The last movie you probably saw with Krysty Wilson-Cairns writing credit was Edgar Wright. Last night in Soho — a psychological thriller that, in its final reel, has dipped into something approaching slasher territory. The BAFTA-winning screenwriter burst onto the scene with her work on Sam Mendes’ war film 1917and after teaming up with Wright, his next credit is a solo script on a very different kind of serial killer tale – The good nurse, brought to the screen by Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm. It tells the true story of Charles Cullen, played here by Eddie Redmayne, a nurse who killed scores of patients in New Jersey over his 16-year career – perhaps America’s most prolific serial killer. recorded history. Jessica Chastain stars as Amy Loughren, a fellow nurse who begins to suspect her lowly colleague may be behind a spate of mysterious patient deaths.
Talk to Empire in the Glass Onion problem, Wilson-Cairns talked about returning to killer-thriller territory after Last night in Soho. “I was adamant that I wasn’t going to write another serial killer movie,” she admits. But with The good nurse, she was able to explore the larger implications of what made the Cullen murders possible. “These are systems that let people down,” she says. “In this case, it’s health systems, but the systems that we’re lacking are very universal.” In the end, she found a medical metaphor for what Cullen did. “The most terrifying thing about this story is that you could replace Charles Cullen with a virus. It is this entity that wants to kill, and it has been transmitted from place to place.
Whereas The good nurse not expected to arrive on Netflix until October 26, it will arrive in the UK earlier that month – screened at the BFI London Film Festival 2022 in association with Empire (yes, us!) on October 10. Find tickets at bfi.org.uk, on sale from Tuesday 13 September.
Lily Empireis full The good nurse story in the October 2022 issue, on sale now and available to order online here.