Video Interview: Director Danny Boyle on 'Trance', His Career & More
by Ben Pearson
April 4, 2013
After Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture in 2008, director Danny Boyle was able to tell the wild true story of hiker Aron Ralston in 127 Hours. Three years later he's back with a new movie, and in keeping with Boyle's career thus far, it's not quite like anything he's done before. Trance is a riveting psychological heist thriller that plays with the concepts of memory and identity while slowly revealing the larger picture of a heist gone wrong. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Boyle about the film, and we talked about his thoughts on jumping between genres, the defining factor of his work as a whole, and plenty more. Watch!
Boyle's films are always viscerally entertaining and he's one of my favorite working filmmakers, so it was an honor to be able to speak with him. He'd been doing interviews for the entire day, so I was really pleased to find he was still upbeat and energetic by the time my slot rolled around at 5:30pm. without further ado…
Here's my full interview with Danny Boyle, recorded at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles:
Danny Boyle is the award-winning filmmaker behind movies such as Trainspotting, The Beach, 28 Days Later, Millions, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire, and 127 Hours. He also directed the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics. He co-wrote 127 Hours with writer Simon Beaufoy and won the Academy Award for Best Director in 2008 for his work on Slumdog Millionaire. In Trance, an art auctioneer (McAvoy) mixed up with criminals joins forces with a hypnotherapist to find a lost painting. As boundaries between desire, reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur, the stakes rise faster than any could have anticipated.
Thanks again to Fox Searchlight for arranging this interview, and to Mr. Boyle for taking the time to speak with me. I would highly encourage film fans to check out Trance, which stars James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel, opening in limited release on April 5th, 2013 - check your local listings.