Awkward but fascinating Director’s Masterclass with Stephen Frears at Ffresh Festival

June 22, 2011 — Leave a comment

Cick the image above for a  brilliant watch. It’s a slightly awkward interview/masterclass with one of our finest directors Stephen Frears best known for ‘Tamara Drewe’, The Queen, Dirty Pretty Things, High Fidelity, Accidental Hero, The Grifters, Dangerous Liaisons, Prick Up Your EarsMy Beautiful Laundrette and that list is by no means exhaustive!

Here he talks about how he became a director, the importance of good writing, ‘Britishness’, getting the best out of actors, having the writer on set, the difference between working in the US and UK and the difference in shooting Film & TV and fields numerous other questions from the audience.

What struck me was his acknowledgement of the role of luck in his career and the ultimate importance of great writing and getting the casting right. From an actors point of view I totally echo those sentiments!


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