• A Film by Anton Corbijn.
  • Starring Dane DeHaan
  • and Robert Pattinson.
  • The true story about the friendship between…
  • James Dean & Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock

INTERVIEW: Joel Edgerton talks about filming Life and more – “It was a blast”

Joel Edgerton and Robert Pattinson filming Life in March 2014 with director Anton Corbijn

Joel Edgerton and Robert Pattinson filming Life in March 2014 with director Anton Corbijn

Joel Edgerton sat down to talk about his current film, Felony, with Nuke The Fridge. During the interview, he mentioned playing John Morris in Life.

Nuke: I wasn’t familiar with the story of Life with James Dean and Life Magazine. What do you play in that?

Joel Edgerton: I play John Morris, who’s the head of the Magnum Photographic Company, Dennis Stock’s boss so to speak, or agent and manager who sends him on this excursion or who dons his whimsy to go and photograph James Dean. It was an interesting project. Luke Davies wrote it. Rober Pattinson who I got to know through The Rover was in it. It was a situation where it was never going to be something I was involved in but for certain circumstances. They lost an actor, I love these people, I love everything they’re about, the story and script was really fascinating. So I left working on Jeff Nichols’s movie in New Orleans and just scooted across to Toronto literally for three days and shot five, six scenes. It was a blast.

Click HERE to read more of his interview including some talk about The Rover, a film he co-wrote with David Michôd and costars Robert Pattinson.

Foreword From ‘Dennis Stock: Time Is On Your Side’ By Anton Corbijn

Life director Anton Corbijn did the foreword for a book about Dennis Stock called ‘Dennis Stock: Time Is On Your Side’ where he gives a bit more insight on the man behind the camera. Read the foreword below……


I regret never having met Dennis Stock, nor having been aware of his work the way I am now, in mid-edit on a film called Life that focuses on his work with James Dean. I have come into contact with his work through research for the film and then realized that I had seen his images without registering the name. Peripheral vision I guess, but it felt like an inconceivable omission. Even the famous image of THE PHOTOJOURNALIST by Andreas Feininger had not registered with me as being Dennis as I always thought it depicted a woman (sorry Dennis!), but if we’d have met it would have been a good starting point for a talk about what it is that we are seeing.

Having looked in depth over the last year or so at his photographs, I find that his incredible eye for detail in life, humor, man, and surrounding made me want to explore more, go out into the world and discover how much there is to see. It is an unobtrusive and slight poetic language he is using to seduce us to observe and participate. The guy had a fantastic eye and he had great timing. Timing can be the tool of a comedian. generally i find it very hard to make a “funny” picture, but Dennis seems to do this effortlessly. It is only a very sharp observer who manages to coordinate situations with timing, but a sharp observer he was. he was not really a portraitist—you’d be very hard-pressed to find more than five portraits amongst his work—but he set off people against their surroundings. backgrounds are an important and determined element in his work and I can very much relate to that. It colors the person with the added bonus later on that it tells you a lot about an era; although that obviously only starts playing a role as time passes, it is a fascinating characteristic of photography. probably one out of many differences in our work is the reason why one would work like that. In my case it came partly out of shyness, keeping a distance helped somehow, and a protestant upbringing that made me look at the situation people lived in, plus the absence of iconic images around our home made me somewhat unaware of portraits, iconic or otherwise. watching pieces about Dennis on film I would not put shyness as a factor in his way of operating in the world, but he obviously enjoyed context, which is what a background can give you. These days this is a very overlooked possibility in the photography of people who can be viewed as “well-known,” or as “celebrities,” that dreaded word. Photographers want to sell their work, so it is all about portraits or about full body shots with an “idea.” Never mind that the idea is usually crap, it sells, which perplexes me. Anyway, Dennis is very, very good at shooting people with and within a context. He calls his work “making essays,” stories, and i can see why he looked at it that way.

Preparing for the film I obviously had to delve into him as a private person, and found that his desire for adventure left his personal life with a lot to be desired, but I guess that is what it takes for some of us. He found beauty in his work and love with several wives over the course of his restless life, while his son Rodney, whovisited the film set of life for quite a few days, said he learned more about his father through the film than he had in real life. taking into account that we were kind to Dennis in the film (played by Rob Pattinson) compared to how he was in real life, that is a shocking reality but not one that makes his work any less interesting. for someone who couldn’t share the love of life with his son, he miraculously certainly managed to share it with the rest of the world.

july 2014, new york


VIDEO: Sir Ben Kingsley Talks About Working On ‘Life’ With Anton Corbijn

While doing promotion for his latest movie, The Boxtrolls, Sir Ben Kingsley was asked in an interview with Collider what it was like to work with Anton Corbijn on Life.

