Here’s the third and final interview from the fantastic movie that is Manchester by the Sea. If you’ve missed our interviews with leading stars Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams check out the links below but for now it’s the turn of the wonderful Kenneth Lonergan.

Manchester by the Sea has already taken the US by storm and saw Casey Affleck take home the Golden Globe last night in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama category at the awards which show the first indications of what we may expect from The Oscars Ceremony which this year take place on February 26th.

Our very own Stefan Pape had the pleasure of catching up with with the stage and screen director Kenneth Lonergan to talk about his latest work which sees a Boston handyman (Affleck) take on the father-figure role to his nephew after his brother dies. The duo have worked together previously right here in London when Affleck trod the boards of the West End in Lonergan’s play ‘This is Our Youth’.

Casey Affleck and Director Kenneth Lonergan

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During the interview Stefan asks the veteran director about his writing process and how long he took to write the wonderful script for the movie. He expands on how the script came together and how he had to balance the bleak nature of the movie and how he uses comedy to use both comedy and drama and how they co-exist.

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They also talk about the music that was used in the film, Kenneth Lonergan talks about how he used music that he liked rather than looking for anything specific for the sequences in question. They close by talking about the wonderful performances from both Affleck and Williams and how ‘every single day’ he saw ‘breathtaking’ work from both actors and finally touch on why Matt Damon ended up serving as producer when he was originally placed to take on the role as Lee Chandler – the position Affleck ultimately filled.

Manchester by the Sea hits UK cinemas this Friday 13th December.