The Director's Cut - A Podcast from the DGA

Brought to you by The Directors Guild of America, "The Director's Cut" will bring you
the behind-the-scenes stories of today's most talked about films. Each episode features
a new director interviewed by one of their peers, leading to revealing conversations
about the grueling, but rewarding process of bringing the most interesting stories to life.

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Episode 59: The Founder with John Lee Hancock and Jonathan Mostow


Director John Lee Hancock discusses his new film, The Founder, with Jonathan Mostow. The film tells the story of Ray Kroc, a floundering Illinois salesman, who connects with Mac and Dick McDonald, two brothers running a burger operation in southern California in the 1950s. When Kroc realizes the franchise possibilities, he maneuvers himself into a position to buy them out and create a fast-food empire which would eventually become McDonald's.



Episode 58: Lion with Garth Davis and James Ponsoldt


Director Garth Davis discusses his new film, Lion, with James Ponsoldt. Based on the nonfiction book A Long Way Home, Lion tells the incredible story of Saroo Brierly, a five-year-old boy who gets lost on a train hundreds of miles away from his family. After surviving on the streets of Calcutta, he is eventually adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, Saroo uses Google Earth to reunite with his family in India.



Episode 57: Hidden Figures with Theodore Melfi and John Patrick Shanley


Director Theodore Melfi discusses his new film, Hidden Figures, with John Patrick Shanley. Based on the nonfiction book of the same name, the film tells the story of Katharine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan, three African-American female mathematicians who were the brains behind the launch that sent astronaut John Glenn into orbit around the Earth and safely back home.



Episode 56: Silence with Martin Scorsese and Alexander Payne


Director Martin Scorsese discusses his new film, Silence, with Alexander Payne. Based on a novel by Shūsaku Endō, the film follows two Jesuit missionaries who travel to Japan, where Christianity is outlawed, in search of their missing mentor.



Episode 55: The Comedian Taylor Hackford and David O. Russell


Director Taylor Hackford discusses his new film, The Comedian, with fellow director David O. Russell. The film stars Robert De Niro as Jackie Burke, a comedian on the downside of his career whose efforts at reinvention are stymied because his fans only want to see him as the television character he once played. After an incident with an audience members gets him sentenced to community service, he finds inspiration in the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul.



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