From the 2017 Toronto Film Festival we present the press conference highlights for George Clooney’s Suburbicon, written by The Coen Brothers. The film stars, Matt Damon Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe and Oscar Isaac.

During the press conference George Clooney talked about the origins of the story, how he didn’t want it be an ‘eat your spinach’ movie, it needed to be entertaining. Transposing the ideas he and partner Grant Hezlov were working with to 1950s America ‘was a funny idea to put it in the suburbs in the 1950s when we all thought everything was so perfect…if you were a white, straight male…and to have everybody look in the wrong direction.

He also talked about The Coen Brothers’ involvement, how they offered him the part, which ultimately went to Oscar Isaac, back in 1999. Though the film never got made, and the trio ended up working together on O, Brother Where Are Thou?, and the script was altered to more reflect the times in which is was made. Clooney explains, ‘While we were shooting Trump was elected. and it changed the temperature of the film. The country got angrier, whichever side you were on.’ He teased a scene which had to be deleted (it involves Josh Brolin in a baseball uniform giving an awkward explanation of a swear word to a bunch of nine year-olds) because the tone was suddenly wrong.

You can see the press conference highlights below, the film is released on the 27th of October in the US and on the 24th of November in the UK.

Suburbicon Press Conference

Suburbicon Movie Synopsis

A home invasion rattles a quiet family town. ‘Suburbicon’ is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns… the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. Suburbicon is this Autumn’s much-anticipated dark comedy, with a fantastic cast also including Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac and newcomer Noah Jupe.