Video interview: Ella Hunt on headlining the zombie Christmas comedy ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE

Video interview: Ella Hunt on headlining the zombie Christmas comedy ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE

The “zombie” movie genre doesn’t seem to be lightening up, so the only natural way to keep it going is to do something new and interesting with it. ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE really took things a step further by making itself a comedy, set during Christmas, and a musical to boot. The British production has already become a film festival favorite, and many are calling it an instant classic in the vein of SHAUN OF THE DEAD. The story revolves around a rebellious girl named Anna who is dealing with typical high school woes in her final year before graduation – a romantic past with a ex-boyfriend, a best friend who wants more than she does out of their relationship, a power-hungry principal, a disapproving father who wants her to take her education more seriously… and then a zombie outbreak happens. Stopping every now and then for a musical number, and interspersed with some surprisingly dark and unexpected moments, the film ends up being a fun and unique experiment that’s quite refreshing and inspired. One of the best aspects of it is its lead actress Ella Hunt, who plays Anna with tough but vulnerable perfection. Her background as a singer actually preceded her acting career, with one of her earliest big screen roles being in the 2012 production of LES MISERABLES. I had a chance to sit down and chat with Ella during her stop in Dallas, where we spoke candidly about her performance in ANNA, which is now playing in Dallas and other select cities across the country. Check out that interview below, and look for the film at a theater near you. Many thanks to Marc Ciafardini for shooting this, and to Grady May for getting it edited for posting in less than 24 hours.


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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.