are no mystery to actress turned rock star turned
actress again, Toyah Willcox. She sets off on the
journey to her desert Island with one of the best
collections of videos you could wish for. Some
are serious, some are just good fun - but they
are all films worth a second look.
multi-talented Toyah Willcox is no stranger to
the world of film and video. She first came to
the public's notice in Derek Jarman's
controversial "punk" film Jubilee.
She was a big hit in The Tempest by the
same director, and played Monkey in the cult film
International success as a pop star has given her
the freedom to work in a number of different
areas. She has just completed a movie with Roger
Daltrey - Murder, the Ultimate Grounds for
Divorce - which is available on video, and
K-Tel have released a rock compilation of her in
concert (entitled Toyah, Toyah, Toyah)
starring in the West End stage hit Three Men
on a Horse, the busy Toyah found time to talk
about her ten favourite movies, all out on
on a desert Island would be brightened up by
frequent screenings of Ken Russell's Altered
States. I usually reserve watching it for the
early hours. What a weird movie but there is the
mark of genius there. William Hurt, the star, has
a great screen presence.
is a very controversial director, but like Derek
Jarman he takes risks, and the result is usually
stimulating to say the least! Russell film
is always worth watching - you know you're going
to see something out of the ordinary.
always had a real soft spot for An American
Werewolf In London. I think mainly because it
really shows the difference between English and
American mannerisms! Also, the special effects
a real 'state of the art' horror film. A great
mixture of horror and tongue in cheek
next choice is a little more serious, I suppose.
If you want to sit down and watch a really
well-made film, then A Man For All Seasons
is one of the finest around. The acting is
outstanding in all departments, and there is a
chance to catch avery young John Hurt.
like the combination of historical subject matter
and a very modern script. It's not too wordy and
the director, Fred Zinneman, really knows how to
handle actors. There is also a great cameo
by the marvellous Orson Welles.
about well-made films, I love A Letter To
Brechnev. It shows that we are capable of
making really good movies in this country. When I
really want to be cheered up I like nothing more
than to slot in Monty Python's The Life of
Brian. Great team. Great film.
think the Python team have a universal appeal.
They were at their peak in the 1970s, but they
still have a huge following from the generation
growing up in the 1980s.
have to include Time Bandits in the list.
Again, a really good combination of humour and
effects. And a great cameo appearance from John
seems like a good time to mention Fawlty
Towers. The whole series is a must. I don't
think anyone has came close to being as funny as
Cleese as Basil. I could watch them
over and over.
particularly like the Basil the Rat episode. If a
foreigner wanted to get an impression of a
hair-crazed, eccentric Englishman, then Basil is
a perfectly good example.
wouldn't go far without U2's Under A Blood Red
Sky. It's a wonderful rock video, and I think
one of the most important ever made.
think there should be an 'epic' in there
somewhere. Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus is
an all-time favourite. Tony Curtis looks
brilliant in a mini-skirt!
you get bored with looking at Tony Curtis' legs,
then there is always the added bonus of seeing
Kirk Douglas actually act! It was one of director
Stanley Kubrick's earliest films - he went on to
make 2001: A Space Odyssey."
last choice stars the actor she would most like
to work with. She picked Harrison Ford in Blade
Ford is a very versatile actor - highly
underrated. He is very convincing as the
policeman in Witness, and is also a good
comedy actor. His performance as the 'Replicant'
catcher has to be one of the best of his career
a sci-fi buff, and I think it's an excellent
film, one of the very best of its type...I think
I could exist quite happily on a desert Island
with that lot to keep me going!"