THE LIGHTHOUSE | Cult Gala | BFI London Film Festival 2019

THE LIGHTHOUSE | Cult Gala | BFI London Film Festival 2019


(low, echoing horn blowing) (slow dark eerie music) – [Thomas] Tell me,
what’s a timber man want with being a wicky? – Just looking to earn a
living, just like any man. Startin’ new. – On the run. – Basically, my brother had an idea for a ghost story in a lighthouse. I didn’t know what his story was, but that sentence inspired the atmosphere and the imagery of this movie. And so it was about me and
my brother working together to find a story that
would match the atmosphere that I imagined when he
said that fateful sentence. I would happily describe
it as a horror movie. I don’t know if I would
honestly describe it as a horror movie. I think it’s horror adjacent. There are certainly some horror tropes, and I’ve had people who’ve
really genuinely liked the film and seemingly gotten my intentions who earnestly say it’s a horror movie. So I can’t insult their
opinion, but I don’t know if it fully falls into that
category, but that’s cool. Rob and Willem have two
of the greatest faces that have ever been born, but they also can take you to the past. Willem is like a Tilman Riemenschneider or Martin Schongauer, and Rob looked like many of
the incarcerated villains whose mugshots uses
reference for to send him. As soon as I knew this was
gonna be the next next film, I called them up, and
who else could do it? No one, no one could do it. – He made such a complete
world, the detail, a period film that doesn’t
point that’s a period film. It really lives and breathes
like of that period, and for an audience, it’s
very easy to enter it. You look at the script, you try
to anticipate what’s needed, you try to be ready to save
the story and be there. I knew there were many
things I had to learn, just everything to feel
ready to enter that world and inhabit that character
and play those scenes. – One hungover morning, my
cinematographer said to me, I’ve never had the shooting
of a film mirror the story of the film so much as this one. (thunder booms)
(waves crashing) – Have long have we been on this rock? Five weeks? Two days? Help me to recollect. (loud discordant terrifying
music with vocalising)

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