. It is currently available to purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and other Digital outlets. They're really talented people, and they were very good at that. I wanted us all to have a real experience. When we started off, we were going to do a mix of both, because we couldn't afford just film. It's a place that believes that every great movie is a wonderful new treasure, whether you see it the night of its premiere or fifty years later. Arnold, the British director of Fish Tank and Red Road, prepared for her first American movie with an extensive cross-country road trip. Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Earlier this year, Andrea Arnold’s latest film “American Honey,” about a wayward teenage girl (Sasha Lane) who joins a traveling magazine crew run by a enigmatic leader (Riley Keough) on a journey across the Midwest, premiered at the Cannes FIlm Festival where it won the Jury Prize. It gives them kind of honors, the human in that frame. That's such a hard thing to define. Like the scenes in the van where we're actually traveling, we would film everybody. When we're young, we're dealing with so much. I met him early on and I talked about the way I wanted to work, and he was really, really, enthusiastic about that. Tim Brayton, our seasoned film critic, shares a more critical view of film, an appreciation for vintage cinema and perhaps limited-release movies that we might otherwise miss. READ MORE: Review: ‘American Honey’ Proves Andrea Arnold is One of the Best Working Filmmakers and Finds a Breakout Star in Sasha Lane, This is Arnold’s fourth feature film. And we had the best time with all the people we met there. Andrea Arnold’s new film American Honey is a fascinating, immersive trip across the American heartland with a crew of hard-partying 20-somethings, but it’s also one of those projects where the behind-the-scenes story is as compelling as the one on-screen. But I'm not so sure I would say it was an inspiration. And they said, "What's he pissed at? Arnold had read a 2007 New York Times article about mag crews — traveling groups of young people selling magazine subscriptions, often for predatory companies keeping them indentured under brutal conditions. It gives such a great surface. I always wanted, literally from the beginning, for the cast and crew to go on a trip together. I was very attracted to it when I first started making films, but I wasn't able to articulate it and understand why I was doing it until later. I feel like I really know what it is, but I don't know how to articulate it. Rob, the film-school dropout, has seen an absurd amount of movies, and if we’re being honest, rounds out our Fight Club fan-base. We’re two dudes, and a lady, of which our tastes are quite varied. Doing a real road trip and taking everybody together felt like a way of having a real experience, as opposed to pretending to have an experience. I mean, he had to come into a group of people that were real people, and that must be quite challenging for someone who's done lots of acting, because you know he had to try to be quite real, just to not stand out from all these people who are just themselves. It took me a while to realize that pissed in America means angry, while in England it just means you're drunk. 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I've watched it 20 times since it came out on Netflix American Honey and Honey Boy are my favourite movies. That's because Spontaneous is honest. We did have a good working relationship. We actually did some testing in London — we have a picture from London of all the 10 different cameras we were going to test. There wasn't this usual thing where you might do a couple of weeks filming in one place, and then fly to the next, and somebody will fly in for two days, and fly back out again. We stopped a guy from getting arrested. And they're dancing and twerking, amazing kind of twerking going on. The characters come from difficult places, but I didn't really show them. When you're young, you're still going forward, and you don't quite know who you are, and you're not reflecting so much as just being in it. Well, we’re not 5 dudes in a room talking about our passion for Fight Club and Braveheart. Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! But it was there anyway. I remember a lot of drama in Spring Break in Florida. We said, "We'll just take them home, he's just pissed." It is weird, fantastical, and out-of-the-box, but it is also true.”. What were you looking for? it is so cool to see some behind the scenes for American Honey. We want to celebrate our different opinions, and celebrate yours as well. All I asked was that she dress a bit more country, and not say certain words. Sign up for our Email Newsletters here. People have asked me, "Was it a surprise?" That was what I was passionate about, was them finding their way somehow. This is a place for people who can't get to the theater until the third week a film is out; a place for people who just want to find something great to stream online after the kids have gone to sleep, a place for people whose favorite pastime is to grab a bunch of classic films on DVD from the library and watch them all weekend. Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! I think doing that meant that the film has more of a realistic feel. I felt like it was such the place to be, there was no better place to be in the whole of Florida than that Walmart car lot. I've done my last three films with the same ratio. It was an amazing place. And then off we go, really. I think maybe that's what people are reading. The interesting part was, that happened when we made the film. How did you end up with the 4:3 aspect ratio? Why is he pissed? Renan Ozturk and Mark Synnott travel to Nepal with National Geographic to experience the last traditional honey harvest. Why was it important to you to find them in their own scenes and parties around the country? Maybe when you're older and you're looking back at being young, you can see it more clearly. 15w Reply May 13 Log in to like or comment. American Honey opens September 30 in select cities, with a wide rollout throughout October. Get your tickets now ➡️. Lake County Film Festival Film Spotlight: Love is Not Love, directed by Stephen Keep Mills. It's a ratio I much love. We traveled and stayed in the same motel, and had a real experience together. All rights reserved. Funny, sad, everything in between. It's a site about discovering good movies... one bad movie at a time. That was where I started, and that drove the whole thing. Robbie Ryan is a fantastic DP, and he's a huge fan of film. I think maybe we're quite similar in the things we care about in that way. With American Honey, the thing I started with, and that I cared about — even in the middle of making it, I sort of forgot, until the end. And where else? I'm not so sure it was an inspiration. I could sit there all week and just watch everybody. I just loved it. I actually just wanted to live there. It seems quiet, like it's off-the-cuff. What else did you do to help her build that character? Mainly, we were looking for Star. Do you have any particularly memorable stories from the period where you were just going to beach parties and Walmart parking lots, looking for people for the film? I would never say there's a downside to using film, but working with non-actors, it's probably easier just to keep rolling.