Sir Alan Parker on If...

Director Sir Alan Parker introduces his Screen Epiphany If... (UK 1968 Dir Lindsay Anderson) to Artistic Director Eddie Berg at an exclusive members event at BFI Southbank, in partnership with American Express. Sir Parker talks about the political significance of If... and the effect it had on him as a 24 year old director in 1968, also describing the UK's general ignorance of the political unrest faced by much of the rest of the world at the time.

Sir Parker also pays tribute to many of the crew members who worked on If..., including Miroslav Ondrícek and Milos Forman. Cinematographers Michael Seresin and Chris Menges, camera assistants on the film, revealed to Parker that they had learnt a great deal from Ondrícek, who had realised he needed more light than they could afford to shoot the scene in the Chapel, so resourcefully decided to shoot it in black and white. Sir Parker also discusses Malcolm McDowell's iconic portrayal of Mick Travis, suggesting that it gave a glimpse of the swagger which he later brought to his performance in A Clockwork Orange (Dir Stanley Kubrick 1971).

This event was held exclusively for BFI Members and guests, in partnership with American Express.



 

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