Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Andrea Arnold Takes Film To New Heights

The Treatment
Wednesday 10.17.12: 2:30 PM PT
KCRW Radio/KCRW.com
Elvis Mitchell, Host/Andrea Arnold, Guest
Produced by Harriet Ells, Jenny Radelet 
Five Scoops of Bosco

Andrea Arnold does not like to play it safe.

In a revealing interview on The Treatment Radio Program, she says, "When I'm working, I don't like to make things easy for myself. I create trouble and make things very difficult so that every day is full of challenges and I never know how it's going to turn out."

The filmmaker, whose last feature was the 2009 film Fish Tank, was compelled to take on an adaptation of Emily Bronte's novel Wuthering Heights as her next project.

Arnold scrutinized every aspect of the book in order to push herself creatively.

For instance, she cast a black man as Heathcliffe, which she says felt obvious to her given clues Bronte's text.

She also shot the film in old Academy 4:3 aspect ratio, instead of widescreen which "feels like you're watching a Wimbledon match," she says.

She may have kept the setting and the costuming true to the book's origin, but the pictures and the emotions feel completely modern, making this version of Wuthering Heights unlike anything that's come before.

Listen to this episode of The Treatment on Wednesday at 2:30 PM PT.  It can be heard in the Southern California area on KCRW 89.9 FM or worldwide on KCRW.com.

We have also provided a link in our Bosco Radio News and Information Channel links.

A "treatment," in Hollywood parlance, is a concise overview of a screenplay.

On The Treatment, film critic Elvis Mitchell turns the tables and gives the "treatment" to some of the most influential and innovative forces creating movies and popular art and entertainment.

Each week, Mitchell speaks with an amazing array of guests, discussing everything from their inner conflicts to their interior design. With a straightforward style that understates his vast knowledge, Elvis is able to extract insights, issues and inspirations from even the most introverted guests.

Conversations on The Treatment are mostly comfortable, sometimes contentious, but always fascinating.

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