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Community: Leslie Turner-Mallart

June 6, 2011

A local spotlight on the auteur who launched the Dubai Confidential Film Club with a Casablanca screening on The Palm

  • Text by Holly Williams

Dubai Confidential Film Club creates intimate social gatherings for Dubai’s art house film lovers with a focus on independent and classic movies which are seriously lacking at the big blockbuster movie theatres in the city. Founded by the French expat Leslie Turner-Mallart, the film club is a welcome celebration of the underground.

Satellite Voices: What makes you smile?
Leslie
Turner-Mallart: Someone smiling at me or listening to good music.

SV: What was the first thing you ever made?
Leslie
Turner-Mallart: Crêpes. So French!

SV: What’s your dream project?
Leslie
Turner-Mallart: To create a successful brand with my passions. If you do what you love you will never work a day in your life... as the old saying goes.

SV: What do you wish you had written / created?
Leslie
Turner-Mallart: I would have loved to have written the scenario of the "Lives of Others" from Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, it is one of my favourite movies.

SV: Whose work would you recommend on checking out?
Leslie
Turner-Mallart: Gilles Barbier, he is painter as well as a sculptor and he is a genius. I love Robert Longo too for his "Men in the Cities".

SV: How do you describe your work?
Leslie
Turner-Mallart: We scour, search, visit, taste, write and organise "cultural" gatherings through the film club… we want to gather and meet like-minded people. It is fun to be able to do something so simple but yet so creative. People love to escape in film.

The next Dubai Confidential Film Club screening will be Blake Edward’s classic "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" on June 29 at the Jumerah Zabeel Saray.

To book tickets email info@dubaiconfidential.ae 

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