“Time has to be worth it,” says Scorsese, “even if it’s just existing”

“Time has to be worth it,” says Scorsese, “even if it’s just existing”

Last Thursday, a homemade short film by Martin Scorsese premiered on BBC Two’s Lockdown Culture with Mary Beard show.

Scorsese, 77, revealed that he’s been holed up at his New York City home since 13 March – and says: “for me at least, there’s no end in sight”.

He recalls being told by the great Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who passed away in 2016: “Don’t do anything you don’t wanna do.” Scorsese also points out that “one can’t depend on time”, and says that self-isolation has made him realise the importance of being with the ones you love “as much as you can”.

“Time has to be worth it,” he says sagely at the end. “Even if it’s just existing.”

Nick Levine writes about five things we learned from Scorsese’s brief video diary… (click here to read in full)