- 01 Feb 18
Acclaimed English director Saul Dibb discusses his stunning World War 1 movie Journey’s End, and – having previously worked with the disgraced producer – also talks about the fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Saul Dibb is a London native whose films have included The Duchess, about British royalty; NW, an adaptation of Zadie Smith’s novel about contemporary Britain; and now Journey’s End, a drama about British soldiers during World War 1. However, Dibb’s love of film has its roots in Ireland. The son of documentary maker Mike Dibb, the actor reveals that, “My Mum met my Dad in Dublin, they were at Trinity College, and that’s where my Dad discovered a love for film, going to see Jean-Luc Godard films in about 1959. I was obviously intrigued enough by his passion to become interested in film then.”
Dibb’s wife is also a documentary filmmaker, currently working on a piece about a paediatric intensive care unit. He does ask his parents and wife for notes on his work, “but only during the process – when it’s done and dusted, you don’t want any notes other than ‘It’s great!’”
Luckily, they have all signed off on Journey’s End, a beautiful adaptation of RC Sheriff’s 1928 story about soldiers during World War I. Starring Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield, Paul Bettany and Toby Jones, the film follows a small group of soldiers who are on a six day rotation at the front, when they receive word that an attack is imminent. Rather than panic, the soldiers demonstrate a stiff upper lip and try to mask their fear and dread. The film becomes a fascinating psychological portrait, which is what attracted Dibb to the project.