Friday, December 15, 2006

Oliver Stone Masterclass

This evening I went with a collaborator of mine to attend the Oliver Stone & Seamus McGarvey skillset masterclass up in London.

They were giving a talk/masterclass about the recent Oliver Stone movie World Trade Centre. I paid my money to go because I thought it would provide a rare insight into the mind of a director I have tremendously awe of.

Oliver Stone is a powerful auteur, with career success entirely well deserved, therefore his talk attracted several hundred people who came specifically to see him talk.

And to be honest, them and I should not have bothered. Oliver Stone turned up late and barely paid any attention to the questions and seemed to give 50% of his attention to the answers. There were glimmers of presence, but mostly he seemed distant, dreaming perhaps of the margaritas he would have on the plane back to the US because he got up and left after about 40 minutes.

In his defence I am sure he has been very busy in London doing whatever he needs to do, but really and truly, his effort portrayed little more than contempt for those attending.

This wasn't a bunch of morons standing in the rain waiting to catch a glimpse of their favourite actor. This wasn't a press conference full of dip-shit journalists who would only regurgitate the press release. This event was billed as a masterclass, sponsored by the National Film and Television school, as well as Skillset and the Script Factory. It was attended by professional film and televison workers who had a genuine interest in attending.

And for the rest of these people, I wonder how many of them found it to be a waste of time and money?




Blogger london cokehead said...

Shame... Bet he gets forced into doing masterclasses he doesn't wanna do all the time, still though!

If you wanna masterclass, watch:

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

Superb stuff mate!

12/15/2006 12:32 pm  
Blogger london cokehead said...

Torrent 4 it!!

12/15/2006 12:34 pm  
Blogger london cokehead said...

Also check: Public domain torrents.

The Last man on Earth is superb!

And I think that Detour is probably one of the darkest 'Film Noir' movies ever made... [debatable]

12/15/2006 12:42 pm  
Blogger Ashley said...

that's lame.
i'd be quite dissapointed myself.

12/16/2006 8:37 pm  
Blogger Tony Play said...

Hey Doom
The last watch I bought was a Hamilton Kakhi X Wind.

12/20/2006 1:39 pm  
Blogger RuKsaK said...

Oliver Stone gets forced to do jackshit. He does exactly what he wants and gets paid for what he wants. Shit - I don't even particularly enjoy what I get paid for, I don't have a mass of choice about what I do each day, but I do it and do it well.

He makes great films, but fuck Oliver Stone for not turning this down and then taking your money.

12/21/2006 12:51 am  
Blogger LeeLoreya said...

i went to his guardian interview at the NFT last week. He wore ostentatious red socks and had to hur to another show. He is still oliver stone, a massive, powerful savage director, who also happens to be arrogant and conservative...

12/21/2006 8:37 pm  

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