Xtra’s arts editor Gordon Bowness caught up with film director John Cameron Mitchell at Xtra’s Writing Outside the Margins literary festival on Church St in Toronto on Aug 24.
John Cameron Mitchell directed, wrote and starred in the film Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), for which he received the Best Director and Audience awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Teddy Award for best Gay Film at the Berlin Film Festival. The film was honored as Best Directorial Debut by the National Board of Review, the Gotham Awards and the LA Film Critics Society. John was also nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor. He was executive producer of Jonathan Caouette’s award-winning autobiographical film Tarnation (2004). His second film Shortbus (2006) won various awards in Athens, Zurich and Gijon Festivals. As an actor he appeared in the original Broadway casts of The Secret Garden, Six Degrees of Separation and Big River. Off-Broadway he won an Obie Award for the stage production of Hedwig and another for his performance in The Destiny of Me by Larry Kramer. He has directed music videos for Scissor Sisters and Bright Eyes.
Below is a video interview with Cameron Mitchell done by Gordon Bowness.