For Gittoes, it's simple: "My wife and kids ... know if I wasn't doing what makes me happy ... I'd be a monster to live with." Seen here in the same shirt he wore for the opening of his No Exit show (which I attended back in February), Gittoes says "... what I am is a believer that if there must be war, there must also be evidence that someone felt something. That is what I do — create some evidence that we cared."
The happiest moments I've known are when I've conquered fear. Courage is an art, like dance or music, a gift people are born with. As a war artist and filmmaker, the decision to put myself in harm's way is mine alone, not an order from an officer as it is with soldiers. Risking death goes against human nature but once achieved and conquered, there's nothing more exhilarating — something inside seems to expand. Courage is one of the fastest ways to attain self-knowledge I know.
Gittoes, 57, has not only made films, he's also a talented artist.
There's nothing more satisfying, no matter what horrors I've seen, than to fly home knowing the film and art in my luggage have made a difference. Creating in the face of destruction — that's my greatest happiness.