"The important thing was to try and make the movie as much of a first-person experience as possible..." hmv.com talks to Ang Lee and Joe Alwyn
As the man behind films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Life of Pi, Ang Lee has developed a reputation as one of the most versatile directors around, equally able to handle everything from love stories (Brokeback Mountain), through costume dramas (Sense & Sensibility) to big, explosive blockbusters (Hulk).
But even for a director like Lee, his latest project has been something of a challenge, from both a storytelling and a technical point of view. Adapted from Ben Fountain's best-selling novel of the same name, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk takes the story of a young soldier's accomplishments on the battlefields of the Middle East being celebrated during the halftime show at an American Football game, cutting seamlessly between the firefights of a war zone and the fireworks of a football stadium.
On top of navigating a difficult-to-adapt story for the screen and using new technology that allows for shooting at 120 frames-per-second to create a hyper-realistic experience, the director also took the bold step of handing the lead role to Joe Alwyn, a newcomer not yet out of drama school who makes an outstanding debut in the new film.
With the film coming to DVD shelves (you can purchase it on the right-hand side of the page), we sat down with Ang and Joe to talk about the challenges of bringing Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk to the big screen.
Watch our interview with the pair below...