Susanna White, Film Director

Susanna White's Saints:

  • The surrealist painter and photographer Eileen Agar, a contemporary of Picasso, Dali and Man Ray
  • Jane Campion, the director of The Piano
  • Ann Pasternak Slater, her English tutor whilst at Oxford
  • The Hollywood portrait artist and lifelong partner of Christopher Isherwood, Don Bachardy
  • Tony Garnett, the pioneering film and TV producer best known for his 13 year collaboration with director Ken Loach

Susanna White is the softly spoken British movie director who made Hollywood sit up and take notice with the balls out war drama Generation Kill. As a film ­maker she can handle anything, whether it’s heaving corsets in Jane Eyre or double crossing gangsters in Boardwalk Empire. Her latest movie Our Kind of Traitor, released Spring 2016, is a slick adaptation of the bestselling thriller by John Le Carre starring Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris.

Susanna talks to Saints of Somewhere about what it’s like being a female director when only nine percent of Hollywood movies are made by women, the magic of working with radicals like David Simon, the genius writer behind both Generation Kill and The Wire and hanging out in LA with the Hollywood portrait artist Don Bachardy and his friend Armistead Maupin.

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