Monday, May 29, 2006

Nicolas Roeg at Brighton Festival

The conversation with Nicolas Roeg at the Duke of York's cinema was not the best festival event this year. The director talked for an hour about his career, broken up by clips from Eureka, Walkabout, Don't Look Now and Bad Timing, and then took part in a 45 minute Q&A with the audience. Unfortunately his conversation was frequently muffled and he had a tendency to ramble off topic unchecked by the chairperson. Still, it was interesting to learn about his current projects - he's recently completed shooting on Puffball, an adaptation of a Fay Weldon thriller which stars Miranda Richardson and Donald Sutherland, but sadly his proposed sci-fi movie Adina (with Neve Campbell attached) is no longer happening as he's been unable to raise the finances. Also - rather inevitably - he revealed that there are plans afoot to remake of two of his best known films, Don't Look Now and The Man Who Fell To Earth. It's a sad state of the industry that people are willing to invest in these endless remakes rather than something more original like Roeg's Adina.

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