I find it kind of weird that directors want to put themselves in their films.
– Andrea Arnold
I definitely feel sorry more people don’t get to see my films. They aren’t inaccessible, and if people got the chance to see them, I know they’d like them.
I don’t think estates are grim places.
I was 18 when I got my first TV job.
I want to try and be instinctive as a writer and director.
I work best when there is adversity: I seem to get calmer the more the fur is flying.
Once I’ve finished a film I just want to get on and make another one.
I am obsessed with why people turn out the way they are.
I was a freestyle dancer; I wasn’t trained.
Every time I start a film I feel like I’m starting the first time, ever.
I was never that comfortable in front of the camera, it always terrified me.
I’m much happier behind the camera.
I always think that if you look at anyone in detail, you will have empathy for them because you recognize them as a human being, no matter what they’ve done.
As long as you keep your budgets small, there’s a way of making films.
Dramatically, I like darkness, I like conflict – but I don’t see the world as defined by them.
I don’t think you can question your instinct; you should always trust it.
I love insects. They are amazing.
Whenever I get fed up with life I love to go wandering in nature.
I’m sure most of us remember being a kid and you have all of this endless time where two weeks before Christmas feels like ten years. I used to go to bed to try and go to sleep to try and make it go faster.
For me, making films is about trying to work something out by myself in quite a lonely way. I find the whole thing very lonely really.
I grew up in a working-class family, so I guess you could say I write from what I know.
I try and be truthful.
I can’t remember why or how I started writing, but I think it was always a way of making sense of the world.
Films are all about decisions, and that’s what I love.
A lot of people have something to say about ‘Wuthering Heights,’ but nobody quite nails it.
People ask, ‘Are your things autobiographical?,’ and I think, no, they’re not autobiographical directly, but of course my life has informed my work.