Lucy Dahl Interview for The BFG Bluray Release #TheBFGBluray #TheBFG
Another great moment I had while in L.A was I sitting down with Lucy Dahl, youngest daughter of Roald Dahl, for a mini breakfast and interview, to celebrate the release of “The BFG” to Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and Disney Movies Anywhere.
Note: Disney and ABC TV invited me on this all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Moana Event and ABC TV Event. While I will share different events and activities during the trip, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.
Did you know that Lucy Dahl is a writer, a screenwriter and a producer. She wrote the teen comedy Wild Child, starring Emma Roberts, Aiden Quinn, Alex Pettifer and Natasha Richardson. And is currently writing and creating a new comedy for TV, as well as executive producing a TV adaptation of one of her father’s stories.
I couldn't wait to talk to her about her childhood growing up with Roald Dahl. But first I had to finish breakfast!
The breakfast was hosted at The Culver Hotel and featured miniature brunch feast, special photo opp with TheBFG before sitting down to interview Lucy Dahl.
The interview with Lucy was so amazing. She's full of life and tells great #TheBFG stories from her childhood. Since her father made storytelling such a part of her life, I had to ask her....
What part of the book were you excited to see come alive in the film?
Lucy Dahl: Oh that’s Dream Land. When Sophie goes into Dream Land, just that three or four seconds is just extraordinary, that’s my favorite. I could watch that again and again.
It was exactly how I had imagined it and I think that’s probably why I love it so much. But also, the BFG. Steven took a great deal of trouble in getting the BFG right. These shoes (on TheBFG) are a copy of a pair of my father’s sandals that he used to wear every summer. The BFG’s clothes are copies of my father’s clothes from his cupboard that we still have.
My father based him a little bit on himself and a little bit on our great family friend Wally Saunders. He was a country man and he worked in our garden helping dad and he would help dad drive us to and from school.
And he would build. As the family grew, we built on the house. So Wally was an extraordinary countryman from Buckinghamshire and he had the big ears. The accent that BFG has in the film was, was taken from Wally’s accent from video clips that we have of Wally.
Lucy also shared what it was like being on set with Steven Spielberg
It was really incredible and I loved being on the set. Steven Spielberg treated me, honestly, like a queen which I didn’t expect. I thought he’d just be like, hey, nice to meet you and get on with his work.
He literally took me with him all day everywhere he went and showed me everything and it was really the most incredible experience ever.
But the thing that I didn’t like was Giant Land that was over there and on the set because it wasn’t true, but everything else was so true to how it was in my imagination and in my mind that it was just incredible.
I felt really like my father was walking around with me on the set, as delighted as I was. The whole journey has been huge.
Explaining why she didn't like Giant Land, Lucy shared
There was no Giant Land in BFG’s story (her father told her in childhood), so when it became a book and the BFG didn’t live under our orchard, he lived in Giant land, I didn’t like that. Just like, no that’s not the way that goes.
But I was actually a little offended when he (her father) put our childhood story into a book because he was my BFG and my sister Ophelia’s BFG and nobody else’s, and you don’t really want to share.
Lucy also shared why she thinks TheBFG is a great film for families
Well, I do love BFG. I really do love BFG. I think Mark Rylance was amazing. I think the team was amazing.
Because children are so used to bang, wand, colors. But The BFG is slow enough to speak to your heart. I mean, the heart speaks to the heart.
With this coming out over Christmas where it’s more of a quiet time, I’m really hoping that children will slow down a little bit and realize that it’s about love. Because it’s really a love story.
Steven and I talked about it for an hour, actually. We talked about the difference between BFG and E.T. because it’s the same group of creators and he said that they’re the same because it’s a love.
They’re two lonely hearts that find one another. They’re different characters and it’s a different type of love, but really, the importance of this story is that how one heart will find another heart, whatever the world, wherever they live.
What a great lesson for families to learn together. The world needs more LOVE! Make sure to get your copy of The BFG now available on Blu-ray and other media.
Disney and Amblin Entertainment, in association with Walden Media, present the fantasy adventure film “The BFG,” the first-ever motion picture adaptation of Roald Dahl’s resonant tale of childhood, the magic of dreams and the extraordinary friendship between a young girl and a big friendly giant.
Directed by three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, the film reunites the director with his Oscar®-nominated collaborator on “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” Melissa Mathison, who adapted the children’s author’s timeless adventure for the big screen.
This magical tale of an extraordinary friendship loaded with exciting extras will brighten the holidays for the whole family!
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:
- Bringing “The BFG” to Life – Ruby Barnhill (Sophie) hosts a phizz-whizzing journey through the making of “The BFG.” This behind-the-scenes documentary details the film’s progression through interviews with Roald Dahl’s daughter Lucy Dahl, screenwriter Melissa Mathison, executive producers Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Kristie Macosko Krieger, and numerous members of the talented cast and crew.
- The Big Friendly Giant and Me – Sophie wasn’t the first “bean” in Giant Country—many illustrations were created as if drawn by a little boy who was there long before Sophie. This charming, in-world short will bring the drawings to life with animation and narration, recounting the friendship and the dreams shared between the boy and the Big Friendly Giant.
- Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words of The BFG – A whoopsey-splunkers tutorial on the meaning of the gloriumptious gobblefunk in “The BFG.”
- Giants 101 – Jemaine Clement (Fleshlumpeater) and Bill Hader (Bloodbottler) introduce us to the loathsome giants in “The BFG,” along with movement choreographer/motion capture performer Terry Notary, who collaborated with the actors and Director Steven Spielberg prior to filming to develop their movements and character traits.
- Melissa Mathison: A Tribute – An homage to Melissa Mathison, the extraordinary, Oscar®-nominated screenwriter of “The BFG” and “E.T.,” whose talent and heart were as immense as the giants in “The BFG.”
- John Williams: Scoring A Dream – A journey through the film’s concept art and memorable moments, interwoven with the sights and sounds of legendary composer John William’s scoring session.
- Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words of The BFG
- Melissa Mathison: A Tribute
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