Gamechangers Series - Oliver Stone: Chasing the Light
Chair: Francine Stock
A rare online event with one of the most admired – and often controversial – filmmakers of the last four decades. The director of films including Platoon, Wall Street, JFK and Natural Born Killers joins Jewish Book Week live from the US to discuss his life, career and fearless, enthralling memoir Chasing The Light. After a rarefied New York childhood and serving in Vietnam, he came to prominence as writer of the screenplays of Midnight Express and Scarface. Since then he has won two Best Director Oscars and, on the other side of the camera, has interviewed Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Vladimir Putin.
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Academy Award-winner Oliver Stone has written and directed 20 full-length feature films, among them some of the most influential and iconic motion pictures of the last decades. Some have been at deep odds with conventional myth - films such as Platoon (1986), the first of three Vietnam films, Born on the Fourth of July (1989), JFK (1991), Natural Born Killers (1994), and Nixon (1995). His documentaries include three on Fidel Castro: Comandante (2003), Looking for Fidel (2004), and Castro in Winter (2012), one on South America: South of the Border (2009), as well as Untold History of the United States (2012), The Putin Interviews (2017), and JFK: Destiny Betrayed (2020).
Francine Stock is a broadcaster, critic and writer who has fronted a range of arts and current affairs programmes for BBC Television and Radio including Newsnight and Front Row. Since 2004, she’s presented The Film Programme. Her published work includes novels, short stories, film criticism and a social history of cinema, In Glorious Technicolor. She’s been guest artistic director of the From Page to Screen festival and is a patron of Borderlines Film Festival.