Australian production designer Steven Jones-Evans was tasked with creating a haunted house that would tell a tale of family horror in Natalie Erika James’ directorial debut, “Relic,” now at drive-ins and available on demand July 10.
In the IFC Midnight film, shot Down Under, Robyn Nevin plays Edna, an elderly woman who disappears from her house one day. Emily Mortimer and Bella Heathcote play her daughter, Kay, and granddaughter, Sam, who arrive at an empty house to discover it recently lived in and filled with decay.
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Variety talked with Jones-Evans (“Ned Kelly”) about how he built the home that serves as a metaphor for the dementia that Edna suffers from.
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“We weren’t telling an Australian story, we were telling a universal one, so we wanted the house to feel universal. We chose a