Interconnected stories unfold to reveal episodes in the life of a documentary filmmaker—all interwoven, they are paralleled with a contemporary allegory of the classic story of Adam and Eve’s ‘fall from grace’ in the Garden of Eden. Told in a non-linear structure, the stories follow Nic from his youth in Africa, as the son of British colonists, to post war England, his first love, his marriage, his infidelity, and his return to Africa to make a film. Nic’s tale is cross-cut with the classical parable of Adam and Eve which serves as an allegory to the unraveling of events in his own life. The two tales intertwined, ultimately serve as a powerful summation of the loss of innocence—not just of Nic but of humanity and our species. –inbaseline.com
Michael “Mike” Figgis (born 28 February 1948) is an English film director, writer, and composer.
Figgis’s early interest was in music and he played keyboards for Bryan Ferry’s first band. In 1983 he directed a theatre play, produced in Theatre Gerard-Philipe (Saint-Denis, Paris, France). This play performed with great success at Festival de Grenada and in Theater der Welt (Munich, Germany).
After working in theatre (he was a musician and performer in the experimental group People Show) he made his feature film debut with the low budget Stormy Monday in 1988. The film earned him attention as a director who could get interesting performances from established Hollywood actors. He initially made a splash in America in the 1990s with the gritty thriller Internal Affairs that helped to revive the career of Richard Gere. His next Hollywood feature Mr. Jones was misunderstood by the studio who attempted to market the downbeat story as a feelgood movie… read more