90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

‘The Sessions’ Picks Up Two Independent Spirit Awards

An still from the film "The Sessions" with Helen Hunt (left) and John Hawkes. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

An still from the film “The Sessions” with Helen Hunt (left) and John Hawkes. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

The Film Independent Spirit Awards, as the name suggests, honors work in independent, often small-budget films. It’s held in Santa Monica, Calif. the day before the Oscars.

This past weekend, “The Sessions” was honored with awards for John Hawkes, as Best Male Lead, and Helen Hunt as Best Supporting Female.

The film tells the real-life story of journalist Mark O’Brien who, despite spending the majority of his life in an iron lung after a childhood bout with polio, decided to lose his virginity at the age of 38 with the help of a sex surrogate.

We revisit producer Emiko Tamagawa’s conversation with Hawkes about his physically challenging role, as well as her talk with director Ben Lewin, who, like Mark O’Brien, also had polio as a child.

This piece originally aired in October 2012.

Watch the trailer for “The Sessions”:

Guests:

  • Ben Lewin, director/screenwriter of “The Sessions.”
  • John Hawkes, stars in “The Sessions.”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
  • http://profiles.google.com/mikeobrienpdx Mike O’Brien

    After we heard the interview we went to see the film–just wanted to thank you for letting your listeners know about this beautiful story.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

September 15 26 Comments

A Call To Reject Corporal Punishment As Part Of Black Culture

An incident of child abuse by an NFL player has raised questions about the use of corporal punishment as a form of discipline in the African-American community.

September 15 26 Comments

Would You Pay To Get Your Kid Into A Top College?

A San Francisco company charges parents for a consulting package based on the odds their student will get into a certain university, with prices up to a million dollars.

September 12 9 Comments

Senator: Arab Countries ‘Need To Step To The Plate’ In Fight Against ISIS

Mark Begich (D-AK) is one of the few members of Congress speaking out against a key part of President Obama's plan for fighting the Islamic State.

September 12 Comment

Ecuadorian Drilling Damage Inspires Documentary

An American and an Ecuadorian are inspired to help Ecuador heal from decades of drilling and oil spills.