The feeling of not belonging, of not being entirely worthy, of being sometimes hostage to your own sensibilities. Those things speak to me very personally.
I work fitfully, in hope rather than in expectation, invent methods which last a week, and fill notebooks with tiny, illegible writing which often defies my own attempts to decipher it.
The only lesson to extract from any civil war is that it's pointless and futile and ugly, and that there is nothing glamorous or heroic about it. There are heroes, but the causes are never heroic.
I don't hold with the notion that only bad books make good movies.
I had never thought of myself as a director and found out that I was not. I am a writer who was able to direct the films that I write.
I never feel more myself than when I'm writing; I never enjoy any day more than a good writing day.
Of course, like all film-makers I've been mesmerised by cinema since I was a child.
You know you lose a lot of social skills if you're a writer. You spend too long alone. And its forced me to address that.
I always listen to music, my passion and vice is music, I will be denied access to heaven because of the number of CDs I own, and I have gluttony for all types and colours of music.
I was one of five very clever kids, the other kids were cleverer than I was and still are and are very achieving. The girls were always first at everything and I was always 101st!
Look at it this way: if you write the novel of 'Cold Mountain,' it costs exactly the same to produce and market as a novel set in a room. If you make the film, the disparity of costs is huge.
No studio in Hollywood wanted 'Cold Mountain.' None. No one wanted 'Ripley,' no one wanted 'The English Patient.' That tells you there isn't really an appetite for ambitious movie-making out there.
As a teenager I was obsessed with music and with writing and performing songs.
Being a writer-director can sometimes make you incredibly blinkered.
I have always believed that there is a need for life-affirming films.
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