EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Peter Sullivan Teases New Lifetime Thriller A Nurse to Die For!


Peter Sullivan is ready to take another exciting movie into our homes with A Nurse to Die for, premiering April 14 on Lifetime. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with director Peter Sullivan about his experience in the making of A Nurse to Die for and what fans can expect from the movie. Check out the full interview in the article below!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Peter Sullivan Teases New Lifetime Thriller A Nurse to Die For!

What’s the main element in the movies character and the movie in general that fascinates you the most and drew you to join “A nurse to die for”?

I was very interested in doing a domestic thriller. I’d always enjoyed films like “Hand That Rocks the Cradle” and “Pacific Heights,” about a home being slowly invaded from within, and I wanted to make a film like those.  So we have the story of a widower struggling to balance his job and raising his daughter, who is not only grieving the loss of her mother, but who has fallen ill herself. What if the very person you hire to alleviate that emotional and physical burden becomes its biggest threat?

What’s been the biggest challenge for you in directing this movie?

The challenge was to keep the thriller component without tipping our hat too soon. If our antagonist is revealed to be deranged too soon, then you don’t accept that the family would welcome her into their lives. However, if you reveal her too late, the audience will get bored waiting for something to happen.

How would you describe “A nurse to die for”?

“A Nurse to Die For” is a thriller about a father who hires a live-in nurse to help take care of his daughter. While she recovers from a severe respiratory illness. At first it seems the nurse is the answer to their prayers. Becoming a potential love interest for the father as well as being a much needed mother figure for his daughter. However, when the daughter fails to recover, he grows suspicious of the nurse’s true intentions.

What can you tease about this father’s and daughter’s journey throughout the movie?

You have a parent and child dealing with the loss of a wife and mother, which is one of the most tragic things a child could possibly experience. Through their shared grief, their relationship is both tested and ultimately made stronger as they embrace their mutual dependence. 

If you could choose a character from “A nurse to die for” that you would have loved to play, which one would it be and why?

I can identify with a father who would do anything for their child, however, playing a character as complicated and twisted as our nurse. Who, as it turns out, is dealing with a loss of her own, would definitely be more “fun.”

Did you take anything from set, any prop or piece of costume, to remember your experience?

It’s funny, one of the recurring devices in the film is a special tea that our nurse makes her young patient to help her feel better. (Fans of “Rosemary’s Baby,” one of my favorite movies, might remember a similar device from that film.) Of course, our protagonists discover that the tea contains a secret ingredient, as it did in “Rosemary’s Baby.” As a wrap gift, Alison McAtee, who plays the titular nurse, presented me with a tea set of my very own, however. As far as I know, the tea she gave me didn’t contain any poison.

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