PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Steve Conrad and Charlie Gogolak, director and producer of the film Patriot.
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FRED’s Chiara Nicoletti meets director Steven Conrad, the writer of The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and producer Charlie Gogolak to talk about the new Amazon Original TV show PATRIOT with Michael Dorman, Kurtwood Smith, Michael Chernus and Terry O’Quinn. The first 2 episodes have been presented i the Berlinale Special section at the 67th edition of the Festival. Conrad and Gogolak talk about the meaning of the title “Patriot” and the challenges of directing and producing a Tv show that mixes various genres such as drama, thriller, musical and black comedy.
Patriot follows the complicated life of intelligence offi cer John Tavner (Australian newcomer Michael Dorman, Wonderland). His latest assignment is to prevent Iran from going nuclear, requiring him to forgo all safety nets and assume a perilous “non-offi cial cover”—that of a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial piping fi rm. A bout with PTSD, the Federal government’s incompetence and the intricacies of keeping a day job in the “front” industrial piping company cause a barrage of ever-escalating fi ascos that jeopardize Tavner’s mission. Patriot is in large part about the lesser known, unglamorous aspects of life as an intelligence offi cer deep undercover with work that frequently places John in untenable situations where he’s often forced to choose between bad alternatives. The unraveling of a plan, and the eff ort to conceal that unraveling, causes matters to complicate further.