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Sally Potter, film director – portrait of the artist

26 February 2014 12:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

'When you push through your limits, it gets painful – it's like a scab coming off'

What first drew you to film-making?

First, watching films as a child. Second, putting a camera to my eye when I was about 14. My uncle and his then partner lent me their 8mm movie camera. I realised that, when you frame the world, you see and feel different things.

What was your big breakthrough?

The premiere of Orlando at the Venice film festival. It was startling: I don't think I'd ever had people appreciate something I'd done on such a scale.

Was it always your intention to take a multidisciplinary approach to your art (1)?

At the time, these life choices don't even feel like choices, and they're very confusing, especially as a young person. But with hindsight, it was the best possible training to be a director, which is very much a mongrel art form: »

- Laura Barnett

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