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Pain, Passion and Pleasure of an Honest Filmaker
on 18 October 2003
This is a very personal account from a dedicated and distinguished filmaker. In particular, in Boorman's accounts of his relationships with Lee Marvin and his own family. It also reveals the heartache and struggle through which a filmaker has to go in order to realise their vision in making a film. The early parts of the book deal with Boorman's life growing up in London but also sets the backdrop for the relationships that have sustained him throughout his life. His respect for nature pervades the book, especially his past and present life in Ireland. The descriptions of the various films that he has made and the personalities involved are all excellent and very vivid. However, it was the personal reflections on the tortuous process in bringing a film to realisation and the subsequent cost to John Boorman and his family that stayed with me after I finished reading this book. Fantastic. Highly recommended.