Magazine article Screen International

Tiger Directors: Martin Radich, Norfolk

Magazine article Screen International

Tiger Directors: Martin Radich, Norfolk

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The British director talks about his father-son drama, which receives its world premiere in competition at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).

The world premiere of Norfolk at the International Film Festival Rotterdam tonight (Jan 24) is the culmination of two years work for director Martin Radich.

The British filmmaker, whose previously directed nihilistic drama Crack Willow (2008), received the greenlight to make his dreamlike feature in February 2013 and shot the film in September-October that same year.

Starring Denis Menochet (Inglorious Basterds) and Barry Keoghan ('71), it is a haunting thriller about a reclusive father and son whose close relationship is threatened when the father's violent past catches up with them. Co-stars include Eileen Davies (Sightseers), Sean Buckley (Les Misérables) and newcomer Goda Letkauskaite.

Producers are Finlay Pretsell of SDI Productions and Rachel Dargavel of Crybaby. Norfolk was developed, financed and produced through Creative England's iFeatures initiative with backing from the BFI and BBC Films.

The evocative music for Norfolk is a unique collaboration with Brooklyn-based composer JG Thirlwell, whose extensive body of work under numerous different identities spans over 25 years and includes collaborations with artists such as Nick Cave, Marc Almond, The The, Karen O and Spike Jonze.

Radich spoke to Screen about his film ahead of its world premiere.

Where did the idea of this film come from?

The idea came from two photographs. I had photocopied a photo from an old library book about ten years ago which was of a soldier from World War Two, and the soldier's expression I found incredibly hard to read. You could look at this image and think that this man was an incredibly courageous and brave soldier. Then, another time, you could look at this and think "God there's nothing there, he's shell-shocked, there's nothing behind the eyes", and I kind of liked that ambiguity. …

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