Joe Swanberg talks Drinking Buddies & Happy Christmas

Director Joe Swanberg makes a successful leap from his micro-budget movie-making roots with his latest film Drinking Buddies, starring Olivia Wilde (Rush), Anna Kendrick (Up In The Air), Jake Johnson (New Girl) and Ron Livington (Boardwalk Empire).

Kate (Wilde) and Luke (Johnson) work together at a craft brewery. They have one of those friendships that feels like it could be something more. But Kate is with Chris (Livingston) and Luke is with Jill (Kendrick), who wants to know if Luke is ready to talk marriage. The answer to that question becomes crystal clear when Luke and Kate unexpectedly find themselves alone for a weekend.

With Drinking Buddies in UK cinemas on 1st November, Flicks And The City grabbed a chat with Joe to find out more about the film and why it felt like he was finally making his first feature.

Check out our video to see Joe talk about how he worked differently on Drinking Buddies compared to his previous movies, what it was like working with a crew for the first time, how the film was heavily plotted but the dialogue was improvised, home-brewing with Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde, and how the world of craft beer compares to the world of indie film.

Joe also tells us about his dream film project, if he’d be open to working on a big-budget film, what he thinks about working with green screen, working with Anna Kendrick for the second time on his next film Happy Christmas, and future projects.

Watch the trailer for Drinking Buddies:

Drinking Buddies is in UK cinemas on 1st November.