Listen to his answer in the video below (starts at the 2:30 mark)

Thanks Sallyvg

“The Film With James Dean Is Actually About The Photographer, He’s The Lead Role” ~ Anton Corbijn Talks About ‘Life’ & More

In a recent interview with Dazed Anton Corbijn spoke about how the photographer is the lead role in Life, casting Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan and lots more.

Director Anton Corbijn and Robert Pattinson

Director Anton Corbijn and Robert Pattinson

Here’s the excerpt from the interview where he talks about Life:

In your films you’ve portrayed talented men who burn out young – Ian Curtis in Control, and now James Dean and photographer Dennis Stock. Are you interested in the myth-making process that happens around these guys?

Anton Corbijn: If anything, it’s unmasking because I always bring it down to very normal life. In photography I can imagine that people think I make images iconic, but with films I don’t think that’s the case. The film with James Dean is actually about the photographer. He’s the lead role, they just share screen time. I had a similar experience when I was young in Holland. I became the photographer of somebody who became the biggest rock star we ever had there (Herman Brood), so it was interesting to see how that balance works when I thought I was helping him and he probably thought he was helping me. It’s the same with this story.

Was it an easy process casting Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan in your upcoming film Life?

Anton Corbijn: Dane didn’t want to take a meeting with me initially, as he couldn’t see himself in James Dean’s shoes. But he was persuaded by a mutual friend, and said yes in the end. He’s fabulous, a very good actor. Rob was interested in the film because he really wants to prove himself and for me that was great for that role. If you look at the roles he’s taking on – like the ones with Cronenberg – he really wants to do very different, non-mainstream films and get out of that pigeonhole.


Read the full interview over at Dazed

Thanks Sallyvg

AUDIO: Dane DeHaan talks LIFE and how he almost declined playing his favorite actor, James Dean

While promoting his film, Life After Beth, Dane DeHaan talked to Hollywood Outbreak about Life. He gives a quick synopsis about the film, talks about how James Dean is his favorite actor and his hesitancy to take on the iconic role.

Thanks Cali!

GALLERY: Behind-the-scenes stills of Anton Corbijn, Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan and MORE

When Life finished principal photography in Los Angeles, one of the film’s still photographers snapped away at Chateau Marmont and the Pantages theater locations. Anne Marie Fox captured some great pictures of director, Anton Corbijn, with his actors (Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan), his DP (Charlotte Bruus Christensen), one of the producers (Iain Canning), his screenwriter (Luke Davies) and cool camera props. Browse through the gallery below to get a glimpse of the film we’re eagerly anticipating.

Director Anton Corbijn and Robert Pattinson

Director Anton Corbijn and Robert Pattinson

Dane DeHaan

Dane DeHaan

DP Charlotte Bruus Christensen and director Anton Corbijn (who has a cameo!)

DP Charlotte Bruus Christensen and director Anton Corbijn (who has a cameo!)

Producer Iain Canning and director Anton Corbijn

Producer Iain Canning and director Anton Corbijn

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Source: Anne Marie Fox | Via

INTERVIEW: ‘It’s Interesting Doing A Movie About Photography With Anton Corbijn, A Master Photographer. He Taught Me How To Take Photos’ ~ Robert Pattinson

In an interview with TheVent,Robert Pattinson talks about how Life director Anton Corbijn taught him how to take photos and how brave Dane DeHaan is to take on the role of the iconic James Dean.


Read an excerpt of the interview below……………..

Q: What’s happening with Life?

”I don’t know when it’s going to be finished. I just saw a trailer, which they’re playing here. Other than that, I haven’t seen anything from it. It was fun to do, though, and Anton [Corbijn]’s really cool. It’s about the famous photographs of James Dean in Times Square; it’s about James Dean and the photographer’s relationship. Joel Edgerton’s in it, weirdly because he’s a co-writer on The Rover, and Ben Kingsley. It’s cool. It’s interesting doing a movie about photography with Anton Corbijn, a master photographer. He taught me how to take photos a little bit, with an old Leica. They’re not very good. I thought they were all going to be absolutely amazing. I developed them all at the end of the movie and I did like 25 rolls of film, and on about four I hadn’t even realised that you need to pull the lens out (laughs) – so they’re all blank. Four films. It was a fun movie to do.”

Q: People called you the new James Dean. Now you’re doing a movie about James Dean, but not playing him. Weren’t you interested in that role?

