In Eye For Film’s wonderful new interview with Childhood of a Leader’s Director Brady Corbet, he discusses non-poetic cinema, fanaticism, Robert Pattinson and the pervasive cult of celebrity. Brady also gave us a little insight into Rob’s wonderful work ethics, while also making some news by revealing that Robert is set to star in his wife and collaborator, Mona Fastvold’s upcoming, big screen adaptation of Tarjei Vesaas‘ period drama The Bleaching Yard. Joining them on that project is Childhood of a Leader producer, Chris Cohen as well as her producers from The Sleepwalker. The award winning first time director also mentioned the possibility of Rob joining the cast of his next film; Vox Lux. Corbet describes that feature as being an ensemble piece about “the turn of the 21st century to the present. It’s about the rise of a pop star.” We’ve added a few excerpts below, but the full interview is available HERE.
Brady Corbet on making audiences think, Robert Pattinson and the culture of celebrity.
Brady Corbet’s The Childhood Of A Leader is out in UK cinemas today (August 18) after Protagonist Pictures stepped in following the announcement that original distributor Metrodome had fallen into insolvency this week. The British distribution is being handled by Soda Pictures. Read more
Q&A W/ Brady Corbett by Variety’s Damon Wise
A well-known actor on the indie circuit, racking up well over a half dozen appearances in low-budget U.S. and European productions last year alone, Brady Corbet, who turned 27 in August, recently made his directing debut with “The Childhood of a Leader” – a film that last month caught the eye of Jonathan Demme’s Orrizonti jury, which awarded it the best director prize at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. Invoking the spirit of the young Orson Welles, Demme later described the film, which is repped by Protagonist Pictures, as “dazzling and exquisitely original” ahead of a one-off screening later this month at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York.
Loosely inspired by the early childhood experiences of many of the most infamous dictators of the 20th century, “The Childhood of a Leader” stars Berenice Bejo and Liam Cunningham as an American couple settling into the French countryside at the end of the World War I, at which time the father is involved in the delicate peace negotiations surrounding the Treaty of Versailles. His wife is a devout Christian who struggles with the tantrums of their son (Tom Sweet), an angelic-looking boy whose behaviour becomes increasingly disturbing. Robert Pattinson and Stacy Martin also appear in the film, which also brought Corbet a cash prize in the form of Luigi De Laurentiis award for best debut. Read more
Rob is featured on the cover of this week’s NME. He speaks very candidly about the pressures of fame, the Twilight era, and the unrelenting social media harassment against him and fiancée Tahliah Barnett; stemming from the seedier side of the Twilight fandom. Rob went on to discuss how the success of the Twilight films afforded him an extremely high level of fame almost overnight. A situation that left him struggling to find a balance between the unsolicited fame, job as an actor, and his private life. This interview was conducted during the filming of the Lost City of Z in Belfast, Ireland: Read more
Rob: it is weird, because I have so many pictures taken, at premieres and stuff. There are singular photos which people want to have signed, and that are always the same. I can’t understand it, because it’s not my taste. I think, why this picture? I don’t know if there is THE ONE picture… I think I am the wrong person to judge… And the James Dean picture was like a campaign, the pictures were staged in a certain way. they should show the lost soul. should he go back to the family farm or not? they wanted to show the inner conflict of the young farm boy and artist. Pictures of me is like covering every base possible… it’s like he’s a fourteen year old (laughs) or something… it’s kind of dilute a bit.
Q: Isn’t it annoying to be photographed all the time? Read more
We’re in a private room at the back of a private members’ club in Shoreditch, east London, where Robert Pattinson is sitting on a comfy-looking sofa wearing tight black jeans and a tight white T-shirt. We’re about as cloistered from the bustle of real life as you’re likely to get in the capital, which is kind of the point. Read more
Robert Pattinson: “Everyone wants you to be so vanilla” Read more
You may already know more about legendary photographer-turned-director Anton Corbijn’s new film than you realise. Have you ever seen that iconic 1960 photo of James Dean walking in the rain in Times Square? Well, the picture was taken by a man named Dennis Stock, and the story of it, and his friendship with the soon-to-be-huge star, is touchingly told in Life.
With two excellent performances from Robert Pattinson as Stock and Dane DeHaan as Dean, Life is Corbijn’s most uplifting film to date, with the era so lovingly and beautifully recreated that your time with his two leading men will probably feel all too short. Read more