Lifestyles of the rich and bored - Alexandra McGuinness’ directorial debut with “Lotus Eaters” - VIDEO
Alexandra McGuinness is the film director daughter of U2 manager Paul McGuinness, and her debut feature film Lotus Eaters opens this weekend. Cahir O'Doherty talks to the young writer and director about the glittering world of sex, drugs and rock and roll (and rich young Londoners) the film follows.
Hell, someone once wrote, is other people. But in director Alexandra McGuinness’ debut feature, which seems painstakingly crafted to divide the critics, hell isn’t just other people -- the other people who live there like to throw loud rock and roll parties and send you multiple invites.
Lotus Eaters, which opens Friday, is McGuinness’ atmospheric and doom laden meditation on wealth and privilege, and the weird, pervasive boredom that can accompany it if you’re pretty, single and in your mid-twenties as you’re struggling to find your own voice.
McGuinness, by the way, is the daughter of one of the richest and well-known men in Ireland, Paul McGuinness, founder of Principle Management Limited. He has managed U2 from the start of the band’s huge career.
It’s the sort of attention grabbing background that can’t fail to help an emerging director get noticed, but Alexandra never refers to it in interviews – not once, ever - for obvious reasons. She wants to be judged on her own merits, rather like director Sofia Coppola, whom she admires, rather than riding her father’s coattails.
Still, there’s no question that she’s the ultimate insider, and Lotus Eaters consciously explores the opportunities and pitfalls of all that fabulous insider access. She certainly has plenty of material to draw from.
Her father’s own background was a blueprint for success. He was sent to boarding school in Ireland in 1961 to the famous Clongowes Wood College, then went on to Trinity College in Dublin where he directed plays and edited the magazine T.C.D. Miscellany, before leaving without completing his degree.
Later McGuinness married Kathy Gilfinnan, who he met while studying in Trinity, and they have two children, Alexandra and Max.
Alexandra grew up in a big house on Dublin’s leafy South Side with the most famous rock and rollers in the world for neighbors, so it’s not surprising the soundtrack to Lotus Eaters is outstanding. When you live and work around people with an abiding passion for music it clearly rubs off.
What McGuinness’ film does very well is to capture the enormously imprisoning little world that her characters live in. Being obscenely rich, the only people they can really talk to or understand are other rare birds like themselves. That means running into all the same faces at parties, country clubs, castles and rock concerts.
It’s a very small word, filled with the same people talking about the same things. It can look like an endless black and white Calvin Klein perfume commercial; it can look like a European classic. It’s usually terrifying.
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