Director Ian Gabriel from Giant Films is back in South Africa on a more permanent basis, after an adventurous time in La La Land chasing The Big Picture and after winning some international Best Picture awards for his 2015 film Four Corners. So we asked him to meet us at the first place you return to after an overseas trip, the Spur! Okay, one would ideally like to treat a man of his reputation to lunch at say Willoughby’s, but who on earth has an editorial budget for Willoughby’s and guys, for goodness sake, it’s ‘One, Two, Free Steak Thursdays!’
As a director, Ian’s passion for performance and love for his actors is uncompromising. His visual flare for filmmaking is almost as distinctive as his trademark brightly coloured shoe and sock combination. It’s no secret in the industry that Ian can make anything he touches look upscale and classy, even on a tight budget, so what will he do with this Spur lunch?! He immediately orders a mineral water. Boom! Within mere moments he’s already made the joint classier! Who orders mineral water at the Spur? I quickly cancel my ‘Wacky Viennas and Kid’s Cone on the Go’.
He eagerly opens his laptop, to show us some of his earlier work. But something else, more sinister, catches my eye…look how worn his keyboard is!