Friday, 16 May 2014
12th May 2014
Today I had the pleasure of hearing the letters of Matisse read by one of the acting world’s greats, Simon Russell Beale. What a honour to meet him and hear him bring the words of Henri to life. Simon even had a Matisse-style beard – obviously he had fully immersed himself into today’s role…. (Or was it for the King Lear that he’s filling in his spare time with??). We had a good ol’ chat about classical music too. Hopefully all you folks saw his Sacred Music series about 5 or 6 years ago. I’ll need to cook something up for Simon and I to do in the future… After Simon had finished, I moved on to the narrative of the Matisse film. For this important role, we’d chosen Rupert Young. My younger viewers will know him from Merlin. He is, as my daughter explains, the knight that never dies. Very nice guy and I liked his approach to the reading – nothing pompopus or arty – just good strong storytelling. That’s exactly what we’re trying to do…. I love the so-called business-end of production – it feels like every decision is a creative one. All a bit scary now…only 3 weeks till air-date. At least tickets are selling well. Click here to find a screening near you.