Danny Boyle – director of Trainspotting and 28 Days Later and Millions

I’ve just come from a meeting with Danny Boyle, the relentlessly creative filmmakers responsible for Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary, The Beach, 28 Days Later, and now what is sure to become a treasured favorite of many… Millions.

He’s just as enthusiastic in person as you would suspect from his adrenalin-rush films. But it’s not just manic energy… it’s an energy born of passion and enthusiasm for his work. Millions is his first “family-friendly” film, and it’s a keeper. Thrilling, imaginative, and the big heart that it wears on its sleeve manages to beat loudly without falling into overly predictable rhythms. It’s emotional without being sappy, moving without being manipulative.

I was a fan before, and I’m a bigger fan now. Boyle’s an honest, approachable, affable fellow who isn’t afraid to admit that he values art AND entertainment, and he doesn’t even flinch at the idea that he’s viewed as a popular entertainer. He likes to cloak his work in the trappings of popular entertainment, and then surprise people by “smuggling” in challenging ideas that the viewer doesn’t expect, so that they go away surprised, challenged, and even bewildered, saying to themselves, “What exactly happened in there?”

My review, and my interview, will be posted at Christianity Today Movies soon.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • crimsonline

    That looks – amazing. I watched the trailer with my three-year-old son, and we were both transfixed.


  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    I’m not sure yet. I believe it’ll be at Landmark theatres in Seattle, because there’s a poster up at the Crest.

  • Gary

    Very interesting! Love the initial buildup…tremendous tension created. Will this be in theatres or IMAX or where, do you know?