I thought this was an interesting glimpse into a ‘famous’ only child’s life! How many of us like Michael want to hold on to the things in our childhood which gave us enjoyment and meaning. I find it hard to let go some of the things from my childhood especially now my parents are dead. Holding onto those memories via objects which I grew up with seems very important. I wonder if others feel the same?
Christopher Middleton’s interview with the film director explains why he is parting with his cherished collection of children’s book illustrations.
So what made the famously hard-boiled Winner go gooey over pictures of sprites, fairies and bears? It’s not a matter of getting older: he is 76 now but the collecting started back in 1984, when he was in his pugnacious prime. “I suppose,” he says, after some reflection, “that by buying this children’s art and having it on my walls, I have been doing what I have done my entire life, which is to re-create my childhood.
“It was a mixed, rather than happy, one,” says Winner. “I was an only child and very lonely, as you will find most movie directors were.
“As a child, I was two people, always playing two roles. On one hand, I was shy and reticent, the cast-aside child who was always on the outside.
“On the other hand, though, when I really wanted something, I could become very forthright indeed. All niceties would disappear, and I would become this unrecognisable, avaricious creature.
“That was what my autograph-collecting was all about!”
Read more about Michael Winner by Chris Middleton here: