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Ethan Hawke on Flannery O’Connor’s Christian Imagination

Novelist and short story writer Flannery O’Connor once said her life was too boring for a biographer; all she did was write and feed chickens. And yet, nearly a hundred years after her birth, O’Connor’s life and faith are being examined Wild cata new film from actor, writer and director Ethan Hawke Training day, First ReformedAnd Association for Dead Poets fame.

In this episode of The Russell Moore ShowHawke and Moore discuss what compelled Hawke to co-write Wild cat with Shelby Gaines. They talk about how O’Connor’s work connected Hawke to his mother and later to his daughter Maya, who O’Connor plays in the film.

Moore and Hawke explore O’Connor’s strength and faith. They discuss the joys and challenges of working with family, how audiences deal with the religious elements in Wild cat, and Hawke’s attraction to exploring issues of faith in art. And they talk about the meaning of creative work, institutions and relationships in a charged era.

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