In­spi­ra­tions: Emily Perkins

Emily Perkins co-wrote the screen­play for The Re­hearsal, based on Eleanor Cat­ton’s de­but novel, pre­mier­ing at the NZIFF on July 23.

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● The writer I most ad­mire is… I love writ­ers whose work con­tains wild­ness, ten­der­ness and au­dac­ity and if I had to choose one whose hu­man­ity I find as­tound­ingly ad­mirable it might be Primo Levi. He en­dured the un­speak­able and was able to share it with enor­mous moral courage and in­tegrity.

● My dream hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion is… Ky­oto, Ja­pan. It is mag­i­cal and I’d like to go there sev­eral times a year, thanks, if some­one can ar­range it? I’m pretty sure you could visit a dif­fer­ent set of gar­dens and tem­ples each time.

● The book that changed my life was… Kurt Von­negut’s Slaugh­ter­house Five. It bridged my child­hood and adult read­ing. I was too young to re­ally un­der­stand it, but the crazi­ness and hu­mour and se­ri­ous­ness all cre­ated an in­tox­i­cat­ing ef­fect I wanted more of. Books con­tinue to con­stantly change my life.

● When I need to wind down… I love to walk, ei­ther in si­lence or lis­ten­ing to any of the bril­liant free pod­casts that seem to me a mir­a­cle of our time. I live near Welling­ton’s Botanic Gar­den, one of my favourite places to go. You can’t avoid steep hills here, but with good lis­ten­ing you can dis­tract your­self from the climb.

● I feel most calm when I… Wake up on Box­ing Day – the great­est and most un­der­rated day of the year.

● The quote that al­ways mo­ti­vates me is… “Very lit­tle grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crum­bled, so wild­flow­ers will come up where you are. You’ve been stony for too many years. Try some­thing dif­fer­ent. Sur­ren­der,” by Rumi.

● My most prized pos­ses­sion is… A photo of my dad with my sis­ter and me when we were small, taken by my mum. She was a pho­tog­ra­pher and the pic­tures she took through our child­hood are among my best trea­sures. I loved to watch the trans­for­ma­tions that took place in the de­vel­op­ing room, aka our gar­den shed.

● My advice to my 16-year-old self would be… Put down the kitchen snips and go to a proper hair­dresser. And don’t smoke. You like it too much. Aside from that, carry on, don’t try to avoid any of what’s com­ing.

● A per­fect night with friends is… I just had a week­end with old friends at the Sherwood in Queen­stown, a com­mu­nity ho­tel full of heart. We were sur­rounded by snowy moun­tains and late au­tumn colour. Mu­si­cian Na­dia Reid was play­ing and after her set we went back to our room and drank more and talked un­til two. That was pretty per­fect.

THE FLOWER I LIKE ON MY KITCHEN TA­BLE IS… SWEET PEAS. THEIR SCENT IS SO EN­TIC­ING YET FLEET­ING, AS IF THAT SWEET­NESS IS FOR­EVER ON THE VERGE OF FAD­ING AWAY.

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