Quotes by: Kathryn Bigelow
Bigelow at the 82nd Academy Awards, 2010
||Kathryn Ann Bigelow
November 27, 1951
San Carlos, California, U.S.
||San Francisco Art Institute
||Director, producer, writer
||The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, Near Dark, Strange Days, Point Break
||James Cameron (1989–1991)
There's a conventional reaction when you see a star: You anticipate he'll be a part of a particular denouement down the road, so you don't worry for that character.
The Communist regime didn't consider this to be a shining moment in history and assigned no heroism to it. They classified it as merely an accident.
The urge to purge the material I come up with is, I guess, an ongoing process.
There should be more women directing; I think there's just not the awareness that it's really possible.
My dad used to draw these great cartoon figures. His dream was being a cartoonist, but he never achieved it, and it kind of broke my heart. I think part of my interest in art had to do with his yearning for something he could never have.
I realised that there's a more muscular approach to film-making that I found very inspiring.
I really look for peak experiences and dramatic material that can allow peak experiences.
On the other hand, I believe there's hope, because the breakdown and the repair are happening simultaneously.
When James Cameron brought me the script, which I developed with both Cameron and Jay Cocks, I wanted to make it a thriller, an action film, but with a conscience, and I found that it had elements of social realism.
One of the elements in the film that really fascinated me was not to look at the world in bi-polar terms of us vs them or east vs west, which was a by-product of the Cold War.
The journey for women, no matter what venue it is - politics, business, film - it's, it's a long journey.
I'm drawn to provocative characters that find themselves in extreme situations. And I think I'm drawn to that consistently.
I thrive on production. It feels very much like a natural environment for me.
You never think the universe will reward your first choice - it just doesn't work like that.
I don't want to be made pacified or made comfortable. I like stuff that gets your adrenaline going.
I think violence in a cinematic context can be, if handled in a certain way, very seductive.
Right now, there's the illusion of order and civilization, but there's a tremendous amount of economic tension in this country and the educational system is constantly eroding.