The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 51min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Robert Eggers
  • Cast: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe
  • UK release: 31 January 2020

Ephraim (Pattinson) and Tom (Dafoe) are two lighthouse keepers in 19th century Maine who find that the isolation is getting to them. A slow-burn psychological thriller with rich use of salty period language and unexpected shards of black comedy, filmed in shadowy monochrome: the result is somewhere between FW Murnau and Buster Keaton.

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Willem Dafoe's 'strange' The Lighthouse shoot

29 Jan 2020

Film gossip

Willem Dafoe admits filming 'The Lighthouse' alongside Robert Pattinson was a "strange" experience. The pair spent every day of the 32-day shoot working on the motion picture, which tells the story of two lighthouse keepers who start to lose their…

Robert Pattinson felt like a 'douche bag' with moustache

26 Jan 2020

Film gossip

Robert Pattinson felt like a "douche bag" when he grew a moustache for his role in psychological horror movie 'The Lighthouse'. The 33-year-old actor sported facial hair for his part as junior lighthouse keeper Thomas Howard in the drama, and though…

Robert Eggers says 'no colour version' exists of The Lighthouse

16 Nov 2019

Film gossip

Robert Eggers says there's "no colour version" of 'The Lighthouse'. The 36-year-old filmmaker revealed how supportive the studio were for the project – which was produced by RT Features, New Regency and Parts & Labor – even if it took some convincing…

Robert Pattinson did whatever he wanted on Lighthouse set

21 Oct 2019

Film gossip

Robert Pattinson was allowed to do "whatever" he wanted on 'The Lighthouse'. The 33-year-old actor plays Ephraim Winslow, a lighthouse keeper who works alongside one man Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe), on an isolated island in the late 1800s, and has…

The Lighthouse

28 May 20195 stars

Cannes 2019: Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe face off in a strikingly realised psychological thriller from Robert Eggers

Robert Eggers brought a spare, stark rigour to his feature debut The Witch that promised much for the future. He more than delivers on that promise with The Lighthouse, an oppressive, richly textured slow-burn of a psychological thriller, pitched…

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