I'm happy to hear you say "unconventional biopic." That is the only way you can do Bowie justice.
Boyle: I agree completely. And it would be unconventional. There’d be some dancing as well, you know, that kind of thing. It'd be a bit of fun.
Throughout your career, [The Man Who Fell to Earth] director Nicolas Roeg has been a major influence for you. When you make a romantic comedy like Yesterday, how does Roeg still inspire you?
Boyle: It's interesting because we did a little tribute to him at the BFI just a couple of weekends ago, which was extraordinary. It was interesting thinking about him, you know, and he would have liked the psychedelic Beatles, I think. You know, I think that would've suited his sensibility. And his control of sound is inspiring, even in the film you may not think visually is his world, his mastery of sound is fun. Even now when sound has become so sophisticated, his use of it back in analog days with was supreme. So, I would imagine that he's influenced me in that even in this film.
There's a cut at the end [of Yesterday] after [Jack] sings "Help" on the rooftop, and there's a really hard cut to Jack alone in the dressing room immediately afterwards and then [his friend] Louie walks in to the emptiness and it's a kind of dream in almost in a way. And that's very Roegian use of sound. Like one of the things we showed at the BFI tribute was the use of sound at the beginning of Don't Look Now, which even now is rather cool. Even now, that's rather radical, and it still feels original and different and uneasy. It immediately sets you to feel ill at least, even though most of what you're looking at shouldn't make you feel like it does. And it's the use of sound to convey that I think.
Yesterday is another movie of yours with a great soundtrack, but what songs have you yet to use in your career you’re itching to put in a movie?
Boyle: There's a lot, definitely. There's lots and what's lovely, I mean, I'm not [as] current with music at the moment as I used to be. You know, it used to be effortless the way you knew new music, and now it's more of an effort or I access it through my kids. But I still listen to it every day, and it kind of makes me feel like I value what the Beatles began, the pop culture that the Beatles began. It was still playing out and that element of it, the music element of it, I access every day. And I don't make films every day, I don't watch films every day, I don't watch television every day, but I listen to music every day.