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美国国家公共电台 NPR 'Anna And The Apocalypse': The Scottish Zombie Christmas High School Musical

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Try to put these words together in a sentence - Scottish, zombie, Christmas, high school musical. Wait. Somebody already has.


ELLA HUNT: (As Anna, singing) I'm not a princess sat in white just hoping my chance will come. Then, I'm the problem, don't want to solve them, just want to have some fun.

UNIDENTIFIED CHORUS: (As characters, singing) 'Cause no one ever tells you when you're young, love's not like the books, the films or the songs...

SIMON: "Anna And The Apocalypse," a film that drew raves1 in Britain and has now been released in the United States, is based on a short film by the writer-director Ryan McHenry, who unfortunately did not live to make this feature. It's directed by John McPhail. And starring as the young Scottish teen who's about to graduate school but first has to contend with a zombie takeover of her village and perhaps the world is Ella Hunt. She joins us now from New York. Thanks so much for being with us.

HUNT: Thank you.

SIMON: This film isn't "Love Actually," is it?

HUNT: (Laughter) No, no, no, no. The only thing it's similar to "Love Actually" in is it combines a whole load of storylines...

SIMON: Yeah.

HUNT: ...A whole load of genres2 in some ways.

SIMON: I have to note that some movie teens can be actors in their late 20s and early 30s, but you were just out of your teens, I gather.

HUNT: I shot this film when I was 18. I was the same age as Anna.

SIMON: Oh, mercy. So, as a terrible generalization3, how do you think teens are often portrayed4 or misportrayed in films?

HUNT: That's something I talked a lot about when I'm - in talking about Anna because I am really passionate5 about how young people are represented. So often, you see teenagers that are bored out of their brains, only look at their phones, don't want to speak to their parents. And I didn't feel like that was quite honest of my experience as a teenager. And although Anna has those things of being bored with her small town and her school and she wants to get out of the conventional cog of expectations put upon her by her dad and her friends alike, she's so much more than that. And I was so excited to get to play with that.

SIMON: Is there something about teens and zombie stories?

HUNT: I think there is an appeal of zombie stories to a lot of people. I think zombie stories and horrors in general are quite funny breeding grounds for talking about things without really talking about them. And, for us, the zombies were a metaphor6 for the violent world we're leaving for our kids. And the film talks about loss and connectivity, too. And I think what people have been responding to is, yeah, it's all these crazy things, but it's also this film that has a darker, more thoughtful message to it as well.

SIMON: Kind of continuing joke in the film - your character gets up in the morning and she's singing about...

HUNT: Being miles away?


HUNT: It's a brand-new day (laughter)?


HUNT: (As Anna, singing) Hey, I am miles away, I am miles away, and it's a beautiful day.

SIMON: That's the one. And, of course, all around her, zombies are taking over the town chomp7 by chomp. The message of that is what? Teens can be a little self-absorbed?

HUNT: I think that scene is not so much saying that teens can be a little self-absorbed as it's a scene about hope and the joy of waking up in the morning and being able to shed the skin of the day before and go, OK, I'm starting something new this morning. And...

SIMON: Even if zombies are biting heads off?

HUNT: Even if zombies are biting heads off. Well, she has no idea.

SIMON: Yeah.

HUNT: She's just determined8 to have a great day. And then, when the zombies do start biting heads off, she's totally in denial. She's like, it's not zombies. It's definitely not zombies. There's no such thing.

SIMON: I do happen to - I do want to ask about Ryan McHenry...

HUNT: Yes.

SIMON: Did you know him?

HUNT: I unfortunately didn't get to meet Ryan, and I didn't know the entire backstory of the project until I was attached and came up to Glasgow. And I remember going out for dinner with the producers. And they started right from the beginning about Ryan watching "High School Musical" and being like, this is rubbish, but it'd be great if Zac Efron was eaten by zombies. And I thought they were telling me a really happy story about how the film came about. And the more they talked, the sadder it was that Ryan passed away before he got to make this movie. But hearing that story, I was so determined - and all of us were - to use this incredible idea that this awesome9 young creative had and to take on the baton10 and do his story justice.

SIMON: Yeah. He was 27, I gather, and died of bone cancer...

HUNT: Yeah.

SIMON: ...Before he could see this film be made. You've been working, professionally, for almost a decade, I gather.

HUNT: Yes.

SIMON: I do want to ask if becoming a working actor so young, at the age of 11, got in the way of a normal adolescence11.

HUNT: I think my adolescence never would have been normal because I come from quite an unconventional, crazy family. I spent the majority of my teens just wanting to get out of my teens. A lot of young people, they chastise12 and tease other young people if they have aspirations13 or if they care about things. And I cared about things. I had stuff I wanted to do, and I was so over being bullied14 for being an aspirational15, hard-working kid. So, yeah, maybe it got in the way of having a normal teenage experience, and I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, but I also think that, so often, teenagers are encouraged to pursue their backup plan. And, to me, that's a foolish thing to encourage a young person to do because I think you're going to succeed in the thing that you're passionate about because you're naturally going to work harder at something that you enjoy doing. Or, at least, that's my perspective on things. So whenever I had teachers in school tell me to pursue a backup plan, I was like, nope. I'm going to do what I want. I'm going to be an actress...

SIMON: Yeah.

