Cultural Life: Joe Wright, Film director
Saturday 07 July 2012
Nothing lately. I've been in my cutting room for six months with my new film, Anna Karenina. I generally don't watch films whilst I'm making one. I did however, manage to watch Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, which was sublime.
Kathy Burke's Walking and Talking. Genius. Rev: a British sitcom filmed mostly in east London, with Tom Hollander, is great.
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. I'm not normally a fan of Westerns, but I really enjoyed this one's surreal sense of humour. I also read "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anna Frank" by Nathan Englander. I enjoyed its homage to Raymond Carver's story What We Talk About When We Talk About Love and its similar trajectory throughout the book.
I'm listening to a lot of Bonnie "Prince" Billy at the moment. Especially Lie Down in the Light, which isn't as dark as the others. I recently bought Andrew Weatherall's Masterpiece.
Bauhaus: Art as Life at the Barbican, which reminded me of my own experience at art school. In the 1920s art students really did believe they could change the world with a typeface.
Joe Wright is on the jury at the East End Film Festival which ends tomorrow (www. eastendfilmfestival.com)
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 As an ex prostitute, I urge all the political parties to commit to the Sex Buyer Law
- 2 Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name – in favour of its Lumia brand
- 3 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery: 'I'm living a fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 Couple die within 28 hours of each other after being married for 73 years
Goodfellas star Frank Sivero sues for $250m over Simpsons character
American Horror Story season 4, Fox - TV review: Silly, sensational and sensitive
Breaking Bad season 6 hoax: Vince Gilligan has not confirmed a new series
MOBO awards 2014: Sam Smith sweeps the board with four gongs
The Apprentice, episode 3 - review: Lord Sugar hacks away at the deadwood with another double elimination
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'