Nerdist.com interviewed David Michod last week following a press screening of The Rover.
David talks about exploring his own fears, what The Rover is really about & more.
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Like Animal Kingdom, The Rover puts human nature under the microscope, particularly those darker impulses that many of us try to suppress rather than embrace. What draws Michôd to these dark vestiges of the human condition? “I wonder the same thing myself. I’m sure, on a really sort of basic, impossibly pretenious level, I think what you’re looking at in the films is me just exploring my own fear, you know,” said Michôd.
Certainly, there’s plenty to be afraid of in the pre-apocalyptic vision he’s dreamed up in The Rover, but what makes the director tick? “My fear of my own death, my fear of the impending oblivion, and fear of what all of this nonsense means, to the extent that it’s about my fear of human intimacy or whatever,” he explained. “These are the things – they manifest in the form of dark violence and sadness in the movies.”
The inspiration for The Rover‘s visual palette came when Michôd was reworking the screenplay during the months following Animal Kingdom. “I was just at the same time thinking quite a lot about the state of the world as it is today,” he said. ”The ways in which people will flagrantly despoil it to meet their own needs and desires, and I’m surprisingly led to despair that that might have broken me.” It may seem like a bleak worldview to take, but the director prefers to see it as more of a cautionary tale. “The nature of the world of the movie for me is imagining what the consequences in a few decades time might be of the forces that are bubbling around us as we speak.”
“At the end of the day, for me, The Rover is about love,” the director says matter-of-factly before adding “as strange as that may sound” with a chuckle. For a second, it sounds like a ridiculous thing to say, but then it begins to make sense. With The Rover, a lot of these seemingly violent choices or things we see – people are doing what they do out of necessity, whereas in Animal Kingdom, it feels like there is more agency and more choice involved as to some of these darker paths some of these people are walking down. “I actually think Animal Kingdom is a far darker and more bleak movie, because the world you’re left with at the end of Animal Kingdom is a pretty hard and loveless one,” Michôd agreed. That may seem like a strange sentiment given the savagery on display in The Rover, but as he reminded me, “The Rover is actually about people seeking out other people. They’re just doing it in a very dangerous and inhospitable context.”