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Review: Just Jim

Review: Just Jim

It’s rather common for some actors to eventually transition behind the camera over the course of their career and a few of them even star in the films they direct. The result can be outstanding and Oscar-worthy if you think of recent examples like George Clooney and Ben Affleck, but one thing is sure: it’s...
A GIRL AT MY DOOR

A GIRL AT MY DOOR

South Korean drama A Girl At My Door (Dohee-ya) is such a beautifully nuanced piece of work, so skillfully crafted by first-time writer/director July Jung and her wonderful cast, that you’d totally be able to understand its powerful story even without reading the subtitles. It’s a testament especially to its two main actresses, Doona Bae...
From Skins to Hollywood - Kaya Scodelario talks Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

From Skins to Hollywood – Kaya Scodelario talks Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Ever since her breakthrough debut in 2007 on E4’s hit teen drama Skins, young British actress Kaya Scodelario has built a steady career that from small indie films has led her to join the ever growing plethora or British talent conquering Hollywood one film at a time. Candid had the pleasure of spending some time...
Inside Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials with director Wes Ball

Inside Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials with director Wes Ball

It may not have been as big a phenomenon as The Hunger Games but there’s no denying how The Maze Runner was last year’s sleeper hit franchise which catapulted TV star Dylan O’Brien to global fame and most importantly gave 35 year old filmmaker Wes Ball the rather unusual opportunity to direct a (relatively) big...
Filmmakers Chat: Behind the scenes of Containment with Neil McEnery-West

Filmmakers Chat: Behind the scenes of Containment with Neil McEnery-West

Neil McEnery-West’s debut feature, Containment, is a taut psychological thriller under the guise of an apocalyptic genre flick. The film made its London debut at the East End Film Festival this summer, but this week begins a limited release in cinemas across the country, including Shoreditch’s Rich Mix. Ahead of the release, McEnery-West joined Candid...
A chat with Unfriended star Jacob Wysocki

A chat with Unfriended star Jacob Wysocki

Jacob Wysocki has a varied acting palate: comedy, drama, horror it makes no difference, he’s still going to put his own stamp on things. We got talking about his breakthrough hit, what floats his comedic boat and cyber bullying in his latest movie Unfriended. So, I watched the film this morning. I had the pleasure...
BODY

BODY

As Body, the new thriller from filmmakers Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, who co-wrote and directed it, proves, horror really is open to many interpretations. This sophisticated take on Hitchcockian bluff and double bluff shows you don’t need the supernatural or mysteries of the unexplained to create chills and nervy tension. Bored by the Christmas...
Behind the scenes - Rising star Ed Skrein talks The Transporter Refuelled

Behind the scenes – Rising star Ed Skrein talks The Transporter Refuelled

Best known for his brief role in HBO’s hit TV series Game of Thrones, rising star Ed Skrein, a Londoner of both English and Austrian-Jewish descent, has made his way to the spotlight starring in a few gritty British crime actioners such as Ill Manors (2012) and The Sweeney (2012). In a Bond-like fashion, with...
Author John Green and Director Jake Schreier discuss summer hit movie PAPER TOWNS

Author John Green and Director Jake Schreier discuss summer hit movie PAPER TOWNS

The cinematic adaptation of best selling YA author John Green’s 2008 novel Paper Towns is the sleeper hit of an otherwise typical blockbuster summer. Yet don’t let appearances fool you and dismiss it as your average teen fare: this is a wildly enjoyable film that channels John Hughes’ spirit and focuses on friendship rather than...
Filmmakers chat: Crystal Moselle discusses the making of The Wolfpack

Filmmakers chat: Crystal Moselle discusses the making of The Wolfpack

When I met filmmaker Crystal Moselle back in June on a scorching London day, her schedule was already pretty hectic. After winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in January, interest in her project had snowballed. And since then, she and the subjects of her debut documentary, The Wolfpack, have been travelling the world to...
Filmmakers Chat: Tom Harper talks War Book

Filmmakers Chat: Tom Harper talks War Book

After being received successfully upon its world Premiere at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival last October, powerful thriller War Book comes to cinemas for a series of special one off event and discussion screenings taking place around the country on August 7, 8 and 9. The film will then air on BBC Four on...
Filmmakers Chat: Henry Hobson talks "Maggie"

Filmmakers Chat: Henry Hobson talks “Maggie”

Maggie is an unusual film in a lot of ways. For one thing, it’s a zombie flick that’s light on the horror and high on the personal drama, swapping jump scares and gore for a slow reflection on fatherhood, illness and euthanasia. Second, it’s a low-budget indie drama starring none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, better...
Sven Hansen-Løve talks co-writing Eden

Sven Hansen-Løve talks co-writing Eden

Sven Hansen-Løve is in the unusual position of having co-written his own fictionalised biopic. Eden, directed by his sister Mia, tells the story of Sven’s life and career as a Parisian DJ across two decades, from house parties with Daft Punk and drug-fuelled raves to the inevitable sobering morning after. Except in Eden it’s Paul,...
From "Comet" to "Mr Robot" - In Conversation with filmmaker Sam Esmail

From “Comet” to “Mr Robot” – In Conversation with filmmaker Sam Esmail

When I speak to Sam Esmail, he’s filming the final episodes of season one of Mr Robot, his breakout hacker drama. The show airs on basic cable channel USA Network and it’s been going down a storm in the US since it premiered in June. Along with a second season renewal, Esmail has been signed...
13 MINUTES

13 MINUTES

Oliver Hirschbiegel’s 13 Minutes tells the true story of George Elser, a man who single handedly tried to overthrow Hitler during the early stages of the Nazi regime. The film’s plot sees Hirschbiegel return to familiar territory, having enjoyed critical success – and celebrated internet parody – with the remarkable Downfall (2004) before somewhat falling out of favour...
Q&A: Bruno Dumont talks "P'tit Quinquin"

Q&A: Bruno Dumont talks “P’tit Quinquin”

It was a surprise to many when French arthouse director Bruno Dumont announced he was making a comedy, yet his candid observations translate wonderfully to the genre. In P’tit Quinquin a police inquiry into a brutal murder is the starting point for digging deeper into the best and worst sides of humanity but the tone...
51º NORTH

51º NORTH

51º North is the debut feature film of young German filmmaker Grigorij Richters. Having directed his first short film by the age of 16, Grigorij is most undoubtedly talented. From Germany where his obsession began, to the UK where he took his A-levels in Film, then on to Prague to be mentored by Oscar-winning filmmaking...
Filmmakers Chat: John Maclean on Slow West

Filmmakers Chat: John Maclean on Slow West

Getting any film made nowadays is some sort of serendipitous, miraculous event that requires talent, luck and connections but even then, things might fall apart last minute. That’s why I was particularly impressed to learn that this indie Western starring Michael Fassbender, winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at...
British Filmmaking Duo 'Jones' talk about their feature debut "Everyone's Going To Die

British Filmmaking Duo ‘Jones’ talk about their feature debut “Everyone’s Going To Die

During my recent chat with British creative duo ‘Jones’ about their debut film, “Everyone’s Going To Die”, in UK cinemas this weekend and which I reviewed here, unfortunately they held steadfast onto the secret behind their mono-syllabic alias but I did get to learn a bit more about the creative process that went into this...
Filmmakers Chat: Joe Dante on Burying The Ex

Filmmakers Chat: Joe Dante on Burying The Ex

Joe Dante is a cult favourite director whose career has run the tonal gamut from dark werewolf film The Howling through to the rather more family-friendly Looney Tunes: Back in Action. He’s undeniably best known for Gremlins and Gremlins 2, undisputed standouts in the often patchy horror-comedy sub genre. Perhaps more than any others, these...
Filmmakers Chat: Leigh Whannell on Insidious Chapter 3 and the future of horror films

