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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #65: British Stage Director Rupert Goold Takes On Noir in ‘True Story’

Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #65: British Stage Director Rupert Goold Takes On Noir in 'True Story'

Disgraced journalist Mike Finkel discovers a criminal has been hiding in Mexico under the name “Mike Finkel.” His journey to track the man down and uncover the truth of his story is the “True Story” of this mind-twisting film.

What’s your film about in 140 characters or less?

Two men are accused of lying: a star journalist and a hunted child killer. They are the same person. A true story about truth and stories.

Now what’s it REALLY about?


Tell us briefly about yourself.

I’m a British theatre director who has directed 70 productions and 2 Shakespeare films, mostly to acclaim. This is my first feature.

Biggest challenge in completing this film?

Making an ambiguous, troubling film within the studio system.

What do you want Sundance audience to take away from your film?

Two revelatory performances from two superb actors really stretching their range. Also, a new way of exploring noir.

Any films inspire you?

“Heat,” “Dead Ringers,” “Butch Cassidy,” “Sea of Love.”

What’s next?

I’m working on three scripts and directing a musical of “American Psycho” on Broadway.

What cameras did you shoot on?

That beautiful dodo 35mm

Did you crowdfund?
If so, via what platform.

We were financed by New Regency, who were great.

Indiewire invited Sundance Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2015 festival. For profiles go HERE.

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