Rickman speaks to theslightlyscarlet on the red carpet about his new film and being reunited with Kate Winslet.
A Little Chaos is Alan Rickman’s second turn at film directing following 1997’s The Winter Guest. It stars Kate Winslet who plays an unconventional landscape architect invited to design one of the fountains at the still-to-be-completed Palace of Versailles. As she battles with the weather, the perilous rivalries at the court of King Louis XIV (Alan Rickman) and her own private demons, she finds herself drawn inescapably closer to the formality and enigma of the architect who hired her (Matthias Schoenaerts).
What made you decide to direct this film?
It’s a damn good script and they don’t come along that often. This one is beautifully written.
The soundtrack is amazing.
I love the music. It’s the very first film score that he’s – Peter Gregson – ever composed. He was on the set all the time – he’s only 27.
It acts as an invisible actor.
How was it working with Kate again? (Rickman and Winslet worked together on the Ang Lee 1995 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility).
Fantastic. She was 19 when we worked together before so it’s like a whole bunch of lives have gone on. A 19 year old fresh faced kid and now a woman with three children – in fact we discovered she was pregnant in the making of this film.
Directors are notorious perfectionists. Watching A Little Chaos back is there anything you would change?
God all mighty! I think we would just go back and start the whole thing again. No – I’m happy with it.
What’s next for you?
I go off to South Africa in a week to make a movie called Eye in the Sky with Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul. It’s about terrorism and the use of drones. It couldn’t be more different.
A Little Chaos premiered on the 17th October and is due for its UK release April 2015.