finds out which movies rock your favourite musicians’
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Do you have any favourite movies
off the top of your head?
“I love The Son’s Room - it’s beautiful.
And I love Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums. I think Wes
Anderson is pretty special. Without being a tool, Bicycle
Thief was really amazing. I find that impossibly beautiful,
and I tend to get quite weepy in films. I’m not gonna
pull out Steel Magnolias or anything though…”
Do you have favourite actors where
you try and see most of their films?
“John Cassavetes was pretty good looking. I guess
I do - it’s a good way to go. Tex Perkins and I got
into a discussion about Bill Murray the other day, so anything
he kind of touches is great.”
I’ve read that your wife
Rocio is a big movie fan. Do you watch a lot of movies?
“I don’t, but she does. So I kind of do. I haven’t
got a lot of patience though, but we try to go and see things.
We’ve got our daughter Ruby now, but if we were both
26, we’d probably see more. Rocio’s just very
literate, and she knows how to dissect things in film and
I find that really, really interesting. I love watching
films with her. She can point out what good direction is
and isn’t and she can explain the film pretty well,
where as I just go ‘uhh, you know. I liked it. The
colours were pretty."
Do you get a lot of videos out?
“Not a lot actually, and once again it’s that
attention thing. I flit around and I find it difficult to
sit down sometimes.”
What about Aussie films?
“Breaker Morant. Puberty Blues. Malcolm. Spotswood.
Anything Ben Mendelsohn is involved in too - I find him
impossible to ignore.”
What about rock movies?
“Well, Gimme Shelter is pretty awesome, but I think
the Joe Cocker tour film Mad Dogs & Englishman is probably
the best. I think that’s the best rock film I’ve
ever seen - it’s just an outstanding rock film.”
If it’s better than Gimme
Shelter it must be pretty good…
“Gimme Shelter has some great things going on, but
as far as a free spirited rock and roll film, Mad Dogs &
Englishmen just takes the friggin’ cake.”
Are there any actors that you
really don’t like?
“Well, Hugh Grant’s pretty obnoxious. Rocio,
for all her esteemed taste, has watched Mickey Blue Eyes
about thirty times; she just finds it really hilarious.
So, I like to kinda hold onto the hope that someone’s
going to do something good eventually. I never understood
Joseph Cotton for a long while. But then when I saw The
Third Man I thought ‘oh, OK’. But I really thought
he was kind of, I didn’t get it…”
I think Orson Welles must bring
out the best in him…
“Yeah, yeah. Oh yeah, I really loved Best In Show
and Waiting For Guffman as well. Oh, and anything Pedro
Almodovar’s done. He’s kind of like part of
the family now, because Rocio’s sister is his production
designer and production assistant, so it’s been really
amazing to see it from that perspective. His new film Hable
con ella is just outstanding, and has to be the best thing
he’s ever done. I’d put All About My Mother
right up there, it’s one of my favourites for sure,
and Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown. His new one
is just achingly beautiful. The music’s drop dead