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"Shy People Telling Small Stories, Quietly": Jeanie Finlay's Favourite Films
Adrian Lobb , April 24th, 2014 10:40

Jeanie Finlay, director of Sound It Out and The Great Hip Hop Hoax picks her favourite films, and talks about the final days of fundraising on her next documentary, Orion

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Grey Gardens (1975, Albert and David Maysles)
This was a tough choice between Grey Gardens and Wisconsin Death Trip, because James Marsh is such a muscular filmmaker. James Marsh has fingerprints all over the way people think of documentary filmmaking, that it can be in cinemas, it can be big, ambitious, and a thriller. But I would say Grey Gardens has had a bigger impact on me. Little Edie is one of the finest characters ever on film, the way she engages and flirts with the camera – you can see her creating her own portrait as you are watching the film. They are decadent and camp in a delicious way, and she is so stylish – I like that film very much. The film has a lot of space and breath in it. I like that decadent squallor. I met Albert Maysles a few years ago and got to put his glasses on. And then then Steven went to Indonesia to make a film, I would joke that me and my daughter were becoming like the Little Edie and her mum.


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