I had such an interesting evening at the Dublin Film Festival tonight listening to William Oldroyd talk about the inspiration behind the wonderful direction and cinematography of his first feature film Lady Macbeth. The film itself is fantastic and the performances by Florence Pugh and Naomi Ackie are inspiring. On my list for this weekend? Devouring everything I can find written by Alice Birch and getting in some walks in nature…
(Pic from the Hollywood Reporter)
“That’s what I’ve taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps”.
The Girl on the Train is gripping.. fast-paced.. mysterious.. and I loved the concept. The imagination can be a powerful thing. Like others have said, it’s quite similar to Gillian Flynn with our protagonist the struggling and flawed female, and Rachel is definitely that, but (spoiler!) her husband didn’t really help now did he? All the females are a little dark in this one but they’re also quite strong. When they need to be. I liked that. I also really enjoyed that the story was told from so many different points of views. It changed it up a bit, and influenced your opinions on the characters. Bottom line? The book is definitely worth a read. But be warned – once you start, you can’t stop.
Remembering Harper Lee: Robert Duvall, who played Boo Radley in To Kill A Mockingbird says, ‘I remember when I started production Harper Lee sent me a telegraph that simply said ‘Hey Boo’.
I love this quote that The Hollywood Reporter posted on their Instagram today. And I loved Harper Lee. I still remember the first time I read To Kill A Mockingbird. When I finished the last word I went back to the start and began all over again.
Her words will live on forever.
Novels stimulate the imagination. You read about what drives the characters and about the choices and mistakes they make. This makes you see more possibilities and think more creatively about your own life path.
I received a copy of Flow for Christmas and am now set to subscribe to the magazine for the year – some wonderful images and quotes throughout. A feature made for paper lovers.
… I love my life and it takes every step to get to where you are, and if you are happy, then God bless the hard times it took you to get there. No life is without them, so what are yours, and what did you do with the lessons? That is the only way to live.
Drew Barrymore, for a young life that was a little tough, has a very positive outlook on life. And this book, to put it simply, made me happy. And what’s life without a little happiness? There’s her dedication to her work, and the importance of giving it your all:
Work takes giving it your all, or it will not get done right. You have to kill yourself. Do your homework. Exhaust yourself. Focus on every detail. You have to put all of yourself into something with your heart, and your gut instinct, your personal taste and your belief, or it will not get done right. Which can lead to failure. Even if that failure is just knowing that you cut corners. And that is not an option.
And her loyalty to her friends..
… I once knew a boy name Adam. And I hoped that we could be a team, but what I found was a true partner. I now know a man named Adam, and trust me when I say, he is as great as you want him to be.
Then there’s the love she shows for her daughters and the warm fuzzy feeling you get reading about how she met her husband:
Something changed right there and then. Here was this cute nice man who I knew well enough to know he was a good person. The training wheels were off and all of a sudden he didn’t look like fun. He looked real. […] .. The feeling in the air was obvious.
Endlessly quotable. I’ll be coming back to this one again and again.
A friend of mine once told me: “If you do what they want you to do, at best it will be all right and at worst it will be all right. If you do what you want to do, at best it will be fantastic, at worst it will be a disaster.” Who wants to be just all right?