Time Out Lisbon heroes
Filmmaker Jorge Silva Melo, artist Joana Vasconcelos and singer/songwriter Jorge Palma ate Time Out Lisbon's heroes
Jorge Silva Melo
Lisbon 2008, or Lisbon 1968?Lisbon 1974, second half, of course [after the April 25 Portuguese democratic revolution]. In '68, I was in prison in Caxias, the political prison of the ancient regime. Lisbon 2008 would be nice if it weren’t a nightmare.
What Portuguese actor would you never invite to star in one of your plays?Me.
Did you keep any issues of the old A5-size Time Out London, from when you were there in the late
60s?Yes, I did. In fact, I think it was the first edition of Time Out London. I’ve donated all my magazines to the Theatre Museum. One day back in the ’70s, I even went to Sesimbra [a fishing village near Lisbon] with the then editor of the Theatre section of Time Out London, Ann something [McFerran], who was the wife of the famous scriptwriter, Snoo Wilson. They had a baby girl, and we went to Sesimbra and Cabo Espichel in an old Renault 4; we talked a lot and became friends. Then I lost track of them, but I’m sure none of us forgot that happy time. And the first thing I do when I arrive at Heathrow is buy Time Out London. It’s an old habit.
Tampoons, iron pots, bottles. Tell us which day-to-day objects you would like to transform into an art when you have the chance?Beach toys, especially those we fill with sand. I’ve got it all planed. But I’m not saying what I’m going to do.
Do you respect the city speed limits?I do. In particular when there are speed cameras around.
Name a building which really needs one of your hand-crafted towelsThe Eiffel Tower. It would look great on it. Because the Eiffel Tower already looks industrially hand-crafted, with all those iron laces. If you want know, I’ve already asked for permission. It doesn’t hurt trying. I’m still waiting for approval. Jorge Silva Melo | Joana Vasconcelos | Jorge Palma
Jorge Palma © Time Out
When was the last time someone stole your wallet?I don’t know if it was stolen or if I lost it. Three years ago I think I lost one near my home… Man, I get easily distracted. More than wallets, though, what I lose the most are guitars. I’ve lost so many guitars… Sometimes even while I’m playing. People ask me to borrow it and I never see my guitar again.
If you were still playing in the streets, what would be the best spot to make money?The best spot is always between my head and my heart. That’s where my music is born. Sometimes it works.
Trips to the cinema with or without popcorn?I’ll have to be politically incorrect about this one. With popcorn… and with cigarettes (laughs). I’m from the days when you could have a smoke in the cinema.Jorge Silva Melo | Joana Vasconcelos | Jorge Palma
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Beach toys, especially those we fill with sand. I’ve got it all planed. But I’m not saying what I’m going to do.I do. In particular when there are speed cameras around.The Eiffel Tower. It would look great on it. Because the Eiffel Tower already looks industrially hand-crafted, with all those iron laces. If you want know, I’ve already asked for permission. It doesn’t hurt trying. I’m still waiting for approval. Jorge Silva Melo | Joana Vasconcelos | Jorge Palma