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Directors Notes is an interview podcast dedicated to independent filmmaking in all its wondrous forms, lengths and styles. The show digs deep into the what, how and why of the world's best filmmaking in the only way that counts - by hearing directly from those talented individuals who have successfully taken their ideas from concept to screen.

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Nov 30, 2018 MarBelle
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An assured debut feature which despite its frank depiction of sexual violence never slips into the male gaze and in fact, purposely turns the tables on the long problematic trope of the femme fatale, Holiday from Swedish Writer/Director  Isabella Eklöf  uses the life of glitzy excesses experienced on the Turkish Rivera by a newly minted gangster girlfriend as an indictment of ultra-liberal capitalism – where beneath the veneer of wealth and beauty lies the dark reality of a world in which...
Topics: Isabella Eklöf, Holiday, Feature, Drama, LFF2018, London Film Festival, Sweden, Interview, Podcast
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Nov 23, 2018 MarBelle
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Our penultimate interview from the London Film Festival, DN speaks to veteran French Director Philippe Faucon about his story of economic separation and loneliness,  Amin . Shot in Senegal and France, and featuring a predominately non-professional cast, Philippe discusses why working with non-actors is an interracial part of his process and the power of cinema to enable audiences to connect with lives outside of their day to day experiences.
Topics: Philippe Faucon, Amin, Drama, Feature, LFF2018, London Film Festival, France, Interview, Podcast
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Nov 15, 2018 MarBelle
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I had the opportunity to speak to Director Sara Colangelo during the London Film Festival about her adaptation of Nadav Lapid’s critically acclaimed 2014 feature  The Kindergarten Teacher , starring Maggie Gyllenhaal in what has been heralded by many as a career-best performance. Sara and I got to discuss the advantages of a Netflix release, how she deployed thriller stylistic traits to convey the inner psychology of her troubled lead and why directing is less being an onset dictator and...
Topics: The Kindergarten Teacher, Interview, Feature, LFF, LFF2018, London Film Festival, USA
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Nov 8, 2018 MarBelle
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Directors Notes sits down with writer/director Christina Choe whose feature debut, the psychodrama Nancy, picked up the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance earlier this year. In our interview we speak to Christina about the difficulties of securing financing for films led by complex female protagonists, gathering a more than enviable cast of well respected actors her first time out and how her documentary films inform her fiction work.
Topics: Christina Choe, Nancy, Psychodrama, Feature, LFF, LFF2018, London Film Festival, USA
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Nov 2, 2018 MarBelle
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A rightfully gruelling and all-encompassing viewing experience, Erik Poppe’s  Utøya: July 22  depicts in real time the violent tragedy of the 2011 Utøya summer camp massacre in Norway, which saw a heavily armed right-wing extremist take the lives of 69 youths over the course of a relentless 72 minutes. DNWe spoke to Erik at the  London Film Festival  about why it was important to tell this story from the perspective of the victims and survivors, and how his desire to represent the...
Topics: Erik Poppe, Utøya: July 22, Utøya, Norway, Drama, Interview, Feature, LFF, London Film Festival,...
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Oct 17, 2018 MarBelle
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Chaired by The Pool’s Sam Baker London Film Festival Female Filmmaker panellists Jessica Hynes (The Fight), Sara Blecher (Mayfair), Arantxa Echevarria (Carmen and Lola), Dyana Winkler (United Skates), Soudade Kadaan (The Day I Lost My Shadow) discuss the gender barriers they overcame to make their films and strategies to help level the filmmaking playing field for all.
Topics: LFF, London Film Festival, LFF2018, Female Filmmakers, Jessica Hynes, Sara Blecher, Arantxa...
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Aug 30, 2018 MarBelle
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10 years in the making and spanning three decades in the life and career of underground DJ, music producer and record label owner James Lavelle, feature documentary  The Man from Mo’Wax  provides a compelling look at the foundation and implosion of one of the 90s most influential record labels and the driven man behind it who made careers, hits and a fair amount of enemies along the way. I sat down with first time feature director Matthew Jones to discuss the many hurdles he surmounted to...
Topics: Mo Wax, James Lavelle, UK, Record Label, Matthew Jones, Interview, Documentary
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Luca Dipierro and Father Murphy’s Chiara Lee & Freddie Murphy join us on the Directors Notes podcast to look back at the origins of their fruitful collaboration and reveal details of their forthcoming stop motion animated feature.