Filmmakers Chat: Leigh Whannell on Insidious Chapter 3 and the future of horror films

Stepping out of James Wan’s shadow might not be quite the right words to describe Leigh Whannell’s move from script writing duties into the director’s chair, given the genre he has made his home. But when his long time collaborator was handed the reigns to the monstrous Fast and Furious franchise’s seventh outing, Whannell was...
THE GOOB

THE GOOB

British filmmaker Guy Myhill has been around the track, with documentaries and shorts scattered throughout his career. But with his debut narrative feature, The Goob, he shines a light on a world much neglected by cinema and one that deserves its time on the screen. Myhill doesn’t need to create a world nor characters –...
In conversation with producer David Heyman: From Potter to Paddington, never losing Gravity

In conversation with producer David Heyman: From Potter to Paddington, never losing Gravity

When we hear the words film producer, our minds generally refer to a stereotypical Hollywood studio mogul with big bucks and an attitude. Does the name Weinstein ring a bell? Here in the UK though, those names tend to mostly remain in the background, behind the headlines-grabbing talent. Yet, producers are essential to make things...
J.C. Chandor talks A Most Violent Year

J.C. Chandor talks A Most Violent Year

His name may not be familiar to mainstream audiences, yet New Jersey native J.C. Chandor has already vowed critics aplenty since his 2011 feature debut, financial thriller Margin Call, starring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons and several other illustrious names, that earned the 41 year old writer-director an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay. His sophomore...
Filmmakers Chat: Karim Aïnouz talks Futuro Beach and the state of LGBT cinema

Filmmakers Chat: Karim Aïnouz talks Futuro Beach and the state of LGBT cinema

Like probably many of you, I wasn’t overtly acquainted with the work of Brazilian filmmaker Karim Aïnouz until I had the pleasure of covering his latest effort, Futuro Beach (Praia Do Futuro) which had its European premiere in competition at last February’s Berlinale. When I researched his filmography and prepared for my chat with him...
THE SAMURAI

THE SAMURAI

Til Kleinert’s The Samurai (Der Samurai) might just be the first queer nightmarish horror samurai film you’ll see, but that’s what this film is all about, stretching the boundaries, shining new light and freshening up tired clichés – all with a bit of theatrical gore and dreamy surreal sequences. When a wolf is rumoured to...
Filmmakers Chat: Andrew Niccol - Good Kill

Filmmakers Chat: Andrew Niccol – Good Kill

When I met with writer-director Andrew Niccol last week to talk about his latest cinematic effort, drone-war drama Good Kill (which I reviewed yesterday), starring Ethan Hawke, I immediately told him how his criminally underrated directorial debut, the stylish, thought-provoking, humanistic sci-fi Gattaca (1997), also starring Hawke, was one of my top ten films ever....
THE DUFF

THE DUFF

Don’t let the title put you off, the mainstream American high school flick is officially back with The Duff and even if unfortunately it’s not the comeback film nor the biopic of Hilary Duff that I am (not so) secretly waiting for, it’s absolutely worth a trip to the cinema. The film stars Mae Whitman...
Rising Stars: Callan McAuliffe

Rising Stars: Callan McAuliffe

Most readers might not yet be familiar with his name but I bet many will be acquainted with Callan McAuliffe from a film or a TV show they’ve seen him in, no matter how big or small his role was. What I can guarantee is that this young up and coming thespian who hails from...
YOUNG STARS: Asa Butterfield talks X + Y

YOUNG STARS: Asa Butterfield talks X + Y

It feels rather silly to keep calling Asa Butterfield a rising star. For someone who’ll be 18 years old in a few weeks, the young British actor strikes more like a mini-veteran, considering the caliber of projects and talented artists he’s already worked with in front of and behind the camera (Emma Thompson, Harrison Ford,...



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