Archive for May 8, 2015

Showbusiness for Ugly People (and that means all of us)

Posted in FILM, Politics with tags , , , on May 8, 2015 by dcairns


When I was a little boy, my mum said she and my big brother and sister were going boating and would I like to come along? I was very keen. “I want to go boating!”

“No,” my mum said. “Boating.”

“That’s what I said! I love boating!”

We went out, but then we went into a church and my mum went into a booth and then came out and then we went home.

“I thought we were going boating?”

“Not boating,” my mum said. “Boating.”

My experiences of general elections have been disappointing for the most part ever since.

In 1989 I met the actor Dudley Sutton (THE DEVILS, FELLINI CASANOVA) who had come to Scotland to do a film I was making, THE THREE HUNCHBACKS.

“I’m delighted to be back in The People’s Republic of Scotland,” he said. “Because up here, not only do you SAY you don’t vote for her, you DON’T vote for her.”

This was the thing — people voted Tory for selfish reasons and were ashamed to admit it. So all the polls would suggest that the Conservatives were doing worse than they actually were. The British public can be pretty awful. They have just voted for welfare cuts, food banks, austerity…

As Oliver Reed says in RETURN OF THE MUSKETEERS, “The British people will stand for anything except the mistreatment of pack animals or an increase in the price of ale.”

As Bernard Hill says in SQUARING THE CIRCLE, “We are not a poor country. We are badly managed.”