Question of Culture
Ian Power Film director
Cool Hand Luke. That Paul Newman can be such a charismatic force of nature and still make you cry when he sings 'Plastic Jesus'.
Last film you saw and loved?
The Intouchables. Omar Sy's performance is just so endearing.
Last film you saw and hated?
Django Unchained. Maybe I expected too much. Or maybe it was Quentin Tarantino dressed as an Australian tourist -- in his own movie!
Have you met a filmmaker that left you starstruck?
I sat at a table next to David Lynch in the US and the whole restaurant sort of got caught up in his aura. Suddenly everyone's looking at their chicken dinners and waiting for them to bleed .
The best stage production you've ever seen?
Bare Cheek Theatre Company's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in Wexford's Theatre Royal (now the Opera House) in 1999. And not just because my dad was in it.
Best concert/gig you've ever seen?
Neil Diamond in Lansdowne Road. It was a hot August night. I sat on the terraces with my wife and we drank beers while Neil blew the roof off.
Right now it's Elbow. I listen to them on a loop when I write.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, purely for its epic simplicity.
Favourite TV show?
Breaking Bad was the greatest thrill ride I've experienced in front of a TV and had the greatest ending. But for consistency and ambition I have to say The Wire.
www.JohnAugust.com. It has a treasure trove of stuff for screenwriters.
Italy. For the food -- and for the people.
Thai. It's a pleasure, but healthy enough not to be a guilty one.
Wine or beer?
White wine. Recently I gave up beer. I'll go for cider if I'm feeling posh.
Theatre. I should love it. But I always end up with a pain in my ass.
IAN IS A MEMBER OF THE SCREEN DIRECTORS GUILD OF IRELAND AND WILL BE SPEAKING AT SDGI'S INITIATIVE, DIGITAL BISCUIT, AT THE SCIENCE GALLERY FROM JANUARY 22-24. SEE WWW.DIGITALBISCUIT.IE