“No, not really. Dane [DeHaan] is so brave doing it. It’s one of the hardest parts ever. Try and play any iconic person. Dane’s got a wig, fake earlobes, and contact lenses – the whole deal. And James Dean’s mannerisms are so recognisable, so you’ve got to play the part and all this other stuff. It’s like playing Harry Potter – everyone’s got expectations – whereas I’m just the observer”

Read the full interview over at TheVent

INTERVIEW: Anton Corbijn talks to The Playlist about Robert Pattinson and Dane HeHaan

The Playlist sat down with Anton Corbijn to talk about his current film, A Most Wanted Man. They also asked him about Life and working with Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan.

fanedit; unofficial

fanedit; unofficial

Excerpt from The Playlist:

In “Life,” Dane DeHaan will be playing James Dean. How difficult was it to cast someone in that role?
It was difficult. Also I think for the actors it’s very difficult to step in his shoes. But Dane DeHaan plays it well. He’s a tremendous actor. I don’t think he wanted to do it initially. He wouldn’t take a meeting with me because he didn’t want to be persuaded. But luckily he came to me and he was persuaded. He’s amazing.

He’s great in “Kill Your Darlings.”
Yeah, and “Place Beyond the Pines.” I haven’t seen “Spider-Man [2].” “Lawless” I have seen. And he’s in “Devil’s Knot” and “Life After Beth.” I haven’t seen that. I was in Sundance but I didn’t manage to see a single film.

What about Robert Pattinson’s work in the movie?
Rob and Dan very different kind of actors. They’re very, very different kind of people in the film, so it was fantastic. They were so different naturally. For Rob to play a photographer is quite interesting because he’s being chased by photographers all the time. Rob is of course a film star, but he likes to be seen as an actor, so he works very hard to be an actor and be valued as an actor. And in the film he plays this photographer who wants to be seen as a great photographer. So I think there’s a parallel there that’s helpful.

He’s made a lot of interesting acting choices, “Cosmopolis”…
…Yeah, “The Rover.” I hear that “Map to the Stars” is a really great film. I am looking forward to seeing it.

I was hoping to see “Life” announced as part of the TIFF 2014 lineup. 
Yeah, I was hoping that too, but we are too far from finishing, because we finished [shooting] in late October.

Will we see it at on the fall festival circuit anywhere?
I reckon it will be 2015.

Click HERE to read more remarks about Life and overall, a great interview with Corbijn.

‘Life’ Will Release In 2015 “We still have two more months of sound and [potential] pick-up shoots” ~ Anton Corbijn


Anton Corbijn was interviewed by CraveOnline where he spoke about how he wanted Phillip Seymour Hoffman involved in Life and also confirmed that Life would release in 2015.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

You mentioned recently that you were trying to get Philip Seymour Hoffman into your next film, Life. What role would that have been?

John Morris. (Who was a photo editor for Life magazine; and who will be played, now, by Joel Edgerton)

Life wasn’t part of the TIFF announcement this morning, is there potential for a 2014 release?

No, that’ll be 2015. We haven’t locked picture yet. We still have two more months of sound and [potential] pick-up shoots.

In your background in photography, you’ve photographed numerous icons. Your first film, Control, was a portrait of the iconic Ian Curtis (singer for Joy Division), who died very young. I guess now we’ve confirmed that next year, you have a film that involves James Dean (to be played by Dane DeHaan) in Life. Who also died very young. Is it more difficult to capture an iconic photograph of an individual in life, or to tell their story in death?

I’m flattered that people think my pictures are iconic. That’s not what I set out to be. A lot of people that I worked with in the 70s and 80s were not very well known people, but they became [well known] later. So I’ve not deliberately sought icons. As far as making films for Ian Curtis and James Dean, that is, of course, is very deliberate. Ian Curtis was someone that I knew and I moved to England to make it because I wanted to make it. It was a personal project. And, also, I thought there was a good love story there (between Sam Riley and Samantha Morton).

With Life it’s first and foremost a story about a photographer, Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson), who profiled James Dean (DeHaan). So it’s the story of a photographer and their subject. As a photographer that story interested me: studying the power balance between a photographer and their subject. You know, who influences who? The James Dean portion of the story wasn’t my interest. In fact I’d turned down a straight James Dean project once before.

Read the full interview over at Craveonline
Thanks Sally & Flavia.

‘Life’ At The Cannes Film Market: ‘This One’s In Play & Is Gonna Sell’

Deadline compiled a list of hot titles that are at the Cannes Film Market and no surprise to see Life on that list.
Based on 15 minutes of footage (which I would give ANYTHING to see) they’re saying “this one’s in play and is gonna sell”.


From Deadline:

LIFE – Director: Anton Corbijn. Cast: Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan, Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton. A photographer for Life Magazine is assigned to shoot pictures of James Dean. Sales: CAA / WME / FilmNation. Based on 15 minutes of footage, this one’s in play and is gonna sell.