who are hardly ever there. So she's pretty smug and arrogant, but she's also bright and hardworking. She knows what she wants. She loves skiing, that's her passion, but she's also there for apres ski!' When Kim comes along, Georgie's perfect ski season is thrown into disarray. 'This grungy skater kid comes along, totally not prepared for the Alps, and Georgie is like, "are you kidding me?" She's so dry and so sarky, which is why I love her,' says Egerton. 'Her lines are short and sharp and jabby. I compare her to Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears Prada. It's that kind of bitch with a heart. She just wants to do her job well and she doesn't like this newcomer who doesn't know what she's doing.'

Despite initial appearances on screen, the two actresses got on brilliantly on set. 'Working with Felicity is fantastic because she's so lovely,' sighs Egerton. 'So it's quite easy to look at her in her little t-shirt and jeans with her beanie hat and think "ahhh, you are out of place here, aren't you?" I of course, for my character, had all the gear, but at a personal level I was pretty daunted when I first got here. Skiing is such a cliquey thing. You feel like such an outsider when you first arrive.'Egerton credits director Traill with making everyone feel at home. 'Phil is fantastic,' she says. 'He's like a mate and was very good at getting us to bond. And he's open to suggestions, so there are a couple of lines in the film that I'm quite chuffed with because they were my idea.

I also got to have input when it came to Georgie's wardrobe. I said that I really see her in blue. I think emotions and colours are related so I always imagine my characters in terms of colours. So she wears a lot of blue. But I also wear a lot of fur in this film, including an orange and khaki fur-lined ski suit. I think of her as an English eccentric. She doesn't care what people think. So sometimes she has her hair up in a scarf in a random way, or a ridiculous big fur hat, or she'll wear her father's old cashmere jumpers with pearls. Her wardrobe is like a great big dressing up box. It has been so much fun.'

One person who is used to having an eccentric wardrobe is Ed Westwick, who is best known for playing flamboyant Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl. 'Casting Westwick was something of a clincher in pulling the film together', says Rees: 'That's when everything fell into place because we had our two romantic leads. Ed was keen to play English after making such a name for himself as the Upper East sider -- he was also a keen skier, and on hiatus from Gossip Girl. When we got him the screenplay he was quick to respond positively.' Westwick explains the unlikely bond between Jonny and Kim: 'He likes her precisely because she's not your regular chalet girl,' he explains. 'She's a fish out of water. And a part of Jonny passionately wishes he could go off on his own and rebel because his life has been so planned out for him. They make a real connection on that level.' But there's a problem. Jonny is going out with beautiful, rich Park Avenue Princess Chloe. 'Yes, he is in a relationship already, the dirty rascal,' laughs Westwick. 'But he realises that his girlfriend isn't the one for him. It's almost like an arranged situation.'

With Felicity, Ed and Tamsin on board the other cast started to take shape. Sophia Bush plays Chloe, Jonny's girlfriend. 'From the outside, they look perfect together,' says Bush. 'But they are kind of trapped. Both families are really excited about them being a couple. Jonny's mother, in particular, adores Chloe. We created this relationship where Chloe and Caroline both have very elitist attitudes and their senses of humour are very in line with one another. It's almost as if Chloe and Jonny's mother are more in love with each other than Chloe and Jonny are.'

Like the rest of the cast, Bush was drawn to the project by the inspiring story. 'It's such a great thing when you read something that is so empowering for young women,' she smiles. 'It has a great message about really going for it, just being yourself and refusing to compromise on that, no matter what the situation.' But there was one other reason why Bush was keen to be involved.

'All they had to say was "Bill Nighy" and I was like, "I'm there!" He is just such an amazing guy and amazing character actor. And Brooke (Shields) is someone I've known for over a decade but we've never worked together until now so I was really looking forward to that. She has such class and elegance. And it was so amazing to hear stories from when she was a little girl, working with Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra. And, of course, aside from these amazing icons that I was so excited to work with, there was Tamsin and Felicity and Ed is a ball. And Nicholas Braun, playing my brother, is one of the most brilliant natural comedians I have ever come across in my life.'

In fact, it seems that Braun kept everyone entertained on set. 'He is one of the funniest men I've ever met,' agrees Bill Nighy. 'He's also a human beat box. I think they put a bit of his beat boxing in the movie, so that's worth your ticket money right there. He's one of these people who, whatever he's doing, he can't help but be funny.' Braun's character, Nigel, is luckily one of the most comic characters in the film. 'Nigel is this preppy East Coast New England cat, whose sister is engaged to Jonny,' explains Braun. 'He tries to seduce the chalet girl that Tamsin plays, but he's got no game whatsoever. He's a goofball so it's a lot of fun to play. I get to be a little bit outrageous.'

Nick knew Traill before being approached to work on the project. 'Phil and I worked together on my TV show back in America, Ten Things I Hate About You,' Braun explains. 'So he shot me an email telling me about the movie and asked me to come out and do it so I gladly said yes. Phil is such a cool guy and he's got great vision. I love his sense of humour. And we sat down and worked on the script together, which is new for me. Most people want the script to be their way. But he was very receptive to joke pitches and character development and stretching Nigel out some more. It was very much a collaborative effort from the start.'

