Warcraft director Duncan Jones still inspired by dad David Bowie

Filmmaker Duncan Jones says his dad, David Bowie, inspired him to make movies.

The director of Moon and Source Code talked about his late father on Wednesday at the Los Angeles premiere of his latest film, the video-game adaptation Warcraft.

Duncan Jones and David Bowie ( Peter Kramer/AP/PA)
Duncan Jones and David Bowie (Peter Kramer/AP/PA)

David, who died in January at age 69 after a battle with cancer, famously starred in films such as Labyrinth and The Man Who Fell To Earth.

He said: "My dad was obviously prolific in music, but he also acted and I think I had the most fun when we were on film sets... I think I got the (directing) bug back then.

"Because the musical gene did not express itself in the way one might have hoped, my main hobby with my dad was shooting little one-stop animations and I just always carried that interest in film."

The director said his dad also taught him to trust his creative instincts.

Duncan has directed new film Warcraft (Richard Shotwell/AP/PA)
Duncan has directed new film Warcraft (Richard Shotwell/AP/PA)

Duncan said: "I think as much on the creativity level - his bravery and willingness to try stuff that other people weren't expecting.

"I did two science-fiction films and then jumped into a video game movie, and now I'm going to go from this behemoth to another tiny, little indie.

"So just doing what feels right at the moment on a creative level is certainly something I got from him."

Warcraft is an adaptation of the long-running role-playing game, which centres on the conflict between orcs and humans depicted in World of Warcraft and the original Warcraft games from the 1990s.

The film stars Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell and Paula Patton and opens in cinemas on June 3.

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