You may know him as an actor, but Alan Cumming is also a singer, a director, a producer and an author.
His New York Times best-selling memoir Not My Father's Son is the gripping story of his complicated relationship with his father and the mystery of his grandfather's untimely death.
Suspenseful, brave, moving and honest, it's a book about finding good through bad and light beyond darkness. Alan is interviewed about Not My Father's Son by David Marr during the Sydney Writers' Festival 2015.
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I really loved this author interview . Alan Cumming is frank and at times my heart cried . I understoood his pain , the suffering of his childhood . He could have been a totally different man , the tender man you will hear belies the violence from whence he came.
I really like Alan Cumming. His humour, his openess. In this I found even more to inspire. His self awareness and ability to survive with his sense of self intact against the odds. Now I don't just like him, I want to be like him.
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This interview was interesting to listen to. Hearing about Alan story. I
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"Entertaining & Free"
For a free listen, this interview is definitely worth the time, especially for anyone who is already a fan of Alan Cumming. I already loved him from his superlative performance as Mr. Elton in the 1996 American film version of Emma, as well in The Anniversary Party, that wildly experimental and endlessly fascinating movie he made with Jennifer Jason Leigh. Here I learned about Alan Cumming the man--his early life, struggles with his abusive father, love of Scotland, reasons for wanting to become a U.S. citizen, hopes for Scottish independence, career aspirations, personal anxieties, and much more. The only downside is the interviewer, who is annoyingly cloying and insinuating, inserting himself far too freely into the process and his subject's narrative. But considering that it's free, this is still a valuable listen. Many thanks to the reviewers I follow for recommending it!
Heartwarming and challenging, from foreskin to self love. Alan makes one wish to have a Bloody Mary at the airport while sharing stories.
"Alan Cumming is a hoot!"
I'm always amazed by Cumming's insightfulness and authenticity, every time I hear him speak. What an incredible and inspiring person!
"fascinating and funny"
I knew nothing about this comedian, so was surprised at both the story and the hilarious delivery. it is amazing to see someone who has been able to use a very clever wit to heal from such egregious childhood abuse.
"I never knew I loved alan cumming"
This interview was so wonderful to listen to. To just hear alan's voice and that cute giggle he has when he is trying to tell a story in only the way he can. I wish I had been there and could take alan for coffee, tea, or a good stiff Scottish drink and spend the evening with him. I am going to listen to the book starting tomorrow. I can't wait to hear alan's story in his own voice.
too short yet if your are a fan of his it hardly matters. may God bless him!
"A peek inside his life"
Enjoyed listening to the honest answers given by Alan but not thrilled with the interviewer. Intrigued enough to possibly by a book of his .
"Very Entertaining and Intriguing"
Loved it! Learned a lot about the actor but more about the human "story" and resilience he possesses.
"great show and tell story live."
i usually avoid these live interviews, but I love Alan Cummings. Once again he delivers his greatness.
"Surprised and Relieved"
I have loved Alan Cumming ubertalent and his boyish ways.But that he was abused really shocked me. l have seen his book but it didn't register. This is Alan Cumming, my funny man and sweet soul, and a past that can't be grasped.
I listened to this interview and felt so much pride for him and his family. I will definitely get the book now. l sense his story in mine. This, to me makes me surprised and relieved.
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Really enjoyed listening to how Alan overcame such a difficult childhood to become the man he is who brings so much joy through books, TV, movies, theatre and much much more.
"Story of empowerment"
Alan cumming has developed a great sense of humour because of his past and tells fab stories that makes you want to keep listening.
"Interesting and thought-provoking interview"
Got to know the actor's history and his story.
Even though some parts of it are quite deep, Alan is a bubbly character as you gather from his other responses.
I did. It's easily listenable and is only an hour.
"Funny and Enlightened"
An eye - opening insight into Alan's younger life in Scotland. Very moving and emotional for the most part. Read it!
"Pretty insightful "
Pretty insightful for a free listen, learned a lot about Mr Cummings background! Really good man. A true inspiration to us Scots
"Short but interesting"
A matter of fact and lighthearted interview about serious and surprising life issues. I'm now going to get the book which they talked about!
Enjoyable and entertaining interview. Funny but with a serious undertone. The author Alan Cumming is witty and likeable.
"Great intro to incredible book"
Loved hearing Alan talk at ease about his story. Then went to the book ans was appalled and fascinated. Highly recommended
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