Interview: Director Michael Winterbottom on Trishna

Summary

To invoke that old cliché, if there's one constant in Michael Winterbottom's filmography, it's change. The British director has put together one of the most diverse bodies of work in modern film, moving from drama to comedy to music to sci-fi to hard-boiled noir and frankly unclassifiable meta-fiction -- and most everything in between. His CV includes movies as varied as The Killer Inside Me, A Mighty Heart, Jude and 9 Songs, while his collaborations with Steve Coogan -- 24 Hour Party People, The Trip and Tristram Shandy -- have delivered a kind of screen alchemy unique to both artist's work.

True to form, Winterbottom's latest, Trishna -- arriving in US theaters this week -- finds him adapting Thomas Hardy's classic Tess of the d'Urbervilles by resetting it in modern-day India and shooting improvised with rising star Freida Pinto in the lead role. We had a chance to talk with the eclectic filmmaker recently about the movie, and also caught up on his next output with Steve Coogan, The King of Soho. Back to Article

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