It tells the story of a talented Brooklyn school teacher (Ryan Gosling) who is caught smoking crack by one of his pupils (Shareeka Epps). But this is not a traditional classroom drama by any means. With two pitch perfect lead performances and a wise, heartfelt script, it is one of the finest films to come out of the US in the last year.
I spoke to Ryan and Anna about how they got the film made, what the title means, Ryan Gosling’s Oscar nomination and a whole lot more besides.
Have a listen to the interview below:[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Ryan_Fleck_and_Anna_Boden_on_Half_Nelson.mp3]
(Its a 20 minute interview so it might take 2 or 3 mins to download)
Half Nelson opens at UK cinemas on Friday