HOLLYWOOD – Being the fourth instalment of Not Making Films by Steven Soderbergh, we give an intimate window into the life of one of cinema’s most beguiling talents: Steven Soderbergh.
I went over to the library today and started to organize the shelves in a way that would make a little bit more sense. After a while the librarian asked me to leave. So I went over to the supermarket and talked to the manager once more about having the food alphabetically organised. He seemed less amused today and more angry. Matt Damon phones me and asks if everything is okay. I say fine. Tom Hanks is having a party, he tells me. I should go. I don’t say yes, but I don’t say no.
So I went to Tom Hanks’ garden party. We were all standing round the pool and he was just going on and on about Saving Mr. Banks and then he was talking about Captain Philips. And I was like, ‘Jeez, Tom, life isn’t only films films films. I mean there’s more to life than that. I mean for the love of Mike. Go outside and breath the air, listen to the bird song!’ Tom put a hand on my arm and it was only then I realised that tears were flowing down my face. I made an excuse and left.
The Soderberghs are all here and it’s great to spend a moment with them. We sit around and eat and celebrate and I capture it all on video. It’s so great to spend some time with the family. Something I could never do in the past because I was always too busy with my films. And then after the meal everyone settled down to play parlour games in front of the fire. At least I think they did. I was in the editing suite creating a montage of the dinner scene with an acid jazz soundtrack. They’d left by the time I emerged sometime after midnight.
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