Derrick Borte is very much Hampton Roads through and through. Despite stints in production for Sony in New York and making movies in Hollywood (like 2010’s The Joneses starring Demi Moore and David Duchovny), Borte still lives in Virginia Beach.
His latest film, London Town, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, opens in New York, Los Angeles and about 10 other cities on Friday, but it premiered at Norfolk’s Naro Expanded Cinema Thursday.
About 500 people attended.
Borte says he was drawn to direct the film because of the story and the music. He grew up listening to The Clash, and, in the film, it’s the band’s music that changes the characters in ways they couldn’t expect.
If you are one of the 500 expected to pack the theater for the premiere, you’re in luck. Your ticket includes a Q & A with the director following the film. If you haven’t gotten your tickets for the premiere, The Naro will continue showing the film into next week. Just no Borte for those showings. That’s because the director is off to other major premieres of the film in London and Berlin.
I met up with the First Colonial High School and Old Dominion University grad at Commune near the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
In the uncut interview below, we talked about the film, his love of The Clash, his time working at WAVY-TV in the 90s, and why he still calls Hampton Roads home.