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" The Tour de France would make a great movie. Drugs, corruption, political chicanery, guys risking their lives - everything you need for a great sports drama. "
" I used to live in Pillgwenlly, and there was this old Italian pizzeria that used to be there with a really amazing character who ran it. "
" As a kid, I thought movies were boring. My parents would hire VHS recorders for the weekend and watch Bollywood movies. I'd get bored and go out to Stoke Newington common to play football. "
" I wanted to make a film that wouldn't just appeal to Formula One fans. That's what the great sports documentaries do - 'Hoop Dreams,' 'When We Were Kings' - they're human dramas first, sport second, if at all. "
" I don't have these crazy deadlines. I don't have this, 'Oh it's got to be out tomorrow.' I don't like working like that. "
" It's always great to be able to go to a premiere with the actors there. "
" I never know going in if I've even got a movie to make. Once you start making a film, you hope there's going to be enough material! My job as a director is always to push for more. "
" The subjects have to come with questions for me. I don't make films where I'm a massive fan. "
" There's this great TV show we have called 'Later... with Jools Holland', a live-music show on Friday nights. Anyone and everyone's been on it. "
" My films often have a spiritual dimension which comes from my Muslim background, and I'm happy to tackle that in cinema. "
" A big part of my filmmaking is that I can go somewhere new and, visually, be excited by it. "
" My family didn't film anything. But then you look deeper and realize, maybe there are photographs, there are things. It's also context: You give something a context, and suddenly it becomes really deep or meaningful footage. "
" I worked in TV for a short time and couldn't stand the fact that we'd always be filming someone talking, just giving information. "
" We want to make movies for the big screen. We want people to go to the theater and feel like they're watching a movie. "
" I made several short films with very little dialogue. I'm still not a fan of talking heads. My stories are told with images as much as possible. "
" I lived in Camden, Primrose Hill and Kentish Town for 10 years. "
" To be teammates in Formula One actually means you are first rivals, not really mates. "
" My interest in filmmaking was always very much the visuals and images. "
" You don't have to be someone who likes walking a tightrope across the Twin Towers to watch 'Man On Wire.' "
" On 'Senna,' it got to the point where there was so much footage that our first editor had the wild suggestion that we only use the archive. "
" There are no drivers like Formula One drivers. They are engineers, in a way. They are driving manual cars one-handed at 200 miles per hour around streets in Monaco. These cars use the ultimate in technology. "
" I made three short films of my own which I wrote, produced, directed... you did everything in those days. My favourite one was something I shot on VHS... a little documentary. "
" A lot of the time when I'm working, I'm abroad. "
" Weirdly enough, I live in London - was born there and have lived there all my life - but I hadn't made a film in London for a long time. I hadn't found the right subject. I liked going away, to some far flung place. "