Denis O’Hare on “The Parting Glass” healing process

Denis O'Hare

The Parting Glass has another premiere this Sunday at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, but the news from it’s showing at the EIFF is still coming in. Below is part of an interview with the film’s writer, Denis O’Hare where he talks about the film from his perspective. We’ve included the parts of the interview that were new to us and thought Stephen Moyer’s fans would enjoy reading.

Denis O'Hare

How much does the story deviate from your own life?

I would say that the story is 85-90% accurate to the events that took place back in November of 2010. I’ve left some things out because, as they say, truth is stranger than fiction and I felt the audience wouldn’t believe them. I’ve also added scenes that didn’t take place and I’ve changed the location and timing of some things.

Almost all of the stories told in the movie are true. I won’t tell you which things are fictionalized but there are a few big ones.

Setting the story in a caravan of vehicles moving through wintry Missouri creates production challenges; why was it important to film it this way?

Cars always pose problems. Driving them is a problem, background continuity is a problem and fitting a camera inside is challenging. I was attracted to the sense of dislocation that my family went through – the fact that we were “homeless” and wandering and the cars made that possible. The cars also allowed me to vary the groupings of the characters and to create the possibility for intimate scenes – like Karl and Danny or Tommy and Danny.

You’ve assembled an all-star cast – how did you manage that for your first filmed script?

I talked to a lot of people about doing this film. Some people said no because they didn’t want to take on the material – they didn’t want to go there. Other folks had to back out because of conflicts. In the end, I can’t imagine a better cast and I’m so grateful to all of them for giving so generously.

How did it come about that Stephen Moyer, your costar in “True Blood,” would make his directing debut with this story and that your other costar, Anna Paquin, would produce?

Stephen also had a production company that made it possible to make this movie – I couldn’t have done it on my own – I didn’t have the kind of infrastructure they had.

Read the entire interview at Variety by clicking here:


  1. Great background on how The Parting Glass got made. I was especially interested in Denis’ use of vehicles, and the dislocation that they highlighted for this family. Also, the cars’ allowing for various groupings and pairings … which no doubt provided for all sorts of emotional exchanges between and among the characters.

  2. Very informative interview … always a pleasure to read in depth information on the making of The Parting Glass.

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