Topics: Luca Dipierro, Father Murphy, Interview, Music, Animation, Stop Motion, USA, Italy
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Feb 23, 2018 MarBelle
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Today we bring you an interview with emmy-nominated filmmaker  James Erskine  who’s feature documentary  The Ice King  hits UK cinemas and VOD today and tells the captivating story of John Curry, a man who not only redefined the sport of figure skating whilst being the first openly gay Olympian at a time when homosexuality was far from accepted but also elevated ice skating into an exalted art form in its own right. John shares how he crafted a story about artistic, athletic and societal...
Topics: James Erskine, John Curry, Documentary, Interview Ice Skating, Figure Skating, Olympian, Gold...
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Dec 21, 2017 MarBelle
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If we crossed paths in 2011 it’s more likely than not I chewed your ear off about how taken I was with Dustin Guy Defa’s debut feature  Bad Fever , a film that topped  my list of favourites for that year . Needless to say, I’ve been eagerly awaiting Dustin’s follow up which made its appearance at the  London Film Festival  this year I took the opportunity to catch up with Dustin to discuss film formats, his changing perspectives on life and filmmaking, and how he continued to hone...
Topics: Person To Person, Dustin Guy Defa, USA, Feature, Comedy, New York
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Nov 9, 2017 MarBelle
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DN returns to our  London Film Festival  coverage where we got to spend time with award winning Danish Director Birgitte Stærmose to discuss  Darling , her intense story of pain and perfection which unfolds in the demanding world of professional ballet. In our interview Birgitte describes how her decision to take a naturalistic and inventive approach to filming, which avoided repetition in shot setups across takes, infused the edit with a wealth of dynamic material.
Topics: Birgitte Stærmose, Denmark, LFF2017, London Film Festival, Thriller, Interview
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Oct 26, 2017 MarBelle
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I first spoke to Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire at the  London Film Festival  back in 2012 about his troubled teenage angst feature  Punk  and had the pleasure of catching up with the French Director once again at this year’s festival to discuss  A Prayer Before Dawn , his latest skirmish into the world of violence, which recounts the harrowing true story of Billy Moore, an English boxer incarcerated for 3 years in one of Thailand’s most notorious prisons.
Topics: Drama, Feature Feature, France, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, LFF2017, London Film Festival
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Oct 17, 2017 MarBelle
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We take a deep dive into the creation of Rob Curry & Tim Plester's new feature,  The Ballad of Shirley Collins , a lyrical documentary about the 20th century’s most important singer of English traditional song, and her battle to rise again from long silent ashes after losing the ability to sing in the prime of her career over 40 years ago.
Topics: Shirley Collins, Documentary, Rob Curry, Tim Plester, Folk Music, Folk, London Film Festival
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Oct 4, 2017 MarBelle
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DN had the pleasure of sitting down with legendary, multi-award winning filmmaker Chris Shepherd to reflect on his celebrated career and return to the hybrid world of animated/live action violence in 'Johnno’s Dead'.
Topics: Interview, Chris Shepherd, Johnno's Dead, UK, Animation, Mixed Media
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Whether you’re a lifelong reader of seminal British weekly comic  2000AD  or have never heard of it, chances are that its anarchic sensibilities run through the DNA of much of the media you consume on a daily basis. 2000AD is title which nurtured the early talents of comic titans such as Alan Moore, Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman, to name a few, whose work then went on to influence generations of creators across numerous fields. Made with heart and a desire to set the far reaching influence...
Topics: Paul Goodwin, Sean Hogan, Future Shock, 2000AD, Documentary, Feature, Comics, UK
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May 4, 2017 Amber Williams
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Nico Edwards’   Sea Gypsies  is a thrilling nautical documentary about adventure, alternative ways of living and life-threatening predicaments. It’s easy to see why this debut feature has picked up notoriety and awards on its film festival journey. Nico joined me on the DN podcast to discuss producing his documentary on a shoestring budget whilst battling through a force 12 hurricane of ice with wind gusts exceeding 100mph through some of the most treacherous seas on earth and how he...
