January 17th, 2014 / 36 Comments

  photo photo1-Copy.jpg

Well what can I say – today surpassed any expectation Vertigo and I had in going to FlickerLab to hear David talk about this career.  I know a lot of us think David is rather good looking, but let me say, like I have said about Rob.  Photos do not do this man justice.  He has a charisma much like Rob and you can’t help but be drawn towards him.  And let me just be shallow and objective here for a minute – David is MUCH better looking in person.  (Vertigo – *nods wildly* – a hottie and on top of everything else, this man loves his rock and roll!) There was an awkwardness about David when he first walked out that reminded me a lot of the first time we saw Rob in person on stage at The State Theatre.  But once David got going – David got going.  And when Vertigo and I spoke to him one on one after the session, he was this charming, humble and fascinating man.  (Vertigo – very candid, No ego, Aussie and totally engaging) We were both smitten.   Am I going to start a sister site “David Michôd Australia”?   I don’t know but I might be seriously thinking about it … yep.

Michôd on the record

Front row seats and unobstructed view of David – check

 photo photo2-Copy.jpg

Fascinating man – check

The Rover and Rob mentions – check and check.

David walked into the theatre at about 11.45 am.  Mind you Vertigo had just come from outside and said “David’s here looking mighty fine”.  I’m going to relay some of what happened, but it might be out of context.  But you will get the drift.

Before I start though, if you haven’t watched Animal Kingdom yet, I highly recommend that you do.   Also if you get a chance to watch his short films – Crossbow and Netherland Dwarf do that too.  They showed us excerpts from both short films and David spoke about them.   I’ve watched both in full prior to today and they are different films both in the way they are shot and also on their subject matter.  David mentioned that he shot Netherland Dwarf because his mother refused his grandmother to watch Crossbow.  Ha!  I’ll let you work out why by watching if you don’t know what I mean. (Vertigo – Still trying to wrap my head around the fact that David sat down to watch parts of his movies with us.)

David also noticed that his films seemed to be from the perspective of a child.  He thought that The Rover was the first time this wasn’t so, but then realised that Rob’s character Rey can be considered childlike in The Rover so maybe he hasn’t really distanced himself from that.  David talked about how he started out.  How much his short films during film school embarrassed him and how he learns something (good and bad) from every film he makes.

After the success of Animal Kingdom he was given the opportunity to direct other people’s scripts, but he realised what he loved the most was that he liked to build films himself from the ground up.  He worked on the script of Animal Kingdom for about 10 years (whilst he did other jobs of course) and he wrote the first draft of The Rover with Joel Edgerton in about 10 days before he even filmed Animal Kingdom.  David said he doesn’t know how to make a film you don’t believe in.  Obviously this isn’t the full dialogue of what David said, but he realises that often when a new director is hot property there is a small window when Hollywood is talking about wanting that director  to do other work and your name is on everyone’s lips, but if you haven’t picked a project you want to do within that small window, then Hollywood has moved onto the next “big” thing and often your second film ends up being not what you want to do.   So this is why he decided to do The Rover rather than go to Hollywood.   And how HAPPY are we that he did.

David talks Rob and The Rover

I can’t tell you enough how much praise David heaps on Rob.  David said he “loves talented people”.  (Vertigo – David’s face genuinely lit up when he talked about Rob – such a heart starter) He also said numerous times how smart Rob is.  Really smart.

David said he finished The Rover about one to one and a half months ago and that noone has seen it yet.  He wanted to bring a teaser for us today, but he just wasn’t ready to reveal it yet.  Did we groan.  Yes we did.  Did he look at us – hahaha oops – really that should have been a red flag to him about us.  He said they are rolling it out and showing it to people over the next few months.  He said he felt the same at the end of The Rover as he did with Animal Kingdom.   (That’s a good comment since I’ve seen some people assume he’s nervous about releasing this film – there were no nerves there today about it.  He’s really proud of it). (Vertigo – he seems very excited about it’s up coming release.  We know how that feels!)

