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I have people around me. I have a semi-permanent crew. If I make a film, they just turn up. They don’t even invite themselves. They…
Truth is quite constricting, in a way. You endlessly see at the start of a film ‘This is a true story’.
I’m Jewish; I’m not religious at all, and I wouldn’t pretend to know anything about Catholic politics.
I never thought I was very good at developing material. I grew up at the BBC where they sent you scripts.
As a director, my job is to protect. I protect scripts, actors, cameramen, designers.
I remember reading the script for ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ and thinking that I could quite happily spend the rest of my life watching this film; the…
I’ve always found poverty a source of strength.
I like making films about different cultures. I’m interested in things that I’ve never encountered before. I try to put myself in the audience’s position.
When I go and teach, it sort of opens me up in some way. And when you’re open, you’re more receptive.
The only way you can learn about making films is by making them, by putting your stamp on the thing.
I want my films to get audiences. I am not interested in making them just for myself.
I like a lot of takes. I just go on until the actors get it right.
Audiences aren’t fools – their judgement really is important. And the true heroes of films are the investors. They take the risk, after all.
To be successful at anything, you need the right to fail, not just occasionally.
It never crossed my mind to make a film about Muhammad Ali or the Queen or any of them! They just come out of the…
I teach film directing, inasmuch as you can. It’s not really possible to teach film direction, but I sit there as a sort of testimony…
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