About Bill Forsyth:
William David "Bill" Forsyth is a Scottish film director and writer known for his films Gregory's Girl (1981), Local Hero (1983), and Comfort and Joy (1984).
It's easier for me to get three times the amount of money I really want.
At the moment, my mother is the only one left in Glasgow, although it's certainly my home.
Perhaps naively I thought people understand what humor was, that it was invented by the human race to cope with the dark areas of life, problems and terrors.
The movie business is very much like that: people in authority making purely emotional decisions instead of interesting rational ones.
The studio system reminds me of the stock market.
I didn't think Comfort and Joy was going to be a box-office smash.
I was quite surprised how easily people wanted to pigeonhole things I've done.
It means that if they misunderstood Comfort and Joy, they misunderstood my other films.
I'd made these experimental films but I thought the major chore of a filmmaker was to relate to actors.
I went to the Glasgow Youth Theatre and they just let me in. But I was so shy that I was there for about six weeks without actually introducing myself.
I don't really enjoy filming.
I'm not fond of any of my films in an intimate way, but Gregory's Girl would be number 4 on my list.
There are things that Scotsmen get and other people don't get in the dialogue. Scottish characters can be pinpointed by a phrase, targeted very quickly.
My two elder sisters married Englishmen and went abroad.