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It’s A Question Of Balance ®  radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations – out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.

Mark Pellington Interview with Ruth Copland
Ruth Copland’s special guest from the arts is Mark Pellington, whose highly creative career spans three decades and represents a multi-media exploration in all narrative forms. Internationally recognised for his work with music videos, he’s worked with some of the biggest bands on the planet, as well as directing popular TV shows and highly-regarded feature films, such as ‘Arlington Road’ and ‘The Mothman Prophecies’. His latest feature ‘The Last Word’ starring Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried, which was the Opening Night film at Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley. Mark also creates art films and has collaborated with William Burroughs and Jenny Holzer on text/image pieces.

We talk about Mark Pellington’s ground-breaking work at MTV and in the world of music videos; his art film ‘Honesty’; how he approaches his work; the tension between commerciality and art; the potential of art to process trauma and heal; and his thoughts on the comedy drama ‘The Last Word’ now showing in cinemas everywhere.

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Mark Pellington The Last Word Ruth Copland InterviewMark Pellington directing Amanda Seyfried and Shirley MacLaine in ‘The Last Word’.
Film stills also show actor Thomas Sadoski and young actress AnnJewel Lee Dixon.
(Photos by Beth Dubber/Bleecker Street)

Shirley MacLaine says of Mark Pellington “Mark is so deeply and almost disturbingly talented…He lives in the moment. It makes working with him fun.” ‘The Last Word’ deals with the themes of mortality, family, legacy, and identity, as the main character, successful businesswoman Harriet (Shirley MacLaine), attempts to control how she will be remembered by enlisting an obituary writer (Amanda Seyfried) to pen a positive epitaph prior to her death. Not as easy as it seems, seeing that Harriet has rubbed many people up the wrong way over her long life. The film plots the development of these characters as they go from antagonism to appreciation with poignancy, insight and gentle humour.

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