On the Horizon│Kathryn Bigelow: Interviews

Today’s Film Friday focuses on Kathryn Bigelow: Interviews – a forthcoming edition to our Conversation with Filmmakers Series. Editor Peter Keough has selected 38 interviews ranging from 1987 through 2012 covering the majority of Bigelow’s filmmaking career. This book will be available in August.

Bigelow made history in 2010 with her film The Hurt Locker by becoming the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director. And most recently Bigelow earned critical acclaim with her film Zero Dark Thirty which received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture in 2013.

She is one of Hollywood's brightest stars, but her roots go back four decades to the very non-Hollywood, avant-garde art world of New York City in the 1970s. Her first feature The Loveless (1982) reflected those academic origins, but subsequent films such as the vampire-Western Near Dark (1987), the female vigilante movie Blue Steel (1989), and the surfer crime thriller Point Break (1991) demonstrated her determination to apply her aesthetic sensibilities to popular, genre filmmaking.

This is the first volume of Bigelow's interviews ever published. Keough's collection covers her early success with Near Dark, the frustrations and disappointments she endured with films such as Strange Days (1995) and K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), and her triumph with The Hurt Locker.

In conversations ranging from the casual to the analytical, Bigelow explains how her evolving ambitions and aesthetics sprang from her earliest aspirations to be a painter and conceptual artist in New York in the 1970s and then expanded to embrace Hollywood filmmaking when she was exposed to renowned directors such as John Ford, Howard Hawks, Don Siegel, Sam Peckinpah, and George Roy Hill.

Below is a short clip from Zero Dark Thirty.