Tense British thriller The Ones Below tells the story of two upstairs/downstairs neighbors and couples, both expecting their first child until a tragedy makes everything take a turn. The film marks the directorial feature debut of screenwriter David Farr.
“We’ve used handheld photography in moments where it is really appropriate, where there are moments of terrific anxiety and a desire to get somewhere,” Farr explains to Televisual about his shooting philosophy. “Then there are a lot of other scenes that are quite withheld and quite restrained, where the camera is quite wide and we let the space do more of the work. It’s a mixture in that sense…Often in film when you see a big space and then something really tight, it helps create that feeling of anxiety.”