The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.
Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Jean-Marc Vallée, the Canadian filmmaker, screenwriter and editor who began directing videos and short films, including Stéréotypes (1991), Les Fleurs magiques (1995), and Les Mots magiques (1998). He made his debut with 1995’s Black List (1995), which drew nine Genie Awards noms including for Vallée’s direction and editing. His breakout came with C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005), and his followup, The Young Victoria (2009), garnered strong reviews and received three Academy Award nominations, and his sixth film, Café de Flore (2011), was the most nominated film at the 32nd Genie Awards. That brought him to Hollywood, where he directed the 2013 indie drama Dallas Buyers Club, which won Oscars for both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. Wild followed, drawing acclaim for performances by Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, and an Oscar nomination for Vallée for Best Film Editing. And then Demolition with Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.
Vallée then stepped into longform television, executive producing and directing two projects for HBO, the entire first season of the drama series Big Little Lies (2017), and followed with Sharp Objects, which won an Emmy for Patricia Clarkson and a nom for Amy Adams. (2018). For the former, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special in an avalanche of eight Emmys. Vallée is writing with Anthony McCarten a film about the love story between Yoko Ono and the late John Lennon that will be Vallée’s next feature.
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