When I told James I would be making a film about him, his answer was: "bear in mind, I'm not dead!" I did. The film is not a hagiography, nor an attempt to secure James a place in the firmament of music. It is rather a picture of a living thing, hence the choice to be as close to him as possible. While investigating his influences and how his music came to be, I left much of the context to the history books. If one should find Naples in the film, that would be through what James himself calls ‘o sentimento. I tried to catch a glimpse of it and now look forward to sharing it with an audience.
After graduating with a degree in philosophy from the University of Naples, Andrea Della Monica (Naples) moved to London, where he graduated with an MA in Filmmaking from the London Film School. His short films have competed at several festivals internationally. James is his first documentary feature.