Topics: Nico Edwards, Sea Gypsies, Sailing, Documentary, Boat
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Apr 13, 2017 MarBelle
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  Matt Hopkins and Ben Lankester’s  feature documentary  A Divorce Before Marriage  follows five-piece rock band  I Like Trains , who despite a dedicated following of fans and early record deal success have now found themselves most definitely ‘stuck in the middle’ – without the backing of a label and working day jobs as they attempt to finally breakthrough in a stagnant music industry. Matt and Ben join us on the podcast to discuss how they followed the band members for over three...
Topics: Matt Hopkins, Ben Lankester, I Like Trains, Documentary, Interview, UK
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Mar 16, 2017 MarBelle
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Director Nickolas Duarte and I discuss his new documentary Jay, which began life as a quick 3 minute profile piece about Jay Kyle Petersen a man who paints soul energy, only to become an epic 5 year exploration for the correct cinematic form in which to tell the harrowing story of Jay’s early life as an intersex man forced to grow up as female whilst suffering horrific abuse - an aspect of Jay’s life only revealed to Nick during their first interview.
Topics: Nickolas Duarte, USA, Documentary, Interview
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Dec 15, 2016 MarBelle
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An invitation to explore the darker edges of the human mind, Jorge Riquelme Serrano’s psychological thriller  Chameleon  follows in the footsteps of some of cinema’s most disturbing uninvited guest narratives, to remind us that home and our most intimate relationships are only a safe haven when we’re careful about who we let in. I spoke to Jorge (with the tireless help of Daniel Diaz’s live translation) at the  London Film Festival  about the ethos of his Chilean filmmaking...
Topics: Jorge Riquelme Serrano, Chile, Psychological Thriller, Interview
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Dec 8, 2016 Amber Williams
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Producer of the 2008 Oscar winning exposé of the American military’s use of torture  Taxi to the Dark Side , Eva Orner’s new film as director,  Chasing Asylum , brings to light the repugnant and inhumane ways the Australian government treats asylum seekers hidden away on the offshore islands of Manus and Nauru. This latest piece had me (and many others) in tears as I left the cinema, mortified at the unspeakable ways in which some humans treat others, and conversely, impressed with the...
Topics: Eva Orner, Chasing Asylum, Documentary, Australia, Feature, Interview
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Nov 30, 2016 MarBelle
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Utilising exquisite black and white cinematography, rich sound design and a disturbing expression of the extremes of loneliness, Nicolas Pesce’s horrifying first feature  The Eyes of My Mother , expertly hijacks your imagination for its own ends, making you ‘see’ its most brutal moments deep in your mind’s eye. During our interview recorded at the  London Film Festival , Nicolas speaks about being accepted into the  Borderline Films  brotherhood, his preference for grounded...
Topics: Horror, London Film Festival, Nicolas Pesce, USA, Feature
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Nov 18, 2016 MarBelle
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Three years ago when I spoke to Tomasz Wasilewski about his sophomore feature  Floating Skyscrapers  the Polish director teased a future project which would be a portrait of the lives of four woman in the wake of the collapse of communism. That idea came to fruition as a story of lust, isolation and loneliness called  United States of Love , and so Tomasz returns to the podcast to delve further into his rigorous approach to rehearsals and the new difficulty he found when it came to editing a...
Topics: Tomasz Wasilewski, United States of Love, Poland, Interview, Feature, Drama
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Nov 10, 2016 MarBelle
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Edoardo De Angelis’ thought provoking third feature Indivisible explores the lives of eighteen year old siamese twins, Daisy and Violet, as they are faced with the emotional decision of whether to be surgically separated. That daunting realisation of a previously unimagined future in which they could grow up independently inevitably leads the sisters to consider questions about identity and separation. I sat down with Edoardo at the London Film Festival to delve deeper into the emotional...
Topics: Edoardo De Angelis, Italy, London Film Festival, Drama, Feature, Interview, Siamese, Sisters
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Nov 4, 2016 MarBelle
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Unfolding almost exclusively within the confines of a Brussels family home which has become a battleground for pent up resentments and socioeconomic accusations, Joachim Lafosse’s After Love begins 15 years after the happily ever after marriage of Marie and Boris, as the couple painfully move towards separation and divorce. I sat down with Joachim (my thanks to Juliet Dante for her excellent translator skills) during the London Film Festival to discover his methods for creating a family unit...
