Go­ing back to ba­sics

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

NOT many di­rec­tors like to talk about the dud films on their re­sume but Michael Ca­ton-Jones has al­ways been open about his.

Ca­ton-Jones dis­ap­peared from the big screen for 10 years after de­liv­er­ing Ba­sic In­stinct 2 in 2005, which tanked at the box of­fice and was mauled by crit­ics.

He ad­mit­ted the ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing on the stu­dio film was “painful” and forced him to re­assess his ca­reer, dab­bling in tele­vi­sion be­fore find­ing the right script for a big screen re­turn.

Ca­ton-Jones has hopped back on the horse with Ur­ban Hymn, about a trou­bled teenage girl caught up in delin­quency dis­cov­er­ing her singing voice and place in the world dur­ing the 2011 UK ri­ots.

Speak­ing to Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group from New York, where he was on lo­ca­tion scout­ing for a new, unan­nounced film, Ca­ton-Jones opened up about the ups and downs of his ca­reer.

“Ba­sic In­stinct 2 was a painful ex­pe­ri­ence; it was what it was but I didn’t want to do that any­more for a while,” he said.

“After a pe­riod of re­flec­tion, I still liked film, but not in the stu­dio ma­chine, which is un­cre­ative.

“What that gap did was point me in a di­rec­tion of what I wanted to do.”

After cre­at­ing pre­dom­i­nantly mas­cu­line-driven films such as This Boy's Life (1993), Rob Roy (1995) and The Jackal (1997), was it the fem­i­nine qual­ity that drew him to Ur­ban Hymn? “Not nec­es­sar­ily,” he replied. “I am gen­der-blind; it makes no dif­fer­ence to me what the gen­der of the char­ac­ters are.

“I come from Scot­land, which has strong, ca­pa­ble women who can do the things that men can do, even bet­ter.”

It was the chal­lenge of the mu­si­cal el­e­ment that piqued his in­ter­est.

“My knowl­edge of mu­sic is as a fan; I don’t play any in­stru­ments,” Ca­ton-Jones said. “The film is about the power of mu­sic.

“This isn’t about win­ning XFactor, so I be­lieve ev­ery­one can re­late to it. Un­like some­thing like Moulin Rouge, I wanted the sit­u­a­tion to be nat­u­ral, peo­ple singing to them­selves.

“The mu­sic was a tech­ni­cal chal­lenge, hav­ing to find the mu­sic be­fore we started film­ing. Usu­ally you have the lux­ury of hav­ing the fin­ished pic­ture in front of you be­fore you do the mu­sic.”

Ur­ban Hymn screens as part of the Bri­tish Film Fes­ti­val at Cin­ema Par­adiso, Luna SX and The Wind­sor, Oc­to­ber 27 to Novem­ber 16.

Ur­ban Hymn di­rec­tor Michael Ca­ton-Jones.

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