John Carpenter Interview – Leeds Film Festival

The interview below is from the Leeds Film Festival a couple of years ago, it’s hilarious.

John Carpenter is a man who’s done just about everything he wanted in life, and he still seems pissed off. He’s legend, not really respected in America as much as he should be – he’s as close to Howard Hawks as the movies have produced in the last forty years.

In the plainly awkward interview John talks a little bit about his career, his time at film school (he dropped out) and modern movies (which he’s not that interested in). He also talks a little bit about digital technology.

The lad doing the interview is a classic Leeds Hipster and he seems to wind John up no end. Lacking patience John is clearly in need of a smoke and possibly a snooze back in bed.

Interviewing people is hard, and I think during the interview Mr Hipster realises that it’s a skill that he lacks. Finally the interview is funny and insightful, despite the kid doing the interview. It’s a worth a watch, for the cringe value and the insight.

Matthew Cooper has been a script writer for hire for over 20 years. He’s written for most of the UK soaps, including writing award winning episodes of Emmerdale, Eastenders, Hollyoaks and Family Affairs. Matthew was winner of the first ever Lloyds Bank Channel Four Film Challenge, the Oscar Moore Screenplay Prize and has been BAFTA shortlisted and Royal Television Society nominated as a script writer. You can find some of his broadcast credits on the IMDb. You can get in touch with Matthew on