10 Things About Making ‘In Bruges’ and Writer-Director Martin McDonagh
Martin McDonagh first directorial effort for a feature film didn’t go unnoticed by film lovers, but very few interviews from his promotional tour for ‘In Bruges‘ are available online. Fortunately, Gordon and The Whale recorded theirs (with a mac and an odd frame) and shared it.
Until 2006, McDonagh was known for being one of the most famous Irish contemporary playwrights. That changed when his short film Six Shooter got nominated for the BAFTA and the Academy Award for Best Short Film and won the latter.
Watch Six Shooter below:
“In Bruges” followed soon after and received equal attention from the Academy and the BAFTA, ultimately winning the BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay.
So how does a famous playwright goes on writing and directing a feature starring a city as the main character, and Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes as supporting characters?
Here are ten info to better understand McDonagh and the making of ‘In Bruges’:
- Terrence Malick is one of his hero
- “Don’t Look Now” was one of the biggest influence as a film, using a town as a character
- It’s after having spent a week-end in Bruges that McDonagh decided to use it as a character in a film
- McDonagh had cleared ‘In Bruges” budget before winning the Oscar for Best Short Film
- “In Bruges” took 2 years from writing to promoting it
- Ray and Ken were originally from London
- McDonagh rehearsed three weeks in Bruges with Greeson and Farrell, and the shooting lasted seven and half weeks.
- McDonagh didn’t change a single line in his script during rehearsal
- Post-Production started six months before shooting
- McDonagh got rid off the characters’ backstory during editing, cutting 40 minutes of film out of the final cut
To learn more (and there is more), watch the full interview below: