The Cave director Tom Waller talks about the claustrophobic and realistic conditions during the dramatisation of the incredible rescue of the youth soccer team in Thailand. Photo: AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha

Director of The Cave, first film about rescue of trapped Thai soccer team, talks about its focus on the rescue divers

  • Twelve boys and their coach were pulled from a flooded cave in Thailand in a daring rescue that made headlines and led to a Hollywood scramble to dramatise it
  • Director Tom Waller talks about the realism of his film, which premieres this weekend, and why he concentrated on the rescuers, some of whom play themselves
Topic |   Thailand

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The Cave director Tom Waller talks about the claustrophobic and realistic conditions during the dramatisation of the incredible rescue of the youth soccer team in Thailand. Photo: AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha
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Todd Phillips (left) and actor Joaquin Phoenix have defended Joker ahead of the film’s opening, after some opinion writers called it dangerous and irresponsible. “I just hope people see it and take it as a movie,” Phillips says. Photo: AP

Joker’s Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips forced to defend film even before it has hit cinemas – not that it bothers them … much

  • It’s astounding how easily the far left can sound like the far right, director and co-writer Phillips says amid talk that Joker is dangerous and irresponsible
  • Phoenix, who found portraying the lead character uncomfortable, says, ‘I don’t think it’s the filmmaker’s responsibility to teach morality’
Topic |   American films

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Todd Phillips (left) and actor Joaquin Phoenix have defended Joker ahead of the film’s opening, after some opinion writers called it dangerous and irresponsible. “I just hope people see it and take it as a movie,” Phillips says. Photo: AP
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