Duncan Jones was nervous filming Mute

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 February 2018
Duncan Jones

Duncan Jones

Duncan Jones has admitted he was "nervous" filming his latest movie 'Mute', because it is darker than anything he's done before

Duncan Jones was nervous filming his latest movie 'Mute'.

The 46-year-old filmmaker - who has helmed the Netflix sci-fi drama starring Alexander Skarsgard, Sam Rockwell and Paul Rudd - admits he's made a film that is "darker" than what people might be expecting, but also that it took inspiration from his late father David Bowie.

Jones said: "There was another thing that dad said about putting yourself a little bit deeper in the water than where you can reach [the bottom with] your toes.

"That's what I did with 'Mute'. I made a film which was a little bit uncomfortable and unexpected, and darker than people might be expecting.

"I was nervous making it. But nervous in a good way."

Jones' new film - which is set in Berlin, Germany - follows mute bartender Leo Beiler (Skarsgard), who searches for his missing lady-love and his efforts takes him deeper and deeper into the city's criminal underbelly.

Jones has been working on the project for a long time and he knew he needed to set it in a city where "cultures collide".

He told The Times newspaper: "I've been working on this project for a very long time.

"One of the things that became clear over that long time is that the setting needed to be a city that was a melting pot, or a place where cultures collide.

"And Berlin has always been like that. I've had a chance to experience that in a fairly unique way, having been here in the 1970s and a couple of other times over the decades.

"And there have been a lot of things that have come to a head this year, which mirror a lot of the subject matter that 'Mute' is essentially about.

"That is, immigrant cultures in a foreign city, either wanting to stay or come into the city, or wanting to leave. And Berlin is the perfect metaphor for a lot of that."


  • 2 stars
  • 2018
  • UK / Germany
  • 2h 6min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Duncan Jones
  • Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux
  • UK release: 23 February 2018

Leo (Skarsgård) is a mute Amish bartending whittler who goes in search of his loved one Naadira (Saleh) in a futuristic Berlin while tangling with Guy Ritchie-level villains. Like Blade Runner on the cheap, it’s a narrative muddle and the title is an ideal fit for a film that never finds its voice.

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