What The Audience Isn’t Allowed To See (And How It Can Shape A Filmmaker) by Orson Oblowitz

Film Courage: You said something in another interview about seeing THE CRYING GAME and that you learned from either seeing it or not being able to see parts of it…you learned about boundaries and censorship from the point of an audience. I am wondering if you can expand on this?

Orson Oblowitz, Filmmaker/Photographer:  I had a predilection to make violent movies. I was attracted to the harsh realities and violent instances and that was where creatively I’m attracted.

It all started and I pinpointed this one moment…my mom was a single mom bringing me up in New York and she wanted to see the film THE CRYING GAME over at The Angelika Film Center in New York City. She took me because she couldn’t get a babysitter and I went with her. There is a very violent scene in THE CRYING GAME with….oh what’s that great Irish actor’s name? I can’t remember his name…Steven Rae! Steven Rae and a love interest who is also a transvestite [Jaye Davidson]. My mom knew it was coming and so my mom was like “Hey…” She took me outside the theater and ‘Can you sit with an usher?’ and I’m going to go watch this scene because I want to see this film but she knew it was coming because her friends had told her so I knew I’m not supposed to watch this…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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