‘Uncle Frank’ Interview: Stars and Director Of The LGBTQ Drama On Its Origins

Family can be exhausting and disappointing and yet their approval is something we all strive for. What better movie to watch this Thanksgiving than Uncle Frank on Amazon Prime.

Starring Paul Bettany (best known as Vision in The Avengers) as a closted gay man trying to come to terms with his past trauma and potential judgement from his family, the film combines the Southern family drama with a gay coming of age story. Funny, beautifully shot and deeply moving, Uncle Frank looks at generational trauma and how our own family can surprise us.

I had the opportunity to chat with Bettany, director Alan Ball, and costars, Peter Macdissi, Sophia Lillis, Judy Greer, and Lois Smith about their personal inspirations for the films and why now is the best time to tell this story.

Uncle Frank is available on Amazon Prime now!

A D.C area native, Cortland has been interested in media since birth. Taking film classes in high school and watching the classics with family instilled a love of film in Cortland’s formative years. Before graduating with a degree in English and minoring in Film Study from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Cortland ran the college’s radio station, where she frequently reviewed films on air. She then wrote for another D.C area publication before landing at Punch Drunk Critics. Aside from writing and interviewing, she enjoys podcasts, knitting, and talking about representation in media.