HOLLYWOOD – Being the Seventh installment of Not Making Films by Steven Soderbergh, we give an intimate window into the life of one of cinema’s most beguiling unemployed talents: Steven Soderbergh.

August, 2014.
I get together with Cinemax to talk about The Knick. It’s going to be ER meets the Boardwalk Empire, I tell them. They’re really pleased. They have some suggestions for casting but I tell them that I would really like Jan Michel Vincent and failing him, Clive Owen.

September, 2014.
Although I’m not making films any more and I’m really relieved to be back behind the camera making television in a cinematic way with Clive Owen among others. Jan Michel Vincent turned me down but Clive is okay. The trick to filming him is to get the hair right. As far as I’m concerned Clive Owen’s hair is the star and it just happens to have Clive Owen swinging beneath it.

October, 2014.

The television isn’t working at the moment. The color is ‘on the blink’, as Clive Owen might say. I was watching Raiders of the Lost Ark in black and white anyway and it occurred to me I should put some acid jazz under this and put it on the internet. I could give some guff like reason for it and see what everyone says. The Knick ceases to interest me. It kind of directs itself now. Raiders of the Lost Ark in black and white. Ha ha. I’ma genius.

November, 2014.

Thanksgiving with Ben and Matt. They’re such jokers those guys and boy can they drink beer. We’re always talking about how I don’t direct films anymore and I say to them, I really like the freedom I have and I’m really happy and I just leave it out there, but they just look at each other and smirk. I’m sure they’re desperate to get me back directing again. The silence whenever it comes up is eloquent.

December, 2014.

I don’t like biscuits anymore.

January, 2015.

I was watching 2001: a Space Odyssey the other day and I missed five minutes because I had to go to the toilet, and then I thought what if I edited 2001: a Space Odyssey? Do you think Kubrick would mind? Of course not, I said to myself. He’s dead. Next month, I’m doing Rocky IV with a new classical score and I’m going to do all the voices.

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HOLLYWOOD – Being the fifth 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.

February 26th, 2014

You know I got so confused today. I’d ordered my tux, I was looking good, I had a date, she looked great. I called the limo service. They sent round a real swank job. But when we got to the Dolby theater they told me the Oscars weren’t until the week after. Did I feel like a klutz!?

March 2nd, 2014

So I double check the date and I’m certain. I even call up Matt Damon and although he asks who I am (for a joke) he tells me ‘Yes, the Oscars is today’. Phew. Back in the tux, order my date. She looks great. I call the limo service. They come pick us up. We head for the Dolby and when we get there they won’t let me in. Turns out you have to be making films in order to get an invite. I was making so many films, I thought they handed out invites like fliers. Turns out no. My date was so disappointed. We watched the ceremony on the TV in a bar off the strip. Wonderful what they can do with film now. Gravity! Wow. Still, it’s a young man’s game. I’m not sure I have the energy to actually be going into space just to make a film.

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HOLLYWOOD – Being the third 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.

October 3rd, 2013

Bored, bored, bored, bored, bored, bored, bored, bored. I keep driving past film studios that aren’t on the way home. Offering to take photos for tourists on Sunset Boulevard. Why did I retire from film directing? It was stupid. Stupid. I could’ve made fifteen new films by now

October 7th, 2013

Woke up with a brilliant idea. Went straight down to the print shop and got some fliers done and then started posting them up all over town. I took an add out on Craig’s List as well. My very own wedding video company: Sex Lies and Wedding Cake!

October 12th, 2013

My first job! Danny and Charlene are a young couple she’s already got a kid by unknown father. They’re having a simple civic ceremony and then a reception at Chez Kevin’s over in Malibu. But of course we’ll be using the wedding simply as a distraction to pull a daring but non-violent heist in which a big multinational will be successfully punished for having sent George Clooney into space with his dead wife. The kids looked confused but they’ll soon get the hang of it.

October 14th, 2013

I think it went well. Unfortunately I had to fire Danny and get Matt Damon in. Danny just wasn’t working , but Charlene was a trouper and didn’t seem to mind at all. Matt, as ever, was effortlessly okay. And best news yet, I got a job shooting a promotional video for a look pharmaceutical company who are next deep in a global conspiracy to spread a deadly contagious virus. Note to self: Rooney Mara ‘s phone number. 


HOLLYWOOD – Being the second installment 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.

September 9th, 2013

Hot today. Nice for the time of year. Went out to the garden and walked around for a bit. Maybe I should take up gardening. I’d like to but I wouldn’t know where to start. There should be books to help people like me who want to do some gardening but don’t know how. Gardening books. 

September 10th, 2013

Went to the bookshop. Turns out there are loads of books about gardening. A whole section in fact! And I had a cup of coffee and a Danish in the book shop!! I know coffee and pastry in a bookshop!? Whatever will they come up with next?

September 15th, 2013

So the gardening isn’t going great. Terry Malick came round to give me some pointers. He said you can only go out the hour after the sun sets and the hour before the sun comes up. He didn’t explain why. Whenever I asked him a question he just looked at the birds wistfully and turned the volume up on his iPod. He was listening to Dookie by Green Day. I’m not sure if he was being intentionally rude, but it did kind of hurt my feelings.  

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