Magical realism is not a genre you see much of on film. Every once in awhile a Midnight in Paris or a Benjamin Button will come along, but for the most part the intermingling of the supernatural with decidedly human stories remains a somewhat neglected sub-genre. The Odd Life of Timothy Green, a welcome addition to the underutilized genre, uses a magical plant grown child as the starting point for a drama about a fading community and a burgeoning family.
In the following interview with writer/director Peter Hedges, he discusses how difficult it was to get a studio behind such a project, the thematic undercurrents of familial responsibility in his filmography (Pieces of April, Dan In Real Life) and the different processes he undergoes for novels, screenplays and theatrical plays, among many other topics of conversation. For the full interview, hit the jump.
Peter Hedges Time Index:
- 00:00 – How difficult was it to get a studio behind the film – in particular its mix between magic and reality?
- 02:00 – Hedges on the thematic “importance of family” in his film
- 02:50 – On which he prefers writing: novels, films or theater
- 03:20 – On future projects – novels, films and a hypothetical television show
- 04:00 – On the adaptation process – turning a book into a film (as Hedges did on his novel What’s Eating Gilbert Grape)