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Interview: TICKLED Director David Farrier On Internet Doxing And The American Paradox

On a lovely sunny afternoon in a completely empty Irish bar in Toronto's downtown core, I met up with New Zealand journalist and former television man David Farrier for a chat about his Sundance (and HotDocs) hit documentary (or in...

THE DAUGHTER: Director Simon Stone Discusses Techniques, Trials And Triumphs

Simon Stone's The Daughter is an interesting debut drama about a small community united by a somewhat brooding lumber mill owner played by Geoffrey Rush. The real focus of the film falls on two families both united by this slowly liquidating timber...

Fantaspoa 2016 Interview: Brian Trenchard-Smith On TURKEY SHOOT And DEAD END DRIVE-IN

Fantaspoa’s tradition of paying homage to living legends of genre cinema, such as Lloyd Kaufman, Richard Stanley and Fabio Frizzi, continues in 2016 with a mini retrospective dedicated to fearless filmmaker Brian Trenchard-Smith, key figure of the so-called Ozploitation subgenre....

Interview: Terence Davies Talks SUNSET SONG, A QUIET PASSION, Women Protagonists, Poetry And Digital Filmmaking

Terence Davies, regarded as one of the greatest living British directors, doesn't make films too often. So when he does, it's a monumental event every time. With his long delayed passion project Sunset Song finally coming out in theaters this...

Interview: THE FAMILY LAW Creator Benjamin Law Talks Diversity On TV

The Family Law has just wrapped up its first season on SBS in Australia; breaking relatively new ground as it focuses on a Chinese-Australian family and their hilarious and hectic ups-and-downs. Essentially a divorce dramedy, the series comes from Benjamin...

Interview: Kier-La Janisse Takes On Monster Fest

If you're a film festival programmer or follower, you know the name Kier-La Janisse. For the past twenty years, she's had a hand in programming some incredible film festivals, namely Fantasia, Fantastic Fest, and her own CineMuerte. She's also a...

Interview: NOTES ON BLINDNESS Directors Discuss Their Tribute To Blind Theologian John Hull

James Spinney and Peter Middleton's Notes on Blindness isn't just an incredible homage to blind theologian John Hull (who sadly died in 2015), the documentary is also a very profound demonstration of the incredible work he did in making a...

Ariel Kleiman Talks PARTISAN: "I Find Mystery And Cinema A Magical Combination"

Vincent Cassel stars in Partisan as the charismatic leader of a commune sequestered on the outskirts of a small town. That makes him a formidable figure to his son, Alexander (Jeremy Chabriel), who from outward appearances is just like any...

Interview: Producer James Gay-Rees Discusses Chronicling A Fallen Star In AMY

Whether people like it or not, the documentary Amy does tread a very fine line. Arguably one of its key themes focuses on the star's despair at having her privacy and personal life invaded by the press, but nevertheless Amy...

Interview: Toa Fraser Talks THE DEAD LANDS, Tension, Tradition, And Even STAR WARS

(In Toronto? Come see The Dead Lands at Bell TIFF Lightbox on Monday, April 20th, where I will be presenting the film and conducting a question-and-answer session.)Directed by Toa Fraser, The Dead Lands is a unique and powerful film, mixing...

Interview: Jemaine Clement Talks WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

Jemaine Clement is just as lovely in person as you'd expect. He's quiet, well mannered, and only occasionally displays the acerbic nature we've come to expect from his characters. While many grew to know him as an integral part of...

Five Questions For HOUSEBOUND Director Gerard Johnstone

Yes. Housebound is that good. No. We will not stop talking about it. When the opportunity came up to fire off some questions to the director, Gerard Johnstone, I went to the rest of the Twitch Film crew and by...

Talking CALVARY With Writer-Director John Michael McDonagh

It was back in January that I had the chance to attend the world premiere of John Michael McDonagh's thoroughly remarkable Calvary at the Sundance Film Festival and came away feeling that I had just shared in something special, a...

Outside Looking In: An Interview With EXHIBITION Director Joanna Hogg

With her new film Exhibition beginning a two-week exclusive engagement at the Film Society of Lincoln Center today, along with her two previous films Unrelated and Archipelago getting theatrical runs concurrently, British filmmaker Joanna Hogg is in town and I was...

THE DOUBLE: Richard Ayoade Talks His Newest Creation And The Road From TV To The Big Screen

British comedy star Richard Ayoade has proven to be one of the brightest directing talents to come out of the UK in recent years and with his second feature film beginning its limited run on US screens this week it...

TIFF 2013 Interview: Toa Fraser On Returning To Toronto, How Bob Dylan Influenced His Ballet Film GISELLE And Why He Values Stillness

New Zealand auteur Toa Fraser attended the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008 with his whimsical comedy-drama Dean Spanley and returned this year with Giselle, an acclaimed filmed ballet starring world-renowned dancers Qi Huan and Gillian Murphy. Made in collaboration...

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright Talk THE WORLD'S END

I interviewed Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright at the end of a very long day several years ago for Hot Fuzz . They had had the long day, not me. I was thrilled beyond belief to have the...

Writer Kevin Lehane Talks GRABBERS

Irish creature feature Grabbers - in which the denizens of a small coastal town fight off invading monsters via mass drunkenness - hits US screens and VOD tomorrow and we had the chance to talk with writer Kevin Lehane about...

Interview: Director Jason Mann On His Deliciously Dark DELICACY

If there is a lesson to be derived from Jason Mann's whimsically morbid short film Delicacy it is to expect the unexpected... and to relish it.Premiering last fall at the Telluride Film Festival, I saw Jason's film during this year's...

Ten Quick Questions For SIGHTSEERS Director Ben Wheatley

Sightseers is the latest twisted horror comedy effort from Ben Wheatley. After a strikingly original debut with a crime family in utter dysfunction with Down Terrace and then having shocked festivals with the brutal and unforgiving Kill List, he turned...