The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.
Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Lenny Abrahamson, the Irish filmmaker behind Room—which bagged him an Oscar nomination for directing and a win for its star Brie Larson. From his comedy hit Frank to the more recent creepy horrors of The Little Stranger, Abrahamson has more than proven his mettle and an expansive range, lately smashing ratings records and getting himself Emmy-nominated with his BBC/Hulu hit television series Normal People, soon to be followed by Conversations with Friends, both adaptations from author Sally Rooney.
Here, Abrahamson recalls the films that first ignited his passion as a young man flexing his love of the medium at Trinity College Dublin, where he studied alongside producing partner Ed Guiney. Watch as he describes his influences and process.
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