Harry Styles described the central theme of his new film My Policeman as “wasted time”.The Michael Grandage-directed film (based on the novel by Bethan Roberts) sees Tom (Styles), a 1950s English policeman, enter into a love triangle with his lover, museum curator Patrick (David Dawson) and wife, schoolteacher Marion (Emma Corrin).
Flashing forward to the 1990s, the trio (played by Linus Roache, Rupert Everett and Gina McKee, respectively) attempt to repair their interpersonal damage from 40 years prior.Styles attended the My Policeman premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last night (September 11).
There, the pop-star-turned-actor shared one of his biggest takeaways about the film – that its concept is about people not making the most of their lives. “The reason why the story is so devastating is that, ultimately, the whole story is about wasted time, and I think wasted time is the most devastating thing,” Styles said (via The Hollywood Reporter) in a press conference ahead of the film’s screening.“It’s the one thing we cannot control,” he continued. “It’s the one thing you can’t have back.
And I think the one thing that I think matters – whatever kind of life you’ve lived – at the end when you think back on time with people you love.”He continued to add that the film’s themes of “love and freedom” were “incredibly timeless”, opining: “I think the most beautiful thing about the story is that all of the characters have some really nice qualities, and they also have some flaws that we might hope not to have but, as humans, we all have them.“And I think, at different points in the story, you’re able to see bits of yourself and sometimes maybe not your favourite parts of yourself in different characters.