Magazine article Screen International

Schrader: Working with Lohan Was "Exhausting"

Magazine article Screen International

Schrader: Working with Lohan Was "Exhausting"

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The air of anti-climax at today's Venice Film Festival press conference for Paul Schrader's The Canyons was palpable.

The film's notorious star Lindsay Lohan failed to show. In her absence, the press conference room on the 3rd Floor of Venice's Casino was far from full.

Director Schrader began the press conference by declaring himself "a free man" after 16 months working with Lohan. He praised the American star's performance ("this is her first really hard kind of straight role as opposed to romantic comedy and she stepped up to the mark") but acknowledged it had been "an exhausting process" working with her.

Schrader also elaborated on the problems facing the film industry in the digital era. The Canyons, a sexually explicit thriller made on a tiny budget and aimed at an online audience, opens with footage of derelict cinemas.

"The film business is undergoing a systemic change," the US director suggested.

He revealed that in the very first email he sent to writer Bret Easton Ellis about collaborating on The Canyons, he wrote "let's make cinema for the post-theatrical era. I sensed that we were moving out of the theatrical era...and into the multi-platform era. I wanted to make it very clear to the audience that this film was made for VOD, it was made for multi-platforms because the movie theatres are closed. …

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