One of the many exciting things about the film The Eagle from Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical novel The Eagle of the Ninth is that oscar-winning Anthony Dod Mantle is the cinematographer/director of photography. I have been fortunate to see the film at a preview for cast and crew, and the photography is indeed stunning. (The film will be released in mid-February in the USA and mid-March in the UK – and throughout the world during February and March).
My enthusiasm and confidence in the film is rooted also in the knowledge that The Eagle is directed by Kevin MacDonald (who also directed State of Play, 2009; The Last King of Scotland, 2006; Touching the Void, 2003), and produced by Duncan Kenworthy (who also produced Love Actually, 2003; Notting Hill,199; Four Weddings and a Funeral, 1994). Both of them are passionate about Rosemary’s work.
Anthony Dod Mantle has given an interview to VisonARRI, the biannual international magazine of ARRI Rental and Post-production Enterprises who, with partners, supplied key camera equipment for the location filming in Hungary and Scotland. It is an intriguing article, and I am sure very informative for film specialists who understand, but I am struggling: