‘Nightcrawler’ is a thriller written and directed by Dan Gilroy set in the nocturnal underbelly of Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the fast-paced world of LA crime journalism.
With the help of Rene Russo who stars as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.
“‘Nightcrawler’ is a film about a loner, a petty thief who runs into an accident on the freeway one night when he is driving around and sees these guys who are called stringers who film crime scenes and accident scenes and sell the footage to local news and it fascinates him. So he goes and buys a camcorder and a police scanner and starts doing it himself. Essentially it’s the rise of an empire,” said Gyllenhaal.
His character Lou muscles his way into the dangerous world of nightcrawling – where each police siren and victim has the possibility of becoming a cash windfall. He also searches the internet for hours on end to discover new things about the world.
“I think that’s sort of where we are. I speak for myself, it’s hard to experience a moment because we are so engaged in our phones or whatever and as a result I think it allows people like Lou to thrive. It’s very interesting to me because people say, ‘Oh he’s so disturbing, he is so scary.’ I think he is creation of ours. We have created this person. We have allowed him to succeed in this movie,” explained Gyllenhaal.
Nightcrawler is on UK and Irish screens on 31st October.