Tilda Swinton’s inner “film geek” led her 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 Dr Alithea Binia, a lone academic who meets an ancient genie (Idris Elba) and learns her life story. which spans three millennia – and is being directed by “Max Max” Helsman, who draws close to the experience of working with the late Alfred Hitchcock.
She said: “I had a day when I thought, ‘I didn’t get a chance to work with Hitchcock but I got to work with George Miller.’
“The film geek in me, on set, the way he works with the camera and angles to tell the story of every shot and the time the camera comes out of the bottle on your reaction, that’s all, that’s just directing.
“And that’s not a ‘Smash Grab’ montage. It’s very Hitchcockian. As Hitchcock put it, ‘Let the camera tell the story and the dialogue can just give 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: “To me, I always felt like we were making a kind of live Miyazaki film.
“It has a little meaning to it, the feeling that it’s a little animated.”
George himself said: “The genie is the story and the cinema. In my mind, he keeps it in his head. What we are seeing is in his mind.”
The 61-year-old filmmaker enjoyed the “grave detail” that Miller used to present the height difference between himself and Idris.
George said: “He was shot in a miniature hotel room when he’s really, really big.
“You can do that — with a little iPad, little books and little tables and chairs and things like that.”
Tilda said: “[In other scenes], Idris was in the room and he was the size of Idris. But there were many wonderfully geeky details that enabled me to see [up] he high.
“At some point, he wore shoes too high or he stood on things.”