In a darkened, locked room sits Eddie Fleming, an unremarkable human being. At 5am this morning he was at home, asleep, until the cops broke down his door.
Opposite Eddie sits John Steele. He’s asking the questions – lots of questions – but knows he’s a little short of evidence. Tough and experienced, he knows the drill. Interrupting the interview, he leaves Eddie alone in the room to ‘sweat’ a little and consider his options. They aren’t plentiful.
Desperately Eddie searches for answers,- any answers – just to get Steele off his back. We discover the truth of what is happening at the same moment Eddie does and we’re as bewildered and shocked as he is.
What little bit of ‘truth’ Eddie knows, he must play with. Not in a malicious way – only to buy some time until he can work out what’s going on. But Steele has no time. He has other pressures. Other players with other agendas. Steele must force the issue. Now Eddie has the edge he was looking for. Steele is listening to his every word – the balance of power has shifted. Steele needs Eddie and Eddie knows it.
Winner of 1998 AFI Awards for Best Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor(Hugo Weaving), The Interview is a stunning feature debut from director Craig Monahan – a psychological drama that explores guilt, innocence and the uncertain nature of the truth. Hugo Weaving delivers a virtuoso performance as the nervy and enigmatic Eddie Fleming, an unforgettable character made all the more compelling by the haunting score of Oscar-nominee David Hirschfelder.
Producers: Bill Hughes, Craig Monahan
Director: Craig Monahan
Screenplay: Craig Monahan, Gordon Davie
Cinematographer: Simon Duggan
Editor: Suresh Ayyar
A Pointblank Pictures Production
Australia: 103mins / 1998
Thrilling…a mesmerising piece of work…. a classic of Australian moviemaking
A startlingly original drama…as the layers of intrigue pile up The Interview unfolds into a delectably gripping affair…even smarter than The Usual Suspects