Sundance: Tom Hardy, Locke & Peaky Blinders Season 2 Interview with Steven Knight

Starring Tom Hardy, Locke follows one night in the life of hard-working family man, Ivan Locke, after one phone call sends his seemingly perfect world into a downward spiral.

The only actor on screen throughout the film’s tension-filled 90 minutes, Hardy gives a stunning performance in writer-director Steven Knight’s compelling character study of one man’s fight to stop the life he’s carefully constructed for himself collapsing around him.

Flicks And The City sat down with Steven at the Sundance Film Festival to find out more about Locke.

Check out the video to see Steven talk about the inspiration behind Locke, casting Tom Hardy, shooting the film in just 10 days, recording Andrew Scott, Olivia Colman and Ruth Wilson‘s on-screen phone conversations in a hotel conference room as Hardy was driving and filming through the night, shooting the film as if it were a play, happy accidents that made it into the movie, and the overwhelming reaction to the film at the Venice Film Festival and in Salt Lake City.

Steven tells us about writing Pawn Sacrifice, the story of Bobby Fischer starring Tobey Maguire in the lead; director Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred-Foot Journey (about an Indian chef who moves to France and sets up an Indian restaurant) which stars Helen Mirren; how much difference it makes to a writer when they know which actor is going to be playing the roles they’re writing; meeting Jeff Bridges while writing his movie Seventh Son, and seeing his words brought to life on screen by actors like Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.

Steven also chats to us about creating the world of Peaky Blinders starring Cillian Murphy, what we can expect from season 2 of Peaky Blinders, expanding Cillian’s family in the film, moving towards the family’s respectability, how his original intention was to take the story up to 1926 but how he’s now thinking of moving into the 1930s, how he wanted to look at English history from a working class perspective, whether you can move from class to class in England, how he’d love to do a feature film instead of series 3 and then do a 6-part TV series for series 4, how it will compare doing a feature film of Peaky Blinders as opposed to a TV series, if he foresees the trend continuing of film actors moving into television series, and how TV is now viewed in the way theatre used to be.

We also talk about how likely we are to see Eastern Promises 2, whether David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen will return as director and star, and what Steven would like to see happen in an Eastern Promises sequel.

And finally, Steven tells us what else we can look forward to from him in future, including a fantasy script for David Yates and a sci-fi script for Dreamworks, both of which will take up most of this year; plus another short project to direct in 2015.

Make sure you see Locke when it hits UK cinema screens on 18 April 2014.

UPDATE: Check out the new trailer below:

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