Mike Leigh, director of the new British film Mr. Turner, said that, as Chairman of the London Film School, he’s very interested in young filmmakers and that it’s important to stick to your principles.
“I’ve been offered far bigger budgets… provided I have an American star in [the film],” he says. “I mean no disrespect to Johnny Depp – or whoever it is – but I don’t think Mr. Turner would be half so good if he’d played Mr. Turner.”
“It’s out there,” says Leigh. “People can get hold of a camera and get out there and do it. So the other advice is: get out there and do it!”
He adds: “The cinema of the future is going to be very exciting.”