My Favourite Movies: Steven Knight

Hot Corn’s column in which musicians, actors, artists, directors tell us about their favourite movies

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He’s the brains behind Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, he’s also the writer of films such as Dirty Pretty Things, while behind the lens he’s not too shabby either, having directed Locke and more recently, the Matthew McConaughey and Anna Hathaway starring Serenity. But for Steven Knight, his biggest career challenge has only just taken place, as he sits down to take part in The Hot Corn’s My Favourite Movies segment. And in this instance, he can’t phone a friend.

Knight on the set of Serenity

What’s the first movie you ever fell in love with? We never used to go the cinema at all, but my dad would occasionally take us to a Western, usually a John Wayne Western, and it was, I think True Grit that we went to see. And I think I fell in love with the film but also the experience of being in there.

John Wayne in True Grit

What’s the one film you never get tired of watching? It’s a Wonderful Life, obviously. But I love, and it’s a real writer’s film, but I love Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, I just love it, it’s so mad.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

What’s your favourite soundtrack? I like the soundtrack in Serenity, actually. But my favourite would be, well, The Godfather is pretty good isn’t it?

What’s your guilty pleasure? Not really. I honestly don’t go to the cinema very much, and I’m not snobbish about what I really like. You know, one of my favourite films is Anchorman. And another one is Anchorman 2, which is even better. Comedy like that – I love it.

Even this image makes us laugh

What’s the scene that makes you cry every single time? Oh, It’s a Wonderful Life, obviously. I’m sure there are plenty, but that one in particular.

…And this one makes us cry

What’s your favourite ever on-screen romance? I suppose Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, because what you’re looking at, you know is real. It’s not just them two acting, that’s also their life and that was their romance. What did they get married like three times?

One of the most famous Hollywood couples of all time

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