Hollywood Directors Written Off As Talentless
The debut movies made by Hollywood directors OLIVER STONE and BRIAN DE PALMA were rejected by unimpressed judges at the EDINBURGH FILM FESTIVAL in 1972 - accordingly to old documents discovered last week (ends28JAN05).
Bosses of the annual Scottish movie exhibition found the directors' handwritten competition entry forms in a cupboard in which some of the most critically acclaimed names in the film industry were written off as talentless wannabes.
OSCAR-winner Stone - director of blockbusters including PLATOON and NATURAL BORN KILLERS - was just 26 years old when he unsuccessfully pleaded for his work to be shown.
SCARFACE movie-maker De Palma also had his film HI, MOM! - a post-Vietnam movie starring a young ROBERT DE NIRO - axed from the festival schedule.
And FOREST GUMP director ROBERT ZEMECKIS' eight-minute film THE LIFT was also canned.
GINNIE ATKINSON, director of the Edinburgh Film Festival, says, "It was awesome to find these things and to think of these young film-makers sending off their entries in the hope of having their works screen at the Film Festival.
"It's incredible. There signatures are there on the forms too - beautifully-typed and neatly handwritten."30/01/2005 21:29