Interview with Steven Knight in Birmingham Mail...
(and confirmation that Tom’s going to attend the Locke premiere/screening in New York. :))Film writer Graham Young talks to Locke director Steven Knight
“Hello Steven… it’s Steven. Congratulations with your new movie!”
Birmingham filmmaker Steven Knight knew he had made a good job of the film that is closest to his heart when he took a phone call from Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg.
“When he calls, you answer the phone,” said the Birmingham-born Peaky Blinders’ creator.
“He just wanted me to know that he had watched it and really liked it.”
Steven revealed the story at Wednesday night’s glittering UK premiere of Locke (15), the story of one ordinary man’s personal nightmare during a motorway journey that begins in Birmingham.
Star Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) was the main red carpet attraction at Cineworld Broad Street, garnering lots of attention from women swooning over his macho appeal.
But none of it would have happened without the writer-director wanting to open the film in his home town.
“I asked Tom if he would do it and he said ‘Yes’,” said Steven.
“Which is good because I think he’s the best young actor we’ve got right now.”
Hardy spends most of Locke strapped inside a BMW saloon – after Jaguar Land Rover declined to give Steven permission to use his favoured car of choice, a Land Rover.
“We could have got a Land Rover, of course, and I would have loved it to have been a Land Rover in the film,” said Steven.
“But they didn’t want to give us permission to use it.
Hardy’s appearance in Birmingham was extra special because he is only doing one other premiere for the film – and that will be in New York.
Steven Knight had flown in specially from Chicago to attend the Birmingham screening after also launching the film in Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle and LA. After the New York premiere with Tom, Steven is then taking it to Boston, Washington, Dallas and Toronto.
But he said there’s nowhere better than home – Birmingham.
“It’s just great that we’ve been able to screen it here,” said Steven.
“I just thought ‘Why not?’.
“We need to do more things like this to help the city.
“The beginning of the film was shot from the top of a tower block near the Villa ground and it shows Spaghetti Junction and the M6.
“The landmark is very Birmingham, very functional – I remember being driven over it when it had opened and having it pointed out.
“I just wanted the film to make it look as beautiful as possible with soft focus on the lights.”
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Tom Hardy displaying a gamut of emotions and reactions from A to Z whilst watching his performance on the monitor from the excitingly innovative new film by very talented Director Steven Knight.
The quote below is from an interview with Steven Knight about the making of Locke which appeared in the London Evening Standard.
Steven Knight: “We didn’t know if there was an audience for this, but what’s great is that it’s people who are the furthest thing from art-house lovers who respond the most.
A lot of middle-aged men who don’t usually go to cinemas end up with tears in their eyes. I think once people engage with the story, the character, they forget this is an experimental, unusual format. Once the story gets them, that’s it.”
Tom Hiddleston (Thor, War Horse, Avengers) answers a question posed to him in 20011 about which film he last viewed.
"The last movie I saw was 360. It’s the new Fernando Meirelles film with Anthony Hopkins, Rachel Weisz, and Jude Law. Before that, cause I want to mention it, was Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior with Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton, which had me crying like a lost child. I loved it.”
"It’s a powerhouse of claustrophobic suspense and fierce emotion, mostly because Tom Hardy … is a blazing wonder as Locke."
Review in Rolling Stone (April 2014 issue)
Amir Heshmati was the editor on the award winning short film Sargeant Slaughter My Big Brother which was directed by Greg Williams (seen above) and when these photos were first released everyone presumed that they were part of the deleted scenes in the short film.
However they turn out to be stills from a speculative trailer/promo used to first sell the idea to the studios for their intended feature film called Samarkand which is Greg Williams & Ollie Williams first feature length film.
They have also co-written the screenplay and of course will star Tom Hardy, legend in the making.
SAMARKAND is a project in development.
TH will play a British special forces soldier who has returned from fighting in the Middle East and who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The traumatised character struggles to re-acclimate himself to civilian life.LHC.
Photographs via Greg Williams Photography.