Sam Irons talks to Dazed Digital

LPA Futures

The five photographers chosen for the prestigious LPA futures award talk to Dazed about their own personal style of photography.

Text by Martina Randles |   Published 14 May 2009

Sam Irons
DD: How would you describe your own personal style of photography?
Sam Irons: My work focuses on the landscape in which we live, that often goes unremarked and overlooked, and attempts to defamiliarise it – hopefully touching on a little of the mystery inherent in everything around us.

DD: Why do you think you were selected by LPA futures?
Sam Irons: I would like to think that my take on the world is original yet contains something that others recognise.

DD: What are you inspired by and which photographers do you admire?
Sam Irons: I am inspired by not understanding the world, the process of perception and photography’s role in it. The Photographers I admire are those whose work seems to ask similar questions: William Eggleston, Jean-Marc Bustamente, Wolfgang Tillmans, Jeff Wall (amongst others).

LPA Futures, Open to public from 14 May to 10 June 09 ThePrintSpace, 74 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DL

Photo find – Tom Boyd interviews Jeremy Irons

Tom Boyd with Jeremy Irons and his dog Speed

Tom Boyd with Jeremy Irons,who had just finished filming The Mission, and Jeremy's dog, Speed. 1986

In their own words / Tom Boyd. inownwords

Boyd, Tom.
English language — Spoken English — Juvenile literature.
English language — Textbooks for foreign speakers.
English language — Spoken English — Problems, exercises, etc. — Juvenile literature.
Celebrities — Interviews — Juvenile literature
Surrey, England : Nelson, 1988.
Gordon Jackson — Jeffrey Archer — Jane Glover — Rex Cowan — Lindka Cierach — Jeremy Irons — Kushwant Singh — Buddy Rogers — John Mortimer — Karen Kain — Frederick Forsyth — Barbara Cartland.
60 p. : ports ; 25 cm. + 1 sound cassette.
017555692X (pbk)
“Interviews with personalities from theatre, films, literature, music, politics, ballet, deep-sea diving and dress designing.”–Cover.
Bib#: 983812

M Butterfly on DVD May 26, 2009


New interview with director David Cronenberg; Theatrical trailer

David Cronenberg’s cinematic intensity eviscerates this adaptation of David Henry Hwang’s passionate stage production. Based on a true incident involving a French diplomat who carried on an affair for 18 years with a man the diplomat thought was a woman, M. Butterfly begins in 1964 Beijing when French foreign service employee Rene Gallimard (Jeremy Irons) becomes smitten with Chinese opera performer Song Liling (John Lone). Before long, Gallimard is enamored with Song, and they begin an inflamed affair — bracketed by the stipulation that Gallimard will never be allowed to look upon her in a state of complete undress. Gallimard agrees to the rules, but, as he climbs up the diplomatic ladder, the communist government gets involved, corralling Song to become an informer for the government. When, at last, Gallimard’s passion demands nudity, Song flees the relationship. Gallimard, pining for his lost love, then becomes a physical and mental wreck. He leaves China and accepts a two-bit diplomatic position, but then Song appears once again to Gallimard. At that point, Gallimard is arrested and, during the subsequent sensational trial for treason, his affair is exposed for the sham that it is. Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide

Scene Index

Disc #1 — M. Butterfly
1. Credits [2:31]
2. Certainly Different [1:38]
3. Entrance of Butterfly [2:42]
4. Beautiful to a Westerner [2:55]
5. Piece of Beautiful Music [3:02]
6. At the Opera [5:35]
7. Wings Fluttering in the Dark [3:56]
8. Implications [4:56]
9. Unfriendly Party [2:43]
10. Letters to a White Devil [2:14]
11. Unexpected Good News [2:30]
12. Most Forbidden of Loves [5:30]
13. New Vice-Consul [1:38]
14. At the Great Wall [2:00]
15. Theories on Oriental Culture [2:17]
16. Practice of Deception [2:04]
17. Still Playing Missionary [2:33]
18. Slave’s Revelation [4:36]
19. Farwell to His Concubine [2:14]
20. What Only a Man Knows [2:00]
21. Flames of Revolution [4:23]
22. Bittersweet Reunion [2:36]
23. Demotion; Hard Labor [3:29]
24. Tear-Stained Memory [3:38]
25. Here in My Arms [2:22]
26. The Trial [5:41]
27. Loving the Lie [6:44]
28. His Biggest Performance [2:29]
29. Madama Butterfly [6:04]
30. End Credits [3:42]

Performance Credits
Jeremy Irons
(Films)(Biography)(Music) Rene Gallimard
John Lone
(Films)(Biography) Song Liling
Ian Richardson
(Films)(Biography)(Music) Ambassador Toulon
Annabel Leventon
(Films)(Music) Frau Baden
Shizuko Hoshi Comrade Chin
Richard McMillan Embassy Colleague
Vernon Dobtcheff Agent Etancelin
Damir Andrei 2nd Intelligence Officer
Deirdre Bowen Actor
Barbara Chilcott Critic at Garden Party
Viktor Fulop Marshal
David Hemblen 1st Intelligence Officer
Sean Hewitt Ambassador’s Aide
Tristram Jellinek Defense attorney
Philip McGough Prosecution attorney
Peter Messaline Diplomat at party
David Neal Judge
Antony Parr 3rd Intelligence Officer
Barbara Sukowa Jeanne Gallimard
Technical Credits
David Cronenberg Director
Suzanne Benoit Makeup
John Board Asst. Director
Deirdre Bowen Casting
Denise Cronenberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Bryan Day Sound/Sound Designer
Elinor Rose Galbraith Set Decoration/Design
David Henry Hwang Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Alicia Keywan Art Director
Gabriella Martinelli Producer
James McAteer Art Director
Ronald Sanders Editor
Howard Shore Score Composer
Carol Spier Production Designer
Marilyn Stonehouse Production Designer
Peter Suschitzky Cinematographer

Pink Panther 2 on DVD 23 June 2009

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Editorial Reviews

Hollywood funnyman Steve Martin returns to the role made famous by Peter Sellers in this high-concept sequel to the 2006 comedy hit The Pink Panther. The world’s most valuable treasures are being stolen. The legendary Pink Panther Diamond is the latest to disappear, and Chief Inspector Dreyfus (John Cleese taking over acting duties from Kevin Kline) is assembling a team of international experts and detectives to track down the thief and recover the missing artifacts. The latest addition to the crack team is Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Martin), the intrepid yet awkward French detective who always seems to get his man. Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer reprise their roles as Clouseau’s partner, Ponton, and love interest, Nicole, respectively, with Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, Yuki Matsuzaki, and the Bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai rounding out the team that will travel from Paris to Rome in search of the priceless gem. Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide