Amidst the two weeks of screenings and events that was The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival sat the calm oasis of the filmmakers’ breakfasts, which along with being a perfect opportunity to load up on coffee and croissants for the day, meant that I got to speak to some of the directors with their films fresh in mind.
I got to sit down with Esther Robinson to discuss her directorial debut A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory – An exploration of her uncle Danny Williams’ time in Andy Warhol’s inner circle and subsequent disappearance. The film also tackles the troubling question of how a person can go missing from both personal and public history.
A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory (2007)
Esther Robinson’s portrait of her uncle Danny Williams — Warhol’s onetime lover, collaborator and filmmaker in his own right — offers a exploration of the Factory era, an homage to Williams’s talent, a journey of family discovery and a compelling inquiry into Williams’s mysterious disappearance at age 27.