‘The Favourite’ Producers on 10 Years With Yorgos Lanthimos, Fox Searchlight’s Future

After a record-breaking sweep at Sunday’s British Independent Film Awards, “The Favourite” continues to curtsy from honor to honor on its road to the Oscars.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ meditation on power and desire, which happens to contain three powerhouse female roles, took a record 10 prizes at the London affair last night — a new watermark for a single film. 

Variety recently caught up with the film’s executive producers and Lanthimos collaborators Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures, two Irishmen with an affinity for auteurs who have a first-look deal with Fox Searchlight (their film “Disobedience” also nabbed a Best Supporting Actor BIFA for Alessandro Nivola on Sunday).

While the pair first engaged Lanthimos on “The Favourite” nearly a decade ago when the blunt and visionary filmmaker decided to inch closer to Hollywood, the awards contender wound up being their third tour of duty after two notable turns on the festival circuit with big stars attached.

“Yorgos decided he wanted to make films in English and gave us the pitch for ‘The Lobster,’ which was un-turn-down-able. We did that, and then we were supposed to do ‘The Favourite,’ and assembling the cast at the right moment proved complicated. We had to push it, and we had the script for ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer,’ so we just did that very quickly,” Guiney explained.

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