Look at Me, a conversation with Sally Potter


In Look at me, a short film directed by Sally Potter,  a fundraising gala becomes the arena for a struggle between two men; one, the gala director (Chris Rock) and the other, a failing rock drummer (Javier Bardem).
As their battle for expression and control escalates, against a relentless rhythmic backdrop (featuring tap dancer Savion Glover) their public and private selves explosively collide.

The following is our interview with Sally Potter about making of Look at Me:

Sally Potter made her first 8mm film aged fourteen. She has since written and directed nine feature films, as well as many short films (including Thriller and Play) and a television series, and has directed opera (Carmen for the ENO in 2007) and other live work. Her background is in choreography, music, performance art and experimental film. Orlando (1992), Sally Potter’s bold adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel, first brought her work to a wider audience. It was followed by The Tango Lesson (1996), The Man Who Cried (2000), Yes (2004), Rage (2009), Ginger & Rosa (2012), and The Party (2017). Her latest film, The Roads Not Taken premiered at Berlin Film Festival in 2020.

Sally Potter is known for innovative form and risk-taking subject matter and has worked with many of the most notable cinema actors of our time. Sally Potter’s films have won over forty international awards and received both Academy Award and BAFTA nominations. She has had full career retrospectives of her film and video work at the BFI Southbank, London, MoMA, New York, and the Cinematheque, Madrid. She was awarded an OBE in 2012. Her book Naked Cinema: Working with Actors was published by Faber & Faber in March 2014.

Look at Me
Written and Directed by Sally Potter
Produced by Christopher Sheppard, Director of Photography Robbie Ryan BSC, Production Designer Carlos Conti, Costume Designer Catherine George, Editors Emilie Orsini
Gareth C. Scales, Music by Sally Potter


About Author

Bijan Tehrani

Bijan Tehrani a film director, film critic and writer, works as editor in chief of Cinema Without Borders while teaching Language of Film and Film History at workshops nationwide. Bijan has won several awards in international film festivals and book fairs for his short films and children's books.

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