One of the earliest 2016 releases to be included in our big annual awards-season event The Contenders Presented By Deadline is Eye In The Sky, a March opener that poses moral and ethical questions about the use of drone technology in modern warfare.
In front of a packed audience of Oscar and key guild voters last month at the DGA theater, Oscar-winning director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) talked with me about the relevance of his film, which appeared at The Contenders as part of the Bleecker Street lineup and proved to be one of the year’s highest grossing independent hits.
Hood says the continuing advancement in drone technology almost rendered the film out of date before it even opened, but he emphasizes the real point of the film is the humanity and moral discussions. He says he knew it had to be a real emotional experience in addition to an exciting thriller about the consequences of using drones; it’s one of the reasons, he said, for the importance of putting together the great cast including Helen Mirren in a role originally written for a man, and the late Alan Rickman in his final screen appearance.
Check out our conversation above.