Kate had decided that instead of a tour, she would put her energies into making a mini-musical structured around songs from The Red Shoes album. Given her growing interest in directing, it was a natural progression for her to attempt a longer piece. Kate managed to pull the whole production together in just a few short months.
The film's premiere, in the Odeon West End in Leicester Square, was a hugely exciting event. Kate's film was part of a double bill with the Wallace and Gromit adventure The Wrong Trousers, which had the audience in hysterics. Talk about a hard act to follow. Kate attended the event and was seated just a few rows in front of us. It was surreal to say the least! Kate shared a few words with the audience before the film screened.
Of course, the film industry is a tough arena, and critics were largely unimpressed, dismissing it as an extended music video.Kate, always her own harshest critic, took the negative response to heart. Interviewed by Q magazine in 2001, she said:
"I shouldn't have done it... I was so tired. I'm very pleased with four minutes of it, but I'm very disappointed with the rest. I let down people like Miranda Richardson who worked so hard on it. I had the opportunity to do something really interesting and completely blew it.. It dissipated my energy severely and threw me into a state of sever exhaustion. You just get worn down."
Fans, of course, disagree with Kate's brutal assessment. By any objective measure, there is much to enjoy in the film. It is not surprising though, given everything she had been through over the preceding few years, that Kate was emotionally and physically exhausted. What she needed was a good long break...
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