David Michôd: ‘When your leaders lie to you all the time, you stop believing anything’

David-Michod-Dan-Budd-1108x0-c-default.jpg

Australian director David Michôd burst onto the international film scene in 2010 with his searing debut feature Animal Kingdom, a by turns shocking and thrilling look at Melbourne’s criminal underworld. He followed that up four years later with the similarly hard-hitting post-apocalyptic road movie The Rover.

His third film, the Brad Pitt-starring War Machine, is an altogether different prospect. It tells of a powerful US General’s flawed counter-insurgency efforts during the Afghanistan conflict, and is refreshingly even-handed in its critique of the opposing forces and systems that in turn support and oppose America’s military. We spoke to Michôd recently about the challenges of making a military satire from an outsider perspective.