Making Good Night, and Good Luck has been a lifelong dream, George says, and he thinks of this film as a love letter to his father, who was a news anchor for 30 years.
George's dad, Nick, says after the first screening of his son's film, he was taken aback by the film's dead-on depiction of a real newsroom.
"I said [to George], 'That's the first time I have seen a newsroom actually depicted on film,'" Nick says. "I don't know whether he thought I was blowing smoke or not, but it's what I thought at the time and now what everybody thinks. It's the real thing…this is the [film] that depicts what really goes on and the importance and the courage it requires to do a good story well. I'm proud of my boy."
Other famous newsmen who have seen the film—like Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw—also sing its praises.