Ben Wheatley

Society is about masks and hiding and pretending to be something that you’re not and not opening up, and in acting, you do all of those things, but it also shows the performers in a very raw state. They have to literally upset themselves to get to that position sometimes. You don’t need a load of people judging you or not being interested in what you’re doing or being an ass on set because it ruins it.

“Society is about masks and hiding and pretending to be something that you’re not and not opening up, and in acting, you do all of … Read More

If you judge everything by how photographically real it looks, then you’re missing out on a lot of what art is about and what communication is. There are ambiguities in life, and that should be reflected in art, cinema, and storytelling, I think.

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I think a big part of my job is to make an atmosphere on set and have an attitude that it’s about experimentation, and you can’t do anything wrong. It’s not about judgment, it’s not about me kicking over a chair and storming onto set and acting stuff out and telling people to copy what I do. That is a style of directing some people have, but I don’t understand it.

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The reality of any location in Britain being used in a TV program of a film is that something bad is going to happen! That’s the nature of drama. Most of the things that get made or basically grisly detective shows about murders, accidents or medical dramas.

“The reality of any location in Britain being used in a TV program of a film is that something bad is going to happen! That’s … Read More

I’ve had pretty much the same crew for all the films that I’ve made, and I’ve managed to have really nice, calm, funny people. That is a big part of it, a family feeling of warmth and finding something interesting and making a platform for them to perform. It’s a very difficult job, acting, in that it’s totally counterintuitive to how we are brought up.

“I’ve had pretty much the same crew for all the films that I’ve made, and I’ve managed to have really nice, calm, funny people. That … Read More

People say, “How do you get into the British film industry?” There is no British film industry, there are just people making films and finding their own way. It’s not like in the States where there are studios and there’s an actual infrastructure to it; there’s just nothing here. You make it from scratch a lot of the time.

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I’m very superstitious about going on other people’s sets. You have to ask permission of the director; you shouldn’t just turn up and skulk about in the background. It’s very rude. You have to ask them personally. It’s like a vampire being invited into a house.

“I’m very superstitious about going on other people’s sets. You have to ask permission of the director; you shouldn’t just turn up and skulk about … Read More