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Five questions for Jim Gillespie

22 Jun, 2016
by Catherine Bray

We grabbed five minutes with Jim Gillespie after his Edinburgh International Film Festival directing masterclass to put five burning questions to the man behind I Know What You Did Last Summer, whose Channel 4/BFI short Joyride helped launch his career.

Joyride

1. What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the film industry since you made your Channel 4/BFI short, Joyride?

The rise of the “tent pole” movie to the exclusion of all those (often great) mid budget thrillers and dramas that used …

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Clio Barnard’s Dark River starts shooting

20 Jun, 2016 Productions Posted in: Directors

Principal photography has commenced on Dark River, the third feature film from writer/director Clio Barnard (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant), starring Ruth Wilson (The Affair, Saving Mr Banks), Mark Stanley (Game of Thrones, Kajaki) and Sean Bean (The Martian, The Lord of The Rings).

Clio Barnard

Dark River is produced by Clio Barnard’s long-term producer Tracy O’Riordan (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant) of Moonspun Films with Left Bank Pictures’ Lila Rawlings, Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie executive producing.  The film is backed by …

East End Film Festival 2016: six of the best

17 Jun, 2016 Posted in: Festivals, Guest blog

This year’s East End Film Festival returns to London from 23 June – 3 July and as ever represents a celebration of the communal power of cinema, from British indies to the most powerful, mould-breaking new films from around the world. Plus parties and live cross arts events! Here head of programming Andrew Simpson lays out ‘Six of the Best’ from this year’s fest. Check out the full programme at www.eastendfilmfestival.com. 


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Rachel Hirons on Powder Room

08 Jun, 2016 Posted in: Uncategorized

As Film4 plays the network premiere of female-fronted comedy Powder Room starring Sheridan Smith and Jaime Winstone, Beth Webb speaks with writer Rachel Hirons about her first feature screenplay.

1. Your inspiration for Powder Room came from your own experience in a London nightclub. How did you expand a quick chat in the loo that you’d overheard into a feature length script?

Well before it became a feature film, it was a play, When Women Wee, which started life at …

Hiromasa Yonebayashi on When Marnie Was There

06 Jun, 2016 Posted in: Directors, Interview

As Studio Ghibli’s latest animation, When Marnie Was There, hits UK cinema screens, Michael Leader speaks with director Hiromasa Yonebayashi…

There are so many emotional aspects interweaving throughout the film, about growing up, friendship, being adopted, about being an outsider to the mainstream culture. But then you also have the time-slip plot and the genre workings of fantasy-tinged melodrama. What was the essence of the film for you?

The central theme of this film is Anna, who closes herself outside of the …

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