ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Touching Wild Horses
"Touching Wild Horses is a story about a little boy, Mark, and his aunt Fiona and how they overcome grief, guilt and loss," comments director Eleanore Lindo. "The spirit of the wild horses, which is the emblem of the film, is also the stimulus. It's a story about love and the touching is a symbol. Mark touches the horse and Fiona touches Mark. These moments of touching are very important, signaling what's going on, the connections, and even more so, it helps to heal them."
Lindo prefers projects heavy in subtext because this allows her to explore the emotional and psychological arcs in her characters, structuring the cinematography to enhance the magic of her actors. "In Horses, the boy is repressing his emotions and the aunt is repressing hers," says Lindo.
Alone on an island in the middle of the ocean are three individuals and a herd of wild horses. Creatively, this can be a risky proposition, but producer Lewis Chester feels, "In risk there is opportunity. Jane Seymour, Mark Rendall, and Charles Martin Smith were so intense and they were able to form a special bond."
The script for Touching Wild Horses came to Producers Lewis B. Chester and David M. Perlmutter with the director attached. "Eleanore is a director who is particularly responsive to literature about human values," continues Chester. "And she was right in her assessment that this was a piece that could be rendered theatrically, that the visuals combined with the character interaction could make for something very special."
David Perlmutter immediately matched the Horses script to the location in Picton, Ontario. "I've known about this area for years and I've never seen it fully explored on film. The windswept dunes by the water are mesmerizing, evoking profound emotion. Add to those visuals the characters of Fiona and Mark and their tragedies and it's a complete picture. Now that I have seen the cut of the film, I am tremendously gratified that my instincts were right."
Chesler had specific expectations in casting Jane Seymour in the role of Aunt Fiona. "I believe in the actor's ability to find the contradictions within a character and to find the range. We hoped Jane would respond to the material in the way that she did."
Lindo was ecstatic to be working with the veteran actor. "I am amazed by Jane Seymour. She's very compelling. You are drawn to her and she has a wonderful balance of the gruffness of the character and the vulnerability of the character. So even while she is being tough and mean, you feel there is something underneath, which is what this story is about. Her vulnerability shines through."