'Pride' is my first film with a happy ending. Before, I naively thought they were a cop-out, but now I've come to believe that happy endings and wish fulfilment are an incredibly important part of our cultural life.
I find it ironic that happy endings now are called fairytale endings because there's nothing happy about most fairytale endings.
Fairy tales to me are never happy, sweet stories. They're moral stories about overcoming the dark side and the bad.
I couldn't be a cameraman or a designer or an actor - I have to be a director because I learned how to do that from my dad.
I see the job of directing as being one of creating the right atmosphere, creating an environment where people can realize their full potential.
I think my dyslexia was a vital part of my development because my inability to read and write meant that I had to find knowledge elsewhere so I looked to the cinema.
Most of my choices come about through some kind of intuition or instinct, and if I need to, I'll post-rationalize them, intellectually, afterwards. But generally, they come about just by feeling.
An artist needs to live to create, and to live means to suffer.
Every time I make a film, I feel it gives me the chance to learn something new.
I feel more in touch with the world when I'm filming.
There's good art and there's bad art. A lot of action films are bad art, but Paul Greengrass showed us with the Bourne films that it's possible to make an action film with a political, social conscience.
I don't make a division between an art film and commercial art.
I like the idea of doing something outside my comfort zone.
I wouldn't presume to know something, but I have lots to learn and that's what I attempt to do through my work.
Generally, I've never known quite how to fit in in civilian life, but on set, making a film, I know exactly where to go, how to behave and how I fit.
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