Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 April 2015

Mad Men writer Weiner unveils movie

Matthew Weiner has been waiting a long time to get his film You Are Here made
Matthew Weiner has been waiting a long time to get his film You Are Here made

Matthew Weiner has admitted it's strange openly promoting his new film because he's so used to keeping secrets about Mad Men.

The 48-year-old is the creator and lead writer of the hit period television series about ad men and works hard to keep plot details under wraps, so he has had to get used to chatting about his feature film directing debut You Are Here.

"It's weird," he laughed. "I guess in this case, you really kind of want to tell people what it's about."

However, he added. "But I do think, like all entertainment, on some level: the less you know, the better."

You Are Here, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, is a contemporary comedy about a weatherman (Owen Wilson) whose best friend from childhood (Zach Galifianakis) is bequeathed a lucrative country estate by his deceased father. It forces both friends to grow up and face some things in their lives.

"Male friendship is so complicated and you sort of wonder: What is the purpose of it?" Matthew said. "That's kind of what I was writing about, these two characters who are bound together by not growing up, and what happens if somebody starts to move on?"

Matthew first wrote the film years ago and has spent a long time trying to get it made, but had to shelve it when Mad Men became an Emmy-winning sensation.

He revealed his new status enabled him to finally get financing for the film.

"This is not a graduation for me," he said. "It's hopefully just a continuation of my work in a different form. Getting your own TV show, that is really, really hard to do. I'm greedy for even asking to make a movie."

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Taurus:

You'll be squarely in the public eye, so take extra care with your appearance. This is a wonderful time to promote your abilities, make a public presentation or ask for a date. It will be virtually impossible to resist your charm. People gravitate towards your warm voice. They'll seek your advice and demand your company. Although you'd never let this popularity go to your head, being the object of desire gives you a lift. Use your allure to open doors that would normally remain closed to you.More