Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Taylor Swift wants to direct movies

Singer Taylor Swift brought ‘All Too Well: The Short Film’ to the Toronto International Film Festival for a discussion in front of scores of fans.
The talk, moderated by TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey, focused on Swift’s directorial process and considering her music from a visual angle. It was also coupled with the first 35mm screening of “All Too Well,” which she wrote, directed, produced and makes an appearance in, reports Variety.
Bailey asked if Swift would be interested in one day making feature films, and she said yes, if she could find the right material.
“I’d love to keep taking baby steps forward,” she said. “And I think that I’m at a place now where the next baby step is not a baby step. It would be committing to making a film. And I feel like I would just absolutely love for the right opportunity to arise because I just absolutely, absolutely adore telling stories this way.”
Discussing the types of narratives she wants to explore, Swift said: “I think I will always want to tell human stories about human emotion. I never say never, but I can’t imagine myself filming an action sequence. If it happens one day, honestly, that’ll be funny character growth, but at this point, I could see it going in a more comedic, irreverent place.”
Swift also discussed the films that influenced the ‘All Too Well’ project. In terms of contemporary influences, Swift turned to arthouse fare.
“I think in terms of modern films that I loved that probably lended themselves to making this film, I would say ‘Marriage Story’ was really upsetting for months. And ‘The Souvenir’ parts one and two, Joanna Hogg’s films. I had actually made the short film by the time I went and saw ‘The Souvenir Part II,’ and the fact that it’s about this young woman who experiences this extreme heartbreak and despair and then makes something that’s exactly what I want to see in a film.”
She also revealed why the “All Too Well” film took her 10 years to visualise.
“For me, the song was so tough because it was about something that at that point was very current for me,” she said.
After winning the VMA for ‘All Too Well’, Swift announced in her acceptance speech that she would be releasing her next album, ‘Midnights’, on October 21.