Danny Boyle: '127 Hours isn't survivalist'

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A dramatization of the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston, who became pinned under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah. Ralston was stuck in the same position for five days until he made a courageous decision to free himself. Directed by Danny Boyle, 127 Hours stars James Franco in a performance that earned him an Oscar nod.
October 29th, 2010

Danny Boyle doesn't think '127 Hours' is a "survivalist story".

Despite the movie focusing on Aron Ralston, a climber who had to cut off his own arm when he becomes trapped under a rock, the Oscar-winning director thinks of the film as a "journey" where a man must confront issues in his life.

Speaking at the closing night gala showing of '127 Hours' at the 54th London Film Festival last night, Danny told BANG Showbiz: "I don't want it to be a survivalist story as such. There's a journey that he goes on when he gets trapped. He's a remarkable athlete, and yet when he gets trapped, his resources are called upon, but his biggest thing is he has to re-examine his life.

"It's a journey, this film. Although it's in one place, it's a journey. He comes to realise that in the loneliest place it's all about people really. People he has fled from or not respected enough. It's the force of that understanding and the power of that which brings him back in an amazing re-birth."

The British filmmaker also confesses he is hopeful the film - which stars James Franco as Ralston - may be Oscar-nominated because the timing of its release means people will be able to watch it and judge its worth.

He said: "We are very grateful to get it out this time of year because it is the award's season and what that means most importantly for a film is that you get time for a film to be looked at. Obviously what happens in cinema over the rest of the year is it tends to come and go in a quick weekend and you can suffer. With a performance as important as this one it's lovely to get it out at this time of year where people can consider it over a number of weeks. The rest is in the lap of the Gods."