Herbie Wise Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Herbert Wise

Interviewed by: Mike Newell

Director Herbert Wise (I, Claudius; Skokie) shares his personal and professional stories from a five-decade long career. Fleeing Austria as a child to escape the Nazis, Wise found a new home in Great Britain, eventually directing for the BBC for more than 20 years and creating award-winning movies for television in the 1970's and 80's.

Wise discusses the terms he set forth before directing the entirety of I, Claudius, and when he began to realize the show was going to be a success.

Wise recounts how a fellow director, Stanley Kubrick, reached out to him for advice while shooting 2001.

Why interviews instead of readings work better for Wise when he is casting.