“we cut it and went, ‘ Oh god, it’s dreadful’”
futuristic look. Argentina has that old world look with a combination of modern stuff too. They also showed us these extraordinary locations; some waterfalls on the border with Brazil where The Mission was filmed, and this extraordinary lunar- like landscape that would have been used for Zeist.”
Argentina proved to be a false economy, though. Partly because the country suffered from a period of rampant inflation just as filming commenced. “One morning you’d have breakfast in the hotel and the orange juice was 30 cents, and the next day it was $ 3, so I was thinking, ‘ Okay, there’s something going on here,’” says Mulcahy.
There were other problems with the Argentinian location. “It wasn’t really staffed up to do a film of this style. So we ended up bringing in people from Australia and the UK and America. As preproduction was going on, more and more people were coming in from the rest of the world. So with shipping the crew in and the economy going upside- down,