To celebrate Danny Boyle directing the Opening Ceremony for London Olympics 2012, this is the final post about his career including Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, The National Theatre's production of Frankenstein and The Olympics Ceremony itself...
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
I guess Boyle was still a little high from the come-down of Slumdog Millionnaire. Then again, 127 Hours became an Oscar-darling too - with Best Picture, Best Adapted-Screenplay and Best Actor nominations to its name. But winning none. At any rate, you could argue the small-scale of 127 Hours was very theatrical in its nature - forcing Boyle to get back in touch with his theatre roots. And his next project moreso, as he directed Frankenstein for the National Theatre on the London Southbank.
Utilising Jonny Lee Miller (Sick Boy from Trainspotting) and Benedict Cumberbatch, the roles of Dr Frankenstein and the 'Creature' swapped during the production. To some extent you didn't know what you were going to get. I managed to see a performance whereby Cumberbatch was the Dr, whilst Miller was the creature. Utilising Underworld again for the soundtrack, it seems many of the production team may have worked with Boyle on the Olympics ceremony. The performance truly took you by suprise as, in the first sequence we see the creature burst free from an egg-like sack - stretching the material before figuring out how to walk, naked as a baby. Then, suddenly an industrial train bursts onto stage, clanking and banging, as what-represents-the-world bustles around the machine.
Funnily enough, a little of this industialism crept into his next project: Olympics 2012
It opened as we zoom around the British Isles, shot close to the ground. The small-camera from Shallow Grave is now covering the entirety of Britain. We see the industrial revolution, harking to the industrial-train in Frankenstein. The dream-like NHS beds, floating and highlighted across the stadium. James Bond - what would a Danny Boyle James Bond Film look like? Maybe this is the closest it will ever get? Underworld provides the vast majority of the music, whilst a house - that would not look out of place on the street whereby the boys from Millions lived - portrays the internet and technology, and its influence on society and, crucially, teenage love. Indeed, the playfulness of teenage love - as the guy wears a trademark Chaplin-hat.
Boyle deserves this. He has reached this.
It was a stunning ceremony and and unforgettable opening.