Christopher Nolan: I Won’t Work With Netflix Because Their Film Strategy is ‘Pointless’

Director/co-writer/producer Christopher Nolan arrives at the premiere of “Interstellar” at the TCL Chinese Theater on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The “Dunkirk” director tells IndieWire why Netflix’s digital distribution is a “mindless policy.

Christopher Nolan fights for the big screen. He optimizes his movies for the 70mm experience and perhaps none more than “Dunkirk,” his intense recreation of Allied soldiers attempting to evacuate the beaches of Dunkirk, France in 1940. The movie shifts between events on land, in the air, and on the sea over 106 minutes of a throbbing soundtrack and jarring sound effects that reach their fullest effect on the hulking IMAX screen.


With that in mind, it may be unsurprising that Nolan’s not a big fan of Netflix, particularly its deprecation of the theatrical experience.

“Netflix has a bizarre aversion to supporting theatrical films,” Nolan said in an interview this week. “They have this mindless policy of everything having to be simultaneously streamed and released, which is obviously an untenable model for theatrical presentation. So they’re not even getting in the game, and I think they’re missing a huge opportunity.”

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