Initially I couldn’t work out why I was drawn to this piece in the Independent. Guess the name Tom Ford, an extremely creative man, synonymous with great style and fashion, and the fact it was set in 1962……… Tom Ford, A teen actor, a fashion designer and now maybe an oscar for his film debut , The Single Man, originally a book by Christopher Isherwood. The stills are wonderfully stylish, set in the 60’s it has great attention to detail, even down to eye makeup but it had to be more than that.
This following words leapt of the page to me , Mr Ford is writing about himself, the creative psyche can be excruiatingly painful. ” Ford acknowledges that Falconer’s fastidiousness is his own, but below the surface, as I read it, the meticulous ritual of George’s life is also Ford’s acknowledgement of the supreme effort it has taken to keep order in his own life. He’s had his own battles with excess, occasionally waged in public, where the bad behaviour seems reasonably typical of the congenital control freak cutting loose. When order fails, that way lies madness, which Ford contemplates in the scenes when Falconer finally falls apart. “There’s a lot about me that people don’t know,” he has said. A Single Man hints at a double life”. Then researching interviews with Tom I came across the following, these say it all.
Hearing the word “isolation” and new then why I was drawn. Its not just another vehicle for him to excel but a vehicle to tell a very important story, one that in this time in history is extremely important for us all. In his words, a book written by the false self, from a great distance observing the true self. learning to live in the present and not the future”
We have lost the enjoyment in the small things of life, the golden sun glinting in the snow, the sunrise everyday, a walk by the sea, instead we make make huge complex plans for future times, living in the future, then one day looking back and realising “what happened, where did all that time go? Losing our connection to the planet, to each other has lead to generations of isolated people, this sounds like a film with a real spiritual message we can all learn from.