Topics: Belgium, Drama, Feature, Joachim Lafosse, London Film Festival
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Oct 26, 2016 Amber Williams
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Depicting the true accounts of inseparable brothers Elmer and Erik as they attempt to escape the wrath of their headmaster’s unrelenting tyranny, Jesper W Nielsen’s The Day Will Come brings us a painfully honest depiction of the boys’ lives in a 1967 Copenhagen orphanage. I was lucky enough to sit down with the sagacious Jesper at the London Film Festival, who spoke to me about translating the disturbing reality of institutional abuse into his harrowing new feature.
Topics: Jesper W Nielsen, Denmark, Interview, Feature Film
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Oct 19, 2016 Amber Williams
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Whilst interviewing Director Alice Diop at this year’s  London Film Festival  I could feel passion emanating from her as she spoke of her new project  On Call  – a film which seeks to put names and faces to the asylum seekers suffering a life of loneliness and fear as they live in exile in Paris. Sneaking behind the curtain of their one on one consultations with doctors and psychiatrists who go far beyond the obligations of their roles, this documentary highlights those who attempt to...
Topics: Alice Diop, France, Documentary
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Oct 14, 2016 MarBelle
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Creatively combining archival footage, firsthand accounts and rotoscoped animation, Keith Maitland’s feature documentary  TOWER  recreates the tense horror of America’s first mass school shooting perpetrated in 1966 by a lone gunman from the University of Texas Tower over the course of 96 horrifying minutes. Directors Notes sat down with Keith at the London Film Festival to discover how he brought the tragic events of that day to visceral life for a new generation all too familiar with...
Topics: Keith Maitland, Documentary, USA, Animation, London Film Festival, Texas
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Jun 8, 2016 MarBelle
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At the beginning of this year I would have never imagined that one of my cinematic highlights would be an Icelandic feature about estranged sheep farmers, but Grimur Hakonarson’s  Rams  is a film filled with such deep humour and an even deeper humanity that I was rapt from its opening frame. Grimur joins us on the podcast to share how he overcame challenges of funding, weather and sheep casting, to scoop the prestigious Un Certain Regard award at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Topics: Grimur Hakonarson, Iceland, Drama
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Apr 14, 2016 MarBelle
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What if God was not only real but lived in Brussels with his wife and unknown daughter, spending his time exacting a series of petty and cruel torments on mankind? That’s the scenario which award winning Director Jaco Van Dormael mines to great comic and visual effect in his fourth feature The Brand New Testament . Jaco joined DN to discuss how he creates cinema in which perceptions of reality match our own non-linear thought processes, and why despite featuring gospels, disciples and God...
Topics: Belgium, Comedy, Feature, Jaco Van Dormael, Interview
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Mar 10, 2016 MarBelle
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Well known as one of Israel’s busiest film editors and the director of the 2007 Cannes premiering short  Death of Shula , Asaf Korman’s debut feature  Next to Her  provides an intimate and very personal look at the themes of co-dependence and unhealthy symbiotic relationships. Ahead of  Next to Her’s  VOD and UK cinema release on 11th March, Korman joins DN to discuss the practical necessity of crafting characters who are slightly removed from their real life inspirations and why a...
Topics: Asaf Korman, Drama, Interview, Israel
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Feb 23, 2016 Amber Williams
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Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker  Hanna Polak ,  Something Better to Come  is in my opinion one of the most important and powerful social documentaries of recent times. Featuring the personal stories of multi-generational families living on the garbage dumps just outside of Moscow, the film provides a heart wrenching insight into the agony some people must endure in order to survive, and the hard fought battles which must be won to change one’s life. At the centre of which is Yula, a...
Topics: Feature, Hanna Polak, Poland, Documentary
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Feb 12, 2016 Amber Williams
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Centred around one man’s violent struggle to protect his livelihood after industrial collapse,  Stephen Fingleton’s   The Survivalist  provides a tense depiction of how people forced to accepted their old lives are over, live a vicious new existence. Stephen joined us to discuss how he created the contained post-apocalyptic world of  The Survivalist  and provides a beautifully worded, but brutally honest depiction of what it is to be a filmmaker.
Topics: Drama, Stephen Fingleton, UK
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Dec 16, 2015 MarBelle
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A masterclass in how to translate production efficiency into maximum emotional impact,  Jakob M. Erwa’s  sophomore feature  Homesick  sees an ambitious cellist’s dreams of  four walls, two people, one happiness  disintegrate as the pressures from her demanding career and less than hospitable new neighbours slowly erode her grip on reality. DN caught up with Erwa at the  London Film Festival  to discuss why he wasn’t willing to be delayed by traditional financing routes and how his...