David “absolutely loved the work done by Guy and Rob.  They created great characters and loved their performances”.

He said Rob had painted himself into a “luxurious corner” over the last few years.  That he’s a “really smart guy and he knows exactly what he wants to do to build the career that he wants”.    Rob was “incredibly hardworking and a fun guy to work with” and that “he’s a really good actor”.  Of course Rob thinks he’s a really bad actor, but it wasn’t long before David realised that “that was Rob’s schtick”.   Another story David relayed was that Rob wanted to make sure that Scoot McNairy and his accents were similar since Scoot plays Rob’s older brother in the film.   So Rob spoke to Scoot over the phone about the accents because Rob was worried about screwing up the Texan accent (Scoot is Texan in case you don’t know).  When Scoot heard Rob’s accent he said “that guy knows exactly what he’s doing he just playing dumb”.  Scoot said Rob’s Texan accent was perfect. (Vertigo – Rob nails another challenge. Check!)

I think the most endearing story David told about Rob today was when they were filming in Quorn.  They would all go to the pub for dinner.  One evening he was walking down the street towards the pub and he saw Rob walking down the street on his own.   When David approached him Rob said “I can’t tell you how magical this experience is – I’m walking down the street by myself”.  That comment made me happy and sad at the same time – that it took Rob to work in the arse of nowhere in order to feel I guess normal.  He needs to move to Oz.  Simple.

So then the floor was opened for questions and most people there were obviously young filmmakers, but I had a burning question to ask.

“David I get enjoyment in searching you out for your cameos/walk on roles in your films.  Did you write yourself a walk on role in The Rover”.

In short “NO”.  NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO  and David’s full response is coming from memory because there was no way I was writing anything down when David is looking me in the eye and answering my question.  He said he thought it was kind of narcissistic and he realised that when he was shooting the scene where he was the reporter in Animal Kingdom, that he actually wasn’t directing and he was more concerned about his performance.  So he decided no more walk on roles.  I’m a little crushed because I really wanted some on screen time with David, Rob & Guy and I thought that (and hope I kept that internal and didn’t voice it – oops) (Vertigo – no Maria, it wasn’t internal – David was made aware that you were disappointed there would no more cameos. lol)

Oh and before I forget – David thinks that The Rover is actually darker than Animal Kingdom and by darkness he doesn’t mean bleak.  He said he thinks bleakness means relentless depressing, that there is no beauty in it like there can be in a dark film.

Michôd off the record


Ok so when the session was over I may have just sidled up to David and asked him to sign my copy of Animal Kingdom and quickly told him that we have been thrilled for so long that Rob’s doing his film and *cough* we might run Rob’s Aussie fansite *cough*.  Let me just say that got him interested.


 photo photo5.jpg

David’s really interested in how this film will translate with Rob’s fans.  He’s curious to know how they will receive Rob in this role.  I told him his fans are already beyond excited and highly anticipating this film.  And I hope we get the trailer soon because I’m kind of tired of seeing “I want the Rover trailer and now” on Twitter.  I’m not so impatient because I know he will give it to us when he’s absolutely ready to.  But I told him I’d get the info about Rob’s fans reactions to him once movie has been released.

I asked David whether there will be an Aussie premiere.  He said he expects there will be – he just isn’t sure where that will be but there should be something.

He just raved about Rob.  He said Rob’s performance in this film is amazing and I can tell you he was pretty genuine about it.

David asked us if we had met Rob.  I said – we sure have.  We endured hail, torrential rain and wind when he was here for the last Twi film and I said I thought he was such a sweetheart.  (Vertigo – I think we blurted out “sweetheart” in unison lol) David said – he really is – he’s such a great guy.  And it was said with genuine reverence.

By the way whilst this conversation was happening – other people (like Rachel Ward) would interrupt.  I love that David continued chatting with us and kept Rachel waiting.  Vertigo will confirm that she may have looked over a few times hoping we would shut the hell up. (Vertigo- *nods* I think poor Rachel was not amused – but David is so down to earth he seemed content to give us his undivided attention. What a man!)

