SXSW FILM 2013
By Don Simpson | April 6, 2013
Diana (Lindsay Burdge) is a high school teacher who is clandestinely carrying out an affair with one of her students, Eric (Will Brittain). Their relationship seems to be purely sexual and mutually consensual: an attractive teacher enjoys the energy and stamina of a teenage boy, while a teenage boy enjoys the maturity and experience of a teacher who is probably the subject of many of his classmates’ sexual fantasies.
Writer-director Hannah Fidell’s A Teacher maintains an extremely high level of suspense as Diana takes bigger and bigger chances in order to be with Eric. All the while, Fidell’s film commendably avoids explaining anything. Beginning and ending in medias res, we never truly grasp Diana and Eric’s motivations; and by honing in on the carnal desires of their present, Fidell cleverly negates the significance of Diana and Eric’s past and future.
After seeing A Teacher‘s world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival we knew that a video interview with Hannah Fidell, Lindsay Burdge and Will Brittain would be an absolute must. Luckily for us (and you, our dear readers) we were able to catch up with them after their regional premiere of A Teacher at SXSW 2o13. So, here it is…enjoy!