10 Questions with Caviar's Newest Director Samuel Abrahams
Caviar has this week announced the signing of BAFTA-nominated director Samuel Abrahams. Based in London, Samuel's roster of work includes the viral hit 'Offline Dating' and short film 'Connect.'
Caviar probed Samuel with some quick-fire questions to give us a peak into the director's mind.
Q> What was your first directing gig?
SA> My first directing job was for a TV documentary series following Customs officers trying to catch people smuggling drugs, guns, booze and tobacco into the UK. I learnt loads about how to tell stories and how not to smuggle drugs.
Q> Top five favorite movies ever:
Of all time? That's tough. I saw some great films last month at the BFI London Film Festival. I was completely blown away by the audacity of Sebastian Schipper’s 'Victoria’, moved to tears by Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay’s performances in ‘Room’, thoroughly entertained by the very wordy ‘Steve Jobs’, and didn’t want James Ponsoldt’s ‘End Of The Tour’ to end.
Q> What book would you take with you on a trip to Mars?
Maybe a dictionary. Take the time to improve my vocabulary. Or ‘The Secret History’ by Donna Tartt. I’ve never read a novel twice, but if I were to, I think that would be my first choice.
Q> Breakfast or dinner... or breakfast for dinner?
SA> Out for dinner.
Q> Least favorite sounds?
SA> The sound of X-Factor on the TV.
Q> Your most enviable talent?
SA> I think I still know the whole of TLC's album 'Crazy Sexy Cool' off by heart.
Q> Who's on your bucket list to work with?
SA> Lanier, Billy Corgan, Pixar, Aaron Sorkin, Sherry Turkle, Julianne Moore, Adrian Tomine, Justin Vernon, Mark Duplass, Ben Whishaw, Spiderman, but mostly Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Q> Three words that describe your style?
SA> The thing I’m most interested in is people and our relationships with each other. So I’d say, stories that are ‘honest’, ‘human', and have a lot of ‘heart'.
Q> You're having a bad day, what song do you play?
SA> Earlier this week a mate sent me ‘Pretty Pimpin’ by Kurt Vile and it’s worked for my every mood.
Q> What can't you go one day without?
SA> Popcorn. We have a proper popcorn machine at home and it’s dangerous.
Director: Samuel Abrahams