She played Alisha, a bossy amazon whose superpower was that she could instil instant sexual arousal in anyone she met.
One of Antonia’s first scenes involved doing something unmentionable with a bottle.
‘But it’s unlikely that anything could prepare you for a job that involves belting out Proclaimers songs on camera, in Edinburgh and in public.
‘I’d done musicals for the National Youth Music Theatre when I was little, but it’s a completely different thing for screen. It was moments like that when you go, “We’re really lucky to be doing this as a job – because we’re just playing and having a great time.”’ That’s Antonia all over – she has a zest and a zip that have not been crushed by an industry that can be ruthless.
’They filmed in Edinburgh and Glasgow just before Christmas last year. I had an amazing time.’For one scene Antonia and her co-star George Mac Kay, who plays Davy, had to climb up the mini mountain Arthur’s Seat, for their first kiss. ‘I did ballet when I was younger [at the City of London School for Girls], and then at drama school [Bristol Old Vic] they drilled us in several kinds of dance styles. It was, like, throw away your rigid structure and just be really relaxed.
It was the opposite of everything I’d learnt.’ Some of the dancers on the film were professionals who had spent years honing their skills. The first day of filming was one of the big dance numbers.
Then suddenly, all these amazing projects materialised.’You may recognise the name actually – it’s the film of the musical of the songs of The Proclaimers, the Scottish pop-folk twin brothers best known for their hit ‘(I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles’.
Antonia laughs at the memory: ‘Lots of them were extras, but many were random people who just turned up and joined in! You have to forget other people are there, judging and looking at you, and just get on with it.
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The first day, when we did a read through, we were all thinking, “We’re all going to have to sing in a minute.” It was just so daunting. You sense that she’ll be ‘playing and having a great time’ for many years to come, because she marries that relish for the work with a toolkit of talents.presented an entirely different challenge.
But everyone was in the same boat, and, anyway, it’s the Proclaimers – come on, who wouldn’t get carried away? ‘My boyfriend in the film [Davy] thinks that there’s some kind of irreconcilable difference between Scots and English people and that they should hate each other, but that’s not how we found it at all. Set in the 70s, the film tells the story of two Northern boys whose worlds are changed for ever when they discover black American soul music, and Antonia’s character Angela is supposed to be a brilliant dancer.