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Entertainment Meet your maker: Uncle Frank director Alan Ball on his biggest influences

17:55  25 november  2020
17:55  25 november  2020 Source:   ew.com

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Alan Ball on how his own painful experiences forged his new film, Uncle Frank . Uncle Frank is Ball ’s latest work, a feature film that premieres today on Amazon Prime. Starring Paul Bettany, the 1970s-set drama is centred on a New York college professor who must reckon with his identity as a

Uncle Frank is a drama, In 1973, when Frank Bledsoe and his 18-year-old niece Beth take a road trip from Manhattan to Creekville, South Carolina for the family patriarch's funeral Then we give you the tools to showcase your accomplishments and get the attention of producers, directors , agents and

The Oscar and Emmy winner behind American Beauty, Six Feet Under and True Blood brings his most personal project to the screen: the road movie Uncle Frank (out Wednesday, Nov. 25 on Amazon Prime) starring Paul Bettany. Here, Alan Ball, 63, shares his iconic cinematic (and literary) inspirations.

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“I was just so blown away by how powerful that movie was,” Ball tells EW of Martin Scorsese’s 1976 classic, which ignited a creative spark and, initially, made him want to act. “I spent a lot of years wanting to be an actor before I realized I’m actually a better writer.”

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“He was like a mentor to me when we were shooting American Beauty,” Ball, whose original screenplay won the 2000 Oscar, says of the director. “I’d never done a film shoot and he allowed me on set, which is incredibly gracious because that’s usually not something people do with writers. Even though it was his first movie, I learned a tremendous amount from watching him, how he worked with actors.”

a group of people standing on top of a car: The Oscar and Emmy winner takes us inside some of the movies, books, and more that have inspired his work. © Amazon Studios The Oscar and Emmy winner takes us inside some of the movies, books, and more that have inspired his work.

The Sopranos

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“That show came out when I’d just signed a TV development deal,” says Ball. “I had to come up with a TV show, and I remember watching Sopranos and going, ‘Wow, I never knew that TV could be like this: cinematic, incredibly made, with a really specific, strong voice, amazing performances, and moral ambiguity.’ That was a big turning point for me.”

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When Ball began work on his first series, HBO’s funeral-home-set dramedy Six Feet Under, he was struggling to nail the tone until he read several books by poet (and undertaker) Lynch. “He writes with this combination of existential honesty and humor but, at the same time, appreciation of grace and beauty. It had a lot to do with Six Feet Under becoming what it became.”

To Kill a Mockingbird

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“It’s such a beautiful story and one of my favorite movies and books of all time,” he says. “At the beginning of making Uncle Frank, a lot of people were saying, ‘Is this Beth’s story, or is it Frank’s story?’” Ball says of his uncle-niece road movie starring Paul Bettany and Sophia Lillis. “I sort of went, ‘Well, is To Kill a Mockingbird Scout’s movie, or is it Atticus’ movie?’”

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Tennessee Williams

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Since Ball grew up in Georgia, Southern writers like Williams, Eudora Welty, and Carson McCullers have always impacted his writing. “I loved their work, and on Uncle Frank, my inner Tennessee Williams took over,” he says. “Also, because True Blood was set in the South, I leaned into the Southern-gothic themes I grew up with.”

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