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influence

Last Friday I went and saw Duncan Jones’ film Moon at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square. The film was wonderful — intelligent, moving, simple — and superbly acted by Sam Rockwell.

Afterwards, Duncan Jones led a Q&A with the packed audience (300+). He spoke very directly and passionately about the work (his first feature film). What was really fantastic was just how openly he described his influences, and how he is a fan of, for example, Ridley Scott (among others).

There is a certain generosity and lack of preciousness about sharing this information, and it seems like (from the outside) filmmakers are particularly good at owning up to influence, and even borrowing from others.

I am not sure that choreographers share this generosity. We seem to be preoccupied with owning particular notions of originality.

So, for the record, I am a fan of Helen Herbertson (Melbourne choreographer) … and of Jerome Bel … and of Kirstie Simson … and I think I am a fan of Duncan Jones now as well. There are others, but I need to do some work.

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