In Alistair Banks Griffin’s psychodrama “The Wolf Hour,” Naomi Watts plays June Leigh, a fearful author who’s isolated herself from the outside world by holing up in her fifth-floor South Bronx walk-up during the 1977 New York blackout riots. Watts and Griffin dropped by TheWrap Studios at Sundance to talk about the film with TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman, and Watts made the case for her character being locked up in the movie.
“She has made a great case for staying locked up inside, things don’t work for her out there in the world anymore, she hurts people, she hurts herself,” said Watts. “She’s orchestrated her life to work in a comfort zone, or somewhat, and just rely on people when she absolutely has to.”
In the film, June (Watts) was once a celebrated counter-culture figure, but that was a decade ago. She now lives alone in her fifth-floor South Bronx apartment, having all but cut herself off from the outside world. It’s the notorious “Summer of Sam,” and June only has to look out of her window to see the violence escalating with the brutal summer heat. The city is on a knife’s edge, a pressure-cooker about to explode into the incendiary 1977 New York blackout riots.
Watch the interview above.
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