Odile Barski is a prolific French screenwriter and novelist, who has worked with director Claude Chabrol five times (on The Cry of The Owl, Masks, The Colour Of Lies, A Comedy of Power and Bellamy). This is her first collaboration with André Téchiné. Odile Barski also writes novels and is a well-known TV writer. Birds Eye View caught up with her to talk about her new film The Girl on the Train. Read the full story
Following a successful screening at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, in partnership with Birds Eye View, Women Without Men is being released into cinemas on Friday. Birds Eye View’s Clare Callan caught up with the director, Shirin Neshat, for an in depth discussion. Read the full story
Kicks is a markedly assured feature debut from Lindy Heymann. An intelligent and witty comment on modern celebrity culture and the darker side of obsession, the story captures the intense chemistry between two friends as well as the vulnerability and yearning of adolescent emotions. Screenwriter Leigh Campbell and director Lindy Heyman talked to us at Edinburgh International Film Festival last year when the film premiered. The trailer is included in the interview so check it out and go and see it this weekend – out Friday!
Birds Eye View chatted to British filmmaker Alicia Duffy from her home in London yesterday, as she waited for a BBC interview and prepared for her trip to Cannes on Friday, where her first feature film All Good Children will premiere in Directors’ Fortnight. Alicia was first noticed for her 2001 short, the stunning Crow Stone (2001), which won numerous international festival awards, and her second work, 2002’s exquisite The Most Beautiful Man in the World, which was nominated for the short film Palme D’Or at Cannes in 2003, among other laurels. All Good Children tells of two brothers who are sent to France after their mother’s suicide and have to navigate the no man’s land between their tender yet wracked fantasies and a hard adult reality. Certain to come back from Cannes with a UK distributor, we’ll hope to see the film in cinemas later this year.
Alicia is the sole British filmmaker in Directors’ Fortnight this year, and one of only four women filmmakers in the category – watch this space for news of her film’s reception!
BEV were lucky enough to get an exclusive interview Susanna White, acclaimed director of multi award-winning series Bleak House, Jane Eyre and Generation Kill to name but a few. Most recently she made her first foray into feature film: Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang. We talked to her about the film, her chameleon like ability to portray different Worlds in her work so successfully, her career to date and why she thinks she has only just directed her first feature film. Dubbed by many publications ‘the British Bigelow’ she also talks to us about the challenges of being a woman in a male dominated industry and encouragingly comments “hopefully we are at a watershed moment.”
Watch our interview below. Watch the Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang trailer here.
Photographer and video artist Shirin Neshat is one of the world’s most respected Iranian artists. Among her best known works are Women of Allah (1990), Turbulent (1998) and Rapture (1999). Neshat is based in New York and exhibits internationally. Following several short films, Women Without Men is Neshat’s first feature, and has already won a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
We were lucky enough to catch her for a video interview at Artifical Eye‘s HQ when she was in London for the UK Premeiere of Women Without Men at the London Film Festival in October 2009. On the eve of the film’s opening screening which BEV are co-presenting at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival we though we would share it.