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From the Archive: Wildlife (Paul Dano)

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11 May 2022
17 min listen

In another archive edition we return to the cinema and experience a family falling apart in front of their son’s eyes in 1960s suburbia – here we speak to actor turned writer and director Paul Dano about Wildlife.

In 1960s Montana Joe loses his job and struggles for purpose, eventually temporary abandoning his family to help fight nearby forest fires. The film follows how the mother and son cope and adapt to life without their husband and father. In the film Dano has drawn together an impressive cast with Cary Mulligan playing Jean Brison, Jake Gyllenhall playing Jerry Brison and Ed Oxenbould as their 14 year old son Joe. Written by Dano with his partner Zoe Kazan, adapted from Richard Ford’s novel of the same name, we spoke to the director at the 2018 London Film Festival and started by asking why he wanted to bring this particular book and story to the screen.


From the Archive sees us dig into our extensive contemporary and classical music and cinema podcast archive as we rediscover interviews and discussions with artists, with our long-standing producer and presenter, Ben Eshmade. 

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