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Let's Drift: John Maclean's Cinematic Baker's Dozen
Mat Colegate , July 3rd, 2015 06:51

As his debut feature Slow West hits the cinemas, John Maclean - former Beta Band member turned director - takes time out to reveal his 13 favourite films to The Quietus


Badlands (Terrence Malick, 1973)

Again, as I was saying about the dreamlike quality, which is quite hard to capture without being stylised. I quite like Bergman for this where the dreams are filmed as real as the real stuff. The whole of Badlands has the essence of a dream. It comes from everything: the bells on the theme tune; the dealing with violence in such a poetic way...

There's a certain Scottish relationship with Americana that always seems to be there.

People lived off the land in Scotland and went to America more so than in England. It's the same with Ireland and the famine, there was definitely an exodus to America. I think there were a lot of letters going back and forth – as The Proclaimers said - so there is definitely that history. Also in things like music, if you listen to some really early American music it's very like some early Scottish music. It goes back the other way with Primal Scream and Teenage Fanclub.