Why tell this story?
I am attracted to stories of survival and hope. When did you know you wanted to work in this kind of industry? I worked in the music-video industry in London in my early twenties. It was in the heyday of music-video production, so we had a lot of fun. I was hooked from then on. If you weren’t in the film industry, what would you be doing? A career in the film industry was liberating at the time. Now I would choose saving the planet or something more artistically uncluttered. Did art ever become reality? On our first shoot day in Elsies River. Hundreds of kids were lined up behind barrier tape watching us film one of the scenes in the movie. Suddenly we heard the first sounds of a gun battle in the neighbouring blocks. Kids immediately broke away and swarmed silently in all directions across the set, their little legs carrying them as fast as possible up stairs and fire escapes into their homes.The children there are used to the turf wars; they know they have to run home, no matter what – no fuss, no shouting – and just get home as soon as the sun sets and the shooting starts. That was surreal and sobering to see.