time.' So I join the phantom ranks
films that fail, our dismal shuffle tooblivion recorded in that list. Like the names on a war memorial, the Academyimmortalizes our anonymity.
I recall the anguish and hopes pouredinto
film and then multiply it
what a deluge
disappointment. Yet a business that
obsessed with success needs failure to feed on.
Oscar ceremony, that annual blood-sport, deems that all
previous effort, swept critics' awards in Britain andAmerica, won a Golden Globe and sundry other trophies and was nominatedfor
million people witnessed
win one.At the dinner afterwards the bravest approached me with the awkward longfaces people wear when they struggle to console the bereaved. Most
themshunned me in case failure was contagious.
was failure at the summit.
was a failure from theoutset.
dispiriting when your movie
both reviled by critics and spurned
did pick up a few passionate advocates along the way amongboth critics and public, and I was both delighted and astonished when itfound its way into a few
best' lists in the States and won the
NationalCritics award for best cinematography. However, its abject showing in thebox office has dented my credit rating at the studios.
all the likelystudios in the States
not unconnected to that debacle. British Screen hasoffered money and enthusiasm and Canale Plus
in someinvestment, although somewhat reluctantly. Perhaps I can find a way
financing it without the Americans.I plan to shoot it in Ireland rather than England (where the novel
can get tax-shelter investment which can contribute up to
the budget. While the British film industry suffers one
its worstdeclines, Ireland flourishes. You fall over film units here, and all because
this modest incentive.
net gain to the Irish Exchequer
prodigious.European investors often make their involvement conditional on getting
distribution. Having done the rounds,
last hope was Orion, for whom,ten years ago, I made
Last night I talked with Bill Bernstein, whonow runs the company.
had read the script carefully and was able toquote scenes and discuss characters.
claimed to like it and understand it,yet feared that its themes were too removed from the American movie-goer'sexperience for it to find an audience.
was expressing politely what otherstudios had
more crudely -this
not an American movie. Americansare interested only in Americans.
are so dependent on theAmerican distributors that
We have to go back cap inhand and try again. Perhaps this will be different.So far, the money I can raise falls just short
the very minimum I need