March 10, 2019
Filmmaking advice for capturing comedy, poetry and the cosmic American dream from the SXSW 2019 premiere of ‘The Beach Bum’.
At the world premiere of Harmony Korine’s long-anticipated follow up to Spring Breakers, the wry director of Kids, Gummo and Julien Donkey-Boy, gave audiences another absurd, indulgent, sunbaked romp across the Florida Keys with The Beach Bum.
And while having an iconic star character like Matthew McConaughey’s “Moondog” will pretty much guarantee an enjoyable show, Korine also opened up about filming his first feature in seven years and how he was able to turn the descent and desperation of Spring Breakers into a surreal, gratifying – and maybe even a bit dangerous – comedy.
Treat Your Script as a Starting Out Point
As you might expect with a writer / director who has predominantly experimented in the non-linear and surreal throughout his career, Korine admitted that while he had written a tight “82-page script” going into filming The Beach Bum, he and the cast would use it merely as a starting out point when filming their sets.