Cloudbusting -- Kate
Bush In Her Own Words
Have you any hopes to branch out into films or to theatre?
- Yes, I have hopes. No plans, though. I think that's very much
something that will come along and I'll know when it is. And I don't think it's
in the near future.
- No, I don't think so. I've got to much to do in music, I've only
just begun. (1979, Ask
- My plans for the future... Well, I want to get into films. And I
want to do more on stage. I love staging my own shows, working out the
routines, designing the whole package, and using every aspect of my creativity.
What kind of films would she like to make?
- My favourite is Don't Look Now. I was incredibly
impressed by the tension, the drive and the way that every loose end was tied
up. I get so irritated by films which leave ideas hanging. (1982, Company)
- Some taboo subjects definitely attract me...I don't think I do like
particularly gory things. With _Don'tLook Now,
Psycho, it's not the gore so much as the emotional effect - the
distortion. I don't think I'd ever go and see Texas Chainsaw
Massacre and Friday the 13th, things like that. I think
it's sick: you know everybody is going to die disgustingly. I
prefer films that work around the subject, build you up... (1982, NME)
The following is a list of kate's ``desert island videos", some of
her favorite films.
- Being stuck there could be an idyllic time. I've enjoyed working
alone, even as a kid, and I can collect all my thoughts together then. But the
prospect of being there with my favorite films is exciting, because I
love the cinema and rarely get the chance
to visit it because of my work. So I'd go to town on my selection.
- Not a lot of people have heard of this one, but it's by the Japanese
director Akira Kurosawa. I just happen to think that this is one of his best.
It was a toss up between this and his Seven Samurai, which is a
tremendously atmospheric picture. However, I think this one wins the day.
- As there wouldn't be a shower within thousands of miles... or a
motel, I feel quite safe having this along with me. Of course it scares me
silly, and the fact that it's in black and white only adds to the terror, but
Anthony Perkins is so marvellous in it. It's one of those films I can watch
lots of times, even though I know the ending. Time Bandits
- This is the kind of film that'll be around for years - like the
Disney ones. When Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin of the Monty Python team got
together on this they must have been inspired, because it appeals to kids and
adults alike. The story is so original and seems to incorporate just about
everything from pantomime, fairy tales, drama... the whole show. Don't
- Donald Sutherland I can always watch - he's got such a wry sense of
humour. Ever since I saw him in M*A*S*H I've been a fan. And yet
in this film there's no humour at all. It's a real creepy and has a terrifying
climax. But there's such a lot to be observed in the relationship between
Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie that you don't get tired of it.
Night of the Demon [U.s. Title: curse of the
- This is an oldie, if the fifties can be described as old.
Night of the Demon is one of the better horror films from that
period. It really keeps you on the edge of your seat without frightening you
out of it. It's about a secret ancient inscription of the rune symbols at
Stonehenge. Whoever holds a certain piece of paper with these written on it
incites the wrath of the demons. Very exciting. Barry Lyndon
- Not too much to say about this film, except that I love the story
and the whole atmosphere of the film. It's just a picture that moves me
- Marvellous Hitchcock stuff. Really vintage and one of the classics
with Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant. It's that buildup of mystery that fascinate
- This film just goes on forever; it's timeless. I saw it when I was a
child, and I go to see it whenever it comes on the circuit. Magical! I
love fairy stories anyway. To Kill a
- I read the book, then saw the film, and I wasn't disappointed. It's
the story that appeals most here. Just a marvellous film. The Empire
- Working this lot out, I've realized what contrasting tastes I've got
in films. But here, I think that the sequel to Star Wars is better
than its predecessor. There was always the risk that it would be some kind of
anti-climax, but it goes beyond expectations. (1983, Popular Video)
How did the session for the film the magician of
lublin come about? Did you help maurice jarre write the song or its
- Maurice Jarre asked me to sing the song, which he had already
written. The whole thing was a most enjoyable experience. (1984, KBC 17)
- There are
many films that you don't think much of at the time, but weeks afterwards you
get flashbacks of images. Sometimes films like Don't Look Now and
Kagemusha have really haunted me. You don't necessarily steal
images from films, but they are very potent and take you somewhere else -
somewhere impossible to get to without that spark. (1985, Melody Maker)
But more than other pop musicians or authors, miss Bush said movies
have inspired her. Among film makers, she said she most admires Alfred
Hitchcock, Nicolas Roeg and Terry Gilliam.
- Their work has spoken to me as directly as that of any other kind of
artist. Many of my songs I think of as very filmic. (1985, The New York Times)
Does having such complete control seem overwhelming at times? Yes,
it does. But I think in a way, what I'm moving towards, and I don't know if
it'll work or not, but I feel like it's all leading me to the combination of
music and film. I hope that someday maybe in a few years, I could experiment
with making a film.
- Yeah. I'm really -
You mean, like a full length feature?
- Maybe not a full length feature, but yes I'd love to, I really would
like to work with visuals and music at the same time, because at the moment I'm
restricted to making visuals in the context of videos to music that already
exists. I'd really like to play with this a lot more. (1989, KFNX)
- I have this desire in the back of my mind now of making music and
film at the same time - putting the two together. IT WOULD SEEM A NATURAL,
CONSIDERING THAT SHE HAS CONCEIVED AND DIRECTED MOST OF HER OWN PROMOTIONAL
Bush - who also produces her albums and plays piano and synthesizer
- came close to going beyond four-minute videos when she flirted with the idea
of making a film based on the ninth wave, the intriguing
conceptual second side of the hounds of love.
- What I wanted to do was turn that into a half-hour film integrating
music with visuals. When I was writing it, I was really thinking visually. It
was just unfortunate that by the time I had the opportunity to make the film I
was just too tired. I did not have the energy. (1990, Los Angeles Times)
- So many films touch you,even if it's only the atmosphere you're left
with. There was The Innocents (ADAPTED FROM HENRY JAMES'S GHOST
STORY The Turn Of The Screw AND DIRECTED IN 1961 BY JACK CLAYTON,
STARRING DEBORAH KERR AND MICHAEL REDGRAVE) which I saw when I was a kid. It
was so strong, and years later I wrote ``The Infant Kiss'' There's an old
horror film called Night Of The Demon (ADAPTED FROM THE M.R. JAMES
SHORT STORY ``CASTIN THE RUNES'' AND DIRECTED IN 1957 BY JACQUES TOURNEUR,
STARRING DANA ANDREWS AND PEGGY CUMMINS) and that very much inspired `` Hounds
Of Love'' (1990, Q
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