June 18th, 2016 / 0 comments


I updated our post the other day with information that there was now an introduction and Q&A with Brady Corbet at the Edinburgh Film Festival.  Below is an extract from an interview that Edinburgh Film Festival did with Brady ahead of its UK premiere tonight 18 June 2016:

Corbet’s favourite bit about the film is child actor, Tom Sweet. Corbet explains that his stipulations were quite complicated: he needed a boy aged between 7-9, who was beautiful in a somewhat effeminate way, who could act, and who could get a grasp on spoken French. Corbet describes Tom as “a triumph”, and having been in the limelight at a young age himself, he has a lot of respect for Sweet.

The highlight of the film – apart from the casting of much-loved Robert Pattinson – was the musical accompaniment: the orchestral scores of Scott Walker. Corbet said he chose Walker’s music because he is his all time favourite composer. Walker had created the score for 1999 film Pola X so Corbett was familiar with what he could offer. He also knew that Walker was producing some majestic albums but hadn’t written a film score in about 15 years. A lot of the themes that Corbet focuses on in the film, particularly tyranny, are similar to the themes that Walker had written about in the past, so he thought the subject of the film would be of particular interest to him – and he was right. The music for the film is completely chilling, adding to the build up tension throughout. Corbet loved it so much that he decided to screen the film with a live orchestra.

He shot the film on 35mm because he finds the up-rise of digital odd. He describes analogue film as being a “strange tool to take out the box. There’s grain, texture, richness, life, beauty. The blacks are different. It’s the difference between oil and watercolour.” When I asked Corbet what sets this film apart from the rest, he simply stated: “it’s unusually uncompromised”. An attribute he generally seeks out in films but rarely finds. He describes The Childhood of a Leader as a small miracle of a movie, and a piece of work that he is incredibly proud of.

Brady should be proud of it – he’s definitely achieved his goals. Click on the link above to read the entire article.



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