Get the behind-the-scenes scoop on the making of The Favourite with Hair & Make Up Designer Nadia Stacey, Sound Designer Johnnie Burn, Casting Director Dixie Chassay and Production Designer Fiona Crombie. Listen to the end to hear all about Yorgos Lanthimos' uniqely hands-off style of directing! Find some interesting moments below.
Period correct, but only to a point
Stacy remembers the unique experience of studying hard to get the the hair and make up just right for the period during Queen Anne's reign, only to realise that invention and imagination would play just as big a part as historical accuracy in the making of The Favourite.
Every time I showed [Lanthimos] a wig that would have been right he said, "Maybe it can be...bigger."
Taking inspiration from your surroundings
The checkered floors of Hatfield House, the country house in Hertfordshire that doubles as Queen Anne's home in the film, served as the chief inspiration for one of the most iconic scenes in the film.
That floor in that house...that led to everything in the dance sequence. The dancers all got black and white wigs to go with the floor; Sandy [Powell]'s costumes were all black and white, and the stripes from the costumes were then added to the faces.
Giving the cast and crew freedom to create
You won't see [Lanthimos] particularly directing people. It's about creating the right environment for people to feel confident and go and do their thing.
Lanthimos is known as a quiet director. Rather than being exacting and micromanaging, he prefers to hire people he trusts and give them the freedom to do what they do best!