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Anton Corbijn and Andy Gill to their special connection | Anton Corbijn |

their TALE

Anton Corbijn, 59, movie director and professional photographer

Andy and I met in New York in 1980. I happened to be firing the
Gang of Four
on assignment for


. The journal was actually on hit at that time, while they remained commissioning, so the story was actually never ever printed. I enjoyed Andy. I was thinking he felt really English – their accent with his ways – but also he had been well-read and opinionated. I found myself impressed with what he performed on-stage, too – he had this total
Wilko Johnson
guitar thing happening. The Gang of Four were strong real time and aesthetically interesting. We’d a good time – I became just 24 therefore was actually all really a new comer to me personally. Later on that season I found myself back in New York and I also decided to go to amaze Andy on their birthday. I have an image of him between the sheets hungover along with his legs sticking out and a grin on their face.

We have been buddies for nearly 35 years now. Certainly Andy’s girlfriends talked Dutch, which assisted me a whole lot using my English. When they had a disagreement and she concerned stick to myself, so that as a thank you she got the woman pal to prepare meals personally. The friend became my personal girlfriend for many years.

We worked with each other from inside the 1980s right after which once more whenever Gang of Four had their particular big renaissance around 2004. Now whenever we see one another it’s just social. Both of us travel a great deal and tend to be both workaholics. It’s the Calvinist in me – i am this type of a control nut that We actually directed a film labeled as


. And so sometimes we are going to get a while without watching one another. Nevertheless when we fulfill I know that after 5 minutes we are going to have obtained once again in which we left-off. Andy has this large love of music and food and film and art and he doesn’t mind heading from the whole grain. It really is never dull.


Andy Gill, 59, artist

Anton is one of the most identifiable and duplicated professional photographers nowadays. It is extraordinary ways the guy decreases the picture to anything simple, like using a really narrow range of industry to choose somebody’s vision while everything else is beyond focus. Their photographs are appealing and extraordinary. But to-do all those things and get, “Right, I’m going to become a filmmaker”…

It was an incredible change. I’m only a little envious of his achievements.

He’d to put lots of his money into creating


, however everybody else saw it had been this unique movie and then it turned into a little more comfortable for him. I found myself in Leeds at that time


was ready and we also always visit Manchester much. It was a whole shithole, but Anton managed to make it take a look lovely. Then he did

The American

with George Clooney in Tuscany – exactly how could that not be gorgeous? The guy has an eye for a good-looking girl, in actuality and on display screen.

How exactly we hang out has varied through the years. Occasionally he’s going to merely come round with the flat for a peaceful cup beverage or we are going to head out for a meal. But at some days it could be fairly crazy, like the housewarming Anton thew for their devote The Hague. The guy got Peter Greenaway’s artwork manager to do the accents. Waitresses had dresses with products piled to them, and waiters supported soups from kettles on their minds. U2 were there, and Lars from Metallica. Michael Stipe sent a note by video clip. It had been crazy. Anton is actually driven, but the guy also has a left-field sense of humour that is very attractive to me.

Gang of Four play from the Oslo Club, London on 28 February.

What Happens After That

, by Gang of Four and Alison Mosshart, is going on 2 March (Membran)


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