Do you want some 6 degrees of Rob and David again – I don’t think this is something David will mind if I share, but he told us how his housemate “Luke” actually wrote the script for “Life” that Rob will be shooting soon.  My only regret – Luke was actually there and left before David’s session finished.  One other guy walked past David and us just after we spoke about that and I said – was that Luke?  No David said with a laugh.  You know I would have interrogated him too.

There’s more but I just can’t remember  – Vertigo will update this when she gets home with anything I’ve missed, but on parting with David I said – one last thing.  What would you tell RPAU’s followers / Rob’s fans about Rob that you can tell us about The Rover.  David thought about it and then he said with so much emphasis.  “I know what you can say – you can say that I think  “Rob is REMARKABLE”.

David Michôd I think YOU are remarkable.  Cannot wait to see this collaboration.  CAN.NOT.WAIT.

(Vertigo – sorry there is not that much more to add – Maria you’ve covered things brilliantly and I’m still reeling from the insight and generosity of this incredibly talented man. Me too, cannot wait to see what these guys pull off for our next onscreen adventure!)


*Thanks AussieJen for taking  the pic of David when we first started talking to him.  I may have cropped out myself and Vertigo – you don’t need to see that lol.

Typos are mine.  I’ve only quickly proofread because I wanted to get this out to you.

  • Cindy
    Posted on January 17, 2014

    Absolutely fantastic :D. Thank your so much Maria and Vertigo xx. And i for one am more than happy to wait for. a trailer cause after all the twilight overpromotion it will really be something to look so forward to in Robs fabulous career

  • Michelle
    Posted on January 17, 2014

    I am grinning from ear to ear reading your wonderful, detailed write up Maria. Am soooooooo thrilled that you & Vertigo had this amazing experience & got to talk to David – too EPIC for words. What an amazing, generous & kind man David is, not to mention talented. Can not thank you enough for sharing everything with us & your pics too. Love your signed Animal Kingdom DVD Maria squeeeee. I LOOOOOOOOOVE what David said about Rob, makes my heart sing. Didn’t think it was possible for me to be more excited about The Rover but just now reading right here, my excitement has gone completely through the roof & then some. What a PHENOMENAL film this is going to be, I absolutely CANNOT WAIT!!!!!! And definitely re: Animal Kingdom, I cannot say enough how much I LOVE it, it is FANTASTIC.

    I thought the same re: Rob in Quorn. happiness & sadness all at once. So happy that he had that wonderful magical experience of being able to walk down the street by himself, but sad that as you say Maria, it took this remote location for him to be able to walk freely, in peace. He really does need to move to Oz, come back soon Rob.

    David’s housemate Luke wrote Life?? OMG how exciting is that!!

    Thank you so so much once again Maria for sharing with us, cannot tell you how much we appreciate it. So happy for you & Vertigo, soooo soooo happy *cartwheels* 😀 Look forward to your additions Vertigo. I’m going back to read over again – yep, cannot get enough.

  • Sue
    Posted on January 17, 2014

    Oh maria, I’ve just excused myself from a pre-wedding dinner in the Mornington Peninsula. I’m sitting outside with tears in my eyes, reading your post. I’ve been thinking about you and Vertigo all day – so, so happy for you both! And I’ll visit your David Michod Australia site ….. Just saying! LOL Gotta go, but congrats and thank you! Big SQUEEEEEE from me!!!!!

  • Carmel
    Posted on January 17, 2014

    Oh Dear God. I hear all your excitement, Maria and am overwhelmed with David too, through your words. The fact that someone as talented as him has such high praise for Rob as both an actor and as a person is magnificent to hear. And we know a Rob’s goal is to work with people of David’s calibre too.
    The stories about The Rover having it’s genesis before AK and the link to Life are fascinating. I appreciate David sharing so much. Rey’s character sounds like a real treat and it seems David is seeing something from the Rob’s performance that wasn’t premeditated. I can’t wait for all that to be revealed to us on the big screen.
    Rob taking a peaceful stroll was very evocative. Once more, I see the links with Life.
    A wonderful re-count Maria. Thank you.

