As a director, my job is to protect. I protect scripts, actors, cameramen, designers.
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.
Truth is quite constricting, in a way. You endlessly see at the start of a film 'This is a true story'.
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.
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 blue.
I like a lot of takes. I just go on until the actors get it right.
I never thought I was very good at developing material. I grew up at the BBC where they sent you scripts.
I want my films to get audiences. I am not interested in making them just for myself.
I'm Jewish; I'm not religious at all, and I wouldn't pretend to know anything about Catholic politics.
I've always found poverty a source of strength.
The only way you can learn about making films is by making them, by putting your stamp on the thing.
When I go and teach, it sort of opens me up in some way. And when you're open, you're more receptive.
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 don't ask if they can come - they just turn up!
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 story and the writing were so wonderful.
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