HUNT: I'm going to be a musician. I'm going to be happy, and I'm happy.

SIMON: How do you feel about people reading the theme into this Scottish zombie Christmas high school musical...

HUNT: Well said.

SIMON: ...That friends will get you through?

HUNT: I love that. I love that this film glorifies16 teenage friendship and not teenage romance. To me, it's a much truer thing to glorify17.

SIMON: Ella Hunt - she stars in "Anna And The Apocalypse." Happy holidays and thanks so much.

HUNT: Thank you.


1 raves eff15904ad1ff50e1a71642704afd6f7     
n.狂欢晚会( rave的名词复数 )v.胡言乱语( rave的第三人称单数 );愤怒地说;咆哮;痴心地说
  • She raves about that singer. 她醉心地谈论那位歌手。 来自辞典例句
  • His new play received raves in the paper. 他的新剧本在报纸上受到赞扬。 来自辞典例句
2 genres f90f211700b6afeaafe2f8016ddfad3d     
(文学、艺术等的)类型,体裁,风格( genre的名词复数 )
  • Novel and short story are different genres. 长篇小说和短篇小说是不同的类别。
  • But confusions over the two genres have a long history. 但是类型的混淆,古已有之。 来自汉英文学 - 散文英译
3 generalization 6g4xv     
  • This sweeping generalization is the law of conservation of energy.这一透彻的概括就是能量守恒定律。
  • The evaluation of conduct involves some amount of generalization.对操行的评价会含有一些泛泛之论。
4 portrayed a75f5b1487928c9f7f165b2773c13036     
v.画像( portray的过去式和过去分词 );描述;描绘;描画
  • Throughout the trial, he portrayed himself as the victim. 在审讯过程中,他始终把自己说成是受害者。
  • The author portrayed his father as a vicious drunkard. 作者把他父亲描绘成一个可恶的酒鬼。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
5 passionate rLDxd     
  • He is said to be the most passionate man.据说他是最有激情的人。
  • He is very passionate about the project.他对那个项目非常热心。
6 metaphor o78zD     
  • Using metaphor,we say that computers have senses and a memory.打个比方,我们可以说计算机有感觉和记忆力。
  • In poetry the rose is often a metaphor for love.玫瑰在诗中通常作为爱的象征。
7 chomp NrAzV     
v. (人、动物进食时)大声地咬,嚼得很响
  • I lost a tooth while chomping on a French baguette!我啃法棍面包时,崩掉了一颗牙!
  • They just chomp on tundra, nap a few hours and feast again.它们只是在苔原上大嚼特嚼,睡上几小时,接着再吃。
8 determined duszmP     
  • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已决定毕业后去西藏。
  • He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他决定查看一下办公室后面的房间。
9 awesome CyCzdV     
  • The church in Ireland has always exercised an awesome power.爱尔兰的教堂一直掌握着令人敬畏的权力。
  • That new white convertible is totally awesome.那辆新的白色折篷汽车简直棒极了.
10 baton 5Quyw     
  • With the baton the conductor was beating time.乐队指挥用指挥棒打拍子。
  • The conductor waved his baton,and the band started up.指挥挥动指挥棒,乐队开始演奏起来。
11 adolescence CyXzY     
  • Adolescence is the process of going from childhood to maturity.青春期是从少年到成年的过渡期。
  • The film is about the trials and tribulations of adolescence.这部电影讲述了青春期的麻烦和苦恼。
12 chastise XbCyt     
  • My father used to chastise my brothers with whips.父亲过去常以鞭打惩罚我的兄弟。
  • Should I applaud my husband or chastise him?我是该称赞还是责罚我的丈夫呢?
13 aspirations a60ebedc36cdd304870aeab399069f9e     
强烈的愿望( aspiration的名词复数 ); 志向; 发送气音; 发 h 音
  • I didn't realize you had political aspirations. 我没有意识到你有政治上的抱负。
  • The new treaty embodies the aspirations of most nonaligned countries. 新条约体现了大多数不结盟国家的愿望。
14 bullied 2225065183ebf4326f236cf6e2003ccc     
adj.被欺负了v.恐吓,威逼( bully的过去式和过去分词 )
  • My son is being bullied at school. 我儿子在学校里受欺负。
  • The boy bullied the small girl into giving him all her money. 那男孩威逼那个小女孩把所有的钱都给他。 来自《简明英汉词典》
15 aspirational 886aa00f4b7fc5187145f28ed9448c76     
  • Most of the images that bombard us all are aspirational. 轰击的图像,我们都期望最大。
  • Analysts said self-help and aspirational reading could explain India's high figures. 分析师们指出,自助读书、热爱读书是印度人均读书时间超过别的国家的主要原因。
16 glorifies f415d36161de12f24f460e9e91dde5a9     
赞美( glorify的第三人称单数 ); 颂扬; 美化; 使光荣
  • He denies that the movie glorifies violence. 他否认这部影片美化暴力。
  • This magazine in no way glorifies gangs. 这本杂志绝对没有美化混混们。
17 glorify MeNzm     
  • Politicians have complained that the media glorify drugs.政治家们抱怨媒体美化毒品。
  • We are all committed to serving the Lord and glorifying His name in the best way we know.我们全心全意敬奉上帝,竭尽所能颂扬他的美名。
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