  • Sare
    Posted on January 17, 2014

    Maria & Vertigo what an amazing experience to have! David seems like a real artist and I love hearing things like how The Rover came about before Animal Kingdom. The fact that these talented, intelligent and respected people have nothing but praise and admiration for Rob personally & professionally just makes me absolutely beam!
    That quote about Rob ‘having a magical experience’ because he’s walking alone simply broke my heart. I’m positive he would have meant that the town was magical too but it’s so sad that this is what his life is when in public 🙁
    Thanks you so much ladies! ps. Did you grab his number?? lol 😉

  • twmmy
    Posted on January 17, 2014

    May I have your permission to translate this all goodies? I hope this film will come to my country!!!!

  • Maria
    Posted on January 17, 2014

    Bwahaha @Sare #nottelling 🙂

  • Maria
    Posted on January 17, 2014

    @Carmel I don’t think Vertigo or I can express the respect David has for Rob as a person and as an actor. After all this is the man who opened the doors for Jackie Weaver to be nominated for an Oscar. It was great insight too when he was talking about his experience when he was filming Animal Kingdom. I didn’t go into too much detail in the write up, but just know David doesn’t gloss over his mistakes. He was honest in what he did wrong and how much pressure he puts himself under. This man loves what he does.

  • Maria
    Posted on January 17, 2014

    Hope you have fun @Sue! And yes DMAU sounds like a plan :))

  • Maria
    Posted on January 17, 2014

    Hi @twmmy yes you can translate as long as you source us 🙂

  • twmmy
    Posted on January 17, 2014

    Maria of course you are the source!!!

  • twmmy
    Posted on January 17, 2014

    And thanks

  • Sue
    Posted on January 18, 2014

    It’s now after midnite and I’m in silent tears again after rereading this post. I think this, for me, has become THE post of 2014 so far – quite REMARKABLE, given there is no photo of Rob! No Rob smile, or laugh or hair or jawline or hands or mole or ……. Just simple words to remind us of the beautiful, sweet, talented, respected man Rob is. Thanks again, Maria – I know you and Vertigo will really treasure the memory of this special experience. Oh, and I think you’ve created a whole new bunch of Michod admirers along the way!!! Sweet dreams everyone!

  • Roberta
    Posted on January 18, 2014

    Thx Maria! Most most interesting!!!!

  • Chris
    Posted on January 18, 2014

    Thanks for the excellent writeup. Lots of goodies and I appreciate all the hard work that goes into keeping us up on all the latest Rob goodness.

  • Jules
    Posted on January 18, 2014

    OK, so I have been trying to properly respond to this since you posted but to be honest I think I’ve fangirled about it all on every other available medium….ever since 4.30am when I awoke to THAT photo above of Mr Michod 🙂 Truly, I am lost for words (actually no – this might be a long reply *cackles*) but to express how PLEASED and OVER THE FREAKING MOON I am for you both to have this amazing experience and to be able to live it through you….is just brilliant!! I didn’t know anything about Michod until Rob signed on for this project and I’ll be forever grateful to you Maria for convincing me to watch Animal Kingdom – it truly blew me away. 🙂 Thanks too for sharing these treasured details of your day and his talk/conversation with you. To hear this talented and respected director speak about Rob like that is really a beautiful thing – I literally haven’t stopped grinning from ear to ear ALL day. It’s starting to scare people (actually, who am I kidding – that happened a while ago) 😉

    Incredible stuff – really, your Flickerlab day was the stuff of legend. 🙂 I didn’t think it was possible to be more excited about The Rover and also seeing Rob, Guy and David promote it (at least I hope all 3 will be able to do that) – but no, I found new levels of excitement 😀

    That walking down the street in Quorn story is so bitter sweet. Bless. It really sounds like a great time was had by all though!!

    I can’t believe David’s housemate wrote the Life script – that’s incredible. A small world…. 🙂

    Still grinning….

