DZ-88: Drama in Genre clothing – Hustlers, Pig, and The Power of the Dog

How can dramas use genre elements to hook their audiences?

Stu and Chas reunite with TV writer & director Kodie Bedford to look at how some films start out as genre but gradually become character dramas. Or, as Stu never said on the episode “Genre in the streets, Drama in the sheets”.

Together, they break down HUSTLERS, PIG and POWER OF THE DOG, to see how these films use their genre trappings to hook their audience while ultimately delivering something else entirely. We discuss chapter breaks, inciting incidents, character questions, theme and MORE.


Audio quotations used for educational purposes only. Timestamps indicated below. Chapter markers included in the mp3.

Thanks to Chris Walker for editing this episode.


  • 00:00:01 – Intro
  • 00:00:56 – Drama in Genre Clothing
  • 00:02:21 – Sam Elliot on Power of the Dog
  • 00:03:19 – Lessons from Keeping Genre Fresh
  • 00:08:14 – Hustlers
  • 00:43:58 – Pig
  • 01:16:24 – The Power of the Dog
  • 01:55:02 – Key Learnings and Wrap Up



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