Have you ever noticed that the first audience question at a live Q&A is always some five-minute long, self-serving pretentious ramble? Julianne Moore was at our local cinema the Brixton Ritzy on Friday night, answering questions after a preview of her latest film Freeheld. True to form, the first questioner droned on incessantly. Basically, the babbling show-off was announcing, ‘I’m a budding film director, don’t you know’ before concluding with:
Q: ‘ What do you look for in a director?’
The second question was much better:
Q: ‘Have you been to Brixton before? Have you seen the David Bowie mural? And what are you doing later?’
A: ‘No, so maybe we could get a drink and go and see the David Bowie mural.’
Moore was intelligent, articulate and funny. The entire audience wanted to go for a drink with her afterwards.
I did have a potential question lined up about ageism and older women in Hollywood but was too nervous to ask. Though I did manage to wave at Moore as she walked out. Fortunately, there’s a feature in today’s Stella magazine that answers this for me:
‘It’s hard to generalise, but I do think that audiences want to see themselves represented. I’ll never look less than 55 and I think there is an audience for movies for women, no matter what age they are. And Hollywood doesn’t ever incite change; it only reflects it. So if people feel like there are changes happening in the movies, then there are changes happening within culture.’