It was an intensive and inspirational time. Not only for our film crew from Sidekick Pictures, but also for unbelievably open and tolerant hosts Renate and Gottfried Helnwein.
As you can see from the pictures, things on the one hand were amicable and very relaxed, while on the other they were focused and professional. You can’t ask for more. And added to this an interlocutor in the form of Gottfried Helnwein, who gave us a deep insight into his thoughts and feelings. For which we are most grateful.
His castle in County Tipperary is, of course, also a wonderful place to dwell upon the topics of love and other beautiful things. The sunny weather was so inviting on the first evening we were able to take some impressive shots of the location. Jonas Hofmann, one of the Sidekick cameramen, had his drone with him, resulting in some breath-taking images being taken, which you will be able to view here shortly.
On the first evening, we were invited to a delicious dinner in the castle’s kitchen. The chef conjured up a wonderful meal for us, which, combined with the wine, helped give rise to some moving conversations that continued until midnight.
The following morning, we conducted our interview with Gottfried Helnwein during which he gave us a deep insight into his thoughts and inner life. We are extremely grateful for his openness and his positive attitude to our film project.
Afterwards, he opened his studio and our team could film him while painting. An extremely impressive experience.
Once back in Germany, I was immediately struck down with a cold. But things are moving forward again now and everyone is working flat out on the video. So look forward to what awaits you in the next few days.
We join Serdar Dogan, our director and cameraman, in celebrating the cinema release of his new film on Reformation Day.
A cutting from today’s newspaper. These are exciting times and we’re crossing our fingers that the film will be a success.
The latest book by Janice Jakait deals with the many different aspects of our topic. But the main focus – like in the majority of publications – is love in a traditional relationship. New on the bookshelves and still fresh in my mind. I will contact Janice Jakait and speak to her about the one or the other question that arose while reading the book. I’ll keep you informed.
Here’s a beautiful sentence from the preface that stuck in my mind:
“Love is not an idea or a promise that can be fulfilled like a surefire plan – love is having the courage to devote yourself to the unpredictatable, surprising and truthful things beyond you mind instead of devoting yourself just to ideas, plans and fixed ideas. Love is having the courage to marvel at the real world and at totally new experiences.”
Our latest interview was conducted with Friedrich Hechelmann. In it he speaks about his love of art and his life with regard to the topic of love. Even during the course of our conversation, his first work as a writer was a central theme.
Manolito is a modern fairy tale in which Friedrich Hechelmann writes about the state of our world, the dangers to our planet and the power of friendship. His debut novel is published by Knesebeck (ISBN 978-3-95728-060-2). Copies are also directly available from the Schloss Isny art gallery.