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May 21, 2024 7 mins

Sam Taylor-Johnson may have just directed the Amy Winehouse biopic Back to Black, but don’t be fooled: her musical tastes run much deeper than the singer's hit “Valerie." On this week’s bonus episode of Table for Two, Taylor-Johnson reveals the other artists in her rotation, her biggest pet peeve, and the advice from Anthony Minghella that altered the course of her career.

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Speaker 1 (00:07):
Hey, everyone, thanks for pulling up a chair for this
bonus episode of Table for two. This week, we're back
with another quick lightning round. A few weeks ago, I
sat down for launch with artist and film director Sam
Taylor Johnson. Our full out of view about her.

Speaker 2 (00:23):
Career and her new Amy Winehouse biopic, Back to Black,
will drop soon, but for now, I hope you enjoy
this fun little excerpt from our conversation.

Speaker 3 (00:34):
We'll be back next week with more from Sam Taylor Johnson. Okay,
so let's do a fun little quick round, so you
know whatever. First thing, first person, favorite artist, Oh.

Speaker 4 (00:48):
God, that's so hard a rothka.

Speaker 3 (00:52):
Oh okay. Favorite vacation destination?

Speaker 4 (00:56):
Oh god, anywhere right now?

Speaker 3 (01:00):
Be warmer, cold.

Speaker 4 (01:01):
Warm, Jamaica. I love Jamaica.

Speaker 3 (01:03):
I love it. Photographer, director artist Pierre to choose director
favorite book?

Speaker 4 (01:11):
Oh god, that's so good. That's a great question. It's
a great question, but also near impossible to answer.

Speaker 3 (01:18):
It's a tough fee.

Speaker 4 (01:19):
It's a toughie, the one that you sit down and
just go. I could read that again. Do you know what?
It's going to sound so pretentious, but when I was nineteen,
I wasn't a reader. Growing up at all. I just
didn't grow up in that environment. And I read. I
went to art school and you know, everyone started was
reading French novels. Yeah, I thought, God, I've got to

look the part two. So I got this book called
lebet Humane and it's by Emil Zola. Ok, and I
read it and I remember understanding exactly what it meant
to love a book and to know what reading is.
So I should probably say that one because spark. But

I just didn't want to sound like.

Speaker 3 (02:06):
A No, you don't sound European, you do not.

Speaker 4 (02:11):
And that was a great I was a great. I
think there was a movie. There is a movie made
about it.

Speaker 3 (02:16):
In the third, I'm going to I'm gonna You're gonna
have to text me that. I'm gonna text you the
song on repeat well right now right? Yeah? I repeat
now too, just.

Speaker 4 (02:30):
Right now obviously, Amy, But I'm not going to say
that because that's what I say in every interview. But
the song I haven't I actually have do you know
the artists right our h I would say, I'm not joking.
I got one of those Spotify messages from hey, this
is right, thank you for playing my music so much.

She're my number one fan, and I was like, oh, diggle,
But I would I would probably say, I mean, kids
are like, could you just maybe change it? But can
I have one more? I would probably say.

Speaker 3 (03:06):
Real the eyelish, Okay, that's all. Okay.

Speaker 4 (03:08):
I mean all the girls absolutely love her and I
love her too, so maybe that's a better one and
slightly cool.

Speaker 3 (03:13):
Okay, now both work, pet peeve.

Speaker 4 (03:17):
Oh my god, it's funny. This old woman once said.
I said to her, what are the greatest changes in
your I think she's ninety nine, and I was having
a conversation, what are the greatest changes in your lifetime
that you've seen? And she said manners? And at the
time I thought, seriously, you know electricity, you know the
card And I guess as time goes on, I don't.

I don't like bad manners. It's really an important thing.
Being late. I don't like people being late. I'm always
on time too. That's probably a pet peeve. I'm sure
I could think of more. No chewing gum.

Speaker 3 (03:52):
I hate triming gum, especially how some people show gout.

Speaker 4 (03:55):
Oh yeah, I hate hearing it on the phone.

Speaker 3 (03:59):
The manners resonates deeply with me. Have I really understand
that and they seem to be going away quicker and quicker.

Speaker 4 (04:09):
It sort of goes hand in hand with arrogance, which
is a pet fave.

Speaker 3 (04:12):
I guess favorite yoga position.

Speaker 4 (04:15):
Oh I am. I'm the master of the headstand.

Speaker 3 (04:18):
Really standing headstand. Oh my god, I'm going to get there.

Speaker 4 (04:22):
I want to now master the freestanding handstand. I can't, wow,
but I want to. But the headstand is yeah, it's
actually a party trick because I can do it and
take my hands away really yeah, and stand on my head.

Speaker 3 (04:37):
It's really that's like, that's a whole life.

Speaker 4 (04:39):
I wasn't wearing a dress.

Speaker 3 (04:40):
I literally would do it here, damn. And what is
the best piece of advice.

Speaker 4 (04:48):
That you've been I've been given all that I give
there's too. Let's well, Anthony and gear is the reason
I got into filmmaking. Yes, a brilliant, brilliant filmmaker, Cold
Mountain talented, mister Ripley, the English patient for those who
may not. And he approached me cold and said, I

know your artwork. I think you're a filmmaker, and I
have a film production company. Come for a meeting. And
it was like a sort of Charlie the Chocolate Factory
Golden Ticket moment where I went straight round there and
I was like, right, what should we do? And we
made a short film together. He produced it, I directed it.
We've gone nominated at can for palmd Or and he

wrote me an email and it said, don't rest on
your laurels. I was literally the best thing that I
guess that he could have said to me, because I
didn't just sit back and go, well, that's that in
the bag. And then he was like, get up and
get it on with the next thing and just keep
and so I do have that in my mind. But
my advice when people ask me is filmmakers specifically, I'm like, yeah,

I've just kicked the door down. If someone says no,
it's basically my advice. That is, I'm not saying my
advice is better than ansneeze, but.

Speaker 3 (06:03):
No, but it's Yes, it's your advice, and it's.

Speaker 4 (06:08):
Life as well as your work, your career or anything.

Speaker 3 (06:12):
Oh, it's everything.

Speaker 2 (06:14):
And it's and I think being the mother of four girls,
it's a great gift as I.

Speaker 3 (06:21):
Am my father of a girl, and uh, it's great advice. Yeah.

Speaker 2 (06:33):
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