Magazine article Screen International

Tiger Directors: Mark Jackson, War Story

Magazine article Screen International

Tiger Directors: Mark Jackson, War Story

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The American director continues his work with themes of grief, loss and guilt.

American director Mark Jackson burst on to the indie scene in 2011 with his debut feature Without, which won the Special Jury Award at Slamdance, going on to become a firm festival favourite and earning him a "Someone to Watch" accolade at the Independent Spirit Awards.

Without centered around a young woman living on a remote island who becomes a caretaker to an old man in a vegetative state. Now Jackson is back with his second feature, War Story, which this time centres around a photojournalist, played by Catherine Keener, seeking refuge in Sicily after being released from captivity.

"War Story is a sequel of sorts to Without. How I imagine that young woman to deal with similar events 35 years later. Without and War Story are the first and second installments of a trilogy set on islands that deals with grief, loss, guilt, forging a different path," explains Jackson, who studied cinematography at Rome's Cinecittà Studios.

Ben Kingsley and Hafsia Herzi also star in War Story, the latter as a Tunisian refugee in need of an abortion. …

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