The director is this guy from Ireland, Jason Byrne.
The main reason this is interesting (beyond the fact that Peterson and Smits are stellar actors) lies with the fact that this director’s process involves letting the actors do whatever feels natural and instinctive to them instead of giving them set blocking instructions on day one. It means that everything is more complicated, because the approach to character is an evolving thing, but it builds a performance that is supposedly more cohesive and powerful.
Very interesting… and familiar to how the process has been with Bea Quarrie for Vimy.
It’s risky stuff, letting people be creative, but the potential for a better outcome makes it worth it, in my opinion.
more later – jv