Heartless + Q&A with Philip Ridley

His first directorial project in fifteen years, Philip Ridley's Heartless is a tale of urban violence and isolation that features a powerful lead performance by Jim Sturgess. In this discussion chaired by film journalist Alan Jones, the writer/director reveals the reasons for his long absence from filmmaking since 1995's The Passion of Darkly Noon, and outlines the intriguing process his ideas undergo - "like an explosion in reverse" - before finally reaching the screen. As well as examining his inspirations and obsession with every minute design detail, Ridley also analyses the challenges now faced by smaller independent productions, and the groundbreaking strategy employed for Heartless' May release. This special preview formed a part of the BFI's Future Film Festival, presented in association with BBC Blast.


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