Five things we learned:
1. When Clio was young, Akira Kurosawa’s RASHOMON (1950) had a big impact on her – showing how the truth is unstable.
2. Barnard may go back to making experimental works, but at the moment is interested in narrative features.
3. Re THE SELFISH GIANT (2013), the director met a boy while making THE ARBOR (2010), and felt a compulsion to tell a fictionalised version of his story.
4. Clio is interested in the apparatus that cinema uses to recreate real life. Cinema comes across as a hallucination, because is inadequate to capture reality.
5. THE ARBOR is a paradox: It sounds like a documentary, but looks like fiction; the play by Andrea Dunbar within the film looks like theatre, shot like a doc.