I'm under no illusion that I’m incredibly lucky to be to paid to work in a creative industry. There’s not much I’d swap my life for. Although, if you pushed me, I’d happily have a bash at being Bradford Young for a month or three.
If you don’t know who Bradford Young is, let me enlighten you because I am a BIG fan: he is a terrific cinematographer who’s under forty (swine), who’s been lined up to direct a stand-alone Star Wars movie; the as-yet-untitled 'Han Solo project' (swine). And if that wasn’t enough, he’s tipped to receive his first Academy Award nomination later this month for his work on the cerebral sci-fi film, Arrival. (Swine.)
To gain a better understanding of what makes Young so sought after, take a look at this feature on the terrific website Film School Rejects, a constant source of thoughtful posts on the state of cinema today. The embedded video is linked below for good measure - it’s inspiring stuff.
This all ties-in with a memory of mine from a night in 2014. My wife, a writer, was at a Mayfair screening of the movie Selma, followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Ava Duvarney. Further up the road towards Park Lane I was glued to 'A Most Violent Year’ at the wonderful Curzon cinema. My movie finished first, so I sauntered down to the Selma Q&A and sneaked in.
Ahead of me waiting to enter the theatre was a smartly dressed and vaguely familiar black guy. I suddenly realised that it was actor, David Oyelowo, the star of Selma. Oyelowo also starred in A Most Violent Year, so to find him in front of me was a real thrill, if a little surreal.
The point of this anecdote is that both movies were shot by Bradford Young - and that night, he had shown my wife and I two wonderful examples of how to enjoy cinema at its very best...