‘Belfast’ director Kenneth Branagh on personal new film

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh’s personal new film “Belfast” follows a young boy and his working-class family living in the Northern Ireland city during the tumultuous late 1960s.

On “The LA Times Envelope Roundtable” on Spectrum News 1, Branagh opens up to host Mark Olsen about drawing on his own experiences as a foundation for the film.

“I encouraged improvisation amongst the actors, and they took that chance and did it brilliantly,” said Branagh. “And so, it got further and further away from me, which I liked because … we didn’t want it to be just a navel-gazing exercise. I wanted it to try and hopefully be recognized in some way by people from different places, different cultures.”

The roundtable also features directors Reinaldo Marcus Green, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Sian Heder, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Adam McKay. Click the arrow above to see Branagh discuss his film.