CIRCUIT BREAKER INTERVIEW: Director Andrew Haigh Discusses Despair and Hope and His Latest Film ‘Lean on Pete’

Lean on Pete” is the story of a lonely, abandoned teenage boy who finds friendship with a fading racehorse. Together, they go on a journey in search of home.

Charlie Plummer stars in this story that is equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful. Along the way, he encounters characters that enter the story in short bursts. Travis Fimmel plays his neglectful father. Steve Buscemi and Chloë Sevigny are Del and Bonnie, two people who work at the track where Charlie finds a summer job. Steve Zahn, Lewis Pullman, and Rachael Perrell Fosket also appear.

Andrew Haigh adapted the script from the novel by Willy Vlautin. He also directed the film. Haigh’s previous films include “Greek Pete,” “Weekend,” and “45 Years,” which earned an Academy Award nomination for Charlotte Rampling.

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Haigh about his film, “Lean on Pete,” and about the messages of hope embedded in a story that feels like hope is so often fleeting.

Be sure to read our review of “Lean on Pete” here.

We would like to thank Andrew Haigh for taking time to discuss his film, and what it meant to him.

“Lean on Pete” is distributed by A24 and is in theaters now.