“I find the most interesting and most daring scripts tend to be for independent films.” – Neve Campbell
Canadian actress Neve Campbell rose to prominence with her performances as Julia Salinger on the Fox drama series Party of Five as well as Sidney Prescott in the immensely popular slasher film franchise Scream. Although she trained as a ballet dancer when she was young, injuries prevented Campbell from pursuing it as a career and she transitioned to acting at the age of 15. Her first starring role was as Daisy in the Canadian drama series Catwalk.
Campbell reflected, “In my 20s, it all hit so fast and so big that it was a little overwhelming. Wonderful, obviously, and I’m very grateful for it, but it got to a level, also, where the kinds of things that I was being offered were not the things I wanted to do. I was constantly being offered horror films, because I was known for horror films, or bad romantic comedies.”
She added, “For a long time, I was told to be concerned about people’s idea of me [regarding] the choices I was making and what it would do to my career. No matter what your choices are you truly have no control about what people think of you. It also gets boring doing that because you end up not making choices for yourself. I’m just at a point where I want to do work that is interesting, that challenges me and I want to be around people that inspire and push me. The choices I’ve made has caused this kind of independent idea of me but I just want to have fun.”
Ahead of the 2019 film Castle in the Ground’s at-home release, Campbell shared her five favourite films with Rotten Tomatoes. Directed by Joey Klein, the film features Campbell as a mother of a teenager who finds himself in the middle of the opioid epidemic, struggling with addiction and violence. Campbell puts in a strong performance, perfectly capturing the psychological conflicts that such a role demands.
While speaking about the addition of Cinema Paradiso, Campbell said, “My dad introduced me to cinema when I was a kid, to watch old films and foreign films, and so I think I was just touched by the idea of a young kid getting to know the projectionist in a village and falling in love with the world of cinema. I kind of related to that.
“And then I related to the idea of a kid’s passion for movies and eventually getting out and making movies himself. I like the idea of that. And the pacing of the film, and the beauty of the cinematography, and the relationship between the boy and the projectionist is very, very sweet and very touching.”
Here is a list of Neve Campbell’s five favourite films, including works by Giuseppe Tornatore and Robert Altman, which influenced her own career and strengthened her passion for cinema.
Neve Campbell’s 5 favourite films:
- Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore – 1988)
- Call Me by Your Name (Luca Guadagnino – 2017)
- The Big Chill (Lawrence Kasdan – 1983)
- Singin’ in the Rain (Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen – 1952)
- McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman – 1971)