All text copyright Stephen Coates 2006 - 2015

I"M READY FOR MY CLOSE UP MR DE MILLE

I've been zipping around the freeways of Los Angeles in a hire car. This was a fairly terrifying experience - mainly for the citizens of Los Angeles. I know that Americans use the right side of the road (the wrong side we would say) but on all previous visits, my driving has been of the back seat variety.

The geography of the city became somewhat clearer to me as a result of my time on the roads - at least in that I understood much more clearly how radically different it is than European cities - first of all it is seemingly limitless and secondly, there is no centre. I liked it much more this time than previously - not difficult I suppose when you are sipping a cold drink by the pool of a house in the Hollywood hills or of a sea-front hotel in Santa Monica. I was of course there to work - but still.

Now on the other hand the psychogeography of the the place remains quite novel to someone used to the Dickensian labyrinths of London life. It's easy to assume that absolutely everyone is involved in the film business in some way or to fall back on easy cliches regarding superficiality, low carb diets and cosmetic surgery.

However, regarding the latter, I must point you at this delightfully spiteful piece of moving imagery by our old friend and colleague Alex De Campi for the Marcella and The Forget Me Nots song "What have you done to your Face?" produced by yours truly..


Quite put me off having any work done myself - even if I will be spending more time near the camera and musing on the words 'cut', 'score' and 'feature'.

16 comments:

Aaron the Truck Driver said...

Driving in L.A. is nice at night, when all the rats are at home sleeping after racing all day.

Kari Mathias said...

I've never been to LA, but I'm pretty sure I won't drive if I do. That would be like suicide.

Also, I am unable to understand the whole plastic surgery phenomenon. Why wouldn't you want to keep the features you were born with? Makes no sense.

clerkenwell kid said...

There is a massive pressure to project or meet a certain image - and it is the city of the moving image (and dirty rats)

Cygnus said...

You know, I've always wondered why they don't just universally put the steering wheel in the middle.

Never been to LA myself, but I hope you're enjoying your stay.

Daria said...

The idea of you driving in LA scares the hell out of me.
;)

clerkenwell kid said...

Cygnus - that's pure genius.

Actually Ms D. my driving was rather restrained. They got me a very white (high visibility) car which had a speed limiter on it - 55 tops. So I was hugging the freeway wall like an old guy trying to maximise his fuel efficiency.

Sally said...

Ooooh, such a great song and video, love it!!

The Clerkenwell Kid won't need surgery!!!! Guys are lucky, society sees them as more attractive with age.

My problem is I have to make myself look older to be taken seriously; alas there are currently no procedures for this.

clerkenwell kid said...

You are lucky

Smoking and drinking a lot usually helps too.

My friend David Piper is interesting in this respect. He is in his deep twenties but looks a lot older because of the way he dresses / shaves / wears his hair. It's a kind of nineteen forties look - from a time when males donned long trousers, jacket and often a tie at the age of eighteen and never took them off - immediately turning into their fathers. The advantage is that you always look pretty stylish and you look almost exactly the same at fifty as you did when you started.

Sally said...

Thanks for the advice - the next pay band up will be a tough nut to crack; but if I turn up as David Piper, with an Old Holborn rollie in my mouth, perhaps I will be successful.

Cygnus said...

Wow, I had no idea Mr. Piper was that young! But I gotta say I love that look.

And I think Mr. Coates will continue to be sexy for years to come. ;p

clerkenwell kid said...

As he has just become the face of Perrier-Jouet champagne, it certainly hasn't done him any harm.

Ah, Cygnus my new best friend

Sally said...

To David, a toast!!

Personally, I think that these natural photos of you are the nicest. You have nothing to worry about.

Cygnus said...

I love those pictures, Sally. Especially the one with the pretty pink birdies on the shirt.

And thank you, Stephen. Tongue-in-cheek or not, you've made my day.

clerkenwell kid said...

Thank god for polaroid

Sally said...

I like that photo the best too, Cygnus - you can see the spirit in his eyes - or the champagne, or the something or other.

On the subject of night driving....

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