We’ve been fans of Scott Derrickson’s work for over a decade now. It was 2005’s The Exorcism of Emily Rose that put him on the map, the creeping slow-burn horror film that merged the courtroom drama with the exorcism sub-genre in all the right ways.
Since then, Scott has gone on to direct the science fiction remake The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), the bone-chilling Sinister (2012), the horror mystery Deliver Us From Evil (2014), and Marvel’s reality-bending superhero sorcery origin story Doctor Strange (2016).
It’s a pretty impressive CV, but it’s about to get all the more impressive as he prepares for his greatest role to date: that of Hell Is For Hyphenates guest host!
So which filmmaker has he chosen to talk about on the show?
None other than Wim Wenders!
If Wenders isn’t one of your favourite directors, he certainly will be by the time we’re done. For someone with such a distinct style, Wenders was nevertheless impossible to pin down: he worked in both fiction and documentary, worked in numerous languages, in numerous countries, in numerous genres.
As a dramatic director, he’s best known for the American drama classic Paris, Texas and the German romantic fantasy Wings of Desire; as a documentarian, he’s best known for Buena Vista Social Club and Pina. And behind those top-lined classics are works that would be the calling cards of most other filmmakers: films like The Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty, Alice in the Cities, The Wrong Move, Kings of the Road, The American Friend, The State of Things.
If you’ve seen all of his films, you’ll know what a treat this episode will be. If you’ve only seen the big ones, you’re about to discover the delights that reside in the corners of his filmography. And if you haven’t seen any at all, then we envy you because you get to experience all of these films for the first time. Any which way you slice it, this episode is going to be a must-listen.
But what is it about the films that had such an effect on Scott? And what is the connection between these two men that puts Scott Derrickson in a unique position to talk about Wim Wenders?
Join us on October 31 when we find out!