The Film Programme - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; American Hustle; All Is Lost; Location scouting
Francine Stock talks to Ben Stiller about The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Plus directors David O Russell on American Hustle and JC Chandor on one-man epic All Is Lost.
Francine Stock talks to Ben Stiller about The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Based on a short story by James Thurber, he both stars as Walter and directs. Walter daydreams his way through life, while yearning for his co-worker, played by Kirsten Wiig. Stiller describes what attracted him to this tale and why his 2001 comedy Zoolander remains close to his heart. American Hustle, a grifters story set in the 1970s, has already been nominated for awards including the Golden Globes. It's directed by David O Russell, whose last outing Silver Linings Playbook picked up an Oscar for Jennifer Lawrence who also appears in American Hustle. Russell explains why he finds the 1970s an era of innocence.
Steve Mortimore is the man you need to call should you require an aircraft carrier to film on at a few weeks notice.. As a location manager, he has worked on World War Z starring Brad Pitt and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy among others. The Film Programme went along to his latest set in Sussex where he's working in a railway tunnel on The Secret Service, a comic book adaptation directed by Matthew Vaughn.
And the director who has been dragging Robert Redford underwater. JC Chandor's All Is Lost stars Redford as a man lost at sea as he battles to survive. He gives an insight into the actor's dedication to authenticity and doing his own stunts as much as possible, though he's now in his 70s.
Producer: Elaine Lester.