How I Live Now – press articles

Kevin Macdonald and Franz Lustig on shooting ‘How I Live Now’ with the EOS C300
In an exclusive interview with CPN, Oscar-winning film director Kevin Macdonald and Director of Photography Franz Lustig explain how the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera was an essential tool for their latest movie production, ‘How I Live Now’. CPN writer James Morris spoke to them during post-production for the movie in London about the camera's features and how it proved to be invaluable during the film’s shoot… More

Den of Geek
“The energy of the farm and youngsters is reflected through the use of the frame and camera as the natural colour of the countryside is heightened whilst the use of handheld camera during these scenes extols the joie de vivre of the bubbly young gang. And these heartfelt, saturated moments, which could easily have originated from the Seventies…” More

Little White Lies
“Seldom has the verdant splendour of the English countryside, with its mussy verges, chilly waterways and mighty, swaying natural canopies, been captured with such love and precision as it has in director Kevin Macdonald’s haunting teenage doomsday parable, How I Live Now…” More

Variety – Toronto Film Review
“At times resembling a coed version of Peter Pan’s Lost Boys, they spend much of their time wandering the countryside and swimming in a nearby lake; as vibrantly lensed by Franz Lustig, it’s a backdrop wild and romantic enough that Daisy and Edmond soon fall in love…” More

The Arts Scene
“Although the imagery within this film is often difficult to watch, How I Live Now ultimately encourages strength and perseverance in its intended young audience. However, a little more context and explanation would perhaps allow for greater justification of some of the horrific events depicted. Nevertheless, the film is shot with sophistication and features fine young actors who perform their parts well, and a mature youth audience with a taste for complexity in film will certainly appreciate this work…” More

“Newly stripped down and awash in silence and environmental fatigue—rain falling on ash resting on wilted flowers, expired vehicles and animals littering the roads—the narrative allows Macdonald time to breathe and also showcase some haunting digital cinematography from DoP Franz Lustig…” More

Front row reviews
“The cinematography captures these beautiful vistas of a playful England but also transforms them when necessary to make nature also feel cruel, uncaring and distressing for the characters.…” More

Financial Times
“The countryside is filmed with a gorgeous high-fidelity radiance, though it too is allowed mood changes as the landscapes modulate in a last-reel escape odyssey. Golden hillsides; sinister marshlands; dark gothic woods; tangled wildernesses. All England is here: a blend, like the movie and its story, of dark with light, of the eternal-pastoral with tense and tactile forebodings of an unwritten future..…” More

Irish Times
“The film-makers do a smashing job of summoning up nostalgia for a largely imagined idyll….Best known for Touching the Void and The Last King of Scotland, Macdonald here demonstrates a taste for sideways glances at English life that might have pleased his grandfather Emeric Pressburger..…” More

“Ambitious and emotional, if a little overly so, How I Live Now is an intense, well-acted and cinematically poetic film about growing up and learning to roll with life's unknowable punches…” More

“Using minimal effects and shooting outdoors as much as possible, Kevin Macdonald tells his story with admirable efficiency and a kind of spare beauty…” More