Tilda Swinton’s inner “movie lover” relished the chance to work with George Miller.
The Scottish star appears in the 77-year-old filmmaker’s latest film, ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’, in which she plays lonely academic Dr Alithea Binnea who meets a former Djinn (Idris Elba) and learns the story of his life, which spans three millennia – and she found being led by the helmsman of “Max Max” to be as close an experience as possible to working with the late Alfred Hitchcock.
She said: “I had a moment one day when I thought, ‘I never worked with Hitchcock but I worked with George Miller.’
“The movie geek in me, on set, seeing the way he tells the story of every shot working with the camera and the angles and when the camera has to come off the bottle on your reaction, all of that , it is direction.
“And it’s not a ‘smash grab’ edit. It’s very Hitchcockian. As Hitchcock said, ‘Let the camera tell the story and the dialogue can only leave the atmosphere.'”
Tilda also compared the film to the work of Hayao Miyazaki, who directed the animated classic “Spirited Away.”
She told Total Film magazine, “For me, it always felt like we were doing some sort of live-action Miyazaki movie.
“It has this slight sense, this feeling of being slightly animated.”
George himself added: “The Djinn is history and cinema. In my mind, he projects it in his head. What we see is what she has in mind.
The 61-year-old filmmaker relished the “geeky details” Miller used to showcase a height difference between her and Idris.
George said: “When he’s really, really big, it was shot in a miniature hotel room.
“You can do it – with a little iPad, little books and little tables and chairs and things like that.”
Tilda added: “[In other scenes], Idris was in the room and he was the size of Idris. But there were various wonderful geeky details that made me able to watch [up] so high.
“At times he wore very high shoes or stood on things.”