christopher granier deferre producing

– . – Christopher Granier-Deferre (Producing)


Christopher Granier-Deferre (Producing)

Christopher Granier-Deferre is the director of Poisson Rouge pictures, whose most recent film THE HIDE, directed by Marek Losey and starring Phil Campbell (the One to Watch actor in this issue) and Alex MacQueen, premiered on Film4 in February. He has also collaborated on such pictures as MES AMIS, MES AMOURS starring Virginie Ledoyen and MR. NOBODY, starring Rhys Ifans, Jared Leto and Diane Kruger.

What kind of projects attract you?
I could say I was drawn to big ballsy blockbusters with mass commercial appeal, but that would be an exaggeration. Maybe I’m drawn to strong stories with powerful messages for a discerning audience? The truth is probably somewhere between the two, but I’m not sure I really know. A couple more films and I should have an idea, but I don’t want to start second-guessing myself. I want to keep an open mind. I want to surprise myself.

You can produce the film of your dreams. What and who would that entail?
Tough one that. I can’t help thinking that if you’re always dreaming of a film other than the one you’re working on, that you might be suffering from a nasty case of “the grass is greener”. I mean there are plenty of directors I’d love to work with, writers too, some actors, and some pretty cool locations I’d be happy to hang out in but I haven’t got a dream film per se. Having said that, I’d cut my legs off to work with Ridley Scott…

What’s the best advice you’ve been given as a producer?
Get a real job! Ignored the advice entirely, obviously…

Most significant moment in your career so far?
In a way it’s crossroads that were the most significant. The choices I made that really shaped my career. Although I probably didn’t realise that at the time. Should I have gone to film school or started in a production company or worked my way up the studio ranks? Who knows? Could all be meaningless “what if?” and of course totally insignificant. But I think the most memorable moment was being asked by James Ivory why, if I wanted to be a producer, I was wasting my time firsting his films? That woke me up…

You’ll die happy when…
Not keen on this dying business but if I live long enough to figure out how to make a box-office monster drowning in awards, that lifts the soul…

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