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 Paul Greengrass, the British documentary filmmaker and journalist who found his niche and a place on the A list with films that work meaningful, topical subject matter into mainstream tapestries. Greengrass’ first attempt there came on the 2002 drama Bloody Sunday, about the 1972 shootings in Derry, Northern Ireland, winning the Golden Bear at Berlin. Greegrass followed with the blockbusters The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum and Jason Bourne. His 9/11 drama United 93 and Captain Phillips were Best Picture Oscar nominees, and he directed for Netflix 22 July, a searing drama about the 2011 attack and aftermath in Norway, when a lone gunman murdered 77 people in the worst terror attack that country ever experienced. Greengrass most recently reunited with Tom Hanks to direct News of the World, a Western that has been on every Oscar buzz list. Here, he gives a glimpse into the influences that have put him on this road.
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