M makes a di­rect hit

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

Dench and Sky­fall di­rec­tor Sam Men­des pre­vi­ously worked to­gether when he was a hot­shot 24-year-old di­rec­tor mount­ing The Cherry Or­chard in the West End. ‘‘She was the first bona fide great ac­tor I had ever worked with,’’ he says. ‘‘I learned more from watch­ing her, the way she worked, than I ever had be­fore. She would never think of her­self as a teacher. She has too much hu­mil­ity and too much grace to con­sider her­self to be knowl­edge­able. But in fact, it wasn’t about what she said, it was about how she con­ducted her­self, how she re­hearsed, how she thought about the play, her ded­i­ca­tion to the play and the au­di­ence, her work ethic.’’ Dench re­calls Men­des as ‘‘very knowl­edge­able at the time’’. ‘‘I re­mem­ber say­ing to him, ‘Could I pos­si­bly try some­thing one way?’ And he said, ‘You can but it won’t work’,’’ says Dench. ‘‘When my op­por­tu­nity came in this film ( Sky­fall), he sug­gested some­thing to me and I said, ‘Well I can do that but it won’t work’.’’

Di­rec­tor Sam Men­des

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