Despite last year’s exploit into the most successful, epic space opera film franchise of all time, Adam Driver remains without doubt the poster boy for the independent film industry. Rising to prominence as Adam Sackler in Lena Dunham’s HBO show Girls, for which he received three consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Driver’s stock has done nothing but rise, scoring roles in Scorsese’s epic-scale drama Silence, sci-fi winner Midnight Special and this year’s hungrily anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And yet despite these ventures into heavily produced Hollywood blockbusters, Driver remains heavily entrenched in the indie genre, delivering scene-stealing performances in now classic indie dramas Frances Ha, While We’re Young and Inside Llewyn Davies. The latest to add to that list is the titular, lead role in the beautiful celebration of small-time life, Paterson, which thankfully arrived on the BFI Player this week and can be viewed here. And so, what better time to explore the other Adam Driver indie gems that can be discovered on the BFI Player…
Adam Driver is a bus driver named Paterson who lives in the town of Paterson, New Jersey in this new drama from renowned American indie auteur Jim Jarmusch. Golshifteh Farahani is Laura, a freelance artist, baker and homemaker. They live together in a small house with their bulldog Marvin. Married life has its rhythms and routines, with Paterson’s days taken up crisscrossing the city, overhearing snippets of passengers’ conversations, while evenings find him enjoying a post-dinner walk with his dog and a trip to the neighbourhood bar. Throughout, Paterson mulls over words, observing fragments of life and constructing verse for a series of poems he writes in a notebook in this tender, provocative portrait.
Driver hits a career high as our quiet everyman with a military past whose journeys are both physical and existential. Paterson is constantly attuned to the extraordinary and poetic, even in the smallest of gestures, offering a charming depiction of how lovers can co-exist and support each other’s creativity. The poems, by real-life poet Ron Padgett, are damn fine too.
Can be found in which BFI Player Collections? AMERICAN INDIE