Cultural Life: Sacha Gervasi, film director
Friday 01 February 2013
The reason I started to get into film was when I saw Withnail and I with its writer/director Bruce Robinson. It changed my life. I gave him my first screenplay and he tore it to shreds. He said, “You don't really want to get into this business.” But unfortunately he couldn't put me off. More recently, I really loved Rust and Bone, which stars Marion Cotillard.
I can't remember the last time I went out and I found a new band. Unfortunately, I'm on a loop of The Rolling Stones. I'm a bit of an old rocker – musically, I'm probably locked in somewhere about 1983. I love David Bowie's new single, “Where Are We Now?”. It's flipping genius. Thank God he's still here.
I don't really have the British shows in America. Although I still follow EastEnders – they have an omnibus edition here. And I like Homeland. It's brilliantly written and pretty raw; it's a really smart series.
Last week I was in New York and I saw Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Scarlett Johansson as Maggie was one of the best things I have seen in years. What was great was our costume designer on Hitchcock, Julie Weiss, did the designs for the play. They both did fantastic work.
'Hitchcock', directed by Sacha Gervasi, is on nationwide release from 8 February.
Review: Imaginative storytelling returns with vigourfilm
Bannatyne leaves Dragon's DenTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
- 2 Loom bands: Bids for dress made from colourful rubber reach almost £154,000 on eBay
- 3 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 4 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 5 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
War is war: Why I stand with Israel