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HIGH-RISE Interviews #5 – Jeremy Thomas

On the eve of the UK release of Ben Wheatley’s eagerly anticipated filmed adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel, HIGH-RISE, I am exclusively posting the entire transcripts of a series of interviews that I conducted with the cast and crew of the film for the British Film Institute film magazine, Sight and Sound. The magazine’s editor, … Continue reading

HIGH-RISE Interviews #4 – Elisabeth Moss

On the eve of the UK release of Ben Wheatley’s eagerly anticipated filmed adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel, HIGH-RISE, I am exclusively posting the entire transcripts of a series of interviews that I conducted with the cast and crew of the film for the British Film Institute film magazine, Sight and Sound. The magazine’s editor, … Continue reading

Interview with Miguel Gomes at 2015 Midnight Sun Film Festival

Whilst at the Midnight Sun Film Festival in June this year, I got the chance to interview Portuguese director, Miguel Gomes, about his recent film ARABIAN NIGHTS, which had only been unveiled a few weeks previous at Cannes. Miguel was in great spirits which made for a very light-hearted interview. Photo by Ella Karttunen © … Continue reading

Il Cinema Ritrovato – Day 7 & 8

Day 7 Apologies for the late posting of my summary of the last two days of Il Cinema Ritrovato but we literally left the festival Sunday morning for Prague and another film festival at Karlovy Vary, where it’s been non-stop movies again each day! Not that many movies were watched over the last two days, … Continue reading

Il Cinema Ritrovato – Days 5 & 6

Day 5 I received a text late on Tuesday evening from Bristol Watershed’s Mark Cosgrove asking if we’d like to take a private tour around the Cineteca’s film restoration laboratory, L’Immagine Ritrovata, at 10am the next morning. We agreed and the tour included myself, my wife, Mark and Tom Vincent of Aardman Animation.  The tour … Continue reading

Il Cinema Ritrovato- Days 3 & 4

Day 3  The morning kicked off with Gordon Douglas 1964 western RIO CONCHOS. Considering the year the film was made I was surprised how violent it was for a studio picture (20th Century Fox); it opens with a shootout and mass killing at an Indian funeral, later we see people burned alive in a locked … Continue reading

Il Cinema Ritrovato – Day 1 & 2

 Day 1 After two days in nearby Arezzo with some of my wife’s family, we arrived by train in Bologna early Saturday morning. We checked into the hotel then made a beeline for the Cineteca di Bologna to collect our passes. Whilst sitting at the adjacent outside cafe we saw our first two smiling familiar … Continue reading

Il Cinema Ritrovato – Day 7

Just to keep you on your toes, breakfast was a little different this morning. It started with a few minutes with Mehelli Modi (owner of Second Run DVD), then he had to leave to catch a flight back to London. I was then joined by the threesome of Herve Dumont, Peter von Bagh and Jonathan … Continue reading

Il Cinema Ritrovato – Day 6

The day started, as any other, with breakfast with Herve then we were joined by Meredith Brody of IndieWire. Then a short walk to the Cinema Jolly to see Wellman’s YELLOW SKY from 1948. A film I had not seen since a kid, so remembered very little, but was richly rewarding to see again, even … Continue reading

Il Cinema Ritrovato – Day 5

This morning started like any other, yes you guessed it, me and Herve at breakfast! Herve Dumont was former director of the Suisse Cinematheque in Lausanne and has written many books on film, including a celebrated book on Frank Borzage. After breakfast I made my way to the Arlecchino Cinema for THE SARAGOSSA MANUSCRIPT (1964). … Continue reading

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