Published 01 March 2014 02:30 AM
Favourite film? Blade Runner, for its blend of science fiction and film-noir, and its questions about humanity and technology.
Last film you saw and loved? I watched The Umbrellas of Cherbourg again the other day, as we are having a retrospective of Jacques Demy at this year’s festival.
Last film you saw and hated? Gravity was a big letdown. A very disappointing script undermined all the promise of the fantastic imagery.
BEST film festival memory? Meeting Mathieu Amalric at a party in Cannes just after he had won Best Director for On Tour – and discovering that he used to live in Bantry in west Cork and worked on my friend’s farm.
Favourite band? The raw sound of The Velvet Underground was a defining musical influence in my youth that still lingers on.
Best concert/gig you’ve ever seen? Kraftwerk in Berlin – seeing the pioneers of electronic music when they reformed was a truly awesome experience.
Last book you read and loved? The Teachings of Don Juan: Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda, a young anthropologist who becomes an apprentice to a Mexican medicine-man.
Favourite TV show? I’ve just finished watching Breaking Bad; it’s not the best TV show I’ve ever seen but I certainly was hooked.
Favourite radio presenter? John Peel, for always discovering great new music and changing the nature of broadcasting.
Favourite city/country? My wife and I first lived together in Berlin. The city holds a special place in our hearts.
Favourite food/restaurant? Rasa in Stoke Newington, London – my local vegetarian restaurant serves sumptuous South Indian food from Kerala.
THE 25TH CORK FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL RUNS FROM MARCH 2 – 9. SEE WWW.CORKFRENCHFILMFESTIVAL.COM