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He’s only in a little bit of his latest, “Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” which finds the soft-spoken, sometimes bumbling English filmmaker heading to South Central to examine the "Grim Sleeper," a serial killer who ran rampant over the area for 25 years before being caught. I’ve always been aware that it’s a deeply divided city, with these amazingly rich areas but where the majority is very poor and completely disenfranchised. The people we met were so appreciative of the fact that they were able to talk at length about their lives. They were incredibly articulate and very aware of their position. It was a fun film to make because the people we met were such amazing people. They knew it was more than a 30-second spot on the local news.But this becomes an excuse to get to know people in a disenfranchised and demonized part of one of America’s richest cities. When I read about the Grim Sleeper story, the thing that most interested me was the community. They call it something else; they don’t call it the “riots,” they call it “the uprising.” It’s a whole different attitude. I did think it was the first time it ever happened. All these people who’ve lived in Los Angeles all their lives were warning me not to go down there, because dreadful things would happen. That happens if you have this whole community who are misrepresented. There’s long been this idea of South Central as a place no one should go to.The Story Of Anvil An opening of Heavy Metal icons such Slash, Lemmy and Lars Ulrich singing the praises of a band you’ve never heard of makes you think it’s all just a Spinal Tap style spoof.
I’m from the opposite school of documentary filmmaking.
Your first rash of films were more fly-on-the-wall, but starting with 1988’s “Driving Me Crazy” you started inserting yourself into your documentaries, almost like a host or character. The reason I did it initially was I did this film about Lily Tomlin [1986’s “Lily Tomlin”], which is not a good film and then she sued us afterwards.
One night, after drinking with members of his regiment, he runs his car over a woman: she dies, and all but one of his pals urge him to drive on. "Dark Obsession" is a stylish, sexy story of the place where love becomes something darker, and where friendship and loyalty to an ideal become a reason to circumvent justice at all costs.
When a drunk English aristocrat (Gabriel Byrne) driving a friend's car accidentally kills a woman, his friends cover it up.
When one of them has a crisis of conscience, he is obliquely warned to examine where his loyalties lie.
Meanwhile, the aristocrat's wife (Amanda Donohoe) is wrestling with her own marital secrets and her own obsessions.
It’s a part of town that seems to have been forgotten by the rest of it. Actually the initial cameraman I had left after four days. There are a lot of documentaries where someone writes a script and they go off and make that script.
When the funding, the programs stopped in the late ’70s, the community’s communication with the rest of the city ceased. I knew people who had set up medical centers and reeducation programs and tried to get people jobs and opportunities, tried to get the community going. I always feel there’s a much more interesting film out there than anything you could ever imagine. It should reflect your voyage of discovery with these people. Sometimes you think one thing at the beginning and think something different at the end, which is always more interesting.
Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield, "Dark Obsession" is one of the most chilling ever dramatic commentaries on the British class system and its codes of honour.
The film may be too sophisticated for the average American viewer to pick up the nuances (as seen by the other review of this film in this forum) but stands alone as a superb family drama with stellar performances from Byrne, Donohoe, as well as the incomparable Judy Parfitt as the family matriarch, and is one of the most underrated films of its kind.
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