Hello. I am Jane Campion. I am the screenwriter and director of the film “The Power of the Dog”. I call this scene the love scene. This is a scene that takes place at night in a barn with Phil played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Peter played by Cody Smith-McPhee. It’s really a scene that I really love because it’s the culmination of their relationship. And so many different parts of the movie that were really seeded from the beginning are coming together, like the completion of the rope with all its imbued meanings, the change in the relationship between Peter and Phil towards intimacy, and then the amazing power. the transition from Phil to Peter, when Peter boldly brings the cigarette to Phil’s lips, then to his own, and the murder scene. My goal in staging the scene was to find a way to really create tension as Peter watches Phil finish the rope. And that’s what Phil actually asked him to do. Will you watch me finish the rope? It’s a kind of vulnerability that Phil shows towards him. Here we see the moment where the actual murder scene is hinted at, as Phil’s wound turns pink. And it’s also a scene that I added many, many details to during filming and later. But this shot really excited me, for example, the simple movement of focus between Peter, the rope, Phil’s hands played in it at his crotch. And reaches out to Peter as he watches it. And then he comes up to Henry’s Bronco saddle and starts fiddling with it, which is actually Peter’s way of subversive flirting with Phil, because anyone who touches the Bronco’s saddle, especially Peter, is probably erotic to Phil. And you know, it’s interesting that these saddles have so much – all the spurs are really, sort of little romantic aspects inside the little silver heart and the spurs themselves. You know? “How old were you when you met Bronco Henry?” “About the age you are now. Phil and Peter really feel each other here. Phil is not entirely sure, I don’t think if Peter knows about the atmosphere, because Peter is really hard to read. And he starts a story about Bronco Henry and himself when they got caught in the storm to illustrate how their friendship was actually not only the most important friendship of his life, but the one that saved his life. And he talks about lying body to body in rolling the body together. And you know, in the meantime, fingering the rope and all the other erotic objects in this scene. And Peter asks: “Naked?” It’s a really big moment for me, and especially how these great actors work with lines and with what’s going on. Here we just see the rope that Peter made, inserted into the main rope. And so it becomes the rope they both made together. And initially there was no dialogue in this scene. In fact, it wasn’t even in the book. But Benedict really resisted the idea of dialogue. And in fact, initially I thought that it should not have dialogues either. I thought it should only have Jonny Greenwood’s beautiful music in it and that would be the moment when it would be really strong. However, Benedict and I came up with a kind of compromise, where we simply used the most innocent of the dialogue. You know, nothing really suggestive, just something simple, like innocent questions. And the scene lays out a lot of complex things. But the most important thing, I think, is that it’s erotic and intense. And at this point, when they actually share a cigarette, Peter gives him a little smile and we know he knows he has Phil. And we move on to the horses, with their horns still playing. And they are raw animals. I think they’re very sexy in a way because they’re natural and seeing them in that detail, their strength and beauty and closeness to each other, I think is also incredibly important.