Interview with independent filmmaker John Sayles from 1983, by Kevin Courrier. When the interview took place, Sayles' film Lianna had just been released. Lianna was the second film Sayles directed, his follow up to his critically acclaimed debut, Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980). Since 1983, Sayles has directed sixteen features, including Eight Men Out (1988), Lone Star (1996), Sunshine State (2002), and most recently Go for Sisters (2013).
The segment first aired on the radio show On the Arts, on CJRT-FM in Toronto in 1983. For more from Kevin Courrier, and other arts critics, visit us at www.criticsatlarge.ca.