Attitude has caught up
with Antony Hickling, a French film director being featured at this year’s BFI
London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival to chat all things film, art and loving
Your work references many different types of art - why did film making become your preferred way to tell stories?
always been passionate about film, but didn't start making it until 5 years ago. I spent years as a theatre actor. My work mirrors my core
interests and past experiences. I
realised more and more that I wanted to tell my own stories and write my
own scripts based on my artistic preferences
and personal life. The fusion of art forms such as painting, dance,
performance and creative writing is my own way of expressing my self
Which film makers/artists influenced you when you were growing up and learning your craft?
Jarman has always been one of my main heroes; his influence is very
present in my work. The great iconic Passolini, Fellini and Fassbinder
are virtually sacred for me. The grittiness of Ken Loach films appeal to
my realist side but I’m a great fan of Pierre & Gilles, Leigh
Bowery, John Waters and Warhol on a more camp tone. Francis Bacon is the artist I most admire. I would very much like to work with the
talented film maker John Maybury on a project.
Your work features many religious themes and images, particularly in
'Little Gay Boy chrisT is Dead' which is screening at the BFI. Why
is this such a major theme for you? How does it help what you have to
work is queer orientated and very personal. Growing up in the UK, I was
involved in the church, at a very young age. My life has taken
me from preaching on the streets of London to being confirmed at the age
of 12 and then baptised in a river at the age of 16. My sexuality
gradually started to get in the way of my religious
beliefs, I wanted to assume my sexuality but there is obviously a clash
there and guilt can be very overwhelming. All this has a huge influence
on me and my work.
Your work takes you all around the world, which city is your favourite?
is my favourite city in the world. The first time
I visited London as a kid I knew I was going to live there. The melting
pot of people and cultures are hugely inspiring, I really feel at home
What else are you looking forward to seeing at the BFI Gay Film festival?
The documentary I Am Divine by Jeffrey
Schwarz, Interior Leather Bar by James Franco, the short film program Queer
Provocations to name but a few. Some films I have already seen, from
LGBT film festivals, but really want to see again such as Les
Invisibles by Sébastien Lifshitz,
whom I really admire. Salome directed by Charles Bryant looks beautiful.
BFI always put on an amazing programme; I think it’s one of the best LGBT film festivals in the world.
What projects are you working on next?
I’m currently preparing to shoot the third and final part of the Triptych with Gaetan Vettier & Manuel Blanc. Holy
Thursday (The Last Supper) which
I’m very excited about. I wanted to go back to innocence, it’s
influenced by Romanticism, Mother Nature and William Blake, but still
Queer orientated. My collaboration with Todd Verow, on his feature documentary “The
end of cruising” will be coming out at the end of 2013.
I have two films being shown at the Kinofilm festival in Manchester on the 15th
of May and a “carte blanche”, where I get to curate an evening dedicated to my films on the 21st May,
at the LGBT film festival Désir...Désirs, in Tours, France. I'm also start a documentary about an iconic British
fashion designer but I’m not mentioning any names yet...
Antony's short film 'Little Gay Boy chrisT is Dead' is screening this Saturday 23rd March at the BFI LLGFF.