Monday, February 18, 2013
Beasts of the Southern Wild
On Super Soul Sunday yesterday on OWN channel,
there was a rerun about the low budget movie called
BEAST OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
I had seen this episode before but had forgotten to watch
the movie. After watching the interviews with
the director/writer Benh Zietlin and the
actor, Dwight Henry and the little
star actress who was only 5 at the time of shooting,
Quvenzhane Wallis, I knew last night I would watch it.
OMG! Such an awesome story and to watch this little girl
act in ways a 5 year old should not understand was great.
Oprah interviews the director on the movie
that was filmed in New Orleans he speaks of
how cheap it was to film because it was like being
10 years old making a puppet show in his backyard.
He had his best friends and family help him.
The father, known as "Wink" in the movie
was chosen for the part because he owned the bakery
where the production crew ate breakfast.
They knew he would be perfect for the part but
they had trouble convincing him to leave his
bakery he owned in New Orleans to pursue this acting.
No one could have done it better than this man,
he lived it, why not star in it.
Then there is the little dynamite known as "Hushpuppy"
in the movie. She is a little girl from Houma.
I don't want to give the movie away but this little girl
is so great in this movie and you fall in love right away.
She is the narrator voice of the whole movie and
there are so many insights of our area and the way we live.
You have got to watch it! I rented it on my ipad and
know now that I will have to buy this dvd.