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Interview with Adam Crookes

The festive season is open us and Netflix is offering an alternative to family movies. How about ‘Black Mirror’? A dark twisted anthology series that consists of six standalone stories all set in different worlds, focusing on the advanced technology within them. ANDREW GOWER is starring alongside Andrea Riseborough (‘Battle Of The Sexes’, ‘Birdman’) in the third episode (‘Crocodile’) of the upcoming season.

AC: What was it like filming in Iceland for ‘Black Mirror’? Had you been there before?
ANDREW GOWER: I'd visited Iceland for a weekend prior to landing ‘Black Mirror’. Filming there was very special. The landscape definitely plays a huge role in our film. I was sad to leave and very reluctant to leave and return to London.

How much of ‘Black Mirror’ had you seen before this? Do you have a favorite episode?
I'm rather non-committal with the whole Netflix I don't think I'd leave my house if I subscribed! So unfortunately I'd only seen the one episode - 'Be Right Back' (Season 2) with Hayley Atwell and Domhnall Gleeson. Which I thought was pretty extraordinary.

What was it like working alongside Andrea Riseborough?
It was wonderful to film alongside Andrea. It made for a very exciting set to be on.

How would you describe the tone of the episode?
I'm yet to the see the episode as whole...but from what I remember it's a real thriller of a script and very exciting that it's lead by two strong female characters.

Looking back across your career so far, do you have a particular favorite genre?
Looking back I definitely have favourite worlds or stories that I've had to pleasure to be apart of. But I'll be honest, I haven't boxed any of my jobs into particular genres. Though the whole dystopian future genre is definitely striking a chord with me at the moment and the mirror it holds up to our own society. Pretty terrifying.

If you could portray anyone in a biopic, who would it be and why?
If I had the choice of anyone...I'd love to have a crack at John Lennon. I'm a scouser, I love my music, the Merseybeat scene and well personally I don't think his story has been cracked yet. I would also like to see more of my city on people's screens.

Black Mirror Season 4 begins streaming on Netflix globally from 29 December.

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