Wild Bill is being hailed as the best British film in years, so we decided to chat to director Dexter Fletcher about absolutely nothing
Most will know him as Baby Face from Bugsy Malone or Soap from Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. I first knew him as the very handsome Spike, the American reporter on Press Gang and more recently as a man I’m lucky enough to call one of my most favourite friends.
He has the loudest and most infectious laugh I know, the most brilliant mind, a very clever eye and the voice of an angel. Dexter Fletcher is the man of the moment thanks to his recent directorial debut, Wild Bill, which is in UK cinemas now and has been received with critical acclaim by some of our most formidable writers.
The Independent called it “The most affecting, funny, and sure-footed comedy-drama that we’re likely to see this year” whilst The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw wrote “Why can’t all British crime dramas be so well written and well acted, and have a splash of comedy as confident as this?”
The premise of the film as told in Dexter’s own words is as follows :
“Wild Bill is a poignant, funny, heart felt father and son story set against the emerging Olympic frontier of Stratford east london. ‘Bill’ must find his place in the world and learn how to be a father to Dean and Jimmy. Never easy when his old life and gang are set on dragging him back into a life of crime. Can Bill find the heart and strength to be the man and father his kids need him to be.”
When I said I wanted to interview him we decided that rather than asking all kinds of the same old questions about Wild Bill, with answers you could find anywhere, we’d do things a bit differently. After all it’s so much more interesting to learn things about someone you didn’t already know. Plus it gives me the chance to include a video of one of my all time favourite Dexter moments. So here he is talking film, fashion, music, poker, steak and lots more about Absolutely Nothing :
Absolutely Nothing To Direct
This is a tough one as some things should be left as they are but ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ is one of my all time favourite films. But I’m not so arrogant and stupid to think I could do it better than it’s already been done.
Absolutely Nothing To Listen To
My wife, Dalia, directs opera and as a result I have my moments of getting into some pretty classic stuff. She is currently directing ‘Manon Lescaut’ by Puccini. Always worth a listen.
Absolutely Nothing To Read
Just started ‘The Sister Brothers’ by Patrick DeWitt a comic anti-western. Loving every page so reading it very slowly.
Absolutely Nothing To Watch
Don’t do masses of TV but I’m happy to sit through ‘The Incredibles’ anytime.
Absolutely Nothing To Do
Then I’ll reluctantly go to the gym and see my trainer Sebo. A 6ft 9inch bastard who tries to stop me eating bread.
Absolutely Nothing To Eat
Then I’ll go to Union Jacks in Holborn and eat flat bread pizza to die for. The best around and made with all British produce.
Absolutely Nothing To Cook
Get me a rib eye and I’ll rub it with garlic and bash it with rosemary. Sublime!
Absolutely Nothing To Laugh About
Anchorman with Will Ferrell. Always delivers and Steve Carrell is great in it too.
Absolutely Nothing To Wear
I love my Japanese clothes and designers so I’ll go Dover Street Market for some Comme Des Garçon or 45 RPM but you’ll have to go to Paris to find the nearest shop.
Absolutely Nothing To See
Wander over to the Tate Modern. Free and always great.
Absolutely Nothing To Play
I play poker badly and the piano even worse.
Absolutely Nothing To Get Excited About
Since directing ‘Wild Bill’ things are getting very exciting and I get more and more scripts to read. I am developing a few different ideas but my dream is to still make a Western.
Absolutely Nothing To Sing
I did a charity fund raiser for my wife and got to sing Michael Buble’s ‘Everything’ with an 80 piece orchestra. you might find it on you tube if you’re really bored. I had the time of my life….
Make sure you go and see Wild Bill as soon as you can. It’s one not to be missed and you’ll be seeing a lot more from this very clever man with the best hair in the business.
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