Topics: Drama, Feature, Germany, Jakob M. Erwa, Interview
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Dec 11, 2015 MarBelle
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Feature documentary newcomer Maya Newell’s  Gaby Baby  is an honest, intimate and groundbreaking look at modern family life. I sat down with Maya at the London Film Festival to find out her motivation behind making the film and how same sex parents deal with the decision to come out when children are involved.
Topics: Maya Newell, Australia, Documentary, Interview
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Nov 26, 2015 MarBelle
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About as far removed from an easy, passive watching experience as you can get, Matt Sobel’s debut feature Take Me To The River  is an experience as compelling as it uncomfortable, which speaks to Sobel’s ability to draw an audience in as co-creators of the events unfolding on screen. We caught up with Sobel at the London Film Festival to dig into the origins of his inverted coming of age story and discover how he harnessed the celebrity power of Taylor Swift to craft an impressive...
Topics: Matt Sobel, drama, feature, interview, London Film Festival
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Nov 23, 2015 MarBelle
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When a 17 year old girl begins suffering from severe nightmares the line between reality and dark imagination blurs, bringing with it a hideous creature only she can see. DN spoke to Director Akiz at this year’s London Film Festival about his dark tale of unreality Der Nachtmahr and learnt how he brought realism to his fantastical feature nightmare whilst augmenting the film’s abrasive techno soundtrack through the use of sonic experiments.
Topics: horror, Interview, Akiz, Germany
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Nov 16, 2015 MarBelle
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In Greek Director Alexis Alexiou's crime thriller Wednesday 04:45 , a small-time jazz nightclub owner battles the clock in his attempts to salvage his near bankrupt business from the Athenian underworld as the city and the country go up in austerity kindled flames. Alexiou joined us at the London Film Festival to discuss how he went about creating a lyrical, surreal quality for Wednesday 04:45 and why in his opinion good film noir is actually political in nature.
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Nov 13, 2015 MarBelle
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From the moment we first set eyes on the opening frames of Australian Director Ariel Kleiman's claustrophobic, submarine short Deeper Than Yesterday , it was obvious that here was a filmmaker with a clear grasp of human nature, coupled with the ability to construct captivating compositions, frame after compelling frame. And so, when we heard Kleiman would be attending the London Film Festival with Partisan , DN made sure we tracked him down to talk submarines, scoring Vincent Cassel for his...
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Nov 5, 2015 MarBelle
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Imagine walking up in a world where suddenly all music was banned, from the radio station to the ringtone on your phone. Well that�s exactly what happen in 2012 in northern Mali and is documented in Johanna Schwartz�s sonic feature They Will Have To Kill Us First , a film which charts the defiant spirit of musicians willing to risk their lives for the love of their art. Speaking to us at the London Film Festival Johanna shares how armed with a production kit which fit in her pockets she...
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Nov 3, 2015 MarBelle
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You'd be forgiven for presuming that once a director has gone through the blood, sweat and tears tribulations of getting their debut feature out into the world, older and most certainly wiser, feature number two would be a relative breeze. However, that is often far from the case as Director Joseph Sims-Dennett can attest. After putting his first feature Bad Behaviour to bed, Joseph found himself adrift in a three-year wilderness of attached projects which ultimately failed to go anywhere, that...
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Oct 26, 2015 MarBelle
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Developed from the most personal of life experiences, Borderline Films� Josh Mond�s debut feature James White is a deeply emotional examination of the love shared between a mother and her wayward son who struggles to take control of his _reckless, self-destructive behaviour whilst in the midst of a momentous family challenge. DN sat down with Mond at the London Film Festival to discuss the inner workings of the Borderline Films' partnership and how he went about constructing a visual...
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Oct 21, 2015 MarBelle
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You may not have personally lived through a summer where �everything changed�, but if you�re anything like me, then you�ll have found that whilst new memories quickly disperse into the ether, those endless summers of minimal adult supervision and unbridled reckless adventure seem to grow denser with each passing year. Those halcyon days play host to Felix Thompson�s debut feature King Jack , which sees a scrappy fifteen-year-old attempt to navigate the pitfalls of the neighbourhood...
