Adrift is the latest real life survival movie to break into cinemas. Director Baltasar Kormákur has cast Shailene Woodley as Tami Ashcraft and Sam Claflin, stars of the Divergent and Hunger Games series respectively, to bring this tale of heroism and self-sufficiency to the big screen.

James Kleinmann conducts the interview and asks the director about the shining qualities of Shailene Woodley (who carries almost all of the film on her shoulders) and how she had to strip down to the bare essentials to convey the hopelessness and strength of the character.

He also talks using CGI to build on the layers of the scenes he shot, and how essential it was to film as much reality as possible. The director talks about wanting to convey the scale of the film, from the intimate to the epic. He goes into his work with acclaimed cinematographer Robert Richardson to create ‘sweeping cinema’ rather than a documentary.

It’s a fascinating extended interview, and you can read our review of the film Adrfit right here.

Adrift is out in UK cinemas on the 29th of June.


A true story of survival, as a young couple’s chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.