24 December 1969
London, England, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Film director, writer|
|Spouse(s)||Patsy Palmer (m. 1998â€“2000)|
I don't want to die with regrets. I like living and experiencing and feeling the whole lot.
I'm not making films for critics, I'm making films for people to go out and enjoy.
Two things revolutionised life: moving to the countryside and falling in love.
I do show violence as entertainment. Clearly, I'd be a liar if I said I didn't.
This sounds really hokey, but I think Buddhism is the only religion that is genuinely peaceful, so I'd try to promote it in a contemporary society.
I've got a reputation for doing a certain type of film: lads' movies that glamorise violence. The more my reputation as a bad boy grows, the more my life moves away from that.
In my real life I live in the countryside, I walk a lot, I shoot clay pigeons, I don't get involved in the film business or anything, and then in my cinematic life, I think I am drawn to the dark side.
I'm a good little middle-class boy. I live in Gloucestershire or Kensington. I don't exist in the war zone, but it's certainly not far away. I grew up in an area where it is a war zone – south London.
I understand working-class culture, tribalism and the ethos of violence, so I make films about these things.
My mum is incredibly leftwing, and my dad was quite rightwing – no surprise they didn't stay together – and so I had two very conflicting political opinions as a child, neither of which I was interested in taking any notice of, being a sort of little reprobate.