Ang Lee in Vancouver, Part 3: On Canada and Bill C-10
During his talk at the Pacific Cinémathí¨que (on Saturday, April 19), director Ang Lee was asked if he would ever make a film in Vancouver (to some applause from audience members).
Lee said that he had worked indirectly with Vancouver’s film community when he filmed Brokeback Mountain in Calgary, Alberta.
But he pointed out that it all depends on the subject of his project. “I’m a material-driven person. When some material excites me, I go wherever in the world to make a movie.”
He said that when he thinks of Vancouver, he thinks of having a holiday (to much laughter from the audience).
However, he did say he would like to film here if the opportunity arose. “I wish I could make a movie here like the same way I did in Calgary. I hope it’s a hockey movie,” he said to much laughter.
He is also rooting for Canadians. “I want to make a movie in which Canadians win, not always Americans. When you won the World Cup, I really [would] like to make that into a movie.”
A reporter explained to him that Bill C-10 is being proposed in Canada, which could potentially deny tax credits to filmmakers if their projects are deemed not in the public’s interest.
When asked if he had encountered anything similar, Lee said he hadn’t. He pointed out that he had even made gay cowboy movies in Calgary (which made the audience laugh).
When he was asked for his opinion on the bill, Lee said “People should be free to say anything”¦I think that the film commission should like to please filmmakers and they shouldn’t treat them like propaganda, or salesmen for the local tourism industry. I think that’s too low. I think they should know better than that.”
This may have been the first time Lee had heard of the bill, and he may not have known much about it prior to his arrival.
He ended his talk with an address to Vancouver’s Chinese-language media in Mandarin, in which he made (according to the Straight’s Shannon Li) some polite but warm statements that it was nice to be here.
In English, he said “I think this is the most beautiful city in the world.”
To read part one, click here.
To read part two, click here.