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.
In Jill Soloway’s psychosexual comedy Afternoon Delight, a married mother decides it’s her duty to rescue a stripper but along the way discovers that the person most in need of rescue is herself. Jill joins us to discuss how the project shifted tone after the filming of a key scene and playing against cinematic conventions by exploring a narrative through the heroine’s journey.
The first time we spoke to Spanish director Alberto Morais it was to discuss a journey taken by the old in The Waves. Alberto returns to the London Film Festival this year with yet another journey film; this time undertaken by the young on behalf of the old in The Kids from the Port. We caught up with Alberto again to discuss directing child actors and the difficulties of filmmaking in a country that has little regard for homegrown artistic culture.
Playing out over a nature rich, fragmented dreamlike structure, Daniel Patrick Carbone’s first feature Hide Your Smiling Faces beautifully brings the spiritual truth of young men facing questions of mortality and their relationships with themselves and each other to screen. We talk to Daniel about getting the best performances from a young cast and channeling past experiences into a narrative.
With his new film Drinking Buddies, mumblecore pioneer Joe Swanberg returns for the sixth time to the London Film Festival. The film is Swanberg’s fifteenth feature, and finds him working on his biggest scale to date, with named actors and rising cinematographer Ben Richardson along for the ride. The film tells the story of two co-workers at a Chicago brewing plant who seem to be drifting closer and closer together – despite both being in relationships. During the festival, I sat down with Swanberg to find out more about the film and the working methods behind it.
Making the jump from writers and script consultants to the tandem directors’ chair, Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza channelled their frustrations from years of writing for others into the taut debut feature Salvo. We spoke to the pair about depicting physical and moral blindness onscreen through a mix of stylised POV camera work and rich, multilayered sound design.
In Yorgos Tsemberopoulos’ 5th feature The Enemy Within, an intellectual is forced to re-evaluate his assumptions when violence invades his home and shakes his family to the core. Yorgos joins us to discuss his multi-decade spanning filmmaking career and the current state of Greek cinema.
As I sit writing this roundup on the final day of this year’s London Film Festival, I feel the air around me haunted by a strange sense of mediocrity. It’s a funny sensation because, although there have been the inevitable disappointments, there has also been much to enjoy at the festival. And yet, for all […]
Director Asli Özge switches from the documentary style we saw in her debut feature Men on the Bridge back at the London Film Festival 2009 for the more measured, meticulously composed style of new feature Lifelong, which charts the steady dissolution of a bourgeois marriage. We caught up with Asli again to discuss crafting a script where what is left unsaid is just as important as the lines delivered on screen.
Adapted from his earlier successful short of the same name, Destin Daniel Cretton’s debut feature Short Term 12 tells the story of a 20-something supervising staff member of a foster care facility and the troubled relationships which fill her life. We caught up with Destin at the London Film Festival to try and discover the formulae for his filmmaking emotional math equations and sign up for his first date questions service.