1917 interview with writer/director Sam Mendes and co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns

1917 interview with writer/director Sam Mendes and co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Universal Pictures is releasing the World War I epic 1917 in select theaters on Christmas Day, a film that is already on several critics group lists as one of the best of the year. The Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics (the organization I belong to) even voted it Best Picture of the Year. It’s a film that’s stayed with me since I saw it, beautifully shot by Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins, and done to give the appearance of being one continuous shot. It’s intimate and haunting, and recounts a time in our history that seems to be sadly fading from memory. Hollywood definitely shows love to World War II in cinema, but the first World War isn’t frequently featured on the big screen. Mendes approached this from a personal angle, using his own grandfather’s war stories as influence for the screenplay, which he co-wrote with Krysty Wilson-Cairns. I had a chance to chat one-on-one with both Sam and Krysty about their work on the film, which I’m betting you’ll be hearing a LOT about as award season ramps up. Check out those interviews below, and look for 1917 in select theaters on Christmas Day – expanding wider on January 10th, 2020.

Big thanks to Grady May for editing these videos together!

1917 opens Christmas Day 2019 in select theaters, expanding on January 10, 2020

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.