My First Movie, Take Two: Ten Celebrated Directors Talk about Their First Film (Paperback)

Ten Celebrated Directors Talk about Their First Film

By Stephen Lowenstein

Vintage, 9781400079902, 318pp.

Publication Date: January 6, 2009



A sequel to the critically acclaimed My First Movie, Stephen Lowenstein once again talks to some of our most celebrated filmmakers about their debut films. Lowenstein interviews ten directors about their career-launching film and how they got the movie off the ground: how they raised the finance, found actors, searched for locations, worked with the crew and saw the project through to completion. Filmmakers interviewed include Richard Linklater on Slacker; Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on Amores Perros; Terry Gilliam on Jabberwocky; and Sam Mendes on American Beauty. A wonderfully rich compendium that is lively, informative, funny, and often surprising.

About the Author

Stephen Lowenstein is the author of My First Movie. He has worked on British television documentaries for Channel 4, ITV, and the BBC. He is the writer/director of two critically acclaimed short films and currently has several feature-length projects in development in England and America. He lives in London.

Praise For My First Movie, Take Two: Ten Celebrated Directors Talk about Their First Film

“Richly readable. . . . There's more casual poetry in this slim volume than in all the reviews you'll read this year.”
Los Angeles Times

“Rollicking. . . . In this moment of extreme uncertainty for the future of art-house cinema, it is heartening that My First Movie devotes so much time to lesser-known, if beloved, foreign directors.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Inspiring. . . . [Lowenstein's] second book of questions for directors is a solid read for those in the business and those who observe it.” —Filmmaker