HBO’s ‘The Tale’: Director Jennifer Fox on Why ‘There is Nothing in Documentary Like Directing Fiction’


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Jennifer Fox reveals how her doc film career did—and didn’t—prepare her for her feature debut.


Jennifer Fox, director of the much-buzzed about The Tale, is used to taking risks. At the age of 21, the director left film school at New York University after one year, in order to follow the story of an aristocratic family living in a two hundred year old mansion amidst the destruction of a civil war. In a conversation with filmmaker Kitty Green at the Australian Screen Forum in New York, she revealed, “When I went to Lebanon, everyone I was completely crazy….I’d never made a documentary before. The little I’d studied was about how to make fiction films.”



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