Guest: Morgan Spurlock
Disgusting vermin multiplying before our eyes, threatening to take over modern civilization? It’s the unsettling new documentary “Rats” that takes us deep into the infestation of rats around the world. Our host Christina Jeurling Birro is joined this week by the films director Morgan Spurlock who also brought us Freakonomics, Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden and Oscar nominated Super Size Me for which he gained 25 pounds eating only McDonald’s for a month.
With Rats Spurlock delivers a horror-like thriller achieved through it’s gripping camerawork and editing, as well as the films wonderful interviews. We were immediately enthralled with Ed Sheehan, the seasoned Brooklyn-based exterminator who gives the film a number of its most memorable scenes.
While most of the film takes place in New York, Spurlock did take his team around the world to capture how other cultures view rats. From despising them, eating them, and even worshiping them – it shows the complex relationship we have with rats and in gory details explains the many factors that have contributed to citied becoming infested with the unwelcome rodent.
We ask Spurlock about what it was like to make the film, finding his ‘Quint’, the cultural impact Super Size Me had – and much more!
Morgan Spurlock is a New York based writer, director and producer whose first film Super Size Me premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 and received an Academy Award nomination for best feature documentary. Since then he has directed, produced and distributed multiple film and TV projects, including the critically acclaimed FX television series, “30 Days,” and the films Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, Confessions of a Superhero, Czech Dream, Chalk, The Future of Food, What Would Jesus Buy?, Freakonomics, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, and Mansome. Morgan is currently working on the series Inside Man for CNN, as well as This Is Us, a 3D documentary following the musical group One Direction.