Wednesday 21 February 2018

Terence Davies' festival nerves

Terence Davies admits to feeling nervous before festival screenings
Terence Davies admits to feeling nervous before festival screenings

Terence Davies has admitted to suffering from festival jitters ahead of his latest film The Deep Blue Sea closing the 55th London Film Festival.

The 66-year-old filmmaker gets concerned about the audiences' reactions to his film, despite describing the moment as an "honour".

"I get terribly nervous, wondering, what if they boo or don't like it? And there's nothing you can do. There's the film - they either like it or they don't. Closing the festival heightens the nervousness, because it is a huge honour," he said.

"It really is. Just getting into the festival would have been enough, but when Sandra [Hebron, the festival director] said she wanted to finish it, I didn't really believe it."

Terence tries to get over the nerves by focusing his mind on other things.

"I try not to show them. You either get yourself completely tongue-tied or you start to look at objects with a completely different eye," he said.

"Maybe that is just me. A van with signs on it will go by, and I start to wonder why. I am probably losing my marbles!"

He added: "Some people do exercises before they hit the red carpet, but I can't do that. I just think, 'Please let it go OK, I just want to get it right'. That just goes through my mind."

The Deep Blue Sea, adapted from Terence Rattigan's 1952 play, stars Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston and will be released in cinemas on November 25.

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