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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]
Apparently, his first job on a film shoot was working as Lindsay Anderson
's assistant in his early twenties, a position he described as "...basically holding cups of tea".