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Director Werner Herzog, actor Danny Sapani, Watford bookclub

Director Werner Herzog discusses new film Family Romance LLC; Danny Sapani, star of new NT At Home release Les Blancs and Katharine McMahon on Watford's One Town, One Book scheme.

Werner Herzog has made over 70 films, from the ambitious feature film Fitzcarraldo to the documentary Grizzly Man. From Los Angeles he discusses his latest project, Family Romance LLC, a fictional film set in Tokyo about a real company that loans out actors to impersonate family members or imitation friends ‘to create illusions to make clients’ lives better’.

The town of Watford is joining together to form a huge book club, reading Katharine McMahon’s novel The Hour of Separation, which is set in the town, for the One Town, One Book initiative. We speak to Watford resident and reader Helen Nicell about why she’s taking part and Katharine McMahon about why Watford was the perfect setting for her book and how she’s feeling about getting feedback from local residents.

NT At Home's latest free production is the 2016 staging of Les Blancs, Lorraine Hansbury’s posthumous play about one man’s place in an African country struggling for independence from British colonialism. Hansbury was the first black female playwright to have a play on Broadway. We speak to Danny Sapani who plays Tshembe.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Simon Richardson
Studio Manager: Tim Heffer

Main Image: Werner Herzog
Image credit: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

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Director Werner Herzog

Director Werner Herzog

Family Romance LLC, certificate12A,  is available to be previewed for free online for 24 hours only on 03 July 2020, and is then released on 04 July 2020 for paid streaming.

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Main image above:  Werner Herzog, the Director and writer of Family Romance LLC

Image credit: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images  

Image to the left: Mahiro (L) and Yuichi Ishii (R) in Family Romance LLC

Image credit: Lena Herzog

 

 

Actor Danny Sapani

Actor Danny Sapani

Les Blancs by Lorrraine Hansberry is available to stream for free on the National Theatre's NT at Home YouTube channel from 02 - 09 July 2020.

Image: Sian Phillips and Danny Sapani in Les Blancs

Image credit: Johan Persson

Author Katharine McMahon

Author Katharine McMahon

Watford Together's virtual bookclub One Town One Book is reading The Hour of Separation by Katharine McMahon.

The bookclub meets online on 02, 07, and 09 July 2020; and Katharine McMahon leads a virtual writers' workshop on 04 July 2020.

The Hour of Separation is available now in hardback, paperback, eBook and audio download formats.

Image: Katharine McMahon
Image credit: Barbara Luckhurst

 

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