He respects the audience and allows them to project their own feelings and life experience on to the screen. There are very dark characters in it, as there are in a fairy tale, but there’s an innocence to it and a wonder and a beauty. The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.
His sister, puppet director Sarah Wright, his senior by six years, said: “Joe understands puppetry very deeply and understands what their powers are, understands their symbolism.
He made some bold choices.” Their mother made the puppets for a project she found “very exciting — and it is so lovely seeing Sarah and Joe working together”.
Director Joe Wright made a family affair of his new play, A Season in the Congo, turning to his mother and sister to create large-scale puppets.
Wright, 40, grew up in the Little Angel Theatre, the Islington puppet theatre run by his mother, Lyndie, and late father, John, and has cited the experience as a driving force behind his career directing films including Pride & Prejudice, Atonement and Anna Karenina — and now plays.
The actress Rosamund Pike, star of Jack Reacher and the forthcoming Gone Girl, has credited her Old Etonian partner, a recovering heroin addict 18-years her senior, with bringing focus to her career.