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Last WordsConsidering Contemporary Cinema$
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Jason Wood

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171977

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171977.001.0001

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Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton

(p.140) Tilda Swinton
Last Words

Jason Wood

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents an interview with actress Tilda Swinton. While not a film director, Swinton is very much a driving force behind many of the films that she makes and that her bond with her directors goes beyond that of merely muse or hired hand. Her career began with close collaborations with Derek Jarman in films such as Caravaggio (1986), The Garden (1990), and Blue (1993). From Danny Boyle's The Beach (2000) onwards Swinton has been able to balance roles in more mainstream fare with her championing of independent productions. An adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel of the same name, We Need To Talk About Kevin is perhaps Swinton's most remarkable performances to date as the mother of a psychotic son with extremely violent tendencies. The interview covered topics such as what is was about Shriver's novel that interested her; and her need to be inspired and challenged by the directors and material with which she works.

Keywords:   interviews, actress, Tilda Swinton, filmmaking, We Need to Talk About Kevin

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