Harking back to classic Hollywood films, and boasting one helluva cast – for writer/director and lead star Edward Norton, there were still huge challenges and hurdles in order to get this film across the line and onto our big screens, which he explains to us during an exclusive interview. Norton discusses just how hard it can be making films that aren’t part of a franchise, though admits he was helped along by his cast – which includes the likes of Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin and Bruce Willis.

He also talks about another intriguing collaboration, in the form of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, who penned a song for the film’s soundtrack. Finally we get Norton onto the subject of music, as the film plays out like a jazz composition, with the same frenetic energy you get on records of that nature – and this is something he tells us was wholly purposeful.

Watch the full interview below:


Lionel Essrog is a lonely private detective who doesn’t let Tourette’s syndrome stand in the way of his job. Gifted with a few clues and an obsessive mind, Lionel sets out to solve the murder of Frank Minna — his mentor and only friend. Scouring the jazz clubs and slums of Brooklyn and Harlem, Essrog soon uncovers a web of secrets while contending with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city.

Motherless Brooklyn is released in cinemas on December 6th