  • Jules
    Posted on January 18, 2014

    damn, I forgot to say – if you do decide to set up DMAU Maria, I’ll be there in a heartbeat 😀

  • Sarah Mann (@twilightreader3)
    Posted on January 18, 2014

    very cool!!!! 🙂

  • Michelle
    Posted on January 18, 2014

    Thank you so much for sharing your additions Vertigo, LOVED reading them, “David’s face genuinely lit up when he talked about Rob – such a heart starter” LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. Sitting here with a big grin on my face 😀 😀

  • Silvie
    Posted on January 18, 2014

    Maria and Vertigo, this is fantastic. Love everything about your report, love Michod, love The Rover love Rob love . Guy. This would have been an amazing experience. Didn’t know where to start with thank you words. Absolutely love it. I love how you both called Rob a sweetheart at the same time, I can just see that. I’ll continue the mantra CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THIS MOVIE 😀 😀 😀

  • Suze
    Posted on January 18, 2014

    Wonderful write-up, Maria. Thanks so much for sharing the experience with us. Loved that Rob was so concerned about his accent sounding authentic. Glad that he found some peace and contentment walking down the street by himself. Suffice to say it’s a rare occurrence for him.

    I’m thrilled that you ladies had the opportunity to attend David’s session and speak to him one-on-one afterwards. Aside from being hot, he sounds like a lovely, genuine man. If you do move ahead with DMA, I’ll most definitely follow. 🙂

  • Kim
    Posted on January 18, 2014

    Great job ladies & thank you for sharing your experience. Makes me more excited to see the film.

  • Carmel
    Posted on January 18, 2014

    BTW Ladies – I noticed, in the MTV Brawl , that The Rover is on 45% and MTTS is 48%. Rob and the two Davids need our votes!

  • Emma
    Posted on January 18, 2014

    Hello everyone 🙂 First time posting here, have been a lurking on this great site for quite a while now. Just want to say thanks for posting this amazing encounter with David Michôd (massive Animal Kingdom fan here). Have been a fan of Rob’s for about the past five years and I am looking forward to all of his upcoming roles he will be bringing us, particularly The Rover which I think is going to be fantastic and judging from David’s comments, Rey is going to be an incredible character for Rob. Such a great time to be a fan of his 🙂

  • Michelle
    Posted on January 18, 2014

    They do indeed Carmel! Will do a post with the voting links 🙂

    Welcome to RPAU Emma, so glad you decided to comment. It really is such an EXCITING time for Rob & for us. I CANNOT wait to see The Rover & of course Rob as Rey – going to be amazing 🙂

  • Carmel
    Posted on January 18, 2014

    @Emma – welcome! These are very exciting times indeed. And it doubles the fun when you have like minded people to gush with.

  • Vertigo
    Posted on January 18, 2014

    Am still reeling from yesterday and have only just managed to get in here and read your wonderful comments, which have me grinning from ear to ear. 😀
    As you already know, David has an amazing spirit that he genuinely loves to share and in loving talented people, he even went so far as to say he LOVES actors and it felt like tenfold when he spoke of Rob. I really do believe that Rob surprised David with just how talented he really is.
    I am really happy to have had the opportunity to share this amazing experience with you all and am so chuffed with David that I can’t be more excited about supporting his work and the Rover will possibly turn my world upside down. I mean that in the best possible way. You bet you can count me in on the DM Australia site Maria.

    What a journey Rob!

  • Georgie2112
    Posted on January 18, 2014

    What a fantastic account of a mind blowing experience! Now that you 2 ladies are on David M’s radar, I am beyond excited to hope and anticipate that you just might receive a special invitation to the Aussie premiere and get to meet Rob – again!

