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

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