Joining the young cast from the UK and USA is rising star Ken Duken as the mad Finnish snowboarder Mikki who takes Kim under his wing, and (in his words!) teaches her everything she knows. Duken had a very busy schedule but his pleasure in the screenplay meant he was determined to fit in his weeks in the mountains. It was also a pleasure to return to Bavaria where the young Duken grew up and learnt to snowboard.

Rounding up the young cast is Georgia King, who plays chalet girl Jules. 'Jules is basically wingman to Georgie, played by Tamsin,' King explains. 'She's pretty mean but also pretty goofy. Poor Kim is very out of her depth and very uncomfortable, and Jules makes her feel even more alienated and unhappy. She lives for gossip and she's trying to build a cool image of herself but I don't think she actually is very cool. At first, I thought she was going to be a cool bitch, but then I saw her costume. That was when I realised I wasn't playing anyone super cool! -- when I was given my twin sets and polo necks and pastel colours and pearls. One of her outfits is a denim mini skirt, grey tights, brown and white alpine-esque jumper with a hood and a suede and fur waistcoat. To top it off: fur earmuffs, sunglasses, pearl earrings, pearl necklace and, the piece de resistance: my desert boots that have daisies on them. Also they're two sizes too big so they're really clunky. She's a try-hard, but really she's pretty gawky.'

Alongside the young cast, icons Bill Nighy and Brooke Shields star as Jonny's parents, Richard and Caroline Madsen. 'Caroline doesn't want her son going off with the chalet girl,' explains Cross. 'Especially one from the wrong side of the tracks. But as it turns out, all her pretensions are completely undermined by the fact that she met Richard when she was an airhostess.' Bill Nighy, who plays Richard, came on board after being impressed with Tom Williams' script. 'I thought it was sort of perfect,' explains Nighy. 'It was an impeccable example of a certain kind of movie, which I am quite fond of. And it seemed like a pretty lively project because of the young American/English cast. They were all charming and very good company. And, of course, it was very satisfactory being married to Brooke Shields, however briefly. Brooke was dreamy. She was funny and easy and didn't seem too dismayed being married to me. She managed to keep a straight face, which was very decent of her.'

Brooke Shields exclaims: 'I literally could be married to Bill over and over and over again. He is just a quintessential gentleman. He is professional and funny and takes it seriously and behaves in a very respectful way with every single person around him. There are so many young people in the movie and I love that they got to see how appreciative and delightful someone of his stature is. He just made it all very real and important and funny. He's so thankful of being where he is every day. Somehow it made sense that Bill and I were a couple. He's so cute -- he kept saying it's good for his resume. I was like, it's good for my resume to have you as my husband. Trust me. His presence is just so special and unique.'

Nighy and Shields bonded over an unlikely shared passion: tea. 'Bill would deliver me these little envelopes of Yorkshire tea and sometimes he would bring his teapot and make me the perfect cup of Yorkshire tea. It was just so sweet. I would tease him a lot, but I think he liked it because it was all done with love. For example, I'd ask him a question and he would answer me but he'd really go in depth and take a long time and really take my question seriously. And I meant the question but, somewhere in the middle of his dissertation about it, I would be pretending to fall asleep and start snoring.'

Shields was adamant that her character, Caroline, would be more three-dimensional than just a classic bitch. 'Contrary to what popular belief might be, Caroline and her husband have a very good relationship,' says Shields. 'She was an American flight attendant and they fell in love and they've been married for quite some time. It was Phil's description of Caroline that made me want to do the film. She could have gone unnoticed. There isn't a lot written for her in the script. But he trusted me to give my own ideas. She basically doesn't want her son to marry someone like her. There's a sweet scene between her and Jonny where she says, "I want you to do better," and he says, "I didn't ever want dad to do better." She has learned how to play the role of that type of privileged life and she's a good mum. But she wants the very best for her son, so she's trying to strong-arm him into marrying the right girl. Although, of course, the right girl should be the one that he's in love with.'

Like the rest of the cast, Shields was impressed with Traill's directing style. 'Phil is so fun, he is definitely one of the team, but he can also be tough when he needs to be,' she says. 'He was able to be this figure of authority even for me, when I'm older than he is. Bill and I had a huge amount of respect for the way he directed, and the way he talked to us. He wouldn't let us get away with losing focus.' Traill is also quick to praise Shields and Bush and their contribution to the film. 'Brooke and Sophia play the nastier girls in the movie but they had lots of ideas of how to make them three dimensional and interesting,' says Traill.

Playing Kim's Dad Bill, Bill Bailey was a wonderful addition to the cast. And although all his scenes are set in their East End house, these were all shot in beautiful Garmisch- Partenkirchen. Bailey was delighted to be asked to play a fully three-dimensional role ('not a druggie or a weirdo') and his relationship with his daughter Kim gives the film a real emotional depth. Bailey only just made it out to Bavaria for the shoot when Icelandic volcanic ash closed European airspace. He made his way from Spain after purchasing a much lusted after vintage Citroen! After so much mayhem over travel issues, he was often to be found in his trailer in Garmisch calmly composing temp cues to inspire Phil Traill for the eventual soundtrack.