'Lakewood' Director Says Naomi Watts Ran Up to 2 Miles in a Single Take (Video)

TIFF 2021: Filmed during lockdown, the one-woman film features Watts as a mother desperate to save her child from a shooting

Another challenge of shooting was that the takes took so long and involved so much running to begin with that Noyce had to have the entire production crew driving along in front of the camera crew and Watts so they didn’t have to drive back 3 miles for makeup checks and other production purposes. So while Watts appeared to be running on a desolate Canadian road, a caravan of dozens of crew members was behind the camera.

“In some ways it was easier to do the film in the COVID environment because we were outdoors and we had a Canadian crew that like the Australians I grew up with had a can-do attitude,” Noyce said. “But filming day after day with one actor presented its own difficulties.”

Noyce was drawn to the script from “Buried” screenwriter Chris Sparling because of his time during COVID lockdown with his two children, which he called the “best six months of his life” because of the time he got to spend with them. That experience made the “Patriot Games” director think about the nightmare that every parent hopes to avoid: finding their child in danger.

“This film is about the length that any being will go, human or not, for their offspring,” Noyce said. “It’s a film about the panic I’ve felt so many times at the department store or the railway station or at LAX when I’ve lost sight of my kids…you just go into overdrive. It just grips you.”

Watch the full interview with Noyce in the video above.

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