One of the many films to premiere at this year’s SXSW was Adrien Brody’s documentary Stone Barn Castle. He made the film with Kevin Ford and it follows Brody as he attempts to remodel a dilapidated stone barn in upstate New York that’s reminiscent of an old European castle. The project took seven years, beginning just after Brody shot The Brothers Bloom and found himself in a state of uneasiness, and he filmed it under the radar.
Shortly before the world premiere I sat down with Brody for an extended video interview. He talked about rebuilding the house, the location, what inspired him to take on the project, contributing music to the film, how and why he kept Stone Barn Castle under wraps, Lee Tamahori’s next film, Emperor, his experience of making The Pianist and working with Roman Polanski, and a lot more.
Here’s Brody followed by a time index of the interview.
- 1:00 – Adrien Brody talks about being at SXSW and his film Stone Barn Castle, also discusses rebuilding the house, the location, and what inspired him to take on the project.
- 3:51 – Talks about his privacy being revealed through the documentary and also handling the doubts about being too revealing.
- 6:39 – Discusses contributing music to the film, the type of music in the film, and his music experience.
- 11:18 – Talks about presenting his documentary at SXSW and why he chose the event, also comments on the city of Austin.
- 14:59 – Discusses working with Lee Tamahori on the film Emperor, touches on the film’s budget, fight sequences, and epicness.
- 16:44 – Talks about his experience on making The Pianist and working with Roman Polanski.
- 21:45 – Discusses keeping Stone Barn Castle under wraps and the other projects he has hidden.
- 24:15 – Talks about the artistic approach he had for the documentary and how his mother’s approach to photography influenced his own.