The Danish Girl director Tom Hooper
This relatively low-budget film is generating a ton of Oscar buzz
By Iain Blair
British director Tom Hooper and
The King’s Speech — his film about the true-life story of the stuttering King George VI and his Aussie speech therapist — swept the Oscars in 2011, with the film winning him Best Director, along with Best Picture and a Best Actor Oscar for Colin Firth. Now the Oxford-educated Hooper, who got his start shooting commercials and such hit TV shows as
Prime Suspect, East-Enders, Elizabeth I and John Adams, and whose film credits include
Les Misérables and Red Dust, is getting more Oscar buzz for his latest movie
The Danish Girl.
Starring Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), The Danish
Girl, from Focus Features, tells another real-life story, this time of Lili Elbe, a Danish man who transitioned to a female in the 1920s with the help of his artist wife, played by Alicia Vikander.
I recently spoke with Hooper over lunch about making the film, which was shot with a Red Epic Dragon, and edited on a Media Composer.
Transgender issues are suddenly very much in the zeitgeist, but you must have started working on this quite a while ago?
Yes, and it’s been a long journey, and a real labor of love. I fell in love with the script seven years ago, but it was very hard to finance and risky to do. In fact, a lot of people close to me advised me not to try and make it. But here we are, and I’ll be speaking at The White House on a panel about the film and these issues. So a lot has changed since 2008, and now it’s being embraced, so it’s pretty amazing.
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