A Bigger Splash with Luca Guadagnino

The new erotic thriller by director Luca Guadagnino A Bigger Splash follows the story of a famous rock star and her boyfriend holidaying on the Italian island of Pantelleria. 

When the couple’s visit is imposed on by an old friend and his daughter, the four of them are forced to deal with jealousy, desire, resentment and each other. 

Based on the 1969 French film La Piscine (The Swimming Pool), the film has a star-studded cast including Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson. 

With thrilling twists and turns, the film explores the intricate relationship dynamics between characters. 

Brisbane Weekender got up close with Luca about his latest project.

BW: What was the biggest challenge you faced when filming “A Bigger Splash”?

LG: To create an even and organic and powerful balance between these ensembles of characters, you know. To make an ensemble means a lot, so that’s what I wanted to do and I hope I succeeded. 

BW: What do you think was the most innovative part of the film process?

LG: I can’t say that. It’s not for me to say what I do innovatively, it would be so presumptuous of me. 

BW: There were a lot of creative shots in the film, which one was your favourite?

LG: I think I liked the conversation between Paul and Harry when they are in the car and we have that long shot of their discussion in the car, it’s a long frontal shot that I like.

BW: What inspired you to take on the role of directing this film?

LG: The complete control that I had been granted by Studio Canal, and the possibility of making a movie about desire and behaviour between other people.
Words by Darcy Stephens

Details: A Bigger Splash | Australian Cinemas on March 24