The co-author of Last night in Soho, Krysty Wilson-Cairns, says her writing process for the film was very similar to its previous release, 1917. Last night in Soho is directed by talented English filmmaker Edgar Wright and is his first directorial feature in four years since action-packed 2017 Baby driver. Originally slated for a fall 2020 release, the film like many others has been postponed for at least a year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It finally opened to the American public on October 29 and currently holds a new 73% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The story follows a contemporary aspiring fashion designer who begins to dream of 1960s London where she finds herself entangled in a dark and twisted mystery after meeting a dazzling club singer. The film marked writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns’ first collaboration with Edgar Wright and his second feature film credit after working with Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) on the acclaimed WWI film 1917, for which she also received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
Wilson-Cairns was recently interviewed by SlashFilm while promoting Last night in Soho and was asked about the similarities in the writing process and stylization between her latest psychological horror and her previous endeavor, 1917. She mentioned how the protagonists of both films are “different” Again “very similar“at the same time and said that ultimately,”the style of both is to let you enter the inner worlds of the characters.“His quote can be read below:
“The two are, I guess, different and very similar. And ultimately the style of the two is to let you enter the inner world of the characters. With ‘1917’ you walk every step with George MacKay and you understand everything that ‘it goes through and you take in the moment. And with “Last Night in Soho”, the use of mirrors is the idea of Ellie’s fracking idea of reality. Who is she and who wants to she be? What is she trying to become? “
Wilson-Cairns explained how the above stylistic choices were “all about character“which in the end is”all that really matters when you write.“The Scottish screenwriter also shared her thoughts on the importance of”write visually“like the cinema is a”visual support.“She admitted that co-writing with someone as experienced and accomplished as Wright made the process easier for her and also mentioned that she didn’t need to leave instructions to another department working on the film due to the detailed and visual nature of its writing.
Wilson-Cairns also worked on Showtime’s Dreadful Penny and contributed to the comic book series of the same, so this is not his first adventure in the horror genre. It’s pretty clear that his methods and approach to writing turned out to be the missing piece that perfectly accompanied the visual style and complexity of both. 1917 and Last night in Soho. The opportunity to work with two of today’s top directors in the film industry is not something that every screenwriter comes across easily and having done it with the greatest success is a testament to Wilson-Cairns’ talent. and promises more to come. the talented young writer.
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