Behind the Lens: Duncan Jones, Director of Moon


Behind the Lens is a feature where we pose a series of short, offbeat questions to inspiring filmmakers, actors and artists in order to get to know them a little better.

Moon, the debut feature film from Duncan Jones, has been getting a lot of great buzz ever since it premiered at Sundance earlier this year. With a cerebral plot and an impressive solo performance by Sam Rockwell, not to mention amazing special effects on a shoestring budget, many critics have hailed it as the return of science-fiction for the thinking man on the big screen.

The film is currently playing in select theatres in the U.S., and it will premiere in Canada starting this Friday. For more info on where you can see Moon, visit the film’s official website, or follow Duncan on Twitter. Now, after the jump, check out our Q&A with writer-director Duncan Jones!

What are your current addictions?

Cupcakes and twitter. I now its weird, sad, I don’t know what. But for me right now, cupcakes are a big deal. I don’t know if its the chocolate, or the sugar rush, but they are just this little treat that puts a smile on my face when everything else seems so serious and important. As for twitter, its part job, part fun, all addiction. I dont know how Im going to break the habit, but Im going to have to at some point, cause I am on there WAY too much.

Recommend a movie that more people need to see and why.

You need to see Robert Altman’s Mash, and the reason you need to see it, is that it is the progenitor for all bro-mance movies. It has the ultimate friendship in it, and some of the most real, beautifully rounded relationships ever put on film. Not to mention its just damn funny!

What is your most prized possession?

The torc around my neck. Its Celtic, older than Britain itself and was given to me by my dad at a time in my life when I really felt no sense of home. Im no spiritualist, but psychologically, my torc has given me a tether to a time and place, and makes me feel connected to something and at home, wherever I am.

Name someone, living or dead, that you would most like to work with.

Oliver Reed. Talk about raw charisma! Ever since I first saw that magnificent beast of an actor, I have cursed his death, and the fact that he was not born 30 years later so i could have worked with him in his prime. He was and always will be to me, the definitive British Alpha Male, and no one else even gets close. its unfair there’s no one even on the horizon like him.

What upcoming projects can we look forward to from you?

That is a question! Possibly the question. As it stands, there are two possibilities, though a third has recently popped up. Either a sci-fi companion piece to Moon called Mute, that is a thriller based in a future Berlin, or a WW2 submarine story called Escape from the Deep that is based on an utterly amazing true story of a handful of American submariners who escaped their submarine at the height of the Pacific war while being depth charged by the enemy.

  • Mike

    i’m very excited to see this. Great interview guys.

  • Goon

    despite very good reviews overall, the Toronto critics have been kind of harsh.

    Isn’t this guy David Bowie’s son?

  • Yep, he is. I liked the movie, didn’t love it, but would like to see it again.

  • dunk

    That article pic made me LoL. Who is in charge of the photoshopping around here? ;)

  • it’s so great that david bowie is a perfect artist and parent.


  • I hadn’t thought of MASH as a bro-mance movie, but I guess it is. Mr. Jones had some interesting answers. (I just remembered that David Bowie’s real name is Davey Jones.)

  • Neil M

    I saw Moon today. I feel the same as Sean; liked it, didn’t love it. I hope we get more original sci-fi movies like this in the near future though.

  • According to an interview with Popular Mechanics, the “Mute” project that Mr. Jones mentions above is actually a riff on Blade Runner. Here’s what he said:

    “I love Blade Runner, it’s one of my favorite films, and I’ve always been really… depressed that there was never—not a sequel, because I don’t think it’s right to make a sequel about Blade Runner, but no one’s really tried to make a film which was set in the same kind of world or had that same kind of field. So that’s what I’m doing, a big-city mystery story that takes place in a future Berlin.”

    One other answer I thought worth posting here is this:

    “Ridley Scott has a copy of Moon right now, actually. I’m a little nervous. I had three people I wanted to watch it: Ridley Scott, Terry Gilliam and Neil Gaiman. Neil Gaiman and Terry Gilliam have both watched it and loved it, so now I’m just waiting for Ridley Scott, which is the big one for me. That’s the really scary one.”

    A caveat to Gilliam and Gaiman’s reaction is that Gilliam, Gaiman, and Jones are apparently friends.

  • Nick Robertson

    Great film, I watched it twice in a row – it’s the little details in this movie that I love – like how he crossed out Luke’s name and wrote Judas or the post-it on Gerty’s back. Rockwell was excellent.
    Get additional info, Reed – I wonder what Scott thought?
    He seems like a really cool guy, old Duncan. Source Code sounds interesting but I loved the thought of Mute.

  • film fanatic

    I love Duncan Jones! He’s amazing and his girlfriend that filipina girl is a babe.