Articles from Filmmaker Interviews
Oct 14, 2013 | No Comments | ByManish Agarwal
Starting in 1996 with her painfully funny independent debut Walking and Talking, Nicole Holofcener has emerged as a distinctive chronicler of female friendship, affairs of the heart and familial angst, writing and directing such effervescent yet emotionally acute pictures as Lovely & Amazing (2001), Friends with Money (2006) and Please Give (2010). She’s also enjoyed a parallel career in US television, helming episodes of several shows on the pioneering HBO network – including Sex and The City and Six Feet Under – and, most recently, Amy Poehler’s brilliant NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.
Already a hit Stateside, the New York-born filmmaker’s fifth feature opens in the UK on October 18 and is that rare cinematic beast: a grown-up romantic comedy, both laugh-out-loud hilarious and deeply relatable. Read the full story
Oct 4, 2013 | No Comments | ByBasia Lewandowska Cummings
Shot in the beautiful ‘land of a thousand lakes’ region in northeastern Poland, Małgorzata Szumowska’s new feature W imię (In the Name of) is an intimate, powerful film about desire and repression. Read the full story
Sep 27, 2013 | No Comments | ByYasmeen Khan
Opening in UK cinemas today, Mister John is the second feature written and directed by Dublin-born, London-based husband and wife team Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy. This intricately layered drama follows Gerry (Aidan Gillen) through the early stages of bereavement following the death by drowning of his brother John, a bar owner in Singapore. Read the full story
Sep 18, 2013 | No Comments | ByManish Agarwal
Opening in UK cinemas this week, feature documentary InRealLife explores the effects of being constantly online on a generation who have never known a time before the internet. Its interviewees include teenage boys whose respective porn and gaming habits are discussed with candour, and a girl who reveals the disturbing steps she’s taken to avoid being parted from her BlackBerry by bullies. On a more positive note the film also follows 15-year-old Tom (pictured above), who’s been able to come out and romance a boy via social media, though he hasn’t yet told his family in Morecambe that he’s gay – or actually met the object of his affections in person. Read the full story
Sep 13, 2013 | No Comments | ByManish Agarwal
An Oscar-winning producer – her first film, Martin McDonagh’s Six Shooter, won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short – Mia Bays is the founder of Missing In Action Films: an independent production company and marketing consultancy boasting 21 years feature film experience on such titles as Tsotsi, Shifty, Ill Manors and Scott Walker: 30 Century Man.
As the Creative Producer for Film London’s micro-budget features initiative Microwave, her latest project involves overseeing an alternative distribution strategy for writer-director Jules Bishop’s homegrown debut Borrowed Time, which was made for just £120,000 and opens in the UK today. Read the full story
Sep 5, 2013 | No Comments | ByManish Agarwal
Opening in 80 cinemas across the UK today, Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach captures both the detail and scope of the June 2013 Aldeburgh Festival’s acclaimed open-air staging of Benjamin Britten’s landmark postwar opera Peter Grimes, on the very stretch of Suffolk coast that inspired its dark tale of a lonely, irascible, possibly misunderstood fisherman accused of terrible crimes by a small seaside community.
Directed by classical music on film specialist Margaret Williams – whose recent credits include George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s Written on Skin for Royal Opera House/BBC4 and Britten’s Owen Wingrave for Channel 4 – this big screen interpretation goes beyond merely documenting the onstage proceedings. Read the full story