Arts Q&A: Poldark director William McGregor on Cinemagic, Irish folk music and rugby
Jenny Lee puts performers and artists on the spot about what really matters to them. This week, Bafta-winning Poldark and One of Us director William McGregor
1. When did you think about film directing as a career and what were your first steps into it?
I enjoyed writing short stories, drawing and taking pictures, so picking up a Handycam and making short stories evolved from that when I was about 15. It was one of my first films shot solo with a Handycam that showed at Cinemagic in 2006. I then returned in 2009 with a student film which won a few awards.
2. Best gigs you've been to?
I recently saw an incredible Irish folk band called The Gloaming at The Royal Festival Hall, that was an incredible experience – there's something magical and timeless about their music.
3. Fantasy wedding/birthday party band?
I'd probably go with The Gloaming again, you can't go wrong with some 10th century Celtic folk music.
4. The record you'd take to a desert island?
Something by Dire Straits as it reminds me of home. I'll go with the conveniently titled Making Movies.
I'm going to cheat and go for a collection. Tales of Wonder by HG Wells.
6. Top three films?
Ken Russell's The Devils, Nic Roeg's Don't Look Now and Jack Clayton's The Innocents.
7. Worst film you've seen?
I walked out of a screening for the first time ever the other day, it was at the London Film Festival. But I don't want to say the title as I don't believe in knocking other peoples work.
8. Favourite authors?
HG Wells, Edgar Allen Poe and William Blake.
9. Sport you most enjoy and top team?
I used to play rugby, before my knees gave up. I have a soft spot for Leicester Tigers as I was in their youth set-up. Now I just enjoy going to the gym.
10. Ideal holiday destination?
A remote log cabin in the mountains.
11. Pet hate?
People chewing loudly.
12. What's your favourite:
Drink? An Old Fashioned.
13. Who is your best friend and how do you know each other?
I'd have to say my girlfriend Sarah. We meet whilst on a foundation degree in Art and Design 10 years ago.
14. Is there a God?
:: William McGregor will host a Talent Lab Q&A as part of the Cinemagic Film Festival for aspiring directors aged 16-25 on Saturday 22nd October, 2pm-5pm in George Best Belfast City Airport. For more info visit www.cinemagic.org.uk.