- Title: 'The Boss' Springsteen walks the "Western Stars" red carpet
- Date: 11th October 2019
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (OCTOBER 11, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** SPRINGSTEEN WAVING AS HE GOES THROUGH CINEMA DOOR ZIMNY POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS VARIOUS OF BRITISH PRODUCER, DIRECTOR AND ACTRESS, TRUDIE STYLER, WIFE OF MUSICIAN STING, POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS VARIOUS OF ZIMNY SPEAKING TO REPORTER (SOUNDBITE) (English) "WESTERN STARS" PRODUCER-DIRECTOR, THOM ZIMNY, ON WHY A MOVIE WAS MADE RATHER THAN SPRINGSTEEN GOING ON TOUR, SAYING: "When working with Bruce there is no sit-down moment where you discuss exactly what you're doing. With this film especially, "Western Stars", it evolved - we first filmed the concert and then we started talking about the idea of interviews and how do we approach the interviews differently, how does it not become a making-of type video. And before you know it he's exploring the idea of scripting it and the next thing he throws at you is 'let's go out into the desert and film visuals.' What I'm saying is you can prepare as much as you want but with Bruce you have to be ready to be thrown something which you never imagined." VARIOUS OF ITALIAN FILM PRODUCER, LIVIA FIRTH, WIFE OF ACTOR COLIN FIRTH, POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS ZIMNY SPEAKING TO REPORTER PHOTOGRAPHERS/ VARIOUS OF SINGER-SONGWRITER, SAM FENDER POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS (SOUNDBITE) (English) SINGER-SONGWRITER, SAM FENDER, ON WHY HE LOVES SPRINGSTEEN'S NEW ALBUM "WESTERN STARS" THAT THE FILM IS BASED ON, SAYING: "You know what it is for me, it's his character, it's his character storytelling. Like, it kind of reminds us of "Nebraska", is one of my favourite albums where it's kind of like, it's not as bleak as "Nebraska" but the characters are just as animated. I'm well excited. I can't wait to listen to it and I've had far too much wine to be talking about this."
- Embargoed: 25th October 2019 22:59
- Keywords: music videos BFI LFF Trudie Styler Bruce Springsteen red carpet premiere Livia Firth Thom Zimny Western Stars Sam Fender
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM/ VARIOUS FILM LOCATIONS
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM/ VARIOUS FILM LOCATIONS
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Film
- Reuters ID: LVA003B0NKGNH
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Bruce Springsteen walked out of the rain and onto the red carpet for the European Premiere of his film "Western Stars" on Friday night (October 11) at BFI London Film Festival.
In the concert documentary of the rockstar's first studio album in five years, "Western Stars", Springsteen performs with a band and full orchestra at Stone Hill Farm in New Jersey.
Asked about the decision to make a movie rather than go on tour, producer and co-director Thom Zimny told Reuters it was a process that "evolved".
He said that when working with Springsteen "there is no sit-down moment when you discuss exactly what you are doing."
"You can prepare as much as you want but you usually have to be ready to be thrown something which you never imagined," he said.
Fans camped out in the rain from early afternoon in the hopes of seeing the Boss, who signed autographs and greeted them before going inside to introduce his film.
Among others, Brit Award winner Sam Fender attended on the night. Known for debut album "Hypersonic Missiles", the singer-songwriter described Springsteen as his "biggest hero". He said that the "character" and "storytelling" of "Western Stars" is what makes it so special.
"It kind of reminds me of "Nebraska" (1982 Springsteen album). It's not as bleak as "Nebraska" but the characters are just as animated," he said.
"I'm well excited. I can't wait."
"Western Stars" is out on general release from October 25 in the States, and Oct. 28 in the UK.
(Production: Will Russell, Lisa Giles-Keddie and Mindy Burrows)
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