The Heroine’s Journey of Margot Bonneau

What is the best thing that I love about my work ? As a photographer and filmmaker, I can say that what makes me love my job is simply the freedom that allows me to make each of my projects unique. Moreover, what made me want to do this job is also the idea of always meeting new people.

What is my idea of happiness ? My idea of happiness is simply to be surrounded by people with whom I can be myself and surpass myself, go further than its own limits, without being forced to go to the other end of the world for this ! 

My greatest fear : Disappointing myself and others. It’s a fear that I feel every time I get into something new.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself ? My lack of self-confidence, which sometimes prevents me from embarking entirely on new projects, especially when it’s something I don’t have complete control over.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire ? Nicolas Winding Rein! A director with a unique artistic touch. In addition, he launched into the world of cinema despite his color-blindness. 

Ma plus grande extravagance ? Quite simply, my passions, I like everything that is not to like: the mafia, films that end badly (like Shame or Brokeback mountain), the most detestable characters (Hans Landa or Ronnie Kray)… People are always surprised when they talk to me.

On what occasion would I lie ? I’m a very candid person, sometimes too. But if it would help someone I want to protect, I could lie, I think.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work ? When I have to work with people who are sure to be the next Tarantino or DiCaprio because they made two movies in their garage…

When and where was I the happiest, in my work ? During the first confinement (in France), I made my first short film, and completely alone, seeing the result I was really proud, I did not think myself capable of such a result.

If I could, what would I change about myself ? Two things: first I would remove my epilepsy that is ruining my life, then I would give myself a little more confidence in myself for artistic projects.

What is my greatest achievement in work ? Just to see a real evolution in my work from year to year.

Where would I most like to live ? In Italy, it is a country of which I am completely crazy about it.

What is my most treasured possession ? My answer will surprise you but it should be my doudou! I don’t know if I could live without him, it’s the best part of the day when I get in bed and put it on my face.

What is my most marked characteristic ? My side no filter, I am someone who is not afraid to say what she thinks and my smille attitude, I like to make others laugh. I’m someone who doesn’t need much to enjoy a moment.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Nothing, I am not very sensitive to places and landscapes. I am much more inspired by people and colors.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city ? IT, un restaurant italien à Paris, tout simplement incroyable, dans lequel j’ai beaucoup de bons souvenirs.

What books influenced my life and how ? American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, a book that has a very important place in my life. Unlike many people, Bret Easton Ellis does not try to have a good image or lie to himself. Moreover, the character of Patrick Bateman really touched me, he alone in his misery, surrounded by people he does not really like, in the world of appearance. 

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day ? Much too hard a question! But it should be a Lana Del Rey or Sufjan Stevens song.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction ? My little sister told me that I had the same character as Joe March (Little Women). But if I had to pick a single hero that I particularly like it would be Rocky Balboa, a simple and endearing man, who started from nothing to get to the top. Despite everything, he does not change, he remains the same and fights for those he loves.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life ? Bret Easton Ellis, he is not afraid to say what he thinks and he does not try to please. He has a raw but just vision of our society.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime ? It’s so hard to pick just one. I would only give two: Shame by Steve McQueen or The Rise of the Kray by Zachary Adler.

What role play stories in my life and work ? Whether we like it or not, we are always inspired by something or someone. That’s why stories are essential for me to create my photos and scenarios.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me ? I make my own choices, whether they’re good or bad.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime ? My mom, my little sister and my grand parents

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2022 ? I have always dreamed of working with Michael Fassbender and Benoit Magical, two more than talented actors. In photography, I really like the work of Theo Armandary, very cinematographic images. And Joann Sfar, a French director and illustrator who impressed me with his film Serge Gainsbourg, Vie Héroïque. I’d be delighted to work with him.

What project, in 2022, am I looking forward to work on ? I just finished a very personal scenario on my epilepsy and I’m really looking forward to this project, even though I know it’s going to be hard.

Where can you see me or my work in 2022 ? On Instagram : @margotbonneaucamera, and on YouTube (Margot Bonneau)

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me ?  “We must act out passion before we can feel it. » Jean-Paul Sartre

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story? @faustin_la_plante_verte and @camille.cannet (instagram) two amazing photographers.

How can you contact me ? Sur Instagram @margotbonneaucamera (et Facebook : Margot Bonneau), simplement pour en savoir plus ou pour un quelconque projet.

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