Film may span a broad net of style and may be a genre, which shares traits with other forms of media. Presented in a variety of shapes and sizes, these differences may take the form of unique genres and subgenre’s which seem to collectively paint a mosaic of styles; these themes seem to range from action and adventure to comedy and romance. One genre, which aims to place an emphasis on character development and performances, while exploring different moods, emotions, and themes, may be Drama. Drama may excel at depicting heartfelt tales with a focus on its characters and the situations they might find themselves involved. Originating on the stage this genre seems to have evolved in different ways and made its way to the screen; during this evolution, many talented individuals have aimed to showcase their hand at crafting engaging tales within this genre.
Enter Kenneth Lonergan, a playwright, screenwriter and director who’s varied resume may demonstrate his penchant for exploring the nuances of Drama. From his work on the screenplay for Analyze This (1999) to his directorial debut with You Can Count on Me (2000), Kenneth Lonergan seems to be an individual with enough experience to craft a dramatic work, which looks at the subtlety of human nature. This may be exactly Kenneth Lonergan’s aim as he returns to Hollywood with his latest Drama, Manchester by the Sea. Manchester by the Sea aims to explore the life of an uncle who is asked to look after his teenage nephew as a result of recent circumstances. This premise aims to take a magnifying glass to its characters as they adjust to their new situation, exploring the bonds and relationships between these characters.
An aspect, which may be important to the creation of a compelling drama, seems to be its cast and ability to convey complex emotions. Recruited into the forefront of Kenneth Lonergan’s latest drama is actor Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone, Good Will Hunting), who audiences may recognise as Ben Affleck’s younger brother; however, Casey Affleck seems determined to establish his own reputation as an award-winning actor and demonstrate his emotional range. Audiences may be aware, the Golden Globes took place this month and Casey Affleck walked away with a Golden Globe Award for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama” for his work on Manchester by the Sea. Kenneth Lonergan was also nominated for a Golden Globe for “Best Director” and “Best Screenplay” alongside co-worker Michelle Williams who also received a nomination. Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine, Shutter Island), the actress alongside Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea, was nominated for Golden Globe for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture”.
With its eclectic cast involved in Manchester by the Seas, this production seems to require performances from its cast. Kenneth Lonergan aims to present audiences with a production teaming with heart and soul. Drama’s ability to depict the relationship between people, the way individuals may react in certain circumstances and the convincing portrayals from its cast, may come together to form an amalgamation of compelling cinema. As director Kenneth Lonergan, with his seemingly ample experience, steps behind the camera once more, audiences may be treated to a unique cinematic experience. Additionally, with Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams involved in the project, Manchester by the Sea aims to tell a tale saturated in human emotion and dramatic appeal. Having already seen a release in the USA, Manchester by the Sea aims to release in the UK on the 13th January, offering British audiences a chance to watch this award-winning project.
How does Kenneth Lonergan aim to craft a drama alongside the talents of Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams?