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Interview: Candid cover star and Patriots Day’s Alex Wolff

Interview: Candid cover star and Patriots Day’s Alex Wolff

Out on the 23rd of February in the UK, Patriots Day has been hailed a triumph of a film and our cover star, Alex Wolff plays one of the titular characters. Working alongside Hollywood names including Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Bacon, Alex plays the protagonist in Patriots Day, tackling the challenging task of playing the...
James Schamus interview: 'I might as well risk flopping'

James Schamus interview: ‘I might as well risk flopping’

The first thing James Schamus says when we sit down to chat is that he likes my shoes. They are a pair of slightly scuffed brown Dr. Martens – and he is wearing exactly the same ones. Whether I dress like a 57-year-old film director or he dresses like a young woman is debatable, but...
Anne Fontaine interview: 'Hearing it is stronger than seeing it'

Anne Fontaine interview: ‘Hearing it is stronger than seeing it’

With the majority of director Anne Fontaine’s films having a contemporary setting, her latest offering, The Innocents, seems somewhat removed from her previous work. Despite the new period and location, however, her trademark intuitive depiction of women remains. Based on real events, the film tells the story of a group of Polish nuns who find...
Brian Gleeson interview: 'the character relies on the dialogue'

Brian Gleeson interview: ‘the character relies on the dialogue’

Tiger Raid is the debut film by upcoming director and screenwriter Simon Dixon and follows the story of two Irish mercenaries Joe (Brian Gleeson) and Paddy (Damien Moloney) who are travelling the deserts of Iraq with orders to kidnap an Iraqi woman. With the film out this week, we spoke to Brian Gleeson (son of Brendan...
Ira Sachs interview: 'I'm a troubled American'

Ira Sachs interview: ‘I’m a troubled American’

If Ira Sachs has settled into a niche, it’s clearly a comfortable one. And if he keeps making films like Love Is Strange and Little Men, I think we’d best just leave him there for now. Together with writing partner Mauricio Zacharias, the director is drawing on his own life to make films that, while...
David Mackenzie interview: 'I think I’m getting better at making movies'

David Mackenzie interview: ‘I think I’m getting better at making movies’

David Mackenzie is hardly new to the film industry, releasing his debut feature, The Last Great Wilderness, back in 2002. But many will have discovered him only a few years ago with the explosive prison drama Starred Up, which starred Jack O’Connell as a young offender graduated to the same adult prison as his father....
Jaco Van Dormael interview: 'I hope that I never become God'

Jaco Van Dormael interview: ‘I hope that I never become God’

Acclaimed director Jaco Van Dormael’s latest film The Brand New Testament is a departure from his usual fare, drifting from drama to comedy. However, it lacks no less meaning or depth than his past works. We were fortunate enough to have Jaco take some time out of his busy schedule in Japan recently to discuss...
Todd Solondz interview: 'The dog is just dumb'

Todd Solondz interview: ‘The dog is just dumb’

Wiener-Dog, writer-director Todd Solondz’s eighth feature film, is not about a dog–wiener or otherwise. Or at least that’s what he insisted, repeatedly, when we met during the Sundance London film festival, where the film enjoyed its UK premiere earlier this year. Sure, there’s a dog in the title. And on the poster. And in just...
Read Our Exclusive Interview With Actor Nick Hendrix

Read Our Exclusive Interview With Actor Nick Hendrix

Currently filming the internationally renowned series Midsomer Murders, playing new sidekick DS Jamie Winter, Nick Hendrix is an anticipated rising star on screen. After studying drama at Exeter University and training for three years at RADA, Nick Hendrix has worked extensively in London theatre productions such as Man and Superman, The Light Princess, and What...
Eva Husson interview: 'I’ve never had an interest in group sex'

Eva Husson interview: ‘I’ve never had an interest in group sex’

A first feature film is a filmmaker’s best opportunity to make his or her mark, to fully assert themselves as a cinematic voice to be reckoned with. Surely Eva Husson’s lurid and striking film Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story), a chronicle of adolescent sexuality in which high school students cavort in drug-fuelled orgies in...
Toby Jones interview: 'It felt very un-American'

Toby Jones interview: ‘It felt very un-American’

