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

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

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

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 his latest film Café de Flore with the unmistakable first… Continue reading Interview With Director Jean-Marc Vallée

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 which he is probably best known. Starring Maggie Cheung, the… Continue reading Interview With Writer/Director Olivier Assayas

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 Runner. Among the Australian films scattered throughout are Picnic at… Continue reading Interview With Producer Patricia Lovell

Interview with Tom Zubrycki on Temple of Dreams

Temple of Dreams is Tom’s documentary on Muslim youth Attempts to close down a youth centre in Sydney’s south-west is not the kind of news that attracts headlines, but the threatened closure was quietly noted in the Sydney and national press over recent months. Efforts by a group of young Muslims to keep the centre… Continue reading Interview with Tom Zubrycki on Temple of Dreams

Interview With Actor Frankie J. Holden

Credits include Clubland and Return Home In a very engaging new Australian film due for release later this month, Frankie J. Holden plays a singer formerly married to an stand-up comedienne with two grown-up sons. The well-known award-winning English actress Brenda Blethyn plays his former wife. It is by turns coming-of-age drama for one of… Continue reading Interview With Actor Frankie J. Holden

Interview With Writer/Director Deepa Mehta

Credits include Water; Earth; Fire; and Midnight’s Children Over the phone her voice came across as authoritative, warm and good-humoured during our interview earlier this month. It was not hard to imagine her holding together a difficult shoot, just like the experience she had during production of her latest film, Water, the last of her… Continue reading Interview With Writer/Director Deepa Mehta

Interview With Writer/Director Cate Shortland

Credits include Somersault and Lore By the time this piece goes to print, there won’t be anybody left who doesn’t know that film director Cate Shortland, in her mid 30s, is originally a Canberra girl. Her film Somersault has screened at the Cannes and Edinburgh festivals this year, and been very well received. For some… Continue reading Interview With Writer/Director Cate Shortland

Interview (abridged) With Jeremy Irons

Credits include Lolita; Damage; Reversal of Fortune; The French Lieutenant’s Woman The voice is thoroughly English, authoritative accents delivered in a languid manner. A deep voice, all port and cigars, in tones that suggest the oak-panelled interior of a gentlemen’s club. Its owner, actor Jeremy Irons, was in Australia recently for the opening of two… Continue reading Interview (abridged) With Jeremy Irons

Interview with Samantha Lang

Credits include The Well; The Monkey’s Mask Photography was film director Samantha Lang’s first career choice. Was it a natural progression to film? From an early age she’d been interested in film but felt she needed life experience first. It wasn’t until after her first degree, a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication (UTS) that… Continue reading Interview with Samantha Lang