I'm old enough to have friends and contemporaries who have long since retired, and that's their prerogative - enough is enough; it doesn't mean a thing to me. But I haven't got any money, so, you know, I just keep on working.
My work requires acting at its most committed - it demands actors of enormous resilience, but also intelligence and wit. It doesn't work for narcissistic or selfish actors.
I think it's important that nobody forgets that although Hollywood commercially dominates the world cinema, in fact what comes out of the filmmaking here is only a tiny slice out of the massive amount of operation that goes on around the world.
Given the choice of Hollywood or poking steel pins in my eyes, I'd prefer steel pins.
Life is about luck and it's about circumstances and socioeconomic conditions and all the rest of it, but you know, you can also make choices. It's about spirit and generosity and all the other things, too.
Film-makers should remain true to their principles and never compromise, there is a real revival in the British film industry but there is a danger that we will become colonial servants of Hollywood. We need to maintain our own integrity.
I try and create for the audience something that relates to real-life experience.
There's a constant drip and trickle of life that goes into one's awareness really and consciousness of things.
I mean, artistic processes are all about making choices all the time, and the very act of making a choice is the distilling down and the getting to the core of what it is that you care about and what you want to say, really.
The whole thing about making films in an organic film on location is that it's not all about characters, relationships and themes, it's also about place and the poetry of place. It's about the spirit of what you find, the accidents of what you stumble across.
My work is about life as you and I experience it. You're either lucky or you're not lucky; either your relationship works or it doesn't.
But actually I make films that I think are extremely sophisticated and cinematic.
I've long since stopped worrying about how I'm portrayed in the press because ultimately it's not that important. Everyone who knows me knows I do what I do with the greatest integrity.
But films should be voyeuristic. What else is a film if you're not snooping into somebody else's lives?
Given the events of even the 19th century, Zionism was inevitable. Given the events of the 20th century, Israel was inevitable.
For un-subscribe please check the mail footer.