Q&A Transcripts

Birdman Q&A

Q&A with actor Michael Keaton & producer John Lesher

Mr. Turner Q&A

Q&A with writer/director Mike Leigh

The Imitation Game Q&A

Q&A with director Morten Tyldum, writer Graham Moore and producers Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky

Fury Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with writer/director David Ayer & actor Logan Lerman

Whiplash Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with writer/director Damien Chazelle

Hector and the Search for Happiness Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with director Peter Chelsom

Calvary Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with writer/director John Michael McDonagh and actor Brendan Gleeson

Boyhood Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with actress Patricia Arquette

The Signal Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with writer/director William Eubank and actor Beau Knapp

Words and Pictures Q&A

Q&A by Mickey Duzdevich with Writer/Producer Gerry Di Pego

Belle Q&A

Q&A by Mickey Duzdevich with director Amma Asante

August: Osage County Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with director John Wells

The Wolf of Wall Street Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with Jonah Hill

Philomena Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with producer Gaby Tana

Saving Mr. Banks Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with Director John Lee Hancock

American Hustle Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with writer/director David O. Russell

Inside Llewyn Davis Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with Oscar Isaac and executive music producer T Bone Burnett

Gloria Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with Writer/Director Sebastián Lelio and actress Paulina Garcia

Out of the Furnace Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with Writer/Director Scott Cooper and actor Casey Affleck

The Book Thief Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with director Brian Percival and actors Sophie Nélisse and Geoffrey Rush

Nebraska Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with actors June Squibb and Will Forte and producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa

Captain Phillips Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with Director Paul Greengrass

The Past Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with Writer/Director Asghar Farhadi

Short Term 12 Q&A

Interview by Roger Durling and Michael Albright with Actress Brie Larson and Writer/Director Destin Cretton Michael Albright: Please welcome writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton and Actress Brie Larson. Brie Larson: Wow. Thank you. Albright: Thank you. Welcome back Brie. We had Brie’s short film “The Arm,” at our festival in 2011, and welcome Destin. I understand […]

Fruitvale Station Q&A

Interview by Roger Durling with Writer/Director Ryan Coogler Roger Durling: Please welcome writer/director Ryan Coogler. Ryan Coogler. Thank you. Thank you so much for coming out and watching. Durling: Well, thank you for coming. We’re deeply honored to have you here. Ryan, you grew up in the Bay Area. You’re the same age as Oscar. […]

Unfinished Song Q&A

Interview by Roger Durling with Terrence Stamp Roger Durling: Everyone please welcome the great Terence Stamp. Terrence Stamp: Thank you. Durling: I have to say before I started talking to you that—I’m jumping out of my skin. I have been such a huge fan of your work for so many years with The Limey, Billy […]

Django Unchained Q&A

“Django Unchained” SBIFF Programming Director Michael Albright with Quentin Tarantino Michael Albright: Quentin, you are like the patron saint of film history, not only in the way you worked with restoration and the New Beverly Cinema and your work with classic films, but also the way you pay homage to classic directors, genres and ways […]

Flight Q&A

“Flight” Roger Durling with director/producer Robert Zemeckis and writer John Gatins Durling: Robert, when did you get involved? We’ll hear from John directly as he worked on this project for 10 years, even before 9/11 and the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’. When did you get involved with the film? Zemeckis: I read the screenplay in […]

Zero Dark Thirty Q&A

“Zero Dark Thirty” Roger Durling with director Kathryn Bigelow and writer/producer Mark Boal Durling: Welcome. Mark, I want to start with you. Your approach, your screenplay is one of the boldest things I’ve seen and I’m not exaggerating. It reminded me when I read In Cold Blood, the novel. It’s a mixture between literature and […]

Argo Q&A

“Argo” Roger Durling with Ben Affleck Durling: Quite a week you have had. Golden Globe nominations, SAG nominations, L.A Film Critics’ awards…how’s your week been? Affleck: It’s nice. It’s now the award season. When did it become an award season? I mean summer, winter, spring, and award season. I try not to get caught up […]

On The Road Q&A

“On The Road” Roger Durling with Actors Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart Roger Durling: Garret, you’ve been involved with this project from the get-go, how many years has it been? Garrett Hedlund: Since 2007. Durling: And I read that you gave up other opportunities with other films to be in this project. What was it […]

