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…

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Fred Cavaye on point about Farewell Mr Haffmann

       By © Jane FreeburyWhat happens when a good person switchessides? What drives someone to take that one fateful step from which they cannever return?It was questions like these that exercised theFrench director and screenwriter Fred Cavayé while developing the screenplay for Farewell Mr Haffmann, setin…

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Jane Seymour, ever the star, shines a light on dementia

    By © Jane Freebury The star power of Jane Seymour can still light up the screen with her glamour, intelligence, sass and sense of fun. The British-American actor, high profile since 1973 when she played a seductive tarot reader opposite James Bond in…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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Martin Provost, drawn to portraits of strong women

A director drawn to stories about strong women © Jane Freebury Of all the places to find one’s lead actor. It was in one of the aisles at the local supermarket, in his hometown an hour outside Paris, that the French filmmaker Martin Provost noticed…

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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…

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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…

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Interview with director Benoît Jacquot

Credits include Farewell, My Queen and Three Hearts French director Benoît Jacquot makes no secret of his interest in women, in a good way. At the French Film Festival recently he was asked whether he agreed with an article in the New York Times last…

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Interview With Director Jean-Marc Vallée

Credits include Café de Flore; Wild; and Dallas Buyers Club Music has much to say in the work of Quebecois filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée. His music choices are front and centre and sometimes even take over to advance his narratives, like the way it does in…

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Interview With Writer/Director Olivier Assayas

Credits include Hours; Irma Vep; and [segment in] Paris, Je t'aime Set in the rambling provincial home of a middle class French family, the latest film from Olivier Assayas could be a surprise for those who remember the director’s Irma Vep (1996), the film for…

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Interview with Yung Chang

The Yangtze, that great waterway of China, starts in the Tibetan plateau and winds its way across over 6,000 kilometres to the sea at Shanghai. ‘No matter what part of the country you are from in China,’ says filmmaker Yung Chang, ‘you have a deep…

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Interview With Producer Patricia Lovell

Credits include Picnic at Hanging Rock; and Gallipoli There are nine Australian films ranked among the all-time top 100 posted on the ABC’s My Favourite Film site. At the top of this list sits the Lord of the Rings trilogy, followed by Amelie and Blade…

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