Holly hadn’t expected that there would be a new flood of interview requests. With filming wrapped up, she and Phryne finally had a chance to get on top of all the ones they already had. But they had not been counting on Peter and Henry’s interview.
Somehow Henry’s statement had given rise to a fresh wave of interest. He hadn’t named names exactly, but people were good at filling in the blanks. And so there were more requests. People were getting more entertainment out of the gossip and media stories than she suspected they actually would get out of the movie.
Walsh was also being sought after for interviews. Something about the fact that he was Henry’s replacement made him especially interesting to people. But over the past few weeks, he had locked himself away along with the Antigone footage and, for all intents and purposes, had refused to come out until the editing was finished.
Additionally there had been amazing support from the cast and crew. Somewhere along the line they seemed to have moved from let’s just get through this already to actual support. Everyone knew it had been and still was an uphill battle, but at last they could see the crest of the hill and reaching it no longer seemed so impossible.
But Holly had never realized before now how much work actually went into a movie after the last scene was filmed. Apparently though, it was a lot, and she only had to deal with the promotional side of things.
McCall was working hard on arranging a premiere. They were hoping six months out. He said things were looking hopefully but Holly didn’t know most of the details and she did know he was having a trickier time of it than he had hoped. However she was too tired from all the rest of the work to learn about a whole new area of the film industry. She could trust McCall to decipher distribution deals and theater chains. He knew what he was doing.
In the meantime she was busy meeting with interviewers, magazine reporters and online celebrities all while touring schools, talking over and over again about Antigone. By this point, she was actually becoming rather sick of the movie and she hadn’t even seen it all cut together yet. She worried this might not be a good sign and hoped other people wouldn’t be feeling the same way before it came out. Phryne and she debated a lot on the right balance and number of interviews and talks to give in order to avoid this.
They hadn’t heard much of anything from the direction of Grant and Holly hoped they could keep it that way. If Antigone could just be a success and he’d leave it alone, at this point she was happy to co-exist in silent dislike of one another.
But Antigone had to be good. So when Walsh finally emerged and called to let them all know that he and the editor had finished, her first rush of excitement was quickly met with cold stone dread. This was it. If it was dismal, if all the behind the scene drama and turmoil had produced a flop, then no amount of promotion, PR, or diplomacy was possibly going to save them.