“My main ambition is just to stay relevant, to be in the conversation”….…so said James Corden in a recent interview. Well, all I can say is ditto that. It is one reason I try to maintain my career as an actor, actress, call me you like, I want to stay relevant and still contribute. I love the job and and do believe that the media has an important part to play in our human story and I want still to be part of it. I am preparing (learning the lines!) to play Lady Macbeth in a new production to be staged at the Groundlings theatre in Portsmouth in October. It is a charming, small, very old theatre …one of the oldest in England. I am a bit past the usual age to play Lady M, but in a way it makes it more interesting, it really is her “last chance saloon”, to realise her ambitions and make her mark in life. And one has to keep doing it, push the boundaries and work the “muscle”.
Also on the horizon is a new film, taken from a wonderful play REUNION, by the award winning writer John Caine. The play is a right to die story and was staged in London with great success…John has kindly allowed me to option it and I am now full steam ahead to make it as an Anglo/American story and film it here in Idaho in Spring 2017.
I am excited…I have been making short films here in Idaho for the last few years and believe there is a good pool of talent to move the small industry here forward. One of the aspects of making one’s own films is that you build up a small circle of the people you trust and want to work with. Here is an excerpt from an interview in the UK’s Observer newspaper with Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass about the new film JASON BOURNE and working together: Paul Greengrass on working with Matt Damon again.
“Making a film, every film is a big gamble, large or small. The more that you do it, the more you’re aware of that. Relationships of trust and respect are hard to find. We hadn’t worked together in some years and then we came back on and suddenly there was that feeling that as a film-maker you’re not on your own. You can come on set some days and feel, ‘I don’t know about this’. The anxieties are very profound. That’s why it’s such a stressful undertaking.”
Stressful it is, but still exciting and wonderful, when it works and all comes together. It’s largely what separates the good from the bad, the mediocre from the great! My gut tells me that the new Bourne film will be terrific.