Director Stephen Frears on Lance Armstrong film, ‘The Program’

At first glance, the long film career of acclaimed British director Stephen Frears might look a little schizophrenic. He’s made big Hollywood studio pictures and high-profile films with big stars, such asThe Queen (his second Oscar nom), Mary Reilly,Hero, The Grifters (his first Oscar nom) and Dangerous Liaisons. But he’s probably better known for such smaller, grittier, non-star vehicles as My Beautiful Laundrette, The Snapper and The Van, films that provide a rich palette for Frears to explore stories with a strong social and political conscience.