Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman
A film by Mary McDonagh Murphy
83 minutes, documentary, color, 2015
Buy it on iTunes beginning July 10, Coming to DVD September 22.
To everyone's surprise, fifty-five years after the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee has published another novel. Go Set a Watchman was written before Lee's beloved masterpiece, as director Mary McDonagh Murphy explains in this update of her 2011 documentary Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird.
Murphy's film, Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman, sifts through the facts and speculation surrounding Lee and both her novels, and includes interviews with Lee's older sister, close friends, and admirers including Oprah Winfrey, Scott Turow, Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, Wally Lamb and more.
"Go Set a Watchman was written before To Kill a Mockingbird and believed to be lost or destroyed. Its remarkable discovery allows readers of Lee’s beloved classic the chance to see Atticus and Scout again. How and why this happened is a mystery we unravel in the new version of the documentary," said Murphy who was able to read an advance copy of the new novel before updating the film.
*Online screeners are now available.
Praise for Hey Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill A Mockingbird:
“A much appreciated glimpse into the life and legacy of the beloved author. A fitting tribute to Nelle Harper Lee, an American treasure.” - Jennifer Merin, About.com
“Provides wonderful insights into the book's social and literary importance as well as its author's personality.” - Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
“Well worth seeing! Filmmaker Mary Murphy amazingly manages to get to the heart of To Kill a Mockingbird, why it affects people of all colors, religions, social backgrounds and degrees of education, and why it remains relevant today.” - Rex Reed, New York Observer