  • Trish
    Posted on January 18, 2014

    (Balls – I’ve been dropped in the spam basket again – lucky I saved what I wrote yesterday. Hope it gets through this time!)
    Beautiful read, Maria and Vertigo. So happy you got to attend and participate. Your accounts are the next best thing to being there myself – it’s so great that you wrote all your experiences out so quickly just to get them out to us. I’m just thrilled that Rob is working with artists of this calibre – he is choosing oh so wisely, building up his career with great, solid parts in original, intelligent films made by artists, not hack directors. The fact that these directors also respect his talent and intelligence is the icing on the cake. I beam with pride and pleasure when anyone says anything good about Rob – to hear David’s obviously genuine praise for him fills me to the brim. Thank you, David, for talking with fans who will do everything in their power to promote your film, and not just this one with Rob in it – you watch, they’ll be spruiking for you every time you release another. They do that here! Maria and Vertigo, you’re wonderful – thank you so much for sharing your experience!

  • Michelle
    Posted on January 19, 2014

    Success Trish 😀 Ugh WP is seriously the devil. Why it puts comments that are not spam into spam baffles me. It’s crazy!

  • Maria
    Posted on January 19, 2014

    Thanks @Georgie – imagine, it’s what dreams are made of, but I was so smitten with David I said to Vertigo “imagine going to a premiere and as Rob’s right in front of you we see David and starting yelling out David, David” If I’m being honest though, if I could get a pic with Rob and David at the same time – that would be a dream come true.

  • Maria
    Posted on January 19, 2014

    Thanks @Trish and thank you everyone for your responses.

    It’s true Trish, I’ve loved David’s work and as I said to him, when we heard you had signed on Rob it was like all our Christmases came at once. I’ve always obviously loved the rawness/honesty of Australian films. One thing David did say and they talked about what how the dialogues in his films are more like everyday speak, rather than written for movies. I get that. That’s why as Vertigo said to him, he’s able to make us like and draws us in to characters that are genuinely unlikeable. I said to him “you make us like people we shouldn’t like and that’s a talent’.

  • Jules
    Posted on January 19, 2014

    *waves to Emma* welcome!! 🙂

    Great points all round….loving everyone’s comments. Beautiful 🙂

  • kess
    Posted on January 20, 2014


    You continue to run the very best of any Robert fansite.

    Well done ladies, a well deserved treat you have reported fabulously.

  • Maria
    Posted on January 20, 2014

    Thank you @kess for your lovely words 🙂

  • Sanguine
    Posted on January 29, 2014

    I am speechless! This is just so neat that you both were able to attend and speak to David. I cannot wait for this movie! Thank you for sharing this with us!!

  • Current Mood
    image host
    Public Appearances

    No Upcoming Appearances

    RPAustralia Exclusive Interview

    Watch our interviews with Rob. You can check out our other interviews with David Michod, Liz Watts & David Linde at our dedicated film page for The Rover

    RPAustralia Twitter
    Rob’s Contact Details
    UK Agents - Curtis Brown Group

    Haymarket House, 28 - 29 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4SP, UK

    US Agents - William Morris Endeavor (WME Entertainment)

    9601 Wilshire Blvd, 8th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA

    Rob’s Films
    Mickey17 Role: Mickey17
    Director: Bong Joon Ho
    Release Date: 31 January 2025 (US). | Post-Production since 22 December 2022. Check out all upcoming release dates at our Film Page by clicking on News below

    The Batman Role: Bruce Wayne | Batman
    Director: Matt Reeves
    Release Date: Aust: 3 March 2022 | US: 4 March 2022. Check out all upcoming release dates at our Film Page by clicking on News below

    Tenet Role: Neil
    Director: Christopher Nolan
    Release Date: 26 August 2020. For DVD release dates head to our dedicated film page by clicking "News" below.

    The Lighthouse Role: Ephraim Winslow
    Director: Robert Eggers
    Release Date: Screened at TIFF Sept 2019 | US 18 Oct 2019 - DVD releases at Film Page - click News below

    Information for all of Robert's past films can also be found at RPAU's individual film pages by clicking photo below.
    Site Meter

    Rob Fans Online: 3,680,776

    Total Views: 10,633,889

    RPAU Calendar

    Free download - Click on photo below. Thanks to Suze for putting together.