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Cannes 2011: Neil LaBute talks Crooked House
We were a little surprised to hear that Neil LaBute would be directing Agatha Christie adaptation Crooked House, so we decided to quiz him about it.When we caught up with the writer-director in Cannes, we sat down with him for an intriguing Q and A:How did you get involved in this?"Every decade I like to take a hallowed English writer and adapt their work and prepare myself to be stoned. First it was A.S. Byatt and now Agatha Christie. I’ll get to Coward and Wilde eventually."But seriously, I saw Julian Fellowes’ script and I like a mystery and I thought everything from the title on down was intriguing."What did you like?"This one has never been touched on television or film; it was sort of outside the safe zone for her in terms of having a romance as well as the requisite murders."And when I realised it was quite morally questionable by the end, I was like, “Wait, they’re singing my siren song.” It’s her 49th book, I think, but she still had a difficult time with her publishers with Crooked House, who did not want it to end the way it did."It’s that nice grey zone of morality that I like to operate in."Matthew Goode and Gemma Arterton are your lovers, then…"She’s an heiress whose grandfather passes away. She believes he was murdered and brings a beau from her past who’s now working at Scotland Yard into the mix, so that bristling tension that they never quite made it as a couple comes to the surface.”

Cannes 2011: Neil LaBute talks Crooked House

We were a little surprised to hear that Neil LaBute would be directing Agatha Christie adaptation Crooked House, so we decided to quiz him about it.

When we caught up with the writer-director in Cannes, we sat down with him for an intriguing Q and A:

How did you get involved in this?

"Every decade I like to take a hallowed English writer and adapt their work and prepare myself to be stoned. First it was A.S. Byatt and now Agatha Christie. I’ll get to Coward and Wilde eventually.

"But seriously, I saw Julian Fellowes’ script and I like a mystery and I thought everything from the title on down was intriguing."

What did you like?

"This one has never been touched on television or film; it was sort of outside the safe zone for her in terms of having a romance as well as the requisite murders.

"And when I realised it was quite morally questionable by the end, I was like, “Wait, they’re singing my siren song.” It’s her 49th book, I think, but she still had a difficult time with her publishers with Crooked House, who did not want it to end the way it did.

"It’s that nice grey zone of morality that I like to operate in."

Matthew Goode and Gemma Arterton are your lovers, then…

"She’s an heiress whose grandfather passes away. She believes he was murdered and brings a beau from her past who’s now working at Scotland Yard into the mix, so that bristling tension that they never quite made it as a couple comes to the surface.”

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Total Film’s Top 10 Films Of 2010
Dan Goodswen - Digital Production Editor and Tumblr-person
1. A Single Man"Sumptuous, passionate and utterly heartbreaking, Firth was robbed of a deserved Oscar by Jeff Bridges’ back catalogue of greatness rather than a better performance. Ford directs with the drive and ambition that took him to the top of the fashion world, and the same attention to style, detail and sex. A gorgeous film, that never rushes or leads, never judges or condemns, but immerses you in love, loss, despair and ultimately, hope."2. Exit Through The Gift Shop3. Monsters4. Toy Story 35. I’m Still Here6. Four Lions7. The House Of The Devil8. The Town9. The Social Network10. Bad Lieutenant
(Sorry, Inception fans… it was Number 11)

Total Film’s Top 10 Films Of 2010

Dan Goodswen - Digital Production Editor and Tumblr-person

1. A Single Man

"Sumptuous, passionate and utterly heartbreaking, Firth was robbed of a deserved Oscar by Jeff Bridges’ back catalogue of greatness rather than a better performance. Ford directs with the drive and ambition that took him to the top of the fashion world, and the same attention to style, detail and sex. A gorgeous film, that never rushes or leads, never judges or condemns, but immerses you in love, loss, despair and ultimately, hope."

2. Exit Through The Gift Shop

3. Monsters

4. Toy Story 3

5. I’m Still Here

6. Four Lions

7. The House Of The Devil

8. The Town

9. The Social Network

10. Bad Lieutenant

(Sorry, Inception fans… it was Number 11)