Metro Manila with Sean Ellis

During Sundance London this weekend we chatted to writer-director Sean Ellis (Cashback, The Broken) at the international premiere of his award-winning new film, Metro Manila.

The film follows Oscar and his family as they move from the poverty-stricken rice fields to the big city of Manila, where they fall victim to various inhabitants whose manipulative ways are a daily part of city survival.

Check out the video to see Sean talk about how an incident he witnessed while on holiday in the Philippines led him to make Metro Manila, how he managed to work with actors whose language he doesn’t speak, and how filming in Manila compared to making movies in the UK: