Killing Eleanor | A Chat With Annika Marks On Addiction, Family, And Control [Exclusive Interview]

Killing Eleanor is a fabulous indie feature film that will be released next week on digital platforms. It features the ever frustrating battle of a woman, Natalie, who can’t get control of her addiction to medication. As well as an older woman, Eleanor, that has a terminal illness that wants to control when she dies. Due to a series of events, Natalie agrees to help Eleanor end her life.

Part of what makes Killing Eleanor a great film is its portrayal of the family that surrounds the addict. In films, we usually see families after a lengthy battle dealing with the addict. Events that include having them go missing, stolen money and or property, multiple rehab stints, and much more. This means that we find them with very little or no more patience towards that person. Thus making them sometimes look like bad guys in the situation. I felt that some of the different types of family members were well represented here.

Killing Eleanor

Eleanor’s character is also very well done. While we see that Natalie really has no control over her addiction, Eleanor is determined to control the last step in her life, death. Her willpower is evident by her ability to find and talk with Natalie. Then when she makes a deal with Natalie, we find that she is still very resourceful. The two characters, while very different my many ways have great chemistry on screen.


With the release of Killing Eleanor on Oct. 12th digitally, LRM Online’s Emmanuel Gomez spoke with Annika Marks. She is the writer and lead actress of the film that plays Natalie. In our conversation, we talk about how families of addicts suffer and how they are portrayed in film. We also talk about the theme of control in the film from the perspective of Natalie and Eleanor. She also talks to us about her experience in working with her husband, Rich Newey, the director of the film. You can check out the full conversation down below!

Annika Marks

Here is the summary for Killing Eleanor

Recently out of another stint in rehab, Natalie (Annika Marks) is hiding her everlasting pain killer habit, while living back at home and working for her Mom (Jane Kaczmarek) on the condition she’s clean. When Eleanor (Jenny O’Hara), a terminally-ill old woman, sneaks out of her nursing home and surprises Natalie with a long-forgotten IOU, her repayment request is shocking— she wants Natalie to help her die. 

Natalie dismisses Eleanor, but after a family intervention, led by her Type A sister Anya (Besty Brandt), she needs to get her hands-on clean urine. So, the two strike a deal— Eleanor will pee in a cup, and Natalie will help kill her. Their right to die odyssey is filled with complications as Eleanor’s past and Natalie’s lies catch up with them. But ultimately, helping Eleanor die with dignity might just teach Natalie to live with dignity

 Killing Eleanor will be available for purchase digitally on October 12th, 2021. You can pre-order it here!

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