Author Profession: Director
Born: September 17, 1962
My father made sure that I had lots of levels of education – from ballroom-dancing to painting, commando training, theatre and magic.
Father, Dancing, Magic
I am always worried when someone says, ‘This is perfect.’
Perfect, Worried, Cool,
Why live life from dream to dream, and dread the day when dreaming ends.
Dream, Live Life, Ends
In the ’80s, everyone wanted to be in opera. It was groovy.
Opera, Groovy, Wanted
So, what is creative freedom? We can make what we want, how we want. The only constraint is: not for any budget.
Creative, Want, Constraints
I grew up around jazz. I love jazz.
Jazz, Grew Up, Grew
Having grown up far, far away in a small country town in Australia, I was only slightly aware of hip-hop.
Country, Australia, Hip Hop
One of my great all-time loves in cinema, and I’ve seen it three times, is Bondarchuk’s ‘War and Peace.’ Not a lot of people may have seen that film. It was made during the Soviet era.
War, People, Three
Opera was the cinema of its time, so to bring back that popular appeal, you just need to unleash its visceral immediacy and excitement. Most productions don’t manage that – but when an opera does do it, you never forget it.
Doe, Needs, Cinema
At a very young age I was allowed to go into the cinema and watch adult films.
Age, Adults, Watches
In 1977, hip-hop literally wasn’t outside the boroughs. But I was profoundly aware of the city through films like Saturday Night Fever, The French Connection, and Network. I had a friend who visited New York, and I asked him what it was like. He said, “Oh, it’s great. Just wear a coat and don’t look anyone in the eye.”
New York, Eye, Night
There’s a whole system in Hollywood where the director never speaks to the studio, but I like to engage them in a discussion. I listen.
Directors, Hollywood, Speak
Australia, to the rest of the world, is just far away, and Australia in the Thirties was the faraway of the faraway,
Australia, World, Far Away
The food in Sydney is an Asian Pacific cuisine. It’s eclectic but above all it’s fresh, inventive and creative and that’s what I love about it.
Creative, Asian, Cuisine
The party is a true art form in Sydney and people practise it a great deal. You can really get quite lost in it.
Art, People, Lost
The cold-audition process is not a science, so I ignore that.
Auditions, Cold, Process
Some of the greatest relationship films of all time, the two stars have hated each other, but mostly you see that chemistry.
Stars, Two, Chemistry
Look, I had a passion for comic books growing up.
Growing Up, Book, Passion
I mean the future has become old fashioned.
Mean, Old Fashioned
I mean, ‘8 ½’ to me is such a great dissertation on the whole, you know, act of filmmaking and creativity.
Creativity, Mean, Filmmaking