Whilst at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival this year I conducted an interview with the US screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman, for The Criterion Collection. It can be read here: https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/4177-from-pen-to-screen-an-interview-with-charlie-kaufman
Day 7 Leopold Lindtberg’s 1945 film, DIE LETZTE CHANCE, was the first film for me today, screened here in a new restoration by the Cinematheque Suisse. Shot during the Second World War, but not released until afterwards, the film tells the story of a group of refugees persecuted by the Nazis and on the run. … Continue reading
Day 5 Today started with a film by a friend about another, dear departed friend and former Artistic Director of the festival, Peter Von Bagh. Tapio Piirainen had been filming Peter Von Bagh over the last 8 years of his life and his film reveals the true, warm, kind and humourous man that he was. … Continue reading
Day 3 Monday morning kicked off with another from Dave Kehr’s “Universal” strand and Edward L. Cahn’s, LAUGHTER IN HELL (1933). This proved to be yet another fine discovery and considering the themes of adultery, racism, murder and some quite brutal scenes of a group of black prisoners being hung – all quite hard-hitting and … Continue reading
Day 1 – Arrival Left the house by taxi at 3am and met the National Express coach to Stansted at Ipswich Rail Station, arriving quite early at the airport for the morning flight to Bologna. Whilst standing in line to board the flight I felt a tap on my shoulder and looked round to see … Continue reading
I conducted this interview with Whit Stillman in June 2015 at the Midnight Sun Film Festival before the final mix/edit of his new film, LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP, had been completed. Therefore the content of the interview is predominantly about the pre-production process. Neil McGlone: Why the choice of LOVE & FRIENDSHIP as the title when … Continue reading
In October 2013, I was commissioned by Sight and Sound to do a piece on the late British director, Alan Clarke, as there was a likelihood at the time that his film, PENDA’S FEN, was to be re-issued by the BFI. I interviewed the British director, Ben Wheatley, in Cardiff on November 29th 2013 where Ben was … Continue reading
Our little town has today lost one of it’s acting legends, in the form of the great Douglas Wilmer, who sadly passed away at the grand age of 96. Douglas was born in London on January 8th 1920 and was educated at Kings School, Canterbury where he made his acting debut in a school production … Continue reading
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Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don't claim them. Feel the artistry moving through, and be silent.
Watching films, going places, researching history, making stuff. That's me.
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