Thanks to my friend Lora (from lizzie-olsen.org) I have scans added of Sunday Style Magazine, which had an interview with Mark published on their March 22 issue.
I loved the way your latest film, Infinitely Polar Bear, managed to tackle something challenging as bipolar disorder with so much heart and humour. Was that what drew you to it?
Yes, I thought it did tackle a pretty vexed topic with a lot of humanity, which included a lot of love and a lot of humour.
You seem to gravitate to films that delve into confronting social issues: artificial insemination in The Kids Are All Right, sex addiction in Thanks for Sharing, HIV/Aids in The Normal Heart and now bipolar disorder in Infinitely Polar Bear. What is it that appeals to you about these stories?
I guess is like to play with preconceptions about people. And these are interesting people we’re dealing with, because those sorts of social issues bring misconceptions and judgements. We’re not so different, all of us, but a lot of belief systems or hang-ups prevent us from realising that. The human heart is very similar from person to person. Sttorytelling is a really wonderful way of illustrating how common we are – it’s humanising; it makes it relatable.
You can check the full interview in the scans added at our gallery.