An interview with Lionel Shriver about We need to talk about Kevin
We need to talk about Kevin was one of the hot topics at the Cornwall Film Festival held in Newquay this weekend gone. The film directed by Lynne Ramsey is based on the book by Lionel Shriver and it has been receiving a great deal of media attention in the run up to it’s October release. The story covers life for a mother and wife – Eva, who gives birth to a son that she really struggles with and who in the film, is portrayed as an evil, difficult child. Many themes are explored in the narrative such as the challenges of being a mother, American high school tragedies, the difficulty for a parent to know their child…and as you imagine there is plenty of trauma and sadness.
The film features Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller and is fantastically produced. Lionel Shriver said “I think the film is terrific, so I consider myself doubly lucky. I’m lucky that the film even came to fruition which is a miracle, and then on top of it I’m lucky because most adaptations of novels are disappointing.”
I interviewed Lionel after the first screening at the Newquay Lighthouse Cinema to find out more. The interview is split in two parts below.
Listen to what some viewers from the Cornwall Film Festival thought about the film below:
Watch a trailer for We need to talk about Kevin here.
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