On August 21st I spoke to Wick over the phone. He indicated during our conversation that he would appreciate it if I would make a film portrait of him in my usual style – b/w, focus on the eyes as the mirrors of our soul, and from the perspective that the other allows me to be witness of his/her thoughts, emotions etc. As such I sat at his bedsite on September 12th and learned what is really important to him and how he experienced what has happened, with all the pain, the sadness, how relative things are and also all the love he experienced. It was special to witness his words as a friend and to distill from the conversation a portrait of nearly 6 minutes. A portrait in which I have tried to capture the essence of what Wick was sharing. A challenging task, also because of the technical complexities – hospitals are not ideal as film locations – however I believe the end result shows Wick as the man who clearly, also in this situation, is an ‘Iron Man’!
Joep C. de Jong