- 14 Oct 19
Bruce Springsteen & Thom Zimny discussed their upcoming film 'Western Stars' at BFI London Film Festival 2019.
Western Stars, Bruce Springsteen's newest film, premiered in London over the weekend. The film is due in Irish cinemas on October 28 and was shot in a 100-year-old barn on Springsteen’s New Jersey property. Western Stars was directed by long-time Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny and the film sees Bruce and his wife of nearly thirty years Patti Scialfa play all 13 songs from his latest album accompanied by a thirty-piece orchestra.
Speaking in the clip about writing Western Stars and whether he had an idea of a film accompanying it, Bruce says:
"I worked a long time on the record, it was one of those records where I wrote 40 songs, then chopped it down to 30, then 13. And I knew I wasn't going to tour, so I said, 'Maybe if I don't tour, we could just film the concert. But it was new music, so i thought, 'How am I going to introduce people to the internal life of the songs, so that led to writing to script which was is all spoken pieces, and then filming the other pieces out in the south-west, Joshua Tree."
Talking about the collaboration between Bruce Springsteen and director Thom Zimny, Thom says: "It just felt very different, in the film making process. The biggest change was that we came into the studio and we cut it together.
"That was fun," Bruce adds.
You can watch the full clip here:
Western Stars is in Irish cinemas for one night only on Monday October 28. The soundtrack album is released on Friday October 25.
Hot Press will publish its 1000th issue on Thursday, October 17.
In it, fresh from attending a press conference with Bruce Springsteen over the weekend, Stuart Clark will take a dive into the life of one of rock's greatest ever icons, while Pat Carty chats to his E Street Band lieutenant Steve Van Zandt.
You can order the 1000th issue of Hot Press here: