‘Fast food’ films fail

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

di­rec­tor Ter­ence Davies has lamented the qual­ity of con­tem­po­rary film­mak­ing, dis­miss­ing it as ‘‘fast food’’. The 66-year-old di­rec­tor and writer of The Deep Blue Sea ad­mits he is fed up with to­day’s movies be­cause of the vi­o­lence and noisy sound­track. ‘‘When I see films to­day, what is de­press­ing is that it’s like fast food – there’s no long-last­ing nu­tri­tion in it. It’s ab­sorbed and then for­got­ten,’’ says Davies, known for his re­al­is­tic ap­proach in pe­riod works such as Dis­tant Voices, Still Lives and The House of Mirth. He has re­turned to di­rect­ing drama for the first time in 11 years. ‘‘It’s usu­ally ac­com­pa­nied by some sound­track that just bangs and bangs. If they are vi­o­lent, I won’t go to see it be­cause I’ve had enough vi­o­lence in my child­hood to last me a life­time. I just don’t want to watch it, I just don’t,’’ he says. ‘‘You see all this jump­ing around and you think ‘for heaven’s sake’. It’s just silly and I don’t feel any­thing to­wards it. Per­haps I’m just get­ting old and mis­er­able, but I just don’t see any­thing in­ter­est­ing.’’ He was par­tic­u­larly dis­ap­pointed with the pe­riod dra­mas that are be­ing pro­duced. ‘‘The worst thing . . . is her­itage cinema. It’s ab­so­lutely stul­ti­fy­ing. I can’t sit through it,’’ he says. ‘‘I couldn’t give a damn about an­other Jane Austen, I just couldn’t care less. It’s just not true – and in­ac­cu­rate. You have to be true to what­ever era it’s in. Un­for­tu­nately, with her­itage cinema, ev­ery­thing is clean. In Dick­ens, even the grime is nice and clean.’’

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