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I saw Laurence Olivier’s 1944 film Henry V [above] in Ottawa. Our family lived in the forest in spring, summer and fall – my father was an entomologist – so it must have been winter. If it had been words read from the page, there wouldn’t have been much hope.
Our parents couldn’t get a babysitter, so they took us kids. But it was acted – as Shakespeare intended – and children can read expressions, tones of voice and can certainly follow plots, or at least the general idea. I remember it vividly, especially the thrilling flight of arrows.
It was the first time I’d seen an actress who could read my mind and tug at my heart.
I’ve sat in many theatres since, but that performance was my passport, my ticket to all the others..
Filmmakers Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell met while working on Alexander Korda's film, 'The Spy in Black' (1939).
I grew up in a fairly remote part of the world, on the borders of England and Wales.
In my childhood there wasn’t much going on in the way of arts and culture, so my mum and dad made the effort to take my sister and me up to London for a couple of nights once a year, and they always managed to book a show.
I remember seeing the musical play Return To The Forbidden Planet [below, based on the 1956 sci-fi film] and being absolutely thrilled when the big red curtain lifted.
It was an alchemical combination of the Shakespearean language, Fifties science fiction and rock ’n’ roll.