Director Tom George Shares His Experience Fronting “Watch Them Run” | TELEVITES

This Thursday, October 20, it can be seen in theaters “See how they run”, the comedy-mystery film that marks the directorial debut of Tom George and follows Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and Police Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) as they investigate a murder in the heart of 1950s London’s West End.

At a theater in that district, plans for the film adaptation of a successful play come to an abrupt end when the film’s director, Leo Köpernick (Adrien Brody), is murdered. When Stoppard and Stalker take on the case, they find themselves embroiled in a perplexing police case amidst the glamor and sleaze of the theater world, left to investigate the mysterious homicide at their own peril.

The story shows us how in London’s West End of the 1950s, plans for a film version of a blockbuster play are abruptly halted when the film’s Hollywood director is murdered. When listless Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and enthusiastic rookie Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) take charge of the case, they find themselves drawn into a baffling whodunit inside the glamorous and seedy underground theater, while investigating the mysterious homicide at their own risk. .

Tom George recently spoke about his experience leading the project, sharing details of the shoot alongside the extraordinary ensemble cast that brings the story to life.

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an irresistible script

One of the premises in making “Watch Them Run” was that, as irreverent and playful as the film was, the team had to create a satisfying mystery story. The producers wanted to do something more modern but set in the times and create a meta-comedy. Marc Chappell, screenwriter of the project, achieved it with flying colors.

The first thing that attracted me to Marc Chappell’s script was that it pulled off an incredible trick: being a thriller and a comedy, without becoming a parody or a pastiche of the genre. While there is an awareness of the genre’s characteristics, which drive much of the story and comedy, it remains at its core a character-driven story. That struck me as a tremendously difficult trick to pull off, to balanceGeorge said.

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Guaranteed fun

Tom George added: “It was a joy putting this film together. We work in incredible locations in London, with a dream cast for a first film. I really enjoyed the process, and that seems very important to me, especially doing a comedy. It is crucial to create the climate for the cast to work comfortably and to give their best performance, to loosen up and be able to improvise a little, beyond Marc Chappell’s excellent script. It was an incredible experience”.

Turning adversity into opportunity, George, Chappell and the production team took the opportunity to shoot “See how they run” in London City theaters and hotels abandoned by the pandemic lockdown, and set a playful tone as an antidote to the difficult time, seeking to celebrate the life of the theater.

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Hollywood vs. the West End: The Clash of Two Creative Cultures

The film doesn’t just examine the murder mystery genre. It also delves into the cultural rift between North American taste and European or British taste. That fascinated me from the beginning, and I think that was also what attracted Adrien to play Leo Köpernick. He liked having the chance to lightly poke fun at that cultural difference, and especially that American idea that there’s some kind of Hollywood template that has to be applied to make a high-quality movie. It was an idea very typical of the directors of the ’40s and ’50s, coming from the United States to the United Kingdom to ‘lower themselves’ with theater actors.Tom George commented.The transition from television to cinema

For BAFTA award-winning director Tom George, acclaimed for his contemporary TV comedy series This Country, tackling a period project like “Watch Them Run” about an icon of British literature was a huge leap.

About the transition from television to film, George noted: “The surprising thing, but at the same time comforting for me, was discovering that it is the same thing, it is the same work. You just do it on a larger scale, with more experts in their respective fields. Strictly speaking, you are really making the same decisions and counting, as always, on your team of experts”.

“Watch How They Run” stars Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Ruth Wilson, Reece Shearsmith, Harris Dickinson, Charlie Cooper, Shirley Henderson, Lucian Msamati, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Pearl Chanda, Paul Chahidi, Sian Clifford, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Tim Key, Ania Marson, and David Oyelowo.

Director Tom George Shares His Experience Fronting “Watch Them Run” | TELEVITES