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Oct 19, 2015 MarBelle
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It's been a (bloody long) while since the DN podcast last sailed the internet download waves, but for those of you who have been eagerly awaiting our return (& those who haven't too), we're happy to kick off a new series of podcast interviews recorded at the 59th edition of the BFI London Film Festival . First in the hot seat is Director Rene Pannevis who joins us to discuss his squabbling car thief short Jacked and explains why you sometimes have to sacrifice shot beauty in favour of world...
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Last month I was invited to take part in Glasgow Short Film Festival's daylong Short Film (And) Criticism Symposium . Sitting on the opening panel with artist, filmmaker and writer Suzanne van der Lingen , Professor Richard Raskin , creator of peer-reviewed journal Short Film Studies and Jorge Rivero, co-founder of Spanish language short film publication Cortosfera , we were tasked to discuss the role and nature of Criticism on Short Film .
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Mar 6, 2015 MarBelle
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Billed as a sort of gay Annie Hall , Desiree Akhavan's Appropriate Behaviour is a delightful watch beginning to end, comprising scenes which are equal parts laugh out loud and toe-curlingly cringe inducing. We talked to Akhavan about her theatre roots, embracing her true comedic voice as a director on web series The Slope and how post-production persistence eventually won out in this emotionally biographical and very personal debut feature.
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Nov 12, 2014 MarBelle
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A graduate of the inaugural NFTS Film Clinic programme, which had its world premiere at this year�s Sheffield�s DocFest, Michelle Heighway�s feature documentary Mr Somebody? unearths the life and times of Britain�s most famous eccentric Jake Mangle-Wurzel. Michelle joins us to discuss how her 6 year passion project progressed and ultimately grew into an unlikely friendship.
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Nov 11, 2014 MarBelle
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We complete our interview series from the 58th BFI London Film Festival with a film that brings together the rad moves of table tennis with the break beat brilliance of Hip Hop. Set in 1985, Michael Tully's Ping Pong Summer features a girl to romance, a bully to be bested, a friendship forged in the fires of adversity and of course, a mystical mentor to show the way; all the elements needed for a film which doesn�t simply pastiche the 80s movie but is itself an 80s movie - albeit made in...
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Nov 5, 2014 MarBelle
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In his action packed crime feature debut Son of a Gun , Australian director Julius Avery explores themes of masculinity and belonging through the adrenaline soaked lens of a high tension heist. Avery joins us to discuss how he came to helm a feature with a budget not normally offered to a first time director, and why when it comes to prison escapes the direct approach beats out intricate planning every time.
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Oct 29, 2014 MarBelle
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For his feature debut filmmaker Zee Ntuli went full out to craft Hard to Get , a crime/romance that rarely pauses for breath as it barrels along the South African criminal streets. Ntuli joins us to discuss his desire to break from the past and create an entertaining popcorn film that was foremost for and spoke to South Africa's young black audiences.
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Oct 27, 2014 MarBelle
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For his debut feature Gente de Bien Franco Lolli returned to his native city of Bogota_ to craft a story which deals with the emotional guff between an estranged father and his troubled son, set against the backdrop of the untraversable social divide which exists between the classes in modern day Colombia. We spoke to Lolli at the London Film Festival about how the decision to shoot digitally enabled long takes to reign on set and how lying is an intrinsic part of his casting process.
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Oct 25, 2014 MarBelle
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Proceeded by the highly acclaimed pilot short I Don't Want to Go Back Alone , Daniel Ribeiro's debut feature The Way He Looks tenderly explores the awakening sexuality of a blind teenage as he discovers first love and desire within the turmoil of adolescence. Ribeiro explains how his depiction of a blind perspective shaped a variety of production decisions, from choice of lenses through to sound design.
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Oct 21, 2014 MarBelle
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Peter Sattler's debut feature Camp X-Ray sees Kristen Stewart's fresh army recruit stationed as a guard at Guantanamo Bay confronted by the uncertainty of guilt and innocence when she strikes up an unusual friendship with Payman Maadi's charismatic detainee. We sat down with Sattler at the London Film Festival to discuss how his background in numerous below the line roles prepared him for the jump to the director's chair and the tricky conundrum of maintaining an audience's interest in a movie...
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Oct 16, 2014 MarBelle
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Dark, brooding and comedic with a thumping musical soul, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is the first Iranian Vampire Western and also undeniably one of the best films screening at this year's London Film Festival . We hunted Amirpour down for an interview in which we discuss the making of Michael Jackson�s Thriller , the greatness of Ninja from Die Antwoord, and also manage to squeeze in some chat about her genre defying take on the vampire movie.
