As the Edinburgh International Film Festival begins to draw to a close, thought it was only fitting that we end things on the best possible note: a new video interview with DAVID MACKENZIE! In this piece from EiFF, my favorite director discusses his latest films Perfect Sense and the upcoming You Instead. Enjoy!
Also, the List Awards have been posted and Perfect Sense was named Best UK feature at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year, congratulations!
Finally, since it's way down by now, be sure to read another excellent review of Perfect Sense from Jamie at the more than excellent HeyUguysblog.co.uk :)
The storytelling style, though an enthralling rollercoaster of emotional highs and lows, is deliberately restrained, with Mackenzie cleverly approaching the material in a subdued, intimate and character-centric way – immediately setting Perfect Sense apart from other films of its nature. For the dark subject matter it’s also surprisingly optimistic: after each sensory loss, those affected look to find a way of coping by returning to some form of normality.
The film is also stunningly shot by Director of Photography Gilles Nuttgens, under the watchful eye of experienced filmmaker David Mackenzie. What’s truly breathtaking, though, is the way in which the editing superbly complements the separate stages of sensory loss – for the post-hearing scenes, for example, the sound is softened (if not muted entirely) to give viewers a real sense of what it would be like if this were to happen to them. It’s wonderfully achieved, and helps to include viewers in the characters’ struggle for survival.