Philip French has called Alex Cox, 'British Cinema's oldest enfant terrible'; it's a description that its recipient fully approves of. He is the genuine article, a radical, international, independent filmmaker, who is also a good writer, insightful commentator on cinema now, and expert critic of the power of Hollywood. He grew up with a passion for the pictures, and this book has as its centre the filmmaking autobiography of a fine director, the journey through all the major films he has made and how he has made them, including his new film, now in production. He takes us to varied locations, including the US, Mexico, and Nicaragua, where he made "Walker" with the cooperation of the Sandinista government. His book is full of fresh ideas, rare insights into many films of all kinds and into the people he's worked with including greats like Dennis Potter and Harry Dean Stanton. As well as being the confessions of a radical filmmaker, "X Films" is also the most readable working manual yet for the independent filmmaker.
Enfant terrible he may be, but Alex Cox is also ahead of the game and is a pioneer and promoter of new forms of filmmaking for the cultural revolutionaries of the 21st century - visual, visceral but interactive, with multiple narrative possibilities.
Alex Cox is a filmmaker, his best-known films 'Sid and Nancy', and 'Repo Man', often credited as one of the first truly independent movies. He also acts in films and is the author of a number of screenplays. He has written extensively on film for such as 'Sight and Sound', 'The Guardian' and 'Film Comment'. From 1988 to 1994, he presented 'Moviedrome' on the BBC.
Contents Introduction 1 'Edge City' (aka 'Sleep is for Sissies') 2 'Repo Man' 3 Love Kills - 'Sid & Nancy' 4 'Straight to Hell' 5 'Walker' 6 'El Patrullero' 7 'Death and the Compass' 8 'The Winner' 9 'Three Businessmen' 10 'Revengers Tragedy' 11 on his new film, title to be fixed Index