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Oct 16, 2014 MarBelle
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Based on his recollections of Marco Franzoso's novel Il bambino Indaco , Saverio Costanzo's claustrophobic fourth feature Hungry Hearts sees a mother's obsession with maintaining the purity of her new child put her husband's love and trust to the ultimate test. We joined Costanzo at the London Film Festival to discuss how working at a lower budget freed him to aim for the art at the centre of his story.
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Oct 15, 2014 MarBelle
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Six years ago British director Duane Hopkins demonstrated he was a filmmaker to watch with his debut feature Better Things . Hopkins makes a welcome return to the big screen with his powerful sophomore feature Bypass , in which he looks beyond the sensational tabloid headlines, to explore the lives of the youths forced to forge questionable paths of survival in the face of communities left in economic ruin. We caught up with Hopkins at the London Film Festival to discover more about his...
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Jul 10, 2014 MarBelle
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Featuring a forlorn cyclops who can see into other dimensions and an ex-audio book reading child star, Nathan Punwar's Loves of a Cyclops is far from your average short film and that's before you dive into the rich treasure trove of supporting transmedia materials . Fortunately Nathan joins us today to act as guide through the fascinatingly multi-dimensioned world he's created.
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Jun 20, 2014 MarBelle
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In her debut feature Hide And Seek director Joanna Coates crafts an unconventional story of four young people who reject societal norms and instead seek to build a new way of living far removed from the constraints of their previous lives as a form of protest and self discovery. Joanna joins us ahead of the film's world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival to discuss her raw take on the current crisis in youth culture.
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May 29, 2014 MarBelle
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Adapted from Anthony McGowan's best selling novel and shot entirely on green screen, Kit Monkman and Marcus Romer's debut feature The Knife That Killed Me tells a familiar story of contemporary adolescent pressures in a uniquely, unfamiliar way. Kit and Marcus join us to discuss how their green screen production approach enabled them to craft a film which fully plays out from the subjective perspective of its doomed main character.
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Apr 3, 2014 MarBelle
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You may recall our conversation with rising director Lewis Arnold at the end of last year for his impressive 'tall tale gone bad' short Charlie Says . Well, during that chat Lewis spoke a little about Echo , another short he had out travelling the festival circuit. With Echo released online just over a week ago, and basking in the Vimeo Staff Pick limelight, it seemed the perfect excuse to delve even deeper into Lewis' time at the National Film and Television School and the creation of his...
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Mar 6, 2014 MarBelle
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A director we've been watching with great interest here on DN, Rob Savage's work consistently grabs our attention. That's why I asked him to join us on the podcast so I could discover how it all began at the tender age of 18 when he wrote, directed, edited, shot and co-produced his debut feature Strings , which depicts those quiet, awkward moments of teenage relationships we rarely get to witness on screen.
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Feb 20, 2014 MarBelle
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Set against the majestic, rugged backdrop of the Icelandic landscape, Gu_mundur Arnar Gu_mundsson�s short Whale Valley depicts the powerful bond held by two brothers. Gu_mundur joins us to discuss how Whale Valley grew for an imagine of brotherly �rough love� and how an extensive pre-production period freed him from over thinking on set and opened up the possibilities for inspiration.
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Feb 6, 2014 MarBelle
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In his dramatic short Seagulls , director Martin Smith explores the superficial yet insurmountable cultural bonds which prevent a newly arrived young showman from finding a place amongst his local peers. Ahead of Seagulls� world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival - where it will screen on the 10th, 12th, 13th & 14th February - we sat down with Martin to discuss the importance of authenticity to his process and why a watery jump could have spelt the end of his directing...
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Jan 30, 2014 MarBelle
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Today we're joined by the ridiculously prolific filmmaker Lee Hardcastle who in his own understated but ever so true words, ' makes claymations that are not for children's eyes ', the latest of which is Ghost Burger , an excellent sequel to his T is for Toilet segment from the ABCs of Death . Lee joins us for a long overdue chat about his career as a filmmaker and successful YouTube channel producer, and why he'll never insult his audience with crap filmmaking.
