Vivarium An interview with Director Lorcan Finnegan


Since there is a scarcity of new content to watch these days, viewers have been seeing movies which they would have to skip in the usual days.

One such movie is the award-winning thriller Vivarium. The cast of this movie includes Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots.

The movie did not hit the big screens in most of the countries however it is available on several streaming platforms. The Phuket News was lucky enough to recently sit down with Vivarium director Lorcan Finnegan to discuss the film.

The idea of Vivarium was that Eisenberg and Poots a young couple who become trapped when they try to purchase their dream home. With such brilliant performances from the film’s leads, it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that they were not upstarts for their roles.

“There was a bit of a process there,” explains Finnegan as we begin to talk about Poots and Eisenberg. “Imogen became involved first. We met and got on really well and she loved the script.


We realized that she was perfect to play Gemma but then we were wondering who we could get to play Tom. There are not many male actors around that age who are willing to play second-fiddle to a female lead, because it really is the” he explained.

He adds that the list had various actors and actresses ready for the role, but when he started talking about Jesse Eisenberg, Finnegan became very excited.

The film Vivarium has taken the hearts of a lot of fans and he is happy that during this lockdown people could witness this movie.

He believes after the people watch the film they will feel lockdown is not the worst thing they could have faced in their life. He added, “It is a weird, surreal story – it was funny, creepy, sad and you are going to have to be a little bit open-minded to come out the other side of it because it is a little unconventional.”