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Todd Solondz

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 28 June 2012

Anne McElvoy talks to the acclaimed US film director Todd Solondz about his new suburban satire Dark Horse which stars Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow. Solondz burst to prominence in the late '90s with the art-house hits "Welcome to the Dollhouse" and "Happiness," but since then has pursued an ever more individual and idiosyncratic path.

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