Filmmaker Cary Fukunaga’s new film, Beasts of No Nation, releases today in theatres and on Netflix.This is the first time that a feature film is releasing simultaneously in theatres and streaming online. With this film could Los Gatos-based Netflix became a key player in the film industry?
We spoke to Fukunaga and Abraham Attah, the young actor who makes his debut in Beasts of No Nation in San Francisco. They were here to attend the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival.
As usual I had lot of questions, wich I had to pare down to a few key questions. How was Attah selected for the film? What drew Fukunaga to make this film? What was it like to shoot the film in Ghana? Did Attah get a chance to rap with Idris Elba? Was he surprised at winning an award at the recent Venice Film Festival? How did Fukunaga develop the cadence and rhythm for Elba’s character? And we asked him about Sam Pekinpah’s influence. Of course, we had to ask Fukunaga about the Netflix deal and what it means to the future of films, especially when it comes to distribution in theaters. Will Netflix’s involvement in feature films alter the game? Tune into the interview and find out what Fukunaga and Attah have to say about Beasts of No Nation.
LISTEN: CARY FUKUNAGA AND ABRAHAM ATTAH ON BEASTS OF NO NATION
Beasts of No Nation is based on Uzodino Iwaela’s novel by the same name. Set in an unamed West African nation, the film traces the journey of a young innocent boy to a life of war and brutality. When Agu (Attah) suffers the violent loss of his family in the ongoing civil war, he is left without any family moorings. While hiding in the jungle he stumbles upon a group of child soldiers and finds himself inexorably drawn into the group. He is initiated as a child soldier under the charismatic and brutal leadership of the Commandant (Idris Elba). As part of this small and tight group of child and teenage soldiers, Agu finds himself perpetrating the very violence from which he had tried to escape. How Agu survive the ordeal and what happens to him is what the picture is about.
Is Bollywood listening? Idris Elba is open to working in Bollywood films as he tells us in this interview we recorded in 2010. Fast forward to 2015 and Elba is a sought after actor and has garnered praise for his work on the small and big screen. Right now the buzz is around his role as the charismatic and powerful Commandant in Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation. Set in an unidentified West African nation the film takes you into the world of civil war and child soldiers in Africa. The film is based on a book by the same name written by Uzodinma Iweala. Beasts of No Nation releases in theatres and Netflix on Oct 16, 2015.
Director Cary Fukunga and actress Mia Wasikowska talk about their film Jane Eyrethat released in 2011. This is Fukunaga’s second feature film. His first feature filmwas Sin Nombre (Nameless) that he wrote and directed. The film was received well and won him a clutch of awards.
In this 2011 interview we talk to Fukunaga and Wasikowska about the making of Charlotte Brontë‘s famous novel into a film. What was it about this novel that drew Fukunaga to make the film? When did Waskikowska first read Jane Eyre? We also spoke about the notion of home, family and companionship. Michael Fassbender and Wasikowska were his first choice as actors for the film.
LISTEN TO CARY FUKUNAGA AND MIA WASIKOWSKA
We spoke to Fukunaga about growing up Oakland and the kinds of books he read. Alex Haley’s Roots was one of his favorite books.
Fukunaga is back with his new film Beasts of No Nation that is releasing in theaters and on Netflix on Oct 16, 2015. We have an interview with Fukunga and Abraham Attah, the teenager actor, who acts as the child soldier.