Hilary Butler of Filmoria sat down with David (Rob & Guy) during the London Press Junket and gave us these little gems from David:
“However, The Rover is no road trip movie. It’s dark and relentless at times. Director David Michôd, who previously directed 2011′s Animal Kingdom, doesn’t seem to show any signs of stopping with the tense genres any time soon. Michôd says, “I like when I go to the movies to have powerful experiences and for some reason that sort of darkness and menace and sadness is for me a powerful experience. Those are the moments I get the most exhilarated in I’m in the editing room. The writing I’ve done and the stuff that we’ve shot and coming together with sound and music – when it’s dark and powerful that’s when I feel my spine tingling. Having said that I would love to have the experience of sitting with an audience watching a movie I’ve made that was making people laugh. I don’t know that I’m capable, but I’d love to give it a try.”
However, Michôd doesn’t just direct his films, he also writes them. Animal Kingdom took him almost a decade to complete, a process where he was teaching himself to write, right out of film school. “The first draft of [Animal Kingdom] bears absolutely no resemblance to the finished film at all,” explained the director. “There isn’t a single scene, a single line of dialogue that is still in the movie, and I started it from scratch about four or five times. I’m so glad that I wasn’t a film school ‘wunderkind’ because then maybe someone would have thrown money at me to make that first draft straight away and that would have been a disaster.” Michôd is now embracing the idea of collaborative efforts when it comes to writing, with Joel Edgerton helping out with the story of The Rover and the writer/director working with fellow Australian Luke Davies for his next project (who coincidentally penned one of Pattinson’s next films, Life).
When it comes to deciding what types of stories to tell Michôd admits that it doesn’t all come naturally to him. “I don’t have a big notebook that is full of stories that I must tell,” he says. “It feels like work to me to get into a thing. I start from a place of hating everything, and everything is a bad idea, and this movie should not be made and then i force my way into it, force myself to love it. And usually that comes from finding ways of connecting it to love or sadness or fear of death or whatever. The Rover is really about love. I wouldn’t have been interested in making the film if it had just been a ‘boysie’, shoot-em-up, guys in the desert movie. For me, the whole reason to make it was the relationship between these two characters and kind of reigniting the sparks of potential for love in Guy’s character and the lost kid who is just looking for someone to cling on to. That‘s the stuff. That stuff is the reason to make the movie.”
To read the full interview, click on the link above.
PS. David re making an audience laugh. You’re capable more than capable!