Now playing in limited release is director A.J. Edwards’ drama The Better Angels. The film spans three years of young Abraham Lincoln’s (Braydon Denney) childhood, as it explores how his family and hardships shaped him into the man he would become. It marks the feature debut of Edwards, who previously worked as an editor and second-unit director on some of Terrence Malick’s films. The Better Angels also stars Jason Clarke as Tom Lincoln, Diane Kruger as Sarah Lincoln, Brit Marling as Nancy Lincoln, and Wes Bentley as Mr. Crawford. For more on the film, watch the trailer.
At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Brit Marling. She talked about how he got involved in The Better Angels and what it was like to shoot with A.J. Edwards, Terrence Malick’s influence, how much of the film’s tone was evident in the script, working with the small crew and the energy on set, her creative process, her affinity for Birdman, Interstellar and Boyhood and their impact on cinema, future projects, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Brit Marling Time Index:
- 0:06 – Marling on how she enjoys doing press for The Better Angels.
- 00:58 – How much of the film’s tone was evident in the script?
- 2:18 – On accurately representing the era the film takes place in.
- 3:59 – Marling discusses what it’s like to work with a litany of different cameras.
- 5:25 – Was she aware of all the camera movement while she was performing?
- 7:03 – On her reaction to the film the first time she saw it.
- 8:40 – Discusses Terrence Malick’s influence on the film.
- 9:50 – Marling talks about the small crew and the energy on set.
- 11:25 – What has she been writing recently?
- 12:38 – Discusses her creative process.
- 14:07 – On her affinity for Birdman, Interstellar and Boyhood and their impact on cinema.
- 17:01 – On the awe of going to the cinema.