‘The Green Knight’ Director Explains Editing The Arthurian Film

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‘A Ghost Story’ director David Lowery was set to release his film adaption of the Arthurian legend ‘The Green Knight.’ Apparently, Lowery was not satisfied with the first cut of the fantasy movie and took time during the pandemic lockdown to re-cut it to what he wanted it to be.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, ‘The Old Man & the Gun’ director explained, “Sometimes movies just aren’t ready.”

The movie was set to make its premiere at the 2020 SXSW festival but was delayed due to the covid restrictions. Looking back, Lowery decided to make some edits to the movie to get it to a place where he could be happy with it.

“I just gave myself permission to dig back into the movie, unlock it, and rework the entire thing,” Lowery said. “I found the affection I needed to cut it with love in my heart instead of disappointment and hate. It’s different—it’s much better.”

He also discussed how several films from the eighties, such as ‘Willow,’ influenced the production of ‘The Green Knight.’

“We couldn’t afford to do an actual, literal period piece in the 14th century with period-accurate costumes,” he said. “So [we were] finding this weird middle ground where it doesn’t have to be true to history and yet also feels grounded. Films like ‘Willow’ and ‘Ladyhawke’ did that really well.”

Lowery also said that practical effects and costume designs were used for the titular Green Knight’s design.

“We went through a lot of crazier designs, but ultimately I wanted him to be an actor underneath that makeup. We even talked about doing things like a puppet. I decided the best thing to do was cast a really great actor and design some incredible prosthetics around him,” Lowery explained. “There are no VFX at all.”

Composed in the fourteenth century, “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” is one of the most popular epic poems to come out of the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

The story follows Sir Gawain after he is given the opportunity to behead the Green Knight on the condition that the latter can do the same to Arthur’s knight. His journey involves temptation, tests of courage, and encountering mortal enemies. It was translated and expanded upon by ‘The Lord of the Rings’ author J.R.R. Tolkien and adapted as a film twice before.


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