Old Princethorpian Interview

Faye Brothers

Bit of background, where you live, what you do for a living:
I live in London and work as a Film and Television Set Decorator.

Age: 31

When were you at Princethorpe - years from and to? 

What was the school like in your day? 

The school had only just become co-ed when I started, so there was only a very small amount of girls; ten of us altogether!

How did Princethorpe affect the person you are today?

Princethorpe gave me the desire to study languages at University, thanks to Mrs. Stewart, without that, I don't know if I would have the career I have now.

What advice would you give to your teenage self? 

There is nothing wrong with enjoying school and wanting to study; and the people who make fun of you for it will end up as refuse collectors and drug dealers.

Who or what has been the greatest influence on your life? 

My friends; they have always supported me, pushed me to do better and made me want to succeed.

What keeps you awake at night? 

Work. I work 16 hours a day, 6 days a week. The film industry is extremely fast paced, and demanding, and it's very difficult to switch off. 

What has been your proudest moment/greatest achievement so far? 

My proudest achievement has been becoming a Set Decorator. I run my own department on whatever television show or film I am working in. Every day I create a beautiful world that millions of people watch. At the moment I'm working on a show set in the 60s, before that it was Medieval, and before that it was the 30s. Every couple of months I start a new life in a world that I get to make.

What’s your biggest indulgence? 

Gin and 19th century French Majolica

If you had to have one last meal, what would it be? 

Something Lebanese

What is your favourite TV Show and why? 

I think the greatest T.V show of all time is The West Wing. However, in terms of aesthetics, the most beautiful show I've seen is The Knick. It's set in a hospital in New York at the turn of the century; the cinematography and set design are stunning.

If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be and who would be with you? 

I would be at the cinema with my friends and my boyfriend.

Lasting memories of Princethorpe: 

Choir trips, avoiding all sporting activity, French, singing in the practise rooms with Lizzie Cullen.

Are you in touch with any other Old Princethorpians, if so whom? 

Yes. Lizzie , Chris Griffin, Dan Farrell, Mitch Reid, Jenny Weigham and Kate Crowley.

Is there anyone you would like to track down? 

No, I hate everyone else! :)