SHOW AND TELL #16: William Raban

William Raban is showing his film Available Light in The Social Script programme. William holds a BA in painting from Saint Martins School of Art and MA in Fine Art from Reading University. He was the manager of London Filmmakers Co-Op Workshop, published bi-monthly Filmmakers Europe” and was a senior lecturer in Film at Saint Martin’s School of Art. He is now a Reader in Film at University of the Arts, London and the member of editorial board “Vertigo” film magazine.

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
To be far out to sea in a sailing boat in a stiff breeze

2. What lies at the heart of your own desire to make films?
It is a necessity – not a matter of choice

3. What are the first things you do in developing a film idea in response to a subject?
First thing is to dream into the idea. Second thing is to go out with a camera and capture images as inspiration and raw material. Scripts are irrelevant.

4. What’s your favourite film and why?
Only one? That is tough so maybe A Clockwork Orange . It is a film that is timeless in so many many ways – the Nadsat language helps but so does the deep content around penal reform – just as relevant now as in the early 1970s.

5. Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks!
The last movement of Bach’s Matthew Passion , any Bob Dylan pre 1969 and Sisters of Mercy Floodlands

6. From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?

Do not let me here of the wisdom of old men
But rather their fear of fear and frenzy,
The only wisdom we can hope to acquire,
Is the wisdom of Humility,
Humility is endless.

TS Eliot Four Quartets

7. If you were to die and come back as a person, animal or a thing, what would it be?
The sun

8. What is your greatest extravagance?
I don’t think of anything that is necessary is an extravagance

9. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

10. What is your final word?