Les Misérables Q&A

“Les Misérables” Roger Durling with Actor Eddie Redmayne and Director Tom Hooper Roger Durling: Please welcome Academy Award winning director, Tom Hooper and Eddie Redmayne. You know what’s amazing Tom, is that I had never seen a reaction like I have seen now – long applause and standing ovation, until you walked in for The […]

The Impossible Q&A

“The Impossible” Roger Durling with Actor Ewan McGregor, Writer Sergio Sanchez, Director Juan Antonio Bayona, and Producer Belen Atienza Durling: Sergio Sanchez and Juan Antonio Bayona, you guys did this incredible, visceral, horror story with your first movie (The Orphanage), how did you decide to do a follow up with the Impossible? Bayona: It was […]

Quartet Q&A

“Quartet” Roger Durling with Director Dustin Hoffman Durling: You’re one of the greatest actors out there. Why did it take so long to take on a directing role? Hoffman: There are personal reasons that prevented me from directing, I mean we all have those demons. I originally started studying acting by accident. I was such […]

Silver Linings Playbook Q&A

“Silver Linings Playbook” Roger Durling with Writer/Director David O. Russell Durling: David I don’t say this lightly, you are one of the best directors working in cinema today. It’s an understatement. Nobody makes a movie about people suffering like this with such an optimistic take on life. Russell: Thank you Roger for having me, this […]

Life of Pi Q&A

“Life of Pi” Roger Durling with Director Ang Lee and Screenwriter David Magee Durling: This project has been in the works for many years. Can you tell us a little bit about your involvement and what was it about this novel that wanted you to take on this project? Lee: Well it is a wonderful […]

Ginger & Rosa Q&A

“Ginger & Rosa” Roger Durling with Actress Elle Fanning Roger Durling: The amazingly gifted Elle Fanning. Thanks for coming Elle. Elle Fanning: Ah, thanks you guys. Durling: I’m still very emotional. This is my second time seeing the film, and it’s still so emotional to watch your performance. You were twelve years old when you […]

The Sessions Q&A

“The Sessions” Roger Durling with Writer/Director Ben Lewin, Producer Judi Levine and Actor John Hawkes Roger Durling: Can you tell us about the evolution of this project? When did you first find out about Mark O’Brien and decide to make a movie about his story? Ben Lewin: Mark O’Brien wrote an article which was really […]

Trouble with the Curve Q&A

“Trouble with the Curve” SBIFF Programming Manager Michael Albright with Producer Michele Wiesler and Writer Randy Brown Albright: This seems like a very personal project and also something that took a long time to come to fruition. This is Robert Lorenz’s directorial debut, a longtime collaborator with Clint Eastwood who worked with Clint for about […]

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Q&A

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” Roger Durling with Novelist/Writer/Director Stephen Chbosky Roger Durling: I told the audience that it is so rare to have a writer of the book have the opportunity to write the screenplay and on top of that direct the film. Can you tell us about the journey you had? Stephen […]

Robot & Frank Q&A

“Robot & Frank” Roger Durling with Director Jake Schreier Roger Durling: Jake, this is your very first film. What attracted you to this material? Jake Schreier: Ummm yeah my first movie. So I went to Chris Ford who wrote the screenplay, we went to college together. And this was a feature of his thesis at […]

Ruby Sparks Q&A

“Ruby Sparks” Roger Durling with Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris Roger Durling: There is a warm welcome, and see it was so adorable. When they walked in they were like, “Oh my God, there’s lots people in here and it’s seven in the morning!” Valerie Faris: We like that, yeah. This is the earliest […]

Beasts of the Southern Wild Q&A

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Roger Durling with Director Benh Zeitlin, Writer Lucy Alibar, Actor Dwight Henry and Actress Quvenzhané Wallis Roger Durling: So how did this amazing film come about? Benh Zeitlin: Well it started as these two ideas that combined themselves. Kind of my world and Lucy’s world initially. I was inspired to […]

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Q&A

Q&A by Roger Durling with Director John Madden and Actress Tena Desae