FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT…
The twisty, timetravelling thriller from The Spierig Brothers I T’S ADAPTED FROM A SHORT STORY
1 Predestination is the third feature from German- born, Australia- based writer- director siblings Michael and Peter Spierig, who debuted with micro- budgeted zombie comedy
Undead and impressed with bloodsucking horror pic Daybreakers. Adapted from Robert A Heinlein’s 1958 mind- bending short story “All You Zombies”, Predestination tells of a time- travelling temporal agent on his final assignment: to hunt down an enigmatic arsonist pegged “The Fizzle Bomber”.
“I thought the short story was quite extraordinary and a time travel story unlike anything I’ve ever read,” says Peter Spierig. “It was so uniquely different and though it was written in 1958 it still felt highly original now. We worked a thriller element into the story, which wasn’t in the original short story and just kept building on it.”
ETHAN HAWKE STARS
2 Having already headlined their vampire flick Daybreakers, Hawke was a natural first choice to take the multidimensional lead of a temporal agent moonlighting as a bartender.
“Because of our previous relationship with Ethan, we thought he would be great. We also had a good sense of his genre sensibilities and knew he would be really into this so we sent him the script on Thanksgiving Day and the next day he sent us a message saying ‘ Tell us where and when and I’m in!’”
THE TIME TRAVEL IS LOW- FI
3 We’ve had Back To The Future’s souped up DeLorean and Primer’s home made contraption but the Spierigs wanted something decidedly simpler for their time travel device – which takes the form of a rather neat attaché styled violin case.
“We talked extensively about the time machine and in the short story it’s like a net that gets thrown over people and we thought that wasn’t very interesting,” admits Spierig. “We didn’t want the time travel elements to be a big deal. It was just going to be the simplest thing we could do. We liked the idea that when they arrived in their time travel it affected the space around them and things moved.”
IT HAS NOIR STYLE
4 For Predestination’s monochrome look the Spierigs were less inspired by the plethora of recent timetravelling movies and more by the atmospheric visuals of 1940s film noir and Sam Mendes’ 2002 gangster thriller Road To Perdition.
“Michael and I love world building, it’s something we’ve done in all our movies so far and it’s a lot of fun to do,” says Spierig. “We wanted to make it a unique experience that’s different to any movie you might have seen. Film noir was part of our design aesthetic and a lot of the ideas were from classic film noir with the hat, the Tommy Gun and the case.”
SARAH SNOOK IS OUTSTANDING
Predestination is released nationwide on Friday 5 December.
sci- fact! Robert A Heinlein wrote “All You Zombies” in just one
day on 11 July 1958.