The press cuttings are beginning to come in from Verve Pictures' PR people, and in spite of the fact that I've always known (see this blog) we'd get a lot of vitriol thrown at us, it's still frustrating to read review after review basically going Yeeuch! without much more analysis than that. There was an intelligent review in the May issue of Sight and Sound, by Anna Smith, another in Little White Lies, so you see folks, it can be done! Straightheads is dark, violent and provocative etc.., it's not a worthy kitchen sinker or a safe cozzie drama, so I'm really not looking for approval here, just a couple of well-articulated thoughts would do. But we aren't going to get that, judging by the majority of press so far. And this is proving to be a tricky week for me because the movie's not out yet and people can't watch it and make up their own minds, and that's the equivalent of being pelted with rotten eggs without being able to throw any back. As you can see, being a writer/director has its humorous moments.
I really enjoyed the Radio 3 interview I did last night for Nightwaves (that's on Monday folks, from 945pm onwards) about new British stories of revenge. The questions were insightful and smart, and they also interviewed Jonny Glynn, whose dark debut novel "The Seven Days of Peter Crumb" I just happened to pick up in a bookshop the other day. You should be able to listen to that online via the BBC radio website, if you're not based in the UK.
Straightheads isn't a film for everyone, and the reviews certainly reflect that, though my belief in the film and its qualities (and flaws!) is unshaken. I also believe it has an audience out there, and that many of you reading this blog will find it rewarding and highly memorable at the very least. So please don't let the sniping trouble you, and make up your own minds once the movie opens at a cinema near you - there should be a few more screens added to the official list of venues this week, the total now is well over 200. But right now, yes, it's nerve-racking, for me, for Gillian and Danny and all the cast, and for Verve Pictures, who have backed us to the hilt and given us a proper good cinema release. Let's just keep our nerve and see what happens over the opening weekend.
Deep breath. Grim smile... Hang on in there, folks.