Opening this Friday is writer/director Conor McPherson’s The Eclipse. Set in a misty seaside town in Ireland, The Eclipse stars Ciarán Hinds as a grieving father struggling with the responsibility of raising two children without his wife. While the film starts as a straight forward drama, we’re soon introduced to a supernatural element, as Hinds starts to see ghosts and visions. Almost immediately after, he’s driving around Lena Morelle (Iben Hjejle), an author of supernatural fiction who is also dealing with her own demons at a local literary festival. Together, they start to try and figure out what’s really going on.
What’s great about the film is the way it mixes genre’s with ease. Usually when a director tries to mix drama and horror, one genre dominates and the other feels like it’s added in after the fact. But that is not the case with The Eclipse, as both work perfectly together and neither feels forced. Also, while I have seen a number of supernatural movies, there were times watching The Eclipse that I actually jumped. Definitely recommended.
To help promote the film, I recently got to speak with Ciaran Hinds and Writer/Director Conor McPherson in New York City. Both talked about how the project came together, making the film, the big promotional tour they were on, what they have coming up, and a lot more. They’re great in depth interviews so take a look:
And before watching, here’s the trailer for The Eclipse:
- What drew him top the project – we talk about how it mixes grief and loss and the supernatural
- We talk about how his character holds a lot in
- How he’s been out on a promoting tour – talks about where they have gone
- Has he ever had an encounter with a ghost
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows talk
- 11:00 – John Carter of Mars talk
- 15:30 – Excalibur talk
- 16:45 – Since Rome has he noticed he’s been in some bigger projects
- What has this promotional tour been like for them (talks about going to Boston and Philadelphia)
- Does he feel like a musician the way he’s been traveling
- Talks about the tone of the movie and why he wanted to tell this story
- Talks about the melding of genre’s in the film – it’s a drama and a horror movie
- 5:30 – How hard was it to get financing
- 7:12 – What was cut out of the film/what will be on the DVD
- 9:25 – Casting – How did he cast the roles and why
- 13:00 – Next project talk – wants to do a period supernatural film. Takes place in 1800’s.
- 15:10 – We talk about the tone he likes
- 16:30 – If someone was going to Dublin, what are the one or two places he would tell people to see