After meeting on the set of this film in September 2014, Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender announced they were dating in December 2014.
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Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander revealed that director Derek Cianfrance made them live together on set for six weeks.
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The movie was filmed in Stanley, a quiet seaside town in north-west Tasmania. Local spokespersons hoped the film would enhance the amount of tourists in the area.
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Prior to filming in Stanley, the historic wharf was rebuilt with a rustic edge. Locals of Stanley adopted the 1920s look prior to filming and hereby many men grew beards for their roles as extras.
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At the start of the novel (in which the main events are spread out over more years than the film), Tom is 28 years old and Isabel is 19 years old. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander were 37 and 25 years old, respectively, when the film was shot.
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While filming, local Stanley farmer Ritchie Wells scored a role in the film with the bullock team he had been training for five years.
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Five people portrayed the character Lucy/Grace: twins Elliot Newbery and Evangeline Newbery as a baby, Georgie Gascoigne as a one-year-old, Florence Clery as a four-year-old and Caren Pistorius as an adult.
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This was one of two 2016 releases to be filmed in Tasmania, Australia, which hardly hosts film productions. The other was Lion (2016).
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Alicia Vikander revealed that she wanted to do this film because she had always been a big fan of Michael Fassbender's work. Director Derek Cianfrance told Buzzfeed that Vikander invited herself for the film.
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This film was the last DreamWorks film released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Touchstone Pictures, under the original agreement.
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Some of the films key scenes were shot in Port Chalmers just outside Dunedin. The bulk of the film is set at a Lighthouse at Cape Campbell in Marlborough, New Zealand. The cast and crew lived there for five and a half weeks.
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While filming in Dunedin, Otago, local students from New Zealand's Otago University performed as extras in the film.
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This was director Derek Cianfrance's fourth film and the first of his to be adapted from a novel.
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Last film (to date) produced by Touchstone Pictures.
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The book "The Light Between Oceans," on which this movie is based, contains three coincidental links to previous films of Michael Fassbender. First, his character, Tom, travels on the ship SS Prometheus: Fassbender starred as android David in Prometheus (2012). Second, Tom's wife, Isabel, is given a gramophone record, Bach's Goldberg Variations, as a gift; this piece of music was the soundtrack to the jogging scene in Fassbender's film Shame (2011). Finally, in Frank (2014), towards the end of the movie, Fassbender's Frank walks into a bar, where Maggie Gyllenhaal is singing the song "I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper." Fassbender's character in The Light Between Oceans (2016), Tom, is a lighthouse keeper.
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The book and movie's plots are very similar to the screenplay of the film The Rootcutter (later retitled A Tale of Two Humans), written by Joseph Nobile a decade before the book "The Light Between Oceans" was published. In Nobile's script, a couple living on a remote Irish island have had three stillborn babies. They are about to give up hope when the husband finds a boat adrift with a crying baby and a dead adult inside. After bringing the baby home and debating whether to tell the authorities, they agree to raise the baby as their own, with eventual tragic results. Nobile's film is in development.
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Both lead actors, Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, previously played artificial-intelligence characters in Prometheus (2012) and Ex Machina (2015), respectively.
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Rachel Weisz previously played a woman whose lover was a Russian shipwreck survivor in Swept from the Sea (1997). In this movie, she played a woman whose lover is a German immigrant who dies when he is swept out to sea.
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Jack Thompson (Ralph Addicott) played a supporting role in Wake in Fright (1971), a film adaptation of Kenneth Cook's novel. A year following this film's release, Caren Pistorius (adult Lucy-Grace) starred in Wake in Fright (2017), a TV miniseries based on the same source material.
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