– where were you born, where did you grow up, where do you live now?
I was born in Okinawa, which was a UN protectorate at the time. My birth certificate is from Korea. My first passport was British (my Chinese mother’s), my second Australian (under my dad), and now I have only a Canadian. I spent a few early years in Hong Kong before my family emigrated to Vancouver. I’ve lived in Stuttgart, Chicago, Toronto, my family has ye olde Newfoundland roots. I live in a little old blue house in East Vancouver with a big tree and some hand me down rocking chairs.
– first film you made, and where and when?
Technically, it was a variety show shot on video at Erik Hammer summer school in 1972. But the first one anyone in the world has seen was Waving in 1987, a poem to my much loved, recently passed Grandmother, Mina.
– last film you made, and where and when?
I just finished a short animated film called Old Dog produced by the NFB. It should be available on-line any moment now. It’s about how vulnerable we all are.
– describe your current living space
I thank my blessings every day that I have this little old house, with its messy but aspirational veggie garden, it’s broken wood floor, and a nook big enough for my piano. It’s magical.
– what Canadian would you challenge to make an isolation movie?
I think Trudeau should make one, if he has the time, because he’s been a role model in showing us how we CAN all isolate for significant periods of time and still run the country. It’s really made the effort serious, doable and human.
– whose isolation move would you want to see?
– worst thing about being in isolation?
That it’s mandatory.
– best thing about being in isolation?
WHY it’s mandatory.
– favourite book to read in isolation?
My mind races too much these days to sit and read a whole book, I’m afraid. I read the New Yorker and recipes.
– favourite music to listen to in isolation?
El Cant de la Sybila with Jordi Savall and Monserrat Figueras.
– favourite movies to watch in isolation?
Well, that’s an argument to have. Searching for comedies.
– favourite meal in isolation?
I have made it a point to cook something new every day.
– what’s the last best thing you cooked?
Yesterday was hand-made chapatis with a potato aloo and kale curry.