Hollywood Conversations with Mike Figgis

Back in 1998 Mike Figgis recorded a series of interviews with actors, director and producers.

It was primarily for Part 10 of the Faber Projections series, which was published in 1999.

I’d read the book when it came out but now Figgis has uploaded videos of the original interviews to his Vimeo channel, which were first shown on Film Four in 1999 (before it became Film4).

Most were conducted in his office on the Sony Pictures lot and featured candid and often fascinating conversations about the film industry with some key players.

Part of what’s intriguing about them is to consider how much things have (or have not) changed since then.

Click on the following links to view them on Vimeo:

> Mike Figgis at IMDb, Wikipedia and Vimeo
> Buy the book at Amazon
> Read his book on Digital Filmmaking at Google Books


The World’s First Live 3D Opera

The opera Lucrezia Borgia will be broadcast live and in 3D to select digital cinemas later this month.

The opera by Gaetano Donizetti based on Victor Hugo‘s play, will be performed by the ENO and is directed by Mike Figgis.

Lucrezia Borgia follows the complex relationship between a mother and her illegitimate son, exploring the brutal nature of Machiavellian politics and the struggle for power.

Paul Daniel conducts a cast including Claire Rutter as Lucrezia Borgia, Elizabeth DeShong as Maffio Orsini, Michael Fabiano as Gennaro and British bass Alastair Miles in the role of Alfonso dโ€™Este.

In a world first it will be brought live and in g3D to digital cinemas nationwide including Odeon, Vue, Apollo and Ormonde on Wednesday 23rd February at 7.30pm.

Mike Figgis is best-known for films such as Leaving Las Vegas (1995) and is making his operatic debut with this new production, which is in partnership with ENO, Sky 3D, Sky Arts and More2Screen.

> Find out more at the ENO
> More on Lucrezia Borgia at Wikipedia
> Mike Figgis at the IMDb