Director Dustin Lance Black reveals ‘serious head injury’

Months after taking a hiatus from social media, Under the Banner of Heaven TV creator Dustin Lance Black announced he’s been dealing with a health issue.

“A month ago I suffered a serious head injury that left me out of action. Since there was little improvement, my doctors ordered my brain to be shut down in hopes it would heal,” he announced in an Instagram post on Monday.

The Oscar-winning screenwriter, who took home first prize at the 2009 Oscars for ‘Milk’, shared photos from his vacation in Greece with husband Tom Daley. Black’s Instagram posts show the director strolling along Greek beaches, watching the sunset and lounging by the pool with Daley.

Black gave no further details about how he sustained the injury, but said dealing with the head trauma was “a challenging, scary time for a creative guy who relies on what’s in his skull to do it.” work, care and love”. He also knows that the healing process will not be easy.

“And now I understand that the way back will be long,” he added on Instagram. “But this week my sweet, over the top husband took us to the Greek islands for me to unwind. I already feel this journey is a step in the right direction and I finally feel safe again to share a little. Thank you for all your love and patience. There’s more to come. Promise.”

In the Instagram comments, Black was joined by NPR host Ari Shapiro, Great British Bake Off graduate Rahul Mandal and Lingua Franca filmmaker Isabel Sandoval.

“I hope you’re feeling better soon, Lance. Take care,” wrote Sandoval, who directed an episode of Black’s Under the Banner of Heaven.

Black, whose television credits also include Big Love and When We Rise, most recently made his debut in the miniseries Under the Banner of Heaven, starring Andrew Garfield as cop Jeb Pyre. The show, for which Garfield received an Emmy nomination, caused Black to reconsider his upbringing under the Mormon Church.

While researching for the show, an adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s bestselling book of the same name, Black reached out to officials at the Salt Lake City Mormon Church and the investigators investigating the ritual murder of Brenda Lafferty and her young daughter.

“I’m sure the Mormon Church will still find faults here and there. That is their job. But I wanted to make that job very difficult for them,” Black previously told the Times. “I stand behind the show in terms of how it portrays Mormonism — and not just Mormonism, but frankly Christianity in America.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-09-26/dustin-lance-black-reveals-serious-head-injury Director Dustin Lance Black reveals ‘serious head injury’

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