For writer/director #AnaLilyAmirpour, her latest screenplay, The Bad Batch, started with a single image.
“The first thing I wrote – and I didn’t know how she was going to get the skateboard – but I just had this image of a girl, missing an arm and a leg, rowing herself on a life boat in a sea of dirt in the middle of nowhere. And then I worked backwards to create the fairytale that allows that moment to exist inside of the story.”
Did Amirpour really just describe her movie about a savage group of cannibals in a lawless, post-apocalyptic desert as a fairytale? Yes, she did. But she sees fairytales in stories we may not, and that’s a good thing.
“Fairytales are the first things that seduced me as a kid. The Never Ending Story – when I saw that I thought, ‘I am Atreyu, and I’m Bastian reading the story, and I’m losing my horse in the Swamp of Sadness and the Nothingness is eating everything. Losing yourself inside of a world, that’s the magic of movies. Oh, and Terminator 2 – that’s a fairytale. It’s a big, epic action-survival movie, but to me that’s a fairytale.”
@lilyinapad director: #TheBadBatch
#SukiWaterhouse as Arlen