If you’ve seen any major, mainstream sci-fi or fantasy movie in the last decade, there are good odds you’ve seen Toby Jones. He’s boasted roles in the Harry Potter, Captain America, and Hunger Games series, not to mention small screen roles on Doctor Who, Wayward Pines, and an upcoming villainous turn on Sherlock. Through all...
Bebe Cave interview: 'Every day on set I was surprised'

Bebe Cave interview: ‘Every day on set I was surprised’

As first major film roles go, appearing in an Italian auteur’s demented collection of fairy tales, appearing alongside Toby Jones, an ogre, and a giant flea has to be one of the more memorable. But Tale of Tales was all in a day’s work for Bebe Cave, who turned 17 during the film’s production–after all,...
Kate Beckinsale interview: 'I did a little PhD in Jane Austen'

Kate Beckinsale interview: ‘I did a little PhD in Jane Austen’

It’s possible that Kate Beckinsale has been a bit undersold by a career so far dominated by the likes of four entries in the Underworld franchise (with a fifth on the way) and a few recent duds like the Total Recall remake or last year’s Absolutely Anything. Or at least, that’s the immediate feeling one’s...
Whit Stillman interview: 'I don’t think Jane Austen was feminist'

Whit Stillman interview: ‘I don’t think Jane Austen was feminist’

Whit Stillman’s slim filmography belies the depth of his contributions to cinema. His latest, Love & Friendship, is just his fifth feature film across a career that started in 1990 with Metropolitan, but it sits firmly in the established Stillman oeuvre – period trappings aside. Love & Friendship is Stillman’s take on an oft-forgotten Jane...
Andrew Steggall interview: 'Everybody knows about love and loneliness'

Andrew Steggall interview: ‘Everybody knows about love and loneliness’

Despite having written and directed four short films before venturing into feature-length with his outstanding debut Departure, British filmmaker Andrew Steggall comes from theatre, having trained as an actor at London’s Central School Of Speech and Drama and later turning to theatre directing. His background inevitably has played an important part in the making of...
Lucile Hadzihalilovic interview: 'The adult world is something mysterious'

Lucile Hadzihalilovic interview: ‘The adult world is something mysterious’

Lucile Hadzihalilovic isn’t exactly a household name – and not just because most of us wouldn’t be quite sure how to pronounce it. The French director (the name’s Bosnian though, in case that had you confused) has only made two feature films: 2004’s Innocence, a cryptic tale of an isolated girls’ boarding school; and now...
Jayan Cherian interview: 'India is in a historical freeze frame'

Jayan Cherian interview: ‘India is in a historical freeze frame’

Documentarian Jayan Cherian’s debut fiction feature, Papilio Buddha, proved so controversial that it was banned in his native India, despite international acclaim. He’s now back with his follow-up, Ka Bodyscapes, which screened last week at the BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival. We sat down with Cherian to discuss Indian culture, LGBT issues, and his novel filmmaking techniques. Why...
Mark Tildesley interview: 'High-Rise floats in a world that’s slightly strange'

Mark Tildesley interview: ‘High-Rise floats in a world that’s slightly strange’

With its titular monolithic housing block and alt-’70s setting, Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise is a bit of a design dream – even if the film itself hews closer to nightmares. Brutalist architecture and modernist opulence abound, so we grabbed the chance to ask production designer Mark Tildesley about working on the film. With a track record...
Ben Wheatley interview: 'High-Rise looks like a playbook for the modern world'

Ben Wheatley interview: ‘High-Rise looks like a playbook for the modern world’

Ben Wheatley has been one of British cinema’s critical darlings ever since his 2009 feature debut Down Terrace, and he’s continued to experiment with form and genre since with the likes of Kill List, Sightseers and A Field in England. Working closely with his regular screenwriter (and wife) Amy Jump, he’s fashioned a distinct Wheatley...
David Farr interview: 'Film needs to keep finding its uniqueness'

David Farr interview: ‘Film needs to keep finding its uniqueness’

After a successful festival route that included Toronto, London, and the Berlinale, David Farr’s feature film debut, psychological thriller The Ones Below, finally arrives in UK cinemas, channelling Hitchcock, Lynch, and Polanski but also announcing an interesting new voice in British cinema. This unnerving tale of two neighbouring married couples whose lives get fatally tangled...
Luca Guadagnino interview: 'I try to make my camera as trans as possible'

