The book is a modern reimagining of Patricia Highsmith’s “Strangers on a Train.” Highsmith’s “The Price of Salt” was the source material for “Carol,” which was recently named the top LGBT film of all time by the BFI.
“The Kind Worth Killing” centers on a female killer. In the novel, Ted Severson meets Lily Kintner, a mysterious, alluring stranger on a late-night flight. Ted confides that he’s unhappy in his marriage, suspects his wife is cheating and drunkenly jokes that he should kill her for. Rather than titter at Ted’s inappropriate joke, Lily offers her services. “I’d like to help,” she says. So the two join forces to make Ted’s devious dream come true. What Ted doesn’t realize is that Lily is far from an amateur when it comes to murder.
Holland said, “[I’m] really intrigued by this story. It’s full of paradoxes and I love paradoxes. The main heroine is tough as steel, but also as fragile as glass. Is she a victim? A psychopath? An avenger? What a great role for a talented actress!”
She continued, “The story line is unpredictable, the genre feels fresh. A psychological thriller, which sometimes veers off towards black comedy, mixing humor with gore, genuine emotions with a detective mystery. ‘The Kind Worth Killing’ will be fun to shoot, but even more fun to watch!”
Holland’s “In Darkness” (2011) and “Angry Harvest” (1985) both received Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film. She was also nominated for an Oscar in 1992 for writing “Europa Europa.”
Her latest film project, “Game Count,” is in post production. Like “The Kind Worth Killing,” its plot is very murder-centric.
Holland, the head of the European Film Academy, has also done a lot of work in TV. She’s directed episodes of “House of Cards,” “Treme,” “The Killing” and “The Wire,” among others.