The Good Nurse

Director Tobias Lindholm discusses The Good Nurse

November 6, 2022 DGA Membership Screening Q&As in LA & NY

A nurse suspects her colleague is responsible for a series of mysterious patient deaths in Director Tobias Lindholm’s thriller, The Good Nurse.

Based on true events, Lindholm’s film tells the story of a nurse who risks her own life to uncover the truth.

On November 5, after the DGA membership screening in New York, Lindholm discussed the making of the film during a Q&A moderated by Director Kathryn Bigelow (Detroit). He also spoke about the film during a conversation moderated by Director Scott Cooper (The Pale Blue Eye) following the Los Angeles screening on November 11.

During the Los Angeles conversation, Lindholm revealed how he built a hospital set in an old factory to recreate the authentic look of an actual medical facility.

“We were supposed to shoot in a real hospital and then COVID came and they needed to do more serious things than doing films. So, we ended up building our own ICU in an old factory in Connecticut. As we shot, we decided to use a frame as a window into an already-existing reality and make sure all the rooms in the hospital are kept alive. We had real nurses and real doctors working there. So, no matter where we pointed the camera and placed it, there was always life in depth. We didn’t need colors. We didn’t need sensational lighting. We just had enough to keep it alive.”

Lindholm’s other directorial credits include the feature films A Hijacking and A War; the documentary Venice 70: Future Reloaded; the mini-series The Investigation; and episodes of the series Mindhunter.

Lindholm has been a DGA member since 2016.

You can listen to Lindholm's Q&A by clicking the podcast episode embedded below. You can find more DGA podcast episodes here.


Q&A photos by Elisa Haber (Los Angeles) and Marcie Revens (New York) – Print courtesy of Netflix

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