Film Podcasts Pop Culture TheaterNovember 09, 2011


Scout and AtticusHarper Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill A Mockingbird was an instant classic that was made into a great movie. Mary Badham played the role of “Scout” when she was 10 years old, and it transformed her life. Susan Wallner talks to Badham about her special relationship with Gregory Peck (“Atticus”) and the universal appeal of this Southern tale of race, justice, and childhood. The play To Kill A Mockingbird runs at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ through November 20th.

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Susan Wallner
Susan Wallner

Susan Wallner is an award-winning producer and writer. She recently completed You'll Have the Sky: The Life and Work of Anne Morrow Lindbergh about the writer and aviator, narrated by Judith Light and Lily Rabe. She co-produced Ode to Joy, a performance special now airing on PBS. Her national documentaries include Ben Shahn: Passion for Justice, Toshiko Takaezu: Portrait of an Artist, and Michael Graves: The Warehouse. Susan is a principal at PCK Media, where she produces the award-winning weekly public television series State of the Arts as well as a wide range of other projects. Recent highlights include a history series produced for New Jersey’s 350th birthday, It Happened Here: New Jersey, and advocacy videos for the statewide campaign, “Pre-K Our Way.” Susan has an MA from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication, and a BA from New College of Florida. She also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her awards include 13 regional Emmys, four CINE Golden Eagles, two NETA Awards, a Worldfest Houston Gold Special Jury Award, and a Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts Fellowship.

  • JIm

    What a wonderful interview! So interesting to hear the perspectives of Mary Badham.

  • marc gertner

    Thanks Susan and thanks to Mary Badham as well . This is a great film and a personal favorite. Viewing it evokes in me a sense of of the purity and oneness of the human spirit that we know exists but see all too seldom in our daily lives,

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