Ethan Hawke on directing his daughter Maya in the Flannery O'Connor biopic 'Wildcat'

Maya Hawke portrays Flannery O’Connor in the new biopic “Wildcat.” (Courtesy of Under the Influence Productions)

In Wildcat, a film about the author Flannery O’Connor, we hear the question, “If imagination impacts reality, isn’t faith where those rivers meet?” Director Ethan Hawke explores O’Connor’s imagination and the role of faith in her life in the movie he co-wrote with Shelby Gaines.

Daughter Maya Hawke plays O’Connor and several characters from her stories in a movie that premiered at the Toronto Film. A sold-out screening of “Wildcat” on Friday, May 10, at the Tara Theatre will feature a live conversation with Ethan Hawke following the showing.

“As ‘Stranger Things’ got successful, Maya came to me and said ‘I’d like to make a movie where a young woman’s primary passion isn’t a man, but her own work,’” Hawke said.

More information about the Tara Theatre screening and Ethan Hawke Q&A is available here.

This interview originally aired on October 26, 2023.