Military life is at the heart of the highly acclaimed and now Oscar-nominated film, The Hurt Locker
. It's up for nine awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow. The movie centers on Sergeant J. T. Sanborn, a bomb squad technician working the war-torn streets of Baghdad. The title of the film refers to the physical and emotional aftermath of an explosion. The Hurt Locker
is based on the first-hand observations of journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal. We were lucky enough to snag Bigelow and Boal for an early interview about the film.
Last year, Eight Forty-Eight's
film critic Jonathan Miller talked with Bigelow and Boal, who says what he witnessed of the war back in 2004 needed to be documented. Music Button: Human Bell, "Hanging From The Rafters", from the CD Human Bell, (Thrill Jockey)