On experiencing an inability to engage with intellectual work and how reconnecting with physical labour – and doing things you’ve meant to do for ages – is so fulfilling
How the heater-skelter nature of the film industry, with its intense highs and lows, means that the work that the Film & TV Charity does is essential especially in times of crisis – giving people a support network for mental health and wellbeing
In the 1990s, the films were about finding their identity; the films coming out of this time period may be about finding our way out of isolation and how to relate to the modern world
Reconnection has been the theme – with yourself, others, family, the world around you; it’s something that people are craving; technology a few months ago was about disconnection – trying to get the kids off it; now we’re using technology to connect in new ways that’s compelling
- Try to remember the benefits; it’s pushed us together in a different way and it’s a period of reconnection with ourselves and others and the earth; it’s speaking to us and I hope we listen.
- There’s a lot of fear in the world right now so I prepare myself whenever I go out. People are so afraid that they can look at you suspiciously. So I stock up with smiles before I go out and do it in a metaphorical way and try to take something pleasant out into the world.
- Find small things to celebrate – we can eat pickles and onion before our calls because no one can smell our breath!
Tim Pope is a multi award-winning pioneer in the field of pop video, and across a 40-year period has also directed documentaries, commercials, live concert films, short films and a movie in Hollywood.
Music clients include David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Queen, Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Fatboy Slim and most famously The Cure, for whom he alone has made many iconic music films and in 2019 released worldwide the band’s live concert film ‘Anniversary’ in 1,500 cinemas.
Current projects include a new self-written feature movie ‘Drone’ and two documentaries with The The and The Cure. He also lectures in film at several film schools and universities.