Michael meets Naomie Harris and the cast of Moonlight

14th February, 2017

Oscar®-nominated drama Moonlight follows the life of Chiron, a young black man from Miami as he jounreys from childhood to adulthood, trying to find his place in the world.

To mark the film's release, young reporter Michael sat down with director Barry Jenkins and Into Film Ambassador Naomie Harris (Spectre, Skyfall), and Mahershala Ali (Free State of Jones) at the film's press junket in central London.

Michael discussed the process of filmmaking and character building with the stars, getting a unique insight into the history of the story and the filmmakers personal connections to it from filmmaker Barry jenkins.

To find out more, watch Michael's interviews below, and discover where you can see Moonlight near you with FindAnyFilm.

Michael's review of Moonlight

Moonlight is set in Miami's suburbs, a place built on drugs and crime. Moonlight focuses on the inner conflict of Chiron, who is trying to understand who he is, in the mean streets where nobody cares. The film takes us through three key stages, in Chiron's journey into adulthood. Director Barry Jenkins cast three different actors to play Chiron, who all have about 10 years between them. I got the opportunity to interview Barry Jenkins at a Junket for the film. He told me that Moonlight is a very personal story for him, which might be the reason why the film feels so truthful and organic. The film tackles racial, social and LGBT issues with sympathy and truth. Jenkins also films Chiron's struggles with beautiful artistic vision, changing the tone of the film as we change chapters in Chiron's life.

Chiron being portrayed by three actors, doesn't make him feel any less real than you or I. Even though they don't look alike, all of Chiron's mannerisms were carried through right to the end. The youngest actor playing Chiron even had the same deep voice as the two older actors, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes. All three actors performances, were both unique and connected to another. Barry Jenkins told me that he forbade the actors from even meeting each other, which may seem like a strange decision, but one that certainly paid of. All three actors are ones to look out for!

Ali and Mone also give great performances. Their characters are the only ones to offer Chiron support, which he doesn't get from his drug addict Mother played by Naomie Harris. Harris gives the most interesting performance of her career, as she is completely engaged in the incredibly complex role. Harris definitely deserves an Oscar nomination for this role.

Moonlight is an important movie in the history of cinema, and it's important that these types of films continue to get made. Jenkins takes his time with the film and if you don't appreciate artistic character driven films, Moonlight might not be for you. If you want to watch a unique story told through beautiful imagery, I recommend you head out to the cinema and support this film!

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