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All Quotes by author - Stephen Frears
" As a director, my job is to protect. I protect scripts, actors, cameramen, designers. "
" Audiences aren't fools - their judgement really is important. And the true heroes of films are the investors. They take the risk, after all. "
" Film schools didn't exist when I was growing up. I learned by working with clever people. Good writers and cinematographers. "
" I can't write; I don't think I'm even particularly good at telling a writer what's good or what's missing. So, actually having someone who can do that is a godsend. "
" I don't generally believe in people being knighted. "
" I had a somewhat charmed life. I was brought up at the BBC. I did meet so many people cleverer than myself in those years. Often, I was slapped down and made to feel not good enough. "
" I have people around me. I have a semi-permanent crew. If I make a film, they just turn up. They don't even invite themselves. They don't ask if they can come - they just turn up! "
" I like a lot of takes. I just go on until the actors get it right. "
" I like making films about different cultures. I'm interested in things that I've never encountered before. I try to put myself in the audience's position. "
" I'm a Republican, but I like the Queen. Like everyone else, I'm sentimental about the Queen. "
" I'm from the Midlands. I lived in London for 50 years, but I'm not sure that I think of myself as a Londoner. I can see that we're all metropolitan, whether we are Londoners or not. "
" I'm Jewish; I'm not religious at all, and I wouldn't pretend to know anything about Catholic politics. "
" I never expected to become a director. It never occurred to me to come to America, to Hollywood. It's all been a wonderful accident. I'm still amazed every time I finish a film. "
" I never thought I was very good at developing material. I grew up at the BBC where they sent you scripts. "
" I remember reading the script for 'Dangerous Liaisons' and thinking that I could quite happily spend the rest of my life watching this film; the story and the writing were so wonderful. "
" I teach film directing, inasmuch as you can. It's not really possible to teach film direction, but I sit there as a sort of testimony of experience and know-how, I suppose. "
" It never crossed my mind to make a film about Muhammad Ali or the Queen or any of them! They just come out of the blue. "
" I've always found poverty a source of strength. "
" I want my films to get audiences. I am not interested in making them just for myself. "
" I wouldn't want to make the same film every time. I get easily bored. "
" Oh, I live in London. So, whether I like it or not, I am a member of the metropolitan elite. If I were anywhere else in the country, I'd hate me. "
" The only way you can learn about making films is by making them, by putting your stamp on the thing. "
" There's one thing now that I experience every day when I'm making a film. I get up and think to myself, 'Am I going to be able to do it today?' I figure as long as I have that fear, I'll be alright. "
" To be successful at anything, you need the right to fail, not just occasionally. "
" Truth is quite constricting, in a way. You endlessly see at the start of a film 'This is a true story'. "
" When I go and teach, it sort of opens me up in some way. And when you're open, you're more receptive. "
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