Interview: A Teacher Writer-Director Hannah Fidell

A_Teacher_PosterEver cross paths with someone who’s clearly too young for you and catch yourself thinking, ‘Way back when, he/she would have been perfect!’ That’s exactly what happened to writer-director-producer Hannah Fidell and she channeled that thought into a feature film.

“A Teacher” features Lindsay Burdge as Diana, a young high school teacher. She’s got a solid routine, enjoys and takes pride in her work, but there’s just one quirk – she’s having an affair with one of her students (Will Brittain). The situation seems manageable at first, but when it progresses beyond glances in the hall and secretive late night romances, the relationship threatens to unravel Diana’s entire existence.

With the film heading towards a September 6th limited release, Fidell took the time to sit down and run through the entire process of bringing “A Teacher” to life. After a cute high school boy donning a letterman jacket sparked the idea, it came down to joining forces with cinematographer Andrew Palermo and just picking a date. Fidell recalled:

“He asked me, ‘So when are we making this movie?’ And I was like, ‘Well, we’re gonna make it this winter!’ And then we did! … I just needed someone to just have faith, I guess, that it was going to happen.”

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