'22 July' Editor Explains Film's Political Resonance in New THR 'Behind the Screen' Podcast

The script "has so many important things to say about the rise of the alt-right, about gun control, about violence against children and teenagers," says the Oscar-winning editor.
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'22 July'

Oscar-winning film editor William Goldenberg describes the making of 22 July — his first collaboration with director Paul Greengrass — and why he was attracted to the material in a new episode of The Hollywood Reporter's Behind the Screen podcast, which was released Friday.

Launched early this month, Behind the Screen is a new weekly podcast series hosted by THR tech editor Carolyn Giardina and featuring cinematographers, editors, composers, production designers and other artists behind the magic of motion pictures.

Netflix's 22 July is a riveting drama from Greengrass that traces the aftermath of Norway's deadliest terrorist attack. On July 22, 2011, 77 people were killed when a far-right extremist detonated a car bomb in Oslo before carrying out a mass shooting at a leadership camp for teens.

Goldenberg, who won an Academy Award for Ben Affleck's Iran hostage crisis drama Argo, explains that he tries to choose films "that have something important politically to say, [and the script for 22 July] has so many important things to say about the rise of the alt-right, about gun control, about violence against children and teenagers."

Says Goldenberg, "The biggest thing I hope people take away from this is how important it is that people recognize what is happening around the world in terms of the alt-right and the neo-Nazis ... people who promote this sort of violent nationalist attitude, where they want to cleanse their countries of anyone who is different from them. I think that's why we all worked on this film."

Hear it all on Behind the Screen — and be sure to subscribe to the podcast to never miss an episode.