Chances are you have not seen Snowpiercer
yet due to its limited availability and release fiasco. If so, skip this interview and watch the film first. Go in clean, because Snowpiercer
really is as good as everyone’s telling you. Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, it is essentially a dark (often literally) sci-fi thriller about a perpetual motion train carrying the last remnants of society after a global ice age. Themes of cruelty, disparity and sacrifice abound, and strong, sometimes horrific visual references bombard the screen. The exceptional costume design by Catherine George
ties all this together in a way that is readable and indicative, yet never threatens to take over the film.Catherine George
, however unintentionally, seems to specialise in this form of costume design; you only need to watch We Need to Talk About Kevin
(2011) to gather this. This is not to say her work is showy in any way.