The Academy likes Oltmanns and Rosas, the secretive agents of Oscar, to be safe and dull.Monty Python's sketch about the chartererd accountant who wanted to become a lion tamer (watch on YouTube) may have had fun sending up this "dull, dull, dull" profession.
Colin Firth's role as Minister of Education, Geoffrey Thwaites, in St. Trinians brings him full circle. For the third time, he plays alongside old friend and adversary Rupert Everett in the role of school headmistress Miss Fritton. Both appeared in 1984's Another Country, at the outset of Firth's career, and they worked again 18 years later on the Oscar Wilde adaptation The Importance of Being Earnest (by St. Trinians co-director Oliver Parker).
It's the London Film Festival and Kasi Lemmons, the young black US director behind Eve's Bayou, is looking fresh-faced as we talk over breakfast.
"Pathetic earthlings. Hurling your bodies out into the void, without the slightest inkling of who or what is out here. If you had known anything about the true nature of the universe, anything at all, you would've hidden from it in terror.
- The Emperor Ming (Flash Gordon, 1936, Universal Studios)
Knowledge and imagination are dangerous things. We define ourselves by both. The more information we have...the more we want.
Information helps us develop new ideas...imagine more...create more...want more.
As the curtain falls on the 51st London Film Festival, organisers will be breathing a huge sigh of relief that a hectic two weeks are over, but they'll walk away happy with their efforts.
The final tally of figures represent the highest ever audience attendance, and the screening of 14 Gala Premieres, 185 feature films, 133 short films, over 500 filmmakers and record numbers of buyers and sellers.
The 26th annual Vancouver International Film Festival concluded its 16-day run tonight with the closing gala and announcement of film festival award winners.
Animated feature Persepolis, directed by Marjane Satrapi of Iran and Vincent Paronnaud of France, won the Rogers People's Choice Award for Most Popular International Film. Persepolis is a coming-of-age story about a precocious Iranian girl growing up in the Islamic Revolution.
In cinemas across London, feverish preparations are being made for the 51st annual London Film Festival which begins next week.
Over the space of some 15 days, 180 feature films from across the globe will be shown including 7 world premieres, 29 European premieres, and 128 UK premieres. It promises to be a busy time at some of London's cinema box offices.
The 26th annual Vancouver International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow with a gala screening of British world war flick Atonement. Having just come from the Edinburgh International Film Festival, VIFF initially seems like a fairly leisurely and rambling affair.
David, In terms of coming to direct the movie, why this film, and why now in particular in your career?