Luca Guadagnino interview: ‘I try to make my camera as trans as possible’

Luca Guadagnino is not an easy man to interview. We’re discussing his latest film, A Bigger Splash, a manic exploration of desire, temptation, and The Rolling Stones on the dusty Italian island of Pantelleria, starring the enviable combination of Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, and Matthias Schoenaerts. The Italian director shows little patience for...
Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick interview: 'Deadpool is a really fucked up romantic comedy'

Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick interview: ‘Deadpool is a really fucked up romantic comedy’

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have good reason to be excited when we speak. The screenwriting partners who shot to Hollywood’s attention with 2009’s blackly comedic Zombieland are just days away from the release of Deadpool, the Ryan Reynolds superhero movie with a difference. Worlds away from his abortive appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this...
Alejandro Iñárritu interview: 'I would not change anything'

Alejandro Iñárritu interview: ‘I would not change anything’

Alejandro Iñárritu has a lot to be pleased about when we meet at Claridge’s to discuss his latest film, harrowing frontiers survival epic The Revenant. The visually spectacular film is the tale of frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead in the frozen wilderness, who somehow dragged himself...
Kevin Allen interview: 'I gave up filmmaking for 8 years and became a farmer'

Kevin Allen interview: ‘I gave up filmmaking for 8 years and became a farmer’

Director Kevin Allen is the latest to attempt an adaptation of Welsh poet and author Dylan Thomas’ celebrated ‘play for voices’ Under Milk Wood, starring Rhys Ifans and Charlotte Church. He filmed two versions, back-to-back – one in the original English, and then a translation in Welsh. Candid caught up with him to talk about Welsh...
Stephen Dunn interview: breaking Closet Monster out of the LGBTQ ghetto

Stephen Dunn interview: breaking Closet Monster out of the LGBTQ ghetto

One of the most interesting debuts that screened at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, it’d be rather diminishing to reduce Closet Monster to yet another coming-out-coming-of-age-tale. Despite the title, this first feature is way more than just queer cinema and introduces the new impressive artistic talent of Canadian filmmaker Stephen Dunn. Confidently shot and...
Judy Greer interview: America's favourite co-star

Judy Greer interview: America’s favourite co-star

Did you know that Judy Greer has recently published a book? The Detroit-native and character-actress extraordinaire made her literary debut last year, expanding her already rather impressive resume, which includes 90 roles to date across film, television and Broadway. Yet, despite appearing in three blockbusters this summer (Tomorrowland, Jurassic World and Ant-Man), her meatier roles...
Raffey Cassidy interview: Tomorrowland, George Clooney and driving at 13

Raffey Cassidy interview: Tomorrowland, George Clooney and driving at 13

Having just turned into a teenager, Raffey Cassidy has gone above and beyond what most thirteen-year-olds have achieved. She began her acting career in 2009 on British TV, and a few short years later she has filmed alongside Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman and now Hollywood royalty George Clooney in her latest...
Filmmakers Chat: Ramin Bahrani and the truth that inspired humanistic thriller 99 Homes

Filmmakers Chat: Ramin Bahrani and the truth that inspired humanistic thriller 99 Homes

Hailing from North Carolina, Iranian-American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani has made a name for himself in the festival circuit with his first five films having screened at Venice, Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Toronto and Telluride. Bahrani has won numerous awards including the “Someone to Watch” Spirit Award (Chop Shop, 2008), the critic’s prize for best film in...
Filmmakers Chat: Anton Corbijn talks "Life"

Filmmakers Chat: Anton Corbijn talks “Life”

For an incredibly talented artist like Anton Corbijn, the move from photography to filmmaking was only going to be a matter of time. Regarded as one of the most influential photographers both in the world of music and in the world of portraiture photography, Corbijn discovered photography though his love for music while still at...
Behind The Scenes of Man Up with Screenwriter Tess Morris

Behind The Scenes of Man Up with Screenwriter Tess Morris

British screenwriter Tess Morris (pictured below) has been one to watch for a few years now, since claiming a spot on the Brit List – the UK equivalent of the Black List (the yearly compilation of Hollywood’s top executives’ favorite unproduced scripts) – back in 2011. Man Up is the script that earned her that...



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