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Viggo Mortensen, Susanne Bier, Jay McInerney and the comic Misty

Viggo Mortensen on Captain Fantastic, Susanne Bier on female directors in film, Jay McInerney on his latest novel set in Manhattan, and a return of the 70s comic for girls, Misty.

The new film Captain Fantastic tells the story of a family whose left-wing patriarch has decided to raise his six children deep in the woods of the Pacific northwest of America. Viggo Mortensen talks about playing the idealistic but often dictatorial father in what's been called his best performance yet.

The author Jay McInerney became an instant literary celebrity at the age of 24 with his 1984 novel Bright Lights, Big City set in New York's yuppie party scene. He talks about his latest book, Bright, Precious Days, the third volume in his trilogy following an Ivy League-educated Manhattan couple, and how the class of 1980 has fared in the 21st century.

Academy Award-winning writer and Danish director Susanne Bier usually works on feature films but made her TV debut with The Night Manager, which aired earlier this year. The experience of working in television has led her to criticise the film industry for its treatment of women directors; restricting them to making movies that are categorised as 'women's films' or as arthouse and niche. She's now being talked about as the director of the next Bond movie - so has she changed her mind?

In its 70s heyday, the horror comic for girls, Misty, sold over 160,000 copies per week. As two original stories are reissued, Misty's co-creator Pat Mills and critic Natalie Haynes discuss the comic's appeal and influence.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Rachel Simpson.

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30 minutes


  • Viggo Mortensen

    Duration: 08:44

  • Susanne Bier

    Duration: 06:21

  • Jay McInerney

    Duration: 12:53

  • Misty, girls' comic

    Duration: 04:32

Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen

Captain Fantastic opens in UK cinemas on 09 September 2016. 

Image (main image above and to the left)- from left:Charlie Shotwell, Viggo Mortenson, Samantha Isler, Nicholas Hamilton, Annalise Basso, George McKay and Shree Crooks as the Cash Family in Captain Fantastic.

Image credit: Cathy Kanavy

Susanne Bier

Susanne Bier

Image: Susanne Bier

Image Credit: Les Kaner

Jay McInerney

Jay McInerney

Bright Precious Days by Jay McInerney is  published by Bloomsbury on 08 September 2016.

Image: Jay McInerney

Image credit: EJ Camp



Two of the original 80's Misty stories are being reprinted and are out on 08 September 2016. 

Image: a Misty comic front cover



Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Viggo Mortensen
Interviewed Guest Jay McInerney
Interviewed Guest Susanne Bier
Interviewed Guest Pat Mills
Interviewed Guest Natalie Haynes
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Rachel Simpson




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