My Weekend: David Burtonwood

David Burtonwood
David Burtonwood

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Filmmaker and poet David Burtonwood is 23 and lives in Westbourne. A previous Guide Award nominee, he recommends seeing The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Here he describes his perfect weekend.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

I went to Gran Canaria in June with my girlfriend – a much-needed week of sun, sand and sea.

What was the last gig/concert/comedy show you went to?

I saw Brand New at Southampton Guildhall back in February.

They were really good musicians but needed to address the crowd a bit more.

I’ve resolved to start going to gigs more regularly again. Next year I want to go to Bestival, as I’m hearing such good things about it.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

That was Matilda the Musical in the West End, which is fantastic.

I went into it not quite knowing what to expect, it being a new musical and all, but I was so impressed.

The production is reliant on the performances of its child stars, something that has let down productions in the past. But the kids in this are exceptionally talented.

The last book you read?

Poems – Ground Water by Matthew Hollis and The Egg of Zero by Philip Gross.

The last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?

The Perks of Being A Wallflower, which I really enjoyed.

It’s a great take on the American college film, going to some dark places but managing to retain humour.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

At home, writing, reading, and catching up on TV shows.

What do you watch on TV?

I’m obsessed with American drama television shows like Game of Thrones (pictured below), Mad Men, Breaking Bad, True Blood and Boardwalk Empire.

And which TV programmes do you avoid?

TOWIE, and all other ‘reality’ rubbish like that.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

My filmmaker hero is Martin Scorsese (pictured right), so I’d love to spend a weekend picking his brains.

Where do you shop?

I buy a lot of DVDs in HMV.

Where do you eat out?

Port Solent. There are lots of great restaurants in a really nice location, especially on a summer evening. My favourite restaurants there are probably Chimichanga and Prezzo.

What’s your signature dish, if you’re cooking?

I’m not much of a cook, but I’m handy with pasta.

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

My local, The White Horse pub in Westbourne or the alternative night at Envy in Portsmouth on Fridays.

Where’s good for a day out locally?

If it’s a nice day then my friends and I will quite often wander around Emsworth, around the Quay and Mill Pond, the parks and Brook Meadow, before stopping for a drink at one of the many country pubs.