Lulu Wang on the Troubles of Getting ‘The Farewell’ Made and Surprising Response it’s Received

If you haven’t seen The Farwell, I’d urge you to go and see it. Lulu Wang is the phenomenal writer and director of the film. Recently Wang was on hand at the Final Draft Awards to receive the “New Voice Award”. I spoke to her about The Farewell and the reception the movie has received.


It was great to get a chance to talk to Lulu. She spoke about the impact the movie has had globally and how difficult it was to get it made. It’s crazy to think that many producers and industry higher-ups thought this movie was too narrow and the story was too niche. The movie has major appeal to everyone, even though it’s based on an Asian family.

Lulu shared her favorite movies of the past year which included Parasite, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and her favorite Two Popes. Good choices there. I found Lulu to be very nice and engaging. Congrats to her on winning a Spirit Award.

Written by Jim Alexander

Jim Alexander hails from Chicago where he started his journalism career as a film critic and founder of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC). He's a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic. Jim founded Reel Talker as a platform to share his love of movies and entertainment. Jim's favorite part of being a journalist is getting to meet and interview actors, filmmakers and entertainers. Jim is a host and on-camera personality for AfterBuzz TV. Aside from his work with Reel Talker, he's the site owner of the Bachelor Universe website, where he recaps and talks about all this ABC's 'The Bachelor'. He also runs the Reel Talker Podcast that can be found on iTunes. In his free time he enjoys attending sports events and playing in recreational leagues. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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