"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." - Albert Einstein
The Festival of Cannes is one of the fixed points in my calendar every year. I love the buzz and seeing the wonderful mixture of people as they flock down the Croisette. There is a mixture of high glamour and low sleaze. Sometimes it feels like everyone is on the make; producers running from meeting to meeting trying to get financing for their next project, stars twinkling in endless press meetings, high class prostitutes lurking like stalking cats in the lobbies of 5 star hotels hoping to land their next millionaire client and just about everybody else trying to blag invitations to the best parties.
I find it inspiring to see films and meet filmmakers from all over the world. Wandering round the Pavillions at the Village International or the stands at the Marché du Film gives you the opportunity to mingle with all kinds of characters and simply observe the film community at large in one of their natural habitats. The desire to tell stories and make films is universal.
I always leave Cannes hungover, slightly exhausted but reassured that the film industry is alive and kicking. Great films are being produced across the globe and I am lucky enough to be involved in this crazy, mixed up industry.
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