Irish Opinion David Norris

Something has been killing live stock in a remote part of North Wales and now it’s started attacking humans. Sophie, a teenager with a troubled past, puts herself and her friends at the mercy of this wild beast, when her obsession of the unexplained leads them deep into the Welsh countryside. Looking for evidence within an abandoned building, Sophie witnesses a vicious attack on her friend and then finds herself incarcerated in a locked room. She cannot escape and her only hope is that her friends manage to find her before her captor makes them his latest victim.

Q: Tell us about the last movie you saw?
A:The last movie I saw was ‘Juno’. I thought it was a slick piece of cinematic popcorn that skimmed the surface of serious issues in a selection of charactertures.

Q: What is your favourite Irish movie and why?

A:My favourite Irish movie is ‘Into the West’. It was just such a wonderfully Irish affirmation of life, funny, moving and marvellously acted including by the juveniles. I also think Gabriel Byrne is a superb actor. I saw it on a flight between New Zealand and Fiji and woke the person next to me up to watch it to because I was bursting with pride as it was an Irish movie.

Q: What is your favourite movie of all time?

A:My favourite movie of all time is Fellini’s ‘Amarcord’. I loved the sense of period, the characters, the gloriously sympathetic eccentricity of the characters and the wonderful musical score. The opening with the music and the falling of the puff balls is memorable as is the old uncle who climbs to the top of the tree and shouts aloud “I want a woman”.

Q: What movie could you never sit through again?

A:I never want to sit through ‘Big Momma’s House’ again. I was dragged to it by he who must be obeyed i.e. Tevfik.

Q: Describe your ideal movie cast… (actor, actress & director)
A:My ideal movie cast would be directed by Fellini and include his wife and who ever else he chose from his gallery of players.

Q: Have you ever cried during a movie? Which one?
A:Of course I have cried during movies. I can cry at the weather forecast, its very carthetic. I wept at a film I think it was called ‘Shine’. It was the story of David Helfgott, an Australian born pianist and genius. He suffered from Tourettes Syndrome or something like that and there was one extraordinarily moving moment when he was walking through a rain storm and came across a large window behind which there was some convivial activity, a pub or a nightclub with an old piano. With rain dripping off his nose and a fag hanging out of his mouth he made his way in, sat down at the piano to the ironic laughter of the audience. He then astonished them by giving a dazzling rendition of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Flight of the Bumble Bee’.

Q: Favourite movie snack?
A:Popcorn of course.

Q: Favourite TV programme?

A:Inspector Frost or perhaps Miss Marple but only if played by Joan Hickson. I also love the Antiques Road Show.
Q: Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?
A:Funny you should ask finally who should play me in a movie adaptation of my life. I was offered 50,000 for the rights to my life by a couple of bods in LA. They sent a contract which they urged me to refer to my Irish solicitor. I did so and she replied that I shouldn’t touch it with a barge pole. Not only did it give them rights throughout the entire realm of space and time, the known universe being only the beginning of it, but they also appeared to think it was reasonable to be able to manipulate my life and represent me in any fashion they thought money-making including characteristics and incidents that never occurred. I was warned that I might be turned into some kind of vampiric paedophile so regretfully I turned down the lolly. The two people I was dealing with were old friends and the most lovely people but of course one has to be aware of the money bag and studio element in Hollywood. I suppose they were trying to flatter me but the suggestions were for Colin Farrell to play me as a young man, all right but I was quite a sex pot in my day and Anthony Hopkins the shattered wreck that I now am. I doubt if these celluloid luminaries were actually approached. And before you laugh, may I tell you that in several places including Beverley Hills I have been asked for my autograph under the impression that I was Anthony Hopkins. Americans cannot distinguish between one rotund balding grey bearded Celt and another.

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