The film Drift follows once-wealthy refugee Jacqueline (Cynthia Erivo) as she struggles to survive on a small Greek island. In between squatting in abandoned houses and stealing food, Jacqueline meets an American tour guide, Callie (Alia Shawkat), and struggles to form a friendship with her.

In an exclusive interview with uInterview at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, director Anthony Chen discussed why he wanted to work on the film.


“I was very moved and haunted by the character of Jacqueline,” he explained. “I thought it was a real person but it was actually adapted from a novel. But I myself, I grew up in Singapore, an immigrant, I lived in the U.K. for 17 years and you know, I think when you look at all my films, my films are always from the outsider and I think I really really related to the character yeah and I think it’s it’s a story that needs to be told.”

Chen went on to talk about what directing Erivo was like.

“It was very very collaborative and you know I have to say this, I think it’s it’s one of the most compelling performances,” he revealed. “It’s so naked, it’s so vulnerable, and you know I saw that everyone – Cynthia, Alia, like all the actors, like everyone on the team – I think they put so much of their own emotions into this film and I think and I hope people would feel it when you see on the screen you know there’s been so much tragedy in the film.”

Read more about: