A movie I really enjoyed at this year’s Toronto Film Festival was “The Disappearance of Alice Creed”. The film was written and directed by J Blakeson and it’s his first time behind the camera. Since a lot of this film rides on you not knowing too much about it, all I’m going to tell you is…it’s about two people kidnapping a third person and what happens before, during, and after the event. The movie stars Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan as the kidnapers, and Gemma Arterton plays the victim. Anyway, while at this year’s Festival, I was able to interview J Blakeson and it’s a great conversation. He talks about how he came up with the idea, the behind the scenes of how he made the movie, why he shot it digitally, and so much more. And if you’re nervous about learning too much about his film before seeing it…don’t worry, our conversation is spoiler free. Take a look:
J Blakeson part 1
- What was his experience like getting to the Festival. Was this the one he wanted to get in
- When did he make the film
- How long did he have this idea and how long did it take to write the film
- The opening eight minutes. How long did it take to edit the sequence.
- We talk about how the criminals portrayed in the movie are intelligent
- We talk about extended cuts on DVDs. Also, what will be the version of the movie on the DVD
J Blakeson part 2
- We talk about how this is one of those films the less you know the better
- Is he going to cut the trailer himself
- Is the criminal genre something he wants to pursue or is he going to next make a romantic comedy
- He talks about the camera he chose to use and why. He shot it digitally.
- What was the atmosphere like on set
- Very vague talk about the ending. It’s spoiler free, don’t worry. I just asked if the ending on screen was always what he envisioned or did they shoot a few endings.
- Does he read online buzz