In June 2013, the LA Times spoke to writer/director Caroline Harvey about her close friend and collaborator Sam Taylor-Johnson, and why Taylor-Johnson was critical in the creation of Emily:
Love You More was the only short Mirage Entertainment, the company run by the late Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack, made during its existence. It was commissioned as an experiment of sorts by Minghella to prove that visual artist Taylor-Johnson had filmmaking chops too.
According to the short film's producer, Caroline Harvey, who at the time served as the company's head of development in London, Mirage had optioned the British novel "Story of You" by Julie Myerson for Taylor-Johnson, but at the time the filmmaker had only art films to her name.
Soon Taylor-Johnson was collaborating with Marber and casting Andrea Riseborough and Harry Treadaway as the two high school students.
“There’s an erotic element to some of Sam’s art work and she really responded to Patrick’s material,” said Harvey, reached by phone in London. “It was a sweet, self-contained story that seems sort of perfect for her and for short-film making”.
According to Harvey, once the film hit Cannes, it went on to screen at more than 250 film festivals, winning a nomination from BAFTA and a British Independent Film Award. The producer says she still gets calls about it from festivals wanting to screen it or from producers interested in adding it to short compilations.
Taylor-Johnson and Harvey remained close after Love You More, with Taylor-Johnson donating some of her Palme D'Or prize money to Harvey's directorial debut, the short Emily, which debuted at the Palm Springs International ShortFest and stars Felicity Jones.To read the full LA Times article click here