For film enthusiasts, there are few people working in the medium today more interesting than either Edgar Wright or Alex Garland. So when the auteur of the Cornetto Trilogy told us he wanted a place to interview his friend, the director of the just-released “Ex Machina”, we were thrilled to give him a home.
You can hear the pair's conversation in the video above. It's a fascinating, free-flowing discussion of filmmaking, the craft of the screenplay, technology, the themes in Garland's film as well as the surprising pick of the writer/director who has had an outsized influence on them both.
A stunning amount of the great film work of the past decade has emerged from the minds of the two participants in this conversation – “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz,” “The World's End” and “Scott Pilgrim vs the World” are among Wright's credits. In his writer's garb, prior to “Ex Machina”, Garland brought us the fascinating “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine” and “Dredd,” to name a few. And both bring to their work a genuine love of cinema, film history and genre filmmaking that animates all their work.
It is thus thrilling to hear what these two creators and enthusiasts of great cinema talk about when they are brought together. Enjoy the results.