Ep. 179: Aaron Sorkin -- "The Only Thing Better Than A Story You Don't Know Is A Story You Think You Know"
Rumble with Michael Moore
Aaron Sorkin is one of our most celebrated and influential playwrights and screenwriters whose plays, films and television work include A Few Good Men, The American President, The West Wing, Sports Night, The Newsroom, The Social Network, Moneyball, and Steve Jobs. Before the pandemic, his stage adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird, starring Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch, had turned into one of the the great Broadway shows of all time. His latest film, which he wrote and directed, is The Trial of the Chicago 7. It has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Sorkin’s fourth Best Screenwriter Oscar for the script. It is a powerful, timely, and entertaining film and it features an all-star cast. Sorkin joins Michael Moore for a wide-ranging discussion including how the West Wing was almost not made, great career advice he received from The Social Network director David Fincher, plus advice he now gives to aspiring screenwriters. Also, his thoughts on patriotism, the lack of civics in American schools, and how Donald Trump got The Trial of the Chicago 7 made. They also discuss whether To Kill A Mockingbird will return after the pandemic and Sorkin issues a public challenge to fellow playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda.Watch the Trial of the Chicago 7 on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/81043755 Special Offer for Rumble Listeners: Get 3 extra months of Express VPN for free. Visit ExpressVPN.com/rumble --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/rumble-with-michael-moore/message
How important is truth in historical TV drama? Anne McElvoy asks the Oscar-winning screenwriter about the difference between journalistic accuracy and artistic truth, how he uses that tension in his latest film "The Trial of the Chicago 7" and why he loves courtroom dramas. The creator of "The West Wing" also explains why that series still captivates audiences and whether he would write a drama set on a Zoom call. Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/podcastofferSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe winner talks to Nihal Arthanayake about his latest movie for Netflix, The Trial of the Chicago 7, which has been nominated for six Academy Awards.Picture: Matt Winkelmeye
Our guest this week is one of the most celebrated screenwriters in film and TV today. Aaron Sorkin is the storytelling titan behind The Social Network, Steve Jobs, The West Wing, Moneyball, A Few Good Men and Charlie Wilson’s War… the list goes on. Across a glittering three-decade career, his screenplays – full of snappy dialogue, rousing speeches and engrossing drama – have imagined an America in which principled heroes stand tall against Goliath-like institutions. His latest film, The Trial Of The Chicago 7, which Aaron also directed, is no different. When a group of eight anti-war activists are charged with inciting a riot outside the 1968 Democratic Convention, the future of free speech seems to hinge on the ensuing court case. It’s a timely true-life tale that was this week nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Aaron took time out of pre-production on his next movie to tell me about how it took fourteen years and multiple rewrites to bring Chicago 7 to the screen. We also delve into the troubling Trump-era political developments that gave the story new urgency, his own process when it comes to writing first drafts, the importance of writing dialogue as though your characters are yelling at God, and what happened when he took a meeting about writing movies for Marvel.Since we started this show, our DMs have been full with listener requests for incredible screenwriters they’d love to hear on the show. Aaron is as you might expect among the most requested so we’re delighted to bring you this episode, the latest in our awards season mini-series talking to writers behind this year’s Oscar and BAFTA contenders.This is a spoiler-filled conversation so if you haven’t seen The Trial Of The Chicago 7, hit pause now, go check it out on Netflix and then come back as we delve into every detail of this great movie.Support for this episode comes from Arc Studio – the beautifully-designed screenwriting programme whose intuitive interface and host of innovative features helps you get the most out of your writing time – and Coverfly, who curate the best screenwriting talent-discovery programs into one place and connect emerging screenwriters with industry professionals who can bring their ideas to screen.Script Apart is a podcast about the first-draft secrets behind great movies. Each episode, the screenwriter behind a beloved film shares with us their initial screenplay for that movie. We then talk through what changed, what didn’t and why on its journey to the big screen. All proceeds go to Black Minds Matter UK, the NHS Charities Covid-19 Appeal and the Film and TV Charity.Script Apart is hosted by Al Horner and produced by Kamil Dymek, with music from Stefan Bindley-Taylor. You can follow Script Apart on Twitter and Instagram. You can also email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mank with Director David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin (Ep. 286)
The Director's Cut - A DGA Podcast
Director David Fincher discusses his new film, Mank, with fellow director Aaron Sorkin in a spoiler-filled virtual Q&A. In the film, 24-year-old prodigy Orson Welles hires Herman J. Mankiewicz, a scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter, to write the screenplay for his masterpiece, Citizen Kane.
The Trial of The Chicago 7 with Director Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher (Ep. 276)
The Director's Cut - A DGA Podcast
Director Aaron Sorkin discusses his new film, The Trial of the Chicago 7, with fellow director David Fincher in a spoiler-filled virtual Q&A. The film recounts the infamous and unfair trial of seven political activists after a peaceful protest turned into a violent clash with the police at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
The West Wing Spoiler Special, featuring Aaron Sorkin
Pilot TV Podcast
We've been threatening to do it for weeks and now we've finally delivered. Here, for your listening pleasure, is a Pilot TV spoiler special dedicated to the greatest TV show ever made: The West Wing. To celebrate the fact that Terri binged the entire show over the past month, and in recognition of the fact that James needs absolutely no excuse to bang on about it until people beg him to stop, we bring you a mammoth recording where the team thrash over the themes, the cast, the major plot points and much, much more. Plus, you can enjoy James' interview with the man who started the whole thing: West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin. Enjoy!
PODCAST: The Trial of the Chicago 7 - Aaron Sorkin and Amma Asante in conversation
Directors UK Podcast
Back in December, we were lucky enough to have The Trial of the Chicago 7 director, writer and 2021 Golden Globe nominee Aaron Sorkin join us in conversation with Amma Asante. Now you can listen to it all on the Directors UK Podcast!As well as answering questions from members, Aaron discussed his approach to directing such a large and brilliant cast, the things he has and hasn’t learnt from his many years in the industry, and his physical approach to dialogue.Music: Loyalty Freak