Interview: Michael Winterbottom
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Director Michael Winterbottom is famous for making films stretching from 24 Hour Party People to The Road to Guantanamo. Now he’s back with EVERYDAY – a prison-set drama filmed in real-time over five years and starring Life on Mars’s John Simm. Your new film is EVERYDAY. What's it about? The starting point was to try and deal with time passing in a story. A lot of films deal with stories that take place over a long period of time: I've just done a film now with Steve Coogan about Paul Raymond which goes from 1958 to 1992. But you tend to do it with very conventional techniques. You're still making it over a period of seven or eight weeks, you're still packing it in, so it's all done with wigs and make-up. So with children especially you end up having different children playing the same role. It's very unsatisfactory. This is a film about how the relationship between children and their dad can survive a long separation, how that effects the relationship with their mum, and the relationship between the mum and the dad. And rather than do it in six weeks and try and fake it all, we did it over the same length of time that the story is supposed to take place [five years]. Had you ever heard of anything like that being done before? There are documentaries that have been shot over a long period of time, but fiction films? No, not really. It's so easy to get bogged down in the idea that this is how you make a film - you spend two years working on the script, do four months preparation, do two months shooting. I think it's good to get away from that way of thinking. The way you make a film affects the film you're making, so if you can have a fresh approach to the way you're making it, that's good. You have to tailor the way you make the film to suit your story. Why did you decide not to reveal the nature of Ian's crime?
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