Proust Questionnaire

Mary McGuckian Film maker

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

The pursuit of it is as good as it gets.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Minnie Mouse.

Which living person do you most admire?

Popeye - (nick-name ) - He knows who he is.

Which is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Niceness.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Freedom.

What is your favourite journey?

Any route home.

On what occasion do you lie?

When the truth won’t do.

Which living person do you most despise?

The other side of myself.

When and where were you happiest?

Hell - What an impossible question.

Which talent would you most like to have?

The ability to make people laugh.

What is your current state of mind?

Fragile - It always is.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Living at all.

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

A butterfly.

What is your most treasured possession?

My greatest extravagance.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Self-loathing.

What is your favourite occupation?

Dozing.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Respect for women.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Self-respect.

Who are your favourite writers?

Samuel Beckett, Kate Greenstreet and Suzan-Lori Parks.

What is your motto?

If you have nothing to lose, you can risk everything with impunity.

Mary McGuckian is the director of Man On The Train, starring U2 drummer Larry Mullen jr and screen legend Donald Sutherland. See it this evening at 7pm in the Town Hall Theatre as part of the Galway Film Fleadh. The film has already won Best Actor and the Audience Award at the Venice International Film Festival. For tickets contact 091 - 569777 or see www.galwayfilmfleadh.com Kernan Andrews

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