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[on his cinematic influences] The New German Cinema during my years in the [Oxford university] cinema club. Fassbinder [Rainer Werner Fassbinder
], Wenders [Wim Wenders
]. In shooting Butterfly Kiss
(1995) I thought of their way of filming places that weren't cinematographic in and of themselves, of their sense of the atmosphere of a place. [from: "Michael Winterbottom: Interviews", 2010]
Went to Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Blackburn.
Often has actors improvise, rather than work exclusively from the script