Bruce Beresford is an Australian film director who has made more than 30 feature films over a 50-year career. Notable films he has directed include Breaker Morant, Tender Mercies, Crimes of the Heart and Driving Miss Daisy... (wikipedia)
It is essential to do everything possible to attract young people to opera so they can see that it is not some antiquated art form but a repository of the most glorious music and drama that man has created.
There's a bright spot in every dark cloud.
With Cold Sassy Tree having its first production, I saw no necessity to do anything other than produce it with the correct setting.
Film is shot in fragments, and the same moments can be shot again and again until the director is satisfied.
It's not enough to hit the notes. There is no point in the singers just standing there and sounding wonderful if they're not connecting with the characters they are portraying.
Everyone has seen photographs of Mexicans wearing those big sombreros. When you come to Mexico, the astonishing thing is, nobody wears these hats at all.
Directing an opera is similar to directing a play. The singing must not get in the way of the drama.
The music of the most popular operas is so highly esteemed, it can stand endless revivals.
Perhaps the most difficult thing is shooting scenes set 6,000 feet up in the mountains of Mexico.
When we were trying to get the money for Driving Miss Daisy, everyone kept saying no one could direct it well enough to entertain an audience for 100 minutes essentially watching three people chatting in the kitchen.