Hollywood do big budget movies (glitz, glamour and big explosions), France has avant-garde (experimental) and Britain has a long history of doing quirky, comedy. In brief and I envisage ClingFilm being a quintessential British Film Company.
As a nation we have always been rich in character actors: Charlie Chaplin, Norman Wisdom and Noel Fielding to name but three. And we have always produced off beat comedy films, with a feel good quality about them: from ‘Kind Heart And Coro- nets’ to ‘Withnail & I’ to ‘Life of Brian’ and more . . . and it‘s from this pool of talent, that I want to source my actors.
I’m not knocking the American film industry (by the way), they are very good at what they do and they make spectacular profits. But for me (with the odd excep- tion) they are very formulaic and lacking in heart to be quite frank with you, I find them boring.
Gone are the days when they had stars like: Humphrey Bogart (dangerous cha- risma), Cary Grant (debonair and witty) and James Stewart (irresistibly likeable). They were followed by the likes of Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Clint East- wood who were all immensely watch able, who in turn was followed by Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt. (who are all master craftsmen in the art of acting). Now Hollywood’s leading men (Van Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg) all look the same.
I don’t want to make films with predictable story lines, like ‘Fast & Furious 8’ (an American action film, based around driving a car ‘fast’ and erm ‘furiously’) which is now on it’s eighth instalment and each one is a carbon copy of the previous seven.
The problem with Hollywood is having hit on a winning film idea, they turn it into a franchise and milk it to death. Bascially they write to a formula and the bigger the budget the bigger the explosion, the better the location, the more grandiose the special effects and as a consequence the more predictable they become.
Whereas British films (because we don’t have their budgets) have to rely on a good script to tell the story and character actors to tell it and that’s why when you leave the cinema after having watched a British made film you feel uplifted.
Let’s make film together,