Danny Boyle is definitely a film director that needs little introduction; his new film Trance opened last Friday in Philly. I have been a huge fan of his films since I first saw Trainspotting back in 1996, and its been great to see him have a career that is nothing short of amazing, including his recent stint as the artistic director of the Olympics.
I hope you enjoy this chat with a director who is not only a great storyteller, but also a constant innovator in how he tells those stories.
When you are working on a script like this that is so complicated, do you ever worry about the audience being able to follow along with the narrative?
That’s a great question and particularly applicable to this film, which is a puzzle with clues and mysteries.
I think what helped us in the case of Trance is we shot the film while we were preparing the Olympic opening ceremonies in London, but we didn’t edit it till we had finished the Olympics. There was a 6-month gap where the footage was put on ice if you like, and when we came back to it, it did feel like I was seeing the story for the first time again.
That certainly helped us in presenting the story.
Rosario Dawson plays a hypnotherapist in Trance, do you believe in the power of hypnosis and is that a subject that has always interested you?
Yes, and its very interesting the reputation of hypnotherapists and hypnosis have changed a bit. It was once legally admissible as evidence, but was discredited because of suggested memories were proved to be untrue. Since then hypnosis has been trying to rebuild its image.
In about 5-10% of the population there are people in the profession they call virtuosos, these people are highly suggestible and who want change. Although what we depict in the movie is ethically very dubious it’s actually clinically possible and makes for a great premise for a movie really.