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Michael Winterbottom: why British independent cinema resembles an abandoned building site

Michael Winterbottom: why British independent cinema resembles an abandoned building site

The director of The Trip and Greed has spoken to 15 successful directors to find out what we can learn from the films that – through industry reluctance and obstruction – were never made

My motive for writing a book was selfish. I’d been making films for a quarter of a century and, at the start of last year, I wanted to step back and think about the way I was working.

A book was a useful excuse to speak to other British directors about their experiences. And, during the first lockdown, many of them had enough time on their hands to oblige. So, by Skype and Zoom, I spoke with 15 people: Paweł Pawlikowski, Danny Boyle, Joanna Hogg, Asif Kapadia, James Marsh, Andrew Haigh, Carol Morley, Edgar Wright, Steve McQueen, Lynne Ramsay, Stephen Daldry, Ben Wheatley, Peter Strickland, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach.

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