Tilda Swinton On Her Post-Oscar Career and the Evolution of Independent Film

A short time ago in Los Angeles, actress Tilda Swinton had a very busy few days. She was there promoting her work in Erick Zonca‘s “Julia,” screening at AFI Fest 2008. But in the two nights preceding its screening, she continued her newfound role as a staple honoree with back-to-back fetes: a tribute at AFI, and an award of excellence at the 2008 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards. “It’s very strange this getting awards,” Swinton said upon accepting her award from BAFTA/LA. “I have to confess until so recently that the only thing I’d ever won was a raffle when I was twelve. I got a bottle of aftershave I gave my brother for Christmas and he still has it.”

In the midst of all of this, Swinton found the time to sit down with indieWIRE poolside at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills.

“I’m very jetlegged and I’ve got a kind of throat infection but apart from that, I’m doing good,” Swinton said about her hectic Los Angeles itinerary. “I mean, I enjoy it fine because if you think about what I’m doing here, I’m doing things that I have some real connection to. I’m only too happy to come and present ‘Julia.’ I’m really proud of that film. I’d go anywhere to talk about it or screen it. Having to stand up and accept an award is a challenge. I have to say, it’s not my favorite thing in the world but otherwise going around for the work is good. I had a possibility to present ‘Julia’ so they kind of got me on that.”

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