Berlin Syndrome Behind the Scenes: attention to detail
This short clip from a behind the scenes documentary about Berlin Syndrome (2017) focuses on how different departments worked with director Cate Shortland.
The clip begins with voice-over from producer Polly Staniford talking about working with Cate, followed by actor Teresa Palmer talking about Cate's attention to detail. It's obvious from what Teresa and fellow actor Max Rielmelt say that she develops mutual respect with actors she works with. The clip also features cinematographer Germain McMicking and production designer Melinda Doring who also worked on Cate's short films Flowergirl (1999) and Pentuphouse (1998) and her first feature Somersault (2004).
This short documentary was produced as part of the marketing collateral for the film. As with many of these types of documentaries the budget would have been small and it would have been shot in brief time windows during the shoot. We can see evidence of this in the poor audio quality of Teresa's interview for example.
The documentary benefits greatly from the use of excerpts from the finished film and its soundtrack intercut with footage of Cate directing actors and working with crew. Although it's interesting to hear from key cast and crew members about bringing Cate's vision to the screen it would have been more informative and satisfying to watch if it also included an interview with Cate herself.