An Interview With Eden Lake Director James Watkins

Posted on: 09 September 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Director James Watkins discusses his first film, the horrific Eden Lake.

"Eden Lake was inspired by the idea that there’s a horror movie being played out on our streets, seemingly every day," explains My Little Eye co-writer James Watkins about his directing debut.

"It seems to me that we are confused about our children and young people. On the one hand, we still think of them as innocents, in need of protection against the dangers posed by the adult world. On the other, they are knife-wielding demons. I wanted to tell a story that explored the tensions between these two conflicting views of childhood."

"But look I’m no sociologist, and drama is there - to amplify. I just wanted to make a scary movie that felt like it was about something and that people would go and see. It’s really up to others what they make of it."

You can watch a Question & Answer session with James Watkins below:

You can read our review of Eden Lake here.

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