Paul, the character of Lily enables you to show Roxanne’s caring side, was this always an intention?
Definitely. The crux of the story is a lonely and isolated person, who is forced to let someone else into her life, therefore giving up a little bit of control, and allowing herself to care about another person.
As a child, Lily can’t look after herself, and Roxanne is forced to take some responsibility – she can no longer act as selfishly, without putting the girl at risk. I hope this is a story that everyone can relate to, as we all have baggage from our pasts that make us build up walls/guards against others, and have moments in our lives where we’re forced to bring these barriers down.
Miss Cairo, what impact do you think Lily has had on Roxanne?
Lily almost is a reflection of Roxanne and is her second chance of being able to give love. I fell that Roxanne has had quite sometime of not loving herself, she has got to the point where she needs to put this energy onto someone else before she can receive love herself. Lily disrupts Roxannes very meticulous life, releasing emotions which she has been trying to repress. Lilly makes Roxanne very reactive, and awakens her sense of instinct and nurturing capacity.
Miss Cairo, LGBT characters and films are becomingly increasingly popular. Do you think there can be further progression?
The progression would be to get them into the mainstream. When the world sees images of different kinds of people, it reduces hostility for people start seeing it as something to accept. We need films that break down stereotypes, which don’t just reduce the characters to two-dimensional forms. We need more films which have a cross selection of races, films which don’t culturally appropriate.