Interview with a British director Stephen Frears, who just finished editing his new film Dangerous Liaisons. The director talks about this project, which fits in with what he had done before, meaning films with a "social" background, set in contemporary England (My Beautiful Laundrette). He also speaks more generally about the way he directs a film.
England's Stephen Frears, born in 1941, had a healthy television career as well as two feature-length films - slick tributes to the thriller genre - under his belt when television films made him a leader of 1980s "new British cinema". My Beautiful Laundrette was screened in theatres in 1985 and was the first part of a remarkable trilogy, along with Prick Up Your Ears (1987) and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987).
Frears then chose to commit himself to social realism. He greatly surprised everyone when he turned to directing international films that went on to be very successful, such as Dangerous Liaisons, a literary adaptation in costumes (1988), The Grifters (1990) and Hero (1992). The rest of his career showed his amazing ability to alternate ambitious Hollywood projects (Mary Reilly in 1996, The Hi-Lo Country in 1998) with more modest film endeavours that met with much success in Britain (The Snapper in 1994, The Van in 1996, The Queen in 2006).