Indie filmmaker Guy Ritchie

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Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law portray the crime-solving duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in this 2009 crime/mystery flick based on the character of the title name. With aid from former adversary Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams), Holmes and Watson investigate a series of murders connected to occult rituals. Mark Strong plays the villain Lord Blackwood, who has somehow returned after his execution to take over the British Empire using an arsenal of dark arts and new technologies.
December 16th, 2011

Guy Ritchie still feels like an "indie filmmaker".

The director - who rose to fame with small-budget movies such as 'Snatch' and 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' - admits he does not feel concerned about working in big films such as 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' because he still has indie sensibilities.

He said: "Filmmaking has changed as we all know, indie movies are being muscled out in quite a conspicuous fashion and who's responsible for that and why that is the case, I'm not sure. At the same time I still see myself as an indie filmmaker.

"I certainly got no resistance from the studio in terms of trying anything that we thought was innovative. They really encouraged it. Filmmaking at blockbuster level, they've absorbed an indie influence. That's the upside of where we have found ourselves. Big movies are becoming increasingly more interesting. It's an interesting time in film history. I do feel, as I say, these big movies can be very interesting. I don't feel constrained at all."

'Sherlock' star Noomi Rapace - who plays newcomer Simza in the film - admits she was impressed because she saw Guy work at a different level to most.

She told BANG Showbiz: "The way Guy works, we were kind of searching and finding the best solutions every day and when you walked into a room, it was like, 'How should we use this room? What's the best way of doing this?' It was quite easy, it was really creative. It didn't really matter who came up with a good or a bad idea. It was not that hard. It was mostly really fun."