Magazine article Screen International

David O’Russell Talks 'Joy' at Bafta’s David Lean Lecture

Magazine article Screen International

David O’Russell Talks 'Joy' at Bafta’s David Lean Lecture

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David O'Russell joined the honorary list of film-makers to deliver Bafta's annual David Lean Lecture on Saturday.

Charting his career to date, O'Russell said that the central theme spanning through his films such as The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle was "salt of the Earth, ordinary people who become extraordinary in some way".

Joy continues this theme of transformation in the face of adversity, with Jennifer Lawrence playing a woman who for the first part of the film is invisible within her family, but rises up to become a powerful and independent.

O'Russell drew a parallel between Lawrence's character and Michael Corleone in The Godfather: "I've never seen a movie that is about a woman who is at the centre of it, who becomes the godmother of a family business." He also described Joy as fusing genres as "a gangster [movie] in a Western". …

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