BFI London Film Fest

Scott Z. Burns – The Report #LFF2019

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Discovering a report on the CIA’s approach to torture post 9/11 and how to turn it into a compelling drama starring Adam Driver.

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PODCAST | Sarah Bradbury interviews Scott Z. Burns, director of the film The Report.

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We sat down with the director and screenwriter Scott Z.Burns to discuss his new film The Report. He told us about discovering a report on the CIA’s approach to torture post 9/11, his investigative journalist approach to researching and how he turned it into a compelling drama starring Adam Driver. He also spoke about what he wants people to take away from the film and the importance of truth in the post-truth era.

The Report: The American government takes a long hard look at itself in this politically urgent drama starring Adam Driver. Is torture ever warranted? Has it ever thwarted a terrorist attack? Did it lead to information that found Osama bin Laden? Daniel Jones (Adam Driver) is the report-writing man in the basement, piecing together the facts about the CIA’s cavalier approach to torture following 9/11. But many powerful people would rather the military’s ‘Enhanced Interrogation Techniques’ stayed in the shadows and it becomes evident that Jones and the report’s commissioner Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) have a fight on their hands. Director Scott Z Burns (screenwriter of Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum and the forthcoming Bond film) nods to the politically conscious thrillers of the 1970s with this lean and timely drama, showing how vital it is that a nation can look clear-eyed into its own darkest moments.

 

  • Reporter
    Sarah Bradbury
  • Guest
    Scott Z. Burns
  • Interviewee role
    Director
  • Film title
    The Report
  • Festival section
    Debate
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