We chat to Gavin Hood on the set of his new movie!

2014-11-05 12:17
Cape Town – It’s a dreary grey day in Cape Town, a steady drizzle pelts me as I manoeuvre in between buildings in Epping Industria.

The venue is quite shady which makes for the perfect movie set.  

We chatted to award-winning director Gavin Hood on the set of his latest feature film Eye in the Sky starring Colin Firth, Aaron Paul and Helen Mirren.

It’s the last day of filming and there’s a buzz all around as workmen are breaking down sets and the crew is bustling about.

They keep us far away from the action but it’s hard not to get swept up in the buzz of it all.

With a number of successful films under his belt Gavin embodies every young director’s dream: making it big in Hollywood.

Gavin told us more about the new feature film, what makes him tell stories and filming in Cape Town.

About his new film:

"Eye in the Sky is really an examination of the way we live now. We are connected electronically but we are more disconnected than ever. When I read the script I thought, 'wow I really want to explore these dilemmas'. It’s a thriller that explores how we live now, how we wage war and how we interact now. We’re all from different cultures but we’re all interconnected by the internet. It’s so contemporary and it evokes such interesting conversations. And I thought I really want to make that film!"

About filming in Cape Town:

"Cape Town is a world class location. We found a place that looked like Surrey, we were able to find clubs that could be in Vegas, we found a place in Beaufort West that looked like the desert in Navada. The amount of location and filming opportunities for filming in South Africa is enormous. And the crews are world class! They shot constantly on international and local films. It’s been a joy to come home and work on a film that I feel passionately about."

And what makes a good story:

"For me good films explore strong themes, it’s not the story you want to tell it’s the idea you want to explore through the story you tell that interest me. Things that compel me to tell stories are moral dilemmas that are tricky to resolve. What excites me is when a story evokes empathy, when it reminds us of our humanity and when it starts a conversation."

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