“The Dig” is a film adapted from a true story. It is said, just before the outbreak of World War II, an unknown archaeologist was hired by a local woman to dig his land in a small town in England. The woman thought, lest the strange formations on her land contain the remains of Viking relics.
As it turned out, what was in the ground in that land was far more significant than they could have imagined. Buried in Sutton Hoo’s estate is actually a ship that can reveal a deeper understanding of the sophistication of human civilization in the early Anglo-Saxon period.
“The Dig” is the adaptation of screenwriter Moira Buffini for John Preston’s novel of the same name, and is directed by director Simon Stone. Actress Carey Mulligan plays Sutton Hoo’s landlord Edith Pretty, a wealthy widow, mother of a child, and amateur archaeologist who has a strange feeling about one of the mounds on her land.
Mulligan said the excavations in this film do not only have a literal meaning but also serve as a metaphor for the characters who appear in the film, who struggle to overcome internal conflicts and repressed emotions.
“Digging. It’s like self-evaluation. How do we live our lives? What do we miss from our previous lives? They’re looking for something through this ship. They’re all looking, they’re looking for fame, they’re looking for recognition, they’re looking for something to pass on to the next generation, “They’re looking for answers. I think everyone because of this year-long pandemic is reevaluating what their priorities are in their lives,” said Mulligan.
The story in this film also unfolds just before Britain declared war, or to be precise September 1939. The man chosen by Mulligan’s character for this digging job is an archaeologist named Basil Brown, played by Ralph Fiennes. According to the actor, the time setting before the war is very relevant to the current situation, when the world is at war to overcome the corona virus outbreak.
“The audience can dive into this film because the context is that a country is in a state of crisis or at war. We are not at war in a literal sense, we are fighting against a virus. There is social uncertainty and social anxiety. All of these are the background for this film. is part of the life we live in today, “Fiennes commented.
“Of course there are a lot of positives in this film, such as meaningful discoveries about the past, which make us think how meaningful our lives are today. I think this is a film about human efforts in dealing with crises. And I think that the audience can understand more. at a time like now, “he added.
“The Dig” plays on the Netflix streaming service starting January 29. [ab/uh]