Filmmaker Paul Andrew Williams talks ‘Unfinished Song’

Writer/director Paul Andrew Williams recently spoke with “Breakthrough Entertainment” about his new musical dramedy “Unfinished Song.”

In “Unfinished Song,” which will be available beginning Tuesday, Sept. 24 on DVD at retail stores and rental outlets throughout the Valley, Terence Stamp plays a grumpy pensioner who honors his wife’s passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong – a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son (Christopher Eccleston). Gemma Arterton also stars.

Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment’s” full interview with Williams by clicking HERE. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the writer/director discusses star Terence Stamp’s performance and what he hopes viewers take away from “Unfinished Song.”

[Terence Stamp] is a very interesting actor. He has done some very iconic movie roles and he has also done some stuff that you might consider to be a bit off the wall. He read the script and, when we met, he was a bit frightened of it – as was I in making any kind movie. But he was intrigued, we got on and he was a real pleasure to work with. He was a really good choice.

That’s the thing about Terence and most good actors – they really work internally rather than externally. He is actually very good. And once you have got a good actor and have a rapport with them, you actually don’t have to do that much because they are usually pretty good. [Terence] is intelligent, he knows what’s going on in [any given] scene and he gets it. So a lot of the time it’s just us chatting and finding the best way to do it. And also, when you have got Vanessa Redgrave in front you, it kind of makes it easier as well.

I wrote about family and I hope that people see it like that and get some of the family dynamic out of it. I mean, we have all been there. We have all got family. And most of us have, unfortunately, lost people. So I just want people to sort of come away away thinking, ‘I enjoyed that. I laughed a bit, I cried a bit but all in all I feel happy.’ We have had people who have said, ‘I am going to ring up my dad with whom I haven’t spoken for 8 years.’ You get lots of messages like that, which is very nice.”Paul Andrew Williams

Joseph J. Airdo

Joseph J. Airdo is a film critic, producer and on-air personality for Breakthrough Entertainment, a talk radio show airing 10-11 a.m. Saturdays on KPHX 1480 AM and that shines a spotlight on the practical perspectives of the topics and themes explored in movies. He has a pet duck named Frozen who is as opinionated about movies as he is. E-mail him at

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