One of the many films to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival was director Kevin Macdonald’s (The Last King of Scotland) How I Live Now. Based on the Meg Rosoff novel of the same name, the film takes place in the near future and stars Saoirse Ronan as Daisy, a teenage girl from New York City who travels to England in order to spend the summer with relatives. After she strikes up a romance with a young man (George MacKay), war suddenly breaks out, and Daisy’s small group finds itself struggling to survive in a world full of chaos. The film also stars Tom Holland and Anna Chancellor. How I Live Now opens in the UK on October 4th and November 8th in America. Click here to watch the trailer.
While at TIFF I landed an exclusive video interview with George MacKay. He talked about premiering at TIFF, how he got cast, working with Kevin Macdonald and his unique camerawork, how he got into acting, upcoming projects like Those in Peril and Sunshine on Leith, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Finally, if you missed it, click here to watch my video interview with Saoirse Ronan.
- 0:20 – Talks about his experience at Toronto International Film Festival and finding out about bringing the film there.
- 1:20 – Talks about his familiarity with the source material, reading with Saoirse Ronan and the secrecy around the script.
- 2:20 – Comments on going in for the final read before he officially got the part.
- 2:55 – Talks about his preparation for the role and comments on his character.
- 4:00 – Reveals that his sister is a big fan of the book and was excited about him trying out for the part.
- 4:25 – Comments on the pace of shooting the film and Kevin Macdonald’s camera style.
- 5:15 – Gives a teaser for the film in his own words.
- 6:30 – Reveals how he got into acting.
- 7:10 – Talks about his upcoming projects, including For Those in Peril and Sunshine on Leith.