Proust Questionnaire

Will Collins screenwriter

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

In the cinema, the moment the lights go down and the film is about to begin. It’s a moment of pure hope and happiness.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Ghandi.

Which living person do you most admire?

Hayao Miyazaki – Japanese animation filmmaker.

Which is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Laziness.

What is your greatest extravagance?

My collection of Empire magazines dating back to October 1993.

What is your favourite journey?

The cruise to snooze.

On what occasion do you lie?

When I don’t want to tell the truth.

Which living person do you most despise?

The person who invented the vuvuzela.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My girlfriend Karen.

When and where were you happiest?

Now, eating a freshly made rasher sandwich and having a nice cup of tea.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I have dyslexic feet, but would love to be able to disco dance like it was 1979.

What is your current state of mind?

Just after having a rasher sandwich with a nice cup of tea.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Completing the first draft of my first screenplay.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?

A film projector.

What is your most treasured possession?

My home video collection.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Not being at the cinema for several weeks.

What is your favourite occupation?

Writing films.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

A healthy immature streak.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Ability to humour a healthy immature streak.

Who are your favourite writers?

Roald Dahl, Philip Pullman, Charles Dickens, Paul Schrader, Charlie Kaufman, John B Keane, Martin McDonagh.

What is your motto?

Try your best and what’s for you won’t pass you.

Will Collins won the Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Award in 2007 for his original pitch of My Brothers. This year’s Fleadh will screen My Brothers as its opening film on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Town Hall Theatre.

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