Once when I was discussing the film with Cate Blanchett I showed her a DVD that I, along with some really great artists, had created. I was looking to see if I could create a visual script rather than a written script. . I love music and visuals in a film and feel that a film needs as minimum dialoge as possible. Looking back on films of mine that have succeeded, I notice that in those I never struggled with long pages of dialogue. Anyway Cate Blanchett saw the Budha DVD and immedietly said ‘ U are trying to tell the story of Buddha through Elizabeth !! ….
She was the only one that got it. For the rest of the film we continued discussing how an actor could potray becoming Divine. The only way I could help her was to talk about an inner stillness. Talk about the dispelling of doubt. The becoming one with the elemental forces. But mostly saying that Divinity will always be a question, an inner feeling and never a finite expression.
Why did I go that way ? Because why make a film unless the ideas expressed your inner conflicts ? And the conflict between the search for Divinty through the haze and maze of human desire is recurrent theme in my life, as should be obvious to all of you that are regular readers on this blog. And I am sure in all your lives too.
History ? My producer, my writers, my researcher are all historians with top honours either from Cambridge or Oxford. They dominated the script. Surely the film cannot have gone that far away from history ?????