I loved Submarine, and the feedback for The Double is great too, so I’m really looking forward to seeing it. From a recent Guardian interview with director Richard Ayoade – I definitely get what he means about getting past the point of enjoyment.
Ayoade’s direction is assured and meticulous; he spent five months on the sound alone, creating just slightly off-kilter effects to match the film’s aesthetic. He might have envisaged that his experience on Submarine would make some aspects of the production more straightforward, but that turned out not to be the case. Thus it was that a film whose first draft was completed in 2008 took more than five years to finish.
“It’s a completely gut-churning experience but it’s really exhilarating at well,” says Ayoade, who co-wrote the screenplay with Avi Korine, Harmony’s brother. “And it’s sort of continually terrifying because it’s just always evaporating. I heard Stanley Kubrick describe it in an interview as one of those games where you are trying to get all the balls in the hole. If you spoke to someone playing that game and said, ‘Are you enjoying that?’ He’d go, ‘What are you talking about? I just need to get the balls in the hole!’ You reach a point where any enjoyment has gone and you just have to do it.”