danny boyle trance

Speaking at 92YTribeca in New York, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) took part in an hour long discussion with Rolling Stone’s Logan Hill about his career, the choice of music in his films, and ‘Trance,’ his latest film. Boyle also answered an audience member question if he would ever take on a big-budgeted tentpole movie (quotes via The Playlist), “No,” Boyle laughed. “I much prefer to have a ceiling,” Boyle said about lower budgets that force creative decisions (he noted most of his films are in the $20 million dollar range). “A ceiling that is limiting us and you try and break through. We want our films to look like $100 million dollars, that’s for sure. And we want them to sound like $200 million. But you try and do that with that cap on them. And that’s where the energy, belief and evangelical nature of the process comes from.”

Danny Boyle said for him the personal journey taken in the films he makes is hard to create within the big-budget confines. “I love watching those movies, I’m a big fan,” Boyle added. “Chris Nolan, Ridley Scott and they mustn’t stop making them, but they are not really the ones for me.” He did mention that he once contemplated helming ‘Alien 4,’ “I got involved briefly, with ‘Alien 4.’ After ‘Trainspotting’ my head was turned,” he admitted of the way the business affects one’s creative decisions. “Partly because I loved the ‘Alien’ movies, but I realized very quickly that I couldn’t make one. You wouldn’t get the best out of me at all.”

Set for a March 27th release in the UK and a April 5th release in the US, ‘Trance’ is the the latest film by Danny Boyle. The psychological heist-thriller follows a fine art auctioneer, mixed up with a criminal gang, who join forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. ’Trance’ stars James McAvoy (Atonement, X-Men First Class), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Mesrine) and Rosario Dawson (Seven Pounds, Sin City). The synopsis for the film can be read below.

Fine art auctioneer Simon (McAvoy), in league with a gang led by underworld boss Franck (Cassel), plots the audacious theft of a masterpiece by Goya from a major public auction. When Simon double-crosses the gang during the robbery, Franck retaliates violently and knocks him unconscious.

In the aftermath of the heist, Simon sticks stubbornly – and perhaps shrewdly – to his claim that the violent trauma has left him with no memory of where he stashed the artwork.

Unable to coerce the painting’s location from Simon, Franck and his associates reluctantly join forces with a charismatic hypnotherapist (Dawson) in a bid to get him to talk. But as they journey deeper into Simon’s jumbled psyche the boundaries between reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur and the stakes rise faster and far more dangerously than any of the players could have anticipated.

“Trance,” directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “127 Hours”) and co-written by Oscar®-nominated long term collaborator John Hodge (“Shallow Grave,” “Trainspotting”) is a seductive and enigmatic thriller starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson.