Jason Wood on Nicolas Roeg

Author/programmer Jason Wood discusses Nicolas Roeg's career, themes and motifs in support of the Nicolas Roeg Season at BFI Southbank. Wood describes Roeg's journey, which began with camera work in films such as Petulia (1968 Dir Richard Leicester), Fahrenheit 451 (1966 Dir Francois Truffaut) and Far from a Madding Crowd (1967 Dir John Schlesinger) - experience which infused his work as he made the leap to directing. Wood explains that Roeg understood how effectively cultures can intercept each other, and therefore he initiated cross pollination between music and film in casting Mick Jagger in Performance (1968) and David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976).

Wood explains how vital it is that films and literature inspire emotions that the viewer might rather stay repressed - something Roeg has always successfully executed with his work. He also suggests that, though Roeg has recently been voted Greatest British Filmmaker in Time Out, he is a filmmaker who is always ahead of time, and that as a result he has been severely under appreciated, and is ripe for reappraisal. Roeg believes he is a film maker whose work does not belong in the past, rather it belongs in the future.


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