Posted at 10:49 AM on April 27, 2009
by Euan Kerr
Director Duncan Jones says there were two reasons why he made his feature "Moon," which screens tonight that the MSPIFF.
The film is about a miner called Sam who is coming to the end of a three year contract alone on a moon base. He is getting ready to go home, when suddenly he finds there is another "Sam" on the premises.
Jones says first of all he wanted to work with Sam Rockwell, and after they couldn't agree on one script he had in hand, Jones went off and wrote another specifically for Rockwell. (It's why the character in the film is called Sam too.)
Second, there was the question of philosophy
"I had a background studying philosophy," Jones says. "And there were some fundamental questions about being a human being, sort of knowing yourself better, and this particular question of what would you do if you met yourself in person. Would you like yourself or would you only see the faults? I thought that was a really interesting idea and something I could build a really interesting story around. A very human story, and I think that for science fiction that's the best kind of story to pursue."
The film relies on cinematic trickery of course, but the center of the film is Rockwell's performance. The two Sams don't like each other much. Jones says he believes the legions of Rockwell fans will enjoy him in a rare leading role.
"One of the things that Sam has is a really passionate affectionate audience that loves what he does. There is just something so honest and human about him and the performances he gives. He really just gives everything he's got."
With the new Star Trek film about to his screens and a host of other sci-fi movies due to open this summer I asked him if he was worried the genre was getting too tame. He says no.
"I am of the opinion that there is a golden age of science fiction film about to happen. And I think Star Trek is one side of that, and I think "Moon" and some more independent science fiction is another side of that. But it doers seem like there is an explosion in science fiction happening. I think if not the studios, at least the independent films, are really looking excited about trying to make things which are more challenging, more smart, just more interesting, more diverse than they ever had been. A year ago I wouldn't have said that, I would have agreed with you that science fiction was definitely in a bit of a rut of explosions and lasers, but I think it's moved on from there."
Jones will introduce Moon tonight at MSPIFF at 7pm.