Filmmakers draw inspiration from everywhere: past experiences, theater, classic films, friends, even other directors. They say that everyone’s got a story, and in the case of Vaughn Stein, his story is the amalgamation of everything he’s been exposed to. In short, it’s a lot!
This week we spoke with Stein about his latest film – a gripping drama about a dynastical family torn apart by skeletons in the closet. And “closet” is a relative word, as the downward spiral consuming this affluent New York family is not caused by a skeleton but a living, breathing person trapped in a bunker against their will. Bum, bum, buuum!
In 2018, Stein directed Terminal (starring Margot Robbie and Simon Pegg), so he’s no stranger to grit, grime, and revenge. In two years time he’s grown as storyteller and Inheritance (which stars Lily Collins, Connie Nielsen, Patrick Warburton, and Simon Pegg in a career best performace) is layered and intricate. It has as much in common with The Silence of the Lambs and The Shining and has an equally memorable ending.
While this year has been tumultuous for nearly everyone on the planet, the pandemic hasn’t done anything to dampen the spirits of this British filmmaker. Vaughn Stein is an absolute delight, well-versed in film (especially those he holds dear), and has quite a lot of theater background which aids in his narrative framework and cinematic stylings.
After graduating university, Stein was fortunate enough to work on Matthew Vaughn’s Stardust, and on the heels of that, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. From that point on, he’s worked with other talented artists on a variety of positions on some of the most adventurous films in the last decade (seriously, check out his IMDb page!). Now, however, Stein is telling his own stories, and the future looks brilliant.
We again joined our friend Bryan Kluger of BoomStickComics to talk about stage, screen, and Simon Pegg. Vaughn credits Gladiator, (Sir Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning film) as a huge influence to him personally. With that, we soon became fast fast friends with Vaughn as it’s ones of our dear favorites as well. Enjoy our time with Vaughn Stein!
The patriarch of a wealthy and powerful family suddenly passes away, leaving his wife and daughter with a shocking secret inheritance that threatens to unravel and destroy their lives.
Inheritance is now available on DirecTV and will be available On Digital and On Demand on May 22 from Vertical Entertainment.