It’s early on a Tuesday morning. A car pulls up outside a north London members’ club. “Trudie is arriving!” someone calls. A small delegation goes out on to the pavement to meet her. “Trudie” is Trudie Styler. In a black beret with a little star on the front, the 64-year-old resembles an upmarket Wolfie Smith. The website of her film production company, Maven Pictures, tells us that she is “an award-winning and prolific film producer, director, environmentalist, human rights activist and Unicef ambassador”. She also has everyone’s personal number and has homes everywhere and is married to Sting and, no, we are not here to discuss their extended tantric sex sessions in which climax can be delayed for up to three weeks, or until the next fiscal year, whichever arrives sooner.
We are meeting because she has directed her first feature film – Freak Show, a high-school comedy-drama about difference, individuality and self-expression – and we have to get this in the bag over breakfast because the film’s lead, Alex Lawther, needs to dash straight to rehearsals for the West End transfer of his Calais-set play The Jungle, and Styler has a flight to catch. Off anywhere nice? “I’m going to Dublin for Sting’s musical, The Last Ship, and then I’m going on to the French Open.”
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In wanders Lawther, the 23-year-old star of The Imitation Game, Ghost Stories and the Netflix hit The End of the **** World. In a checked shirt and glasses, running a hand blearily across his bedhead, he could pass for a young Morrissey. He falls into Styler’s arms and their embrace lasts so long that I start to feel like a gooseberry. “Trudie has something special,” he says once we have convened upstairs around a wobbly table in an empty room. “It’s because she’s a performer...
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