27 March 2012 7:39 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Carlisle-born film-maker delighted the crowd with some frank tales about how – and how not – to make it in Hollywood

On Saturday night at the Guardian's Open Weekend, film-maker Mike Figgis promised he was going to name names – and he duly did. Figgis gave a brilliant insight into the ups and downs of being a Hollywood director; in his case, more downs than ups. Figgis was born in Carlisle and grew up in Kenya (his father was a frustrated musician and DJ, his mother secretary to Ernest Hemingway, who may or may not have had a passion for her), and in the 1990s looked as if he could become one of Hollywood's top directors, with films such as Internal Affairs and Leaving Las Vegas. But, as he explained to a captivated audience, every time he got within sight of the pinnacle, he blew it.

The trouble is, Figgis said, he »

- Simon Hattenstone

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