hOne of the most popular actors in the world, e is known for his role as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise. But now Tom Felton wants to use his platform to shine a spotlight on someone whose historic accomplishments have been obscured for decades.
Felton produced his first feature film, Canyon del Muerto, telling the story of Anne Axtell Morris, one of the first female archaeologists in the United States, who worked with the Navajo in the 1920s to uncover North America’s oldest civilization, the Anasazi.
“It’s an epic, untold story,” said Felton. “Ann Morris was recently recognized as a credible archaeologist, though, who set the tone for the next 100 years of young women having the opportunity to enter the field.”
The film, expected for release this spring, stars Felton as Maurice’s husband, Earl, who is often cited as the model for actor George Lucas’ Indiana Jones. It explores how Morris’s accomplishments were overshadowed by her husband’s fame and his prejudices against women.
The film was the first to be granted access to film in the sacred and culturally significant landscape of Canyon de Chile on the lands of the Navajo Nation in Arizona. It was praised by Jonathan Neese, President of the Navajo Nation, who called it “an extraordinary presentation of our land, our people, and our culture.”
Felton said, “When I first read the script I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard Ann’s story before. I love archeology. I’ve always been into digging up the past. Jurassic Park always had a little bit of my enthusiasm as a kid. I loved Model T cars and gadgets.” and equipment.”
Although Morris found her way into archeology in the 1920s, when most of the field was male, she did not flinch, often making her way to excavation sites by taking jobs as nanny or child assistant.
The film depicts the dangers of her and her husband’s travels across the southwestern United States, and how their Navajo guides forbade them from descending Canyon del Muerto—known as Dead Man’s Valley—because they believed it was cursed.
“The Earl was quite the shooter, while Anne is the fire of the story. She was a very happy young woman,” Felton said. Lots of nice details.”
The film, written and directed by Coerte Voorhees, stars Bafta winner Abigail Lawrie as Morris, and a supporting cast including Academy Award winner Wes Studi and Jacob Fortune-Lloyd.
Felton said that he and Laurie had to attend an archaeologist “boot camp” prior to filming to ensure that details on screen were correct. “We had to get our hands dirty, learn the actual systemic nature of the system. It’s very hard and very slow.” They are also equipped with materials including Morris’s original work, any current photographs of her and the Earl together, and historical geographic pieces. “We were immersed. Most of the dialogue is based on Anne’s letters,” he said.
Felton said he hopes to carry his “experience of growing up on set” into these and future production roles. “It was nice to be part of the decision-making team, but it was definitely more difficult than I thought. Normally as an actor, you show up and do what you want, and then you leave. This time I was more involved in building the movie — how we were going to spend our time, which scenes were the most important.” The importance of what needs to be done and getting it right before moving in such a limited time.
“There are so many moving pieces that nobody’s really right. The cinematographer wants to get another take because the sun is setting in time, and the producer wants to move things around because the actor is running out of time. To be honest it’s pretty terrifying, but it’s fun when you see all of it.” Meets “.
The actor, whose memoir, Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard, became a bestseller when it was released last year, said that while it was nice to break out of the Harry Potter mould, it was still “real” to have fun in Potter’s Mess. “.
He added: “It’s really wonderful that people are still enjoying the pieces of work we finished over a decade ago. I can’t believe how much has been passed on to the next generation, and how it’s still a staple of British belonging. Perhaps one step closer to the Royal Family.” There is a shop at the airport that sells bags and stuff, it’s amazing. Pottery fans obviously haven’t gone anywhere.”
Felton even went with a friend to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child recently, “and there was a family of Australians to my left, all head to toe dressed in Slytherin clothes,” he said. “I was wearing a hat and a mask so I could go under the radar, but they were too fascinated by what was happening on stage to notice old Tom.”