Director Karyn Kusama discusses Destroyer

Director Karyn Kusama discusses Destroyer

December 7, 2018 DGA Q&As in Los Angeles and New York

A police detective seeks to reconcile herself with her tragic past in Director Karyn Kusama’s new drama, Destroyer.

Kusama’s film weaves the story of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) whose undercover assignment when she was a young cop – the infiltration of a gang in the California desert – ended tragically. When the leader of that gang re-emerges years later, she seeks to finally lay to rest her personal demons that were spawned during that case.

Following the DGA membership screening in Los Angeles on December 7, Kusama sat down with Director Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) to discuss the making of Destroyer. She also discussed the film in a conversation moderated by Director Bette Gordon (The Drowning) following the DGA screening in New York on December 1.

In addition to Destroyer, Kusama’s credits include the feature films The Invitation, Jennifer's Body, Æon Flux; and episodes of the television series Halt and Catch Fire, Billions and Casual. In 2000, she took home the Sundance Film Festival Directing Award for her debut feature, Girlfight. A DGA member since 2004, Kusama also serves on the Independent Directors Committee.

You can listen to Kusama's Q&A by clicking the podcast episode embedded below. You can find more DGA podcast episodes here.


Event photos by Trixie Textor (Los Angeles) and Marcie Revens (New York) - Print courtesy of Annapurna Pictures.

< >
Log in as a Member to see upcoming events, screenings, and meetings.