Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Circle of Life; Preview: 360

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Circle of Life; Preview: 360

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We all make choices, but how do they impact on the world beyond us? Susan Griffin talks to the cast, director and writer of 360, a new film tackling the interconnected lives of modern society, which is released next week.

NEVER before has our world seemed so small and interrelated.

Towns and cities are filled with multinational communities, and the internet and social networking sites have lifted the restrictions of distance. We are now, more than ever, a worldwide community.

It's this realisation which forms the basis of 360, a tale about romance and sex in the 21st century, which depicts a kaleidoscope of interconnected relationships.

"You can't help noticing the degree to which boundaries have become obsolete and that modern 21st century life has become one global community," says 360's screenwriter Peter Morgan, whose previous projects include Frost/Nixon, The Queen and The Last King Of Scotland.

Conceived and written against a backdrop of the international banking crisis, the domino effect of the Arab Spring, the threat of global flu pandemics and Eurozone instability, it was the multicultural, multilingual aspect that attracted Jude Law to the movie.

"I was excited about being in something with multiple languages, and it's very much about humans being humans and trying to do the right thing," says the 39-year-old actor.

"Yet it's in all these different languages, and I got to meet all these wonderful actors from around the world."

Law plays Michael Daly, a British businessman in a hollow marriage, who the audience first encounter when he's waiting to meet an escort.

His decision to remain faithful to his wife sparks a series of events which ripple around the globe via Paris, London, Bratislava, Rio, Denver and Phoenix, before eventually returning, 360 degrees, to where the chain began.

"Something Fernando Meirelles, the director said to me before I started, which really warmed me to this project, was that everyone in it is trying to do the right thing," says Law. …

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