Hey. I’m Jane Campion. I am the screenwriter and director of ‘The Power of the Dog’. This is the scene I call the love scene. It’s a scene set in the barn at night with Phil, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and Peter, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee. It’s really a scene that I love a lot, because it’s a highlight of their relationship. And so many different parts of the movie that were really seeded from the start come together, like the completion of the rope with all its loaded meanings, the change of Peter and Phil’s relationship to intimacy, and then the surprising power shift of Phil to Peter as Peter cheekily sticks the cigarette to Phil’s lips, then to his own, making up the crime scene. The goal for me in directing the scene was to find a way to really build tension as Peter watches Phil finish the rope. And this is something Phil really asked him to do. Will you watch me finish the rope? It’s kind of a vulnerability that Phil actually shows towards him. Here we see the moment when the actual murder scene is suggested, when Phil’s wound turns the water pink. And it’s also a scene where I added many, many details while filming it and later. But this shot here got me really excited, like, just pulling this movement of focus between Peter, the rope, Phil’s hands played in it at his crotch. And pulling back to Peter as he watches it. And then he goes over to Bronco’s Henry’s saddle and starts playing with it, which is basically one way Peter subversively flirts with Phil, because anyone who touches Bronco’s saddle, especially Peter, is probably eroticizing for Phil. And you know, it’s interesting that these saddles, they have so many – all traces really, kind of little romantic aspects in the little silver heart and the real spurs themselves. You know? “How old were you when you met Bronco Henry?” “About the age you are now.” Phil and Peter really feel for each other here. Phil isn’t really sure, I guess, if Peter knows the vibe, because Peter is really hard to read. And he begins a story about Bronco Henry and himself when they got caught in a storm to illustrate how their friendship was actually not only the most important friendship in his life, but also the one that saved his life. And he’s talking about lying body to body in a body roll together. And you know meanwhile, fingering the rope and all the other erotic objects in this scene. And Peter asks, “Naked?” That’s the really important moment for me and especially the way these great actors work with the lines and with what’s happening. Here we only see the rope that Peter made, which is inserted into the main rope. And so it becomes a rope that they made together. And initially the scene contained no dialogue. In fact, it wasn’t even in the book. But Benedict really opposed the idea of dialogue. And actually I had initially thought that there should be no dialogue either. I thought it just had to have Jonny Greenwood’s beautiful music and it would be a moment where it would be really strong. However, Benedict and I came to a sort of compromise, just using the most innocuous of the dialogue. You know, nothing really suggestive, just something simple, like innocent questions. And the scene sets out a lot of complicated stuff. But the most important thing I think is that it is erotic and tense. And right now, when they actually share the cigarette, Peter gives him this little smile, which we know he knows he has Phil. And we continue here with the horses, with the horns still playing. And these are raw animals. I think they’re very sexy in a way because of how natural they are and to see them in these details and their strength and beauty and the intimacy that they have with each other is, I think, incredibly important too.