Magazine article Screen International

Sally Sussman Talks 'Midnight Returns'

Magazine article Screen International

Sally Sussman Talks 'Midnight Returns'

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Last time Billy Hayes went to Turkey, he was arrested at the airport and thrown in prison for trying to leave the country with four pounds of hashish.

His nightmarish experiences inspired Alan Parker's 1978 film Midnight Express, starring Brad Davis as Hayes and scripted by a young Oliver Stone.

Now a new documentary, Sally Sussman's Midnight Returns: The Story Of Billy Hayes And Turkey (screening in Cannes Classics on May 17 and sold by the Film Sales Company) tells the story of the film and follows Hayes back to the country.

It is fitting that Hayes and his wife Wendy will be attending the Cannes premiere. After all, they first met in Cannes at the gala party following the festival screening of Midnight Express.

"I'd never seen a movie that stuck with me the way that movie did," Sussman recalls of seeing Midnight Express when she was a student at the University of Southern California. …

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