Ivan Sen on the outback noir in Limbo

  By © Jane Freebury With digs as far as the eye can see, the remote mining town of Coober Pedy has attracted the attention of many filmmakers, from Australia and overseas. The landscape pitted with holes alongside mounds of excavated rock has an extraordinary strangeness that was irresistible to Ivan Sen, a celebrated Indigenous… Continue reading Ivan Sen on the outback noir in Limbo

Interview with Rolf de Heer on his new film, The Survival of Kindness

  Set against the beautiful backdrops of Australian desert and mountain wilderness, foregrounding brutality and compassion in a post-apocalyptic world, there is, as with each of his films, a surprise nestled within … Read Jane Freebury’s interview with Rolf de Heer on his latest film, The Survival of Kindness, published in The Guardian on 22… Continue reading Interview with Rolf de Heer on his new film, The Survival of Kindness

Louis Garrel, director of The Innocent, interview

  By © Jane Freebury A comedy about a caring son caught up in a heist as he tries to protect his transgressive mother, has a lot going for it besides the presence of lead actor Louis Garrel. The tall, dark, tousled-haired actor eventually picks up the part of romantic lead that awaits, but only… Continue reading Louis Garrel, director of The Innocent, interview

Jerome Salle, interview with director of Kompromat

Interview by © Jane Freebury   Keeping political opponents in check by threatening to expose their compromising behaviour, true or otherwise, is not exclusive to Russia, but seems deeply rooted in its systems. Since the KGB had a specific term for it when it became commonplace during the Stalin era. It must be every international… Continue reading Jerome Salle, interview with director of Kompromat

Interview with Dominik Moll, director, The Night of the 12th

  Dominik Moll discusses how The Night of the 12th moves beyond the murder suspects into community attitudes towards victim behaviour   By © Jane Freebury A film that French writer-director Dominik Moll is likely best known for in this country is a wickedly entertaining psychological drama about a writer who seems to feel that… Continue reading Interview with Dominik Moll, director, The Night of the 12th

Eric Gravel, director of Full Time, discusses his new film featuring Laure Calamy

By © Jane Freebury The last time we saw Laure Calamy, she was chasing her married lover on a hiking holiday in rural France. Her character ends up spending most of the time alone with the donkey carrying her pack, but the audience falls for her, anyway. The success of the delicious French comedy, Antoinette… Continue reading Eric Gravel, director of Full Time, discusses his new film featuring Laure Calamy

Maigret a one-off, says director Patrice Leconte

    By © Jane Freebury The versatile, veteran French filmmaker Patrice Leconte, whose work includes fine films like The Hairdresser’s Husband, Ridicule, Girl on the Bridge and The Man on the Train, has decided to do a Maigret. It’s intriguing, and perhaps a little surprising. The new film from Leconte has a great deal… Continue reading Maigret a one-off, says director Patrice Leconte

Mads Mikkelsen, he can play anything

  Riders of Justice interview Director, Anders Thomas Jensen and lead actor, Mads Mikkelsen   By © Jane Freebury It’s quite the transformation. For his role in Riders of Justice as a flinty military officer returned from Afghanistan, Mads Mikkelsen had his head shaved and grew a bushman’s beard. With the floppy brown hair gone… Continue reading Mads Mikkelsen, he can play anything

Everything but the Groom. Interview with Iciar Bollain, director Rosa’s Wedding

    By © Jane Freebury Tempestuous quarrels and family disagreements aside, there is plenty of kissing and hugging in Rosa’s Wedding, a popular new Spanish comedy from Iciar Bollain. The  filmmaker thinks its success at the local box office had something to do with a nostalgia, especially among demonstrative Latin people like her, for… Continue reading Everything but the Groom. Interview with Iciar Bollain, director Rosa’s Wedding

My Name is Gulpilil interview with director Molly Reynolds

    By © Jane Freebury   “There he was, learning to hunt, then he was on a film set, then flying over to England. His life was surreal.” Director Molly Reynolds was reflecting on the life of our greatest Indigenous actor, David Gulpilil, the subject of her new documentary film. My Name is Gulpilil… Continue reading My Name is Gulpilil interview with director Molly Reynolds

Death of a Ladies’ Man interview with Gabriel Byrne

  By © Jane Freebury The Irish actor of stage and screen, Gabriel Byrne, is loquacious and charming. And he is forthright, a man inclined to speak his mind. Ever since he first appeared in 1981 in Excalibur, John Boorman’s re-telling of the King Arthur and his knights of the round table, he has seen… Continue reading Death of a Ladies’ Man interview with Gabriel Byrne

Caroline Vignal hiking in the Cevennes

French writer-director Caroline Vignal, herself a hiker, discusses her irresistible fish-out-of-water comedy, Antoinette dans les Cevennes By © Jane Freebury Comedy has hit refresh with a new fish-out-of-water comedy from France, Antoinette dans les Cevennes. That lovely expression, fish-out-of-water, is exactly the same in French. At least England and France agree on something. Antoinette dans… Continue reading Caroline Vignal hiking in the Cevennes

How lacrosse saved the Grizzlies: interview with Miranda de Pencier

Interview with The Grizzlies director, Miranda de Pencier By © Jane Freebury There is an Indigenous hamlet in the far north of Canada that was once known as a community on the edge. Kugluktuk, with a population 1400, is located where the continent of North America meets the Arctic Ocean, and the northern Canadian archipelago… Continue reading How lacrosse saved the Grizzlies: interview with Miranda de Pencier

At home with The Truth: interview with director Hirokazu Kore-ada

By © Jane Freebury After winning the top prize at Cannes festival last year for his film, Shoplifters, the director Hirokazu Kore-ada went to work on a new project in France. He had something quite different up his sleeve. It was to be set in a grand old Parisian home with a leafy garden, the… Continue reading At home with The Truth: interview with director Hirokazu Kore-ada

Interview With Writer/Director Rolf de Heer

Credits include Charlie’s Country; Ten Canoes; The Tracker; and Bad Boy Bubby It is a surprise, and no less so for Rolf de Heer himself, that he has made another film with David Gulpilil. The filmmaker and the Indigenous performer have now collaborated for a third time, which naturally leads to talk of a trilogy.… Continue reading Interview With Writer/Director Rolf de Heer

Interview with Tahar Rahim

Credits include The Past; Un Prophet It is hard to forget actor Tahar Rahim in Jacques Audiard’s rivetting prison drama Un Prophet of 2010. As Malik El Djebana, an illiterate minor offender and newcomer to prison, his character is absorbed quickly into the criminal matrix of gang culture behind bars, and then rises to the… Continue reading Interview with Tahar Rahim