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Jan 23, 2014 MarBelle
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In her coming of age short Good Night , Muriel d'Ansembourg mines the rich vein of dark teenage life experience whilst sidestepping the all too obvious route of the morality tale. Muriel joins us to discuss the dramatic change of career trajectory a BAFTA nomination provides and why a film�s most important scenes can sometimes be the most uncomfortable to shoot.
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Jan 13, 2014 MarBelle
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Today�s interview guest is director Jon Bryant Crawford , whose short film Dog Meet Goose is awkward, uncomfortable cinema at its best. We sat down with Jon to find out what it�s like to have actors turn up to casting just to tell you how offensive your script is and the joy of creating a piece of cinema powerful enough to make audiences squirm in their seats.
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Jan 9, 2014 MarBelle
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In Writer, Director and Producer Dee Meaden's new short Some Things Mean Something , the relationship between a single mother and her grown up son, who suffers from learning disabilities, is thrown into turmoil at the arrival of a trite birthday card. Dee joins us to discuss the dramatic importance of the small moment and how avoiding the dangers of over producing led to a freedom to challenge herself as a filmmaker.
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Jan 2, 2014 MarBelle
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On a wintry Vienna night a newborn baby hangs in the balance of being wanted and being abandoned by two desperate couples in Christoph Kuschnig's award winning short Hatch . Christoph joins us to discuss the challenges of directing a short whose schedule was dictated by its newborn actors and why characters don't need to be likeable to be compelling.
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Dec 18, 2013 MarBelle
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Even my cold jaded heart couldn't help but be charmed by the seasonal enthusiasm of Bruce Mertz, the festive light maestro at the centre of screenwriter and director Nick Palmer's documentary Mr. Christmas . Nick joins us to discuss how he brought Bruce's charming story to screen without relying on quirk, his career as a Black List featured screenwriter and why you never got to see that rumoured remake of The Bodyguard .
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Dec 11, 2013 MarBelle
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Robin Mason's directorial debut Camelot , is a suburban noir about rumour, inheritance and fatal attraction, all beautifully wrapped within a tall tale and featuring a rather fetching green Ford Capri. Robin joins us to discuss story used as a device for understanding difficult situations, and creating fully formed supporting players who are just as compelling as the main characters.
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Dec 4, 2013 MarBelle
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Taking the festival circuit by storm, Tomasz Wasilewski's second feature Floating Skyscrapers , tackles the themes of searching for one's true identity and fighting for love where ever you may find it. We sat down with Tomasz to discuss his attraction to broken, mysterious characters and why emotions trump answers in cinema which truly affects audiences.
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Nov 28, 2013 MarBelle
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In Swedish director Niclas Larsson's debut short Vatten , a lonely girl discovers a mysterious unconditional love during a late night swim. Niclas joins us to discuss getting his feet wet with underwater filming and his use of 'silent takes' to expunge unnecessary dialogue during the edit.
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Nov 20, 2013 MarBelle
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In Philippe Andr�'s latest short Delicate Gravity , a wrong number leads to an encounter full of potential for two people who have missed something in their lives. Philippe joins us to discuss how he extended cuts to create a �slow dating� film of sophistication, in which the audience has a rare opportunity to spend time with the characters as their fluke romance develops.
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Nov 15, 2013 MarBelle
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It's been 6 years since London director Jon Yeo last joined us on the DN podcast, but we won't hold it against him as he's back today with his new film about long dead Kings arising to claim a fallen Emperor, Leviathan Ages . We discuss Jon�s return to the hands on method of working he employed on the excellent Beauty is the Promise of Happiness , and dig into the roots of the varied inspiration he pulls from film, music and games.
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Nov 7, 2013 MarBelle
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After teasing the project a year ago on the podcast , Jeff Broadway and Rob Bralver return to DN with their latest feature documentary, Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton ; a deep dig into Stones Throw Records, the passion fuelled, avant-garde label founded by DJ Peanut Butter Wolf. Jeff & Rob join us to discuss picking up and reforming the movie from another team of filmmakers and mining Peanut Butter Wolf�s extensive archival footage, as well as the label�s collection of enigmatic artists, to...
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Oct 28, 2013 MarBelle
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We bring our series of London Film Festival interviews to a close for another year with filmmaker and fellow curator Jason B Kohl's short The Slaughter . Jason joins us to discuss how he approached the fractious father/son relationship which provides the meat of The Slaughter's dramatic conflict, whilst also tackling the strangely abstract distance the majority of us have from the food we eat.