Tuesday 21 November 2017

Film-maker Carney correct about Keira

The Irish director took flak for his comments about Keira Knightley, but he had a point, writes Donal Lynch

CLOTHES HORSE: Keira Knightley is in demand for her looks, but in interviews she displays the kind of jadedness you’d expect from somebody already chewed up and spat out by the movies
CLOTHES HORSE: Keira Knightley is in demand for her looks, but in interviews she displays the kind of jadedness you’d expect from somebody already chewed up and spat out by the movies
Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

From a journalist's perspective, there is a magical moment in an interview when the subject begins, finally, to drift away from vapid self-promotion and into something approaching the way they might speak to their friends and family. You know then that this is something that will genuinely interest the reader and elevate the piece above the zillion quasi-advertorials that masquerade as interviews.

Some industries try everything to make sure this elevation never happens; they control what is asked and will even cut off answers if they drift too far out of softball Hello! magazine territory.

Without doubt, the film industry is the worst in this regard. A few minutes with an A-list star or a big director is all most journalists are granted (legendary interviewers like Lynn Barber don't even bother with film stars any more for this reason).

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