Richard Lowenstein's latest feature film, 'He Died With A Felafel In His Hand' made its debut at the 50th Melbourne International Film Festival as the closing night film. He has directed a swag of music videos for the likes of INXS, U2, Hunters & Collectors and Pete Townshend, in addition to his seminal 80s feature Dogs In Space, Strikebound and White City. He Died With A Felafel In His Hand is being released nationally on the 9th of August.
Q) What is one of your favourite films and reasons why?
A) Emir Kusturica's 'Underground' for the amalgam of story, history, dream, passion, pain, suffering, euphoria, joy, art, entertainment, life, death, music, sound, politics and symbolism...
Q) What is your favourite scene from a movie? And because?
A) No one scene should have to carry the burden of anyone's ultimate 'favourite' as no one film should. The combination of diverse art forms that make up the concept of cinema creates vast array of these potential moments, but some of the ones that spring to mind are:
Donald O'Connor's "Make 'Em Laugh" scene in 'Singing In The Rain' -- for it's sheer exuberance of spirit and reaching a cinematic highpoint on the smallest scale...
The opening sequence of Bob Fosse's 'Cabaret' -- for it's ability to set up character, time, place, atmosphere and story in a microcosmic environment...
The Snow scene in "The Magnificent Ambersons" -- for encapsulating an entire world in a single moment in time and character...
Q) Favourite actress? And why?
A) Audrey Hepburn... for being a true original who had the ability to take one's heart and hold it in a safe place.
Q) Favourite actor? And why?
A) Toshiro Mifune and Buster Keaton -- for both having such a profound presence and sense of inner performance.
Q) What attracts you to film?
A) The ability to lie and tell the truth at the same time...