Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 13.47.26British writer-director Sean Ellis’ Metro Manila follows the journey of poverty-stricken Oscar (Jake Macapagal) and his family as they move to the big city of Manila in search of a better life. Unpredictable, moving, and expertly crafted, the film won the audience award at the recent Sundance Film Festival, and HeyUGuys got a chance to sit down with the director ahead of the film’s upcoming UK release.

In the interview, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker discusses the film’s unique origins as well as the reactions of the Filipino people. Additionally, Ellis talks about script tweaks once they went to the Philippines and the need for authenticity, as well as future projects.

Metro Manilla is out in UK cinemas on 20 September, and our review can be read here.