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6 The Dark Knight A director that uses (mostly) one camera, 70mm, and lets it run well over 2hours – and Hollywood hates that. He manages to spend millions, which you actually see on screen, as well as being one of the very few films of the comic genre that succeeds as a great movie. With Inception as well, he shows that a Director’s bold vision is enough to take over a $1billion. 7 12 Angry Men Now this is my favourite in this list because its set for nearly the entire movie in a single room. Its also in black and white, but its a masterclass in acting, scriptwriting and direction. You can imagine the screams “this picture is all set in one room, the audience will get bored after fifteen minutes”. Most execs freak out at a one minute courtroom scene. “Quick more cutting, we need to speed it all up, people will turn off!” 8 Schindler’s List 9 Lord of the Rings: The return of the king 10 A true story, adapted very well to the big screen. I can imagine a few squeaky shoes at that first production meeting. Fair play to Peter Jackson, he managed to get a studio to let him spend millions on adapting a book no one had ever risked to take to the big screen on anything like this scale. And at 9, he clearly succeeded. Fight Club A film about people who like to beat each other up for fun. The oddest premise, with Meat Loaf in a supporting role, and with super bold direction – again, can you imagine the elevator pitch?! So, despite the fact that so many of us try to be bold, we do lose out to the mediocre. We for instance are always dealing with producers that just want the cheapest deal, do everything in one big post house, usually with a safe pair of hands / an old drinking mate / or that’s near their office. Yet, the fact remains, for really great work to be made you have to be bold and pick the team that has the utmost ability to deliver the best. It doesn’t matter if it’s TV, commercials, or features or docs, it’s got to be bold, for me, it’s like Top Boy, The Wire, to Breaking Bad, to The Fades and on – do not give in to mediocrity, and strive to produce films, whether 5 seconds or 13 hours, that take the audience on a new and exciting journey. During the next ten years, my motto is “Push it”, and thankfully I’m now working with clients that feel the same – and it’s fantastic! If you’re a young filmmaker, whatever your discipline, be bold, be bold, BE BOLD. TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 85 JANUARY 2014 | 67