‘Anthropoid’ Director Sean Ellis on Balancing Fact and Fiction in the WWII Thriller

     August 15, 2016


Now playing in limited release is writer-director-cinematographer Sean Ellis’ Anthropoid. The film is based on the extraordinary true story of “Operation Anthropoid,” the code name for the mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich during World War II. If you’re not familiar with the awful human being named Reinhard Heydrich, he was the main architect behind the Final Solution and the third in command behind Hitler and Himmler and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia.

anthropoid-jamie-dornan-cillian-murphy-image The film follows two soldiers from the Czechoslovakian army-in-exile, Josef Gabčík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan), who parachute into Prague to assassinate Heydrich and must deal with the challenge of pulling of the difficult mission with the city under lock down and limited resources and assistance. Shot in some of the actual locations where the real events took place, Anthropoid is an extremely well made film that brings to light another incredible World War II story that most don’t know about. The film also stars Charlotte Le Bon, Anna Geislerová, Harry Lloyd Alena Mihulová, Marcin Dorociński, Bill Milner, Sam Keeley, Jiří Šimek, Mish Boyko, Václav Neužil, Andrej Polák and Toby Jones.

I recently interviewed Sean Ellis about his experience working on the film. He talked about balancing fact and fiction when making a movie about true events, why he likes to be his own director of photography, and more. Check out what they had to say in the video above and below you can watch the trailer.

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