Garth Davis

Lion (Garth Davis, 2015) wr. Luke Davies from Saroo Brierley autobiography A Long Way Home, prod. Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Angie Fielder; Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman; Indian son reunited with birth mother

Mary Magdalene (Garth Davis, 2018) wr. Helen Edmundson, Philippa Goslett, prod. Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Liz Watts, dp Greig Fraser; Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Tahar Rahim, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ariane Labed; biopic; released 16Mar18

My ignorant opinion of Davis is that he can't direct actors - or not yet. He got lucky (very lucky!) with Lion, with what was perceived as a relevant (and sentimental - indeed tear-jerking) story and one good actor - Dev Patel. Everyone else is ordinary, or worse.

Because of that, he got lucky again with a much bigger but equally average film - again with one good actor who didn't need direction to be impressive (in his own way) - Joaquin Phoenix.

I think we can say now that his career his launched. Let's see if he learns anything about acting.


Garry Gillard | New: 26 September, 2018 | Now: 26 September, 2018