Anna Elizabeth James on Filming Deadly Illusions Like Straight Out of A Thriller Novel [Exclusive Interview]

Deadly Illusions directed by Anna Elizabeth James

Deadly Illusions directed by Anna Elizabeth James

Mystery. Thriller. Passion.

These are the components of a great mystery novel.

In Deadly Illusions, the thriller follows a novelist trying to write her next bestseller and hired a nanny to care for her children. Then the lives on her pages and real life started to blend together as she soon realizes something is quite odd with her nanny.

The film stars Kristin Davis, Greer Grammer, Dermot Mulroney, and Shanola Hampton. Anna Elizabeth James wrote and directed the movie.

Here’s the official synopsis:

A bestselling female novelist Mary Morrison (Kristin Davis), suffering from writer’s block, hires an innocent yet beautiful caregiver Grace (Greer Grammer) to watch over her children as she dangerously indulges into the fantasies of her new best seller. Everything changes when Mary becomes spellbound by Grace who soon becomes her muse. As their relationship blossoms, the line between the life she’s writing and the one she’s living becomes blurred.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director Anna Elizabeth James on the mystery thriller story, the characters, and her wonderful cast.

Ann Elizabeth James sold her feature script I Do Over to Skydance Media in her second year of grad school. While at USC, she directed the short thriller Haven’s Point in 2012. Also, she produced an iPhone shot series Goldilocks that ran from 2010-2012. Her first feature film was with Emma’s Chance, about a young woman who performs community service at a horse rescue ranch and connected with a particular horse. She followed up with another horse-theme movie with Destined to Ride, about a young woman her visit her aunt at a remote ranch for the summer.

Deadly Illusions is currently available on all digital platforms.

Watch the exclusive interview with director Anna Elizabeth James below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Dark Star Pictures

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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