Producer Jim Wilson details the wild journey from pre-production to Cannes involved in making You Were Never Really Here. This is the fifth feature in our Special Issue on You Were Never Really Here.
Lynne Ramsay’s fourth feature, You Were Never Really Here, was the wild card of Cannes 2017, screening last in competition. “We were certainly still working on the film while the festival was happening,” explained producer Jim Wilson when I talked to him over the phone. Hearing him recount the film’s wild, year-long journey from pre-production to Cannes inspires awe for the guts and quick-thinking of the entire creative team.
It’s become legend that they “went right to the wire” prepping for Cannes — and had their work rewarded with screenplay and acting prizes for Ramsay and Joaquin Phoenix — but the full scope of what they had to do is far more insane and stress-inducing than just a little bit of hurried editing and sound mixing.