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Interview: Jeff Baena discusses new film Life After Beth

19 Sep 2014

Director talks suburbia, working with his girlfriend and the psychology of smooth jazz

Life After Beth stars Dane DeHaan as Zach, an affluent suburbanite moper whose girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza), has recently died. Luckily for Zach, it turns out she’s not gone for good. We had a sit-down with director Jeff Baena (and, briefly, his star…

Profile: Paul Wright, writer/director of For Those in Peril

16 Sep 2013

The Scottish drama stars George MacKay as the lone survivor of a shipwreck

Born 1981, Fife Background Paul Wright moved to Edinburgh to study photography before developing an interest in cinema. He enrolled at Glasgow’s Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before catching the eye of the National Film and Television…

Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2014: Past winners reveal what the top comedy prize means to them

15 Jul 2014

Featuring Brendon Burns, David O'Doherty, Tim Key, Russell Kane, Adam Riches and Bridget Christie

Brendon Burns (2007) Before winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award, what was the best thing you had ever won? I’m not sure I’d ever won anything before that, beyond sporting trophies as a kid. Of the other nominees on your shortlist, can you name one…

Profile: Jack O’Connell, rising star of Starred Up

13 Mar 2014

The actor can also be spotted in Skins, '71 and 300: Rise of an Empire

Born 1990, Derby, UK Background O'Connell grew up with ambitions to be a footballer, completing trials with Derby County as a teenager. He later turned to acting, with roles in Doctors and The Bill followed by film work, including This is England…

5 reasons to see ostentatious circus show Limbo

26 Nov 2013

The show features contortions, sword-swallowing, live music and magic

1 The contortionist was a body double for Jim Carrey in The Grinch. Jonathan Nosan is humankind’s answer to the elastic band. He bends backwards, then bends some more. That’s why his stuntman credits also include Big Fish and The Bounty Hunter. 2…

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Profile: Lucy Walker - director of The Crash Reel

8 Oct 2013

Documentary looks at near-death of professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce

An Oxford graduate, Walker won a Fulbright Scholarship to study film at New York’s Tisch School of the Arts. She made her debut documentary feature in 2002 with Devil’s Playground, exploring the romantic experiences of Amish teenagers. She has since…

Five reason to love... David Shrigley

17 May 2013

The 2013 Turner judges praise his ‘macabre intelligence and infinite jest’ - here's why we love him

He’s a homeboy at heart In an interview with The List in 2010, Shrigley spoke of his love of the Dear Green Place: ‘I moved to Glasgow as a teenager, and I’ve lived here more than half my life now. I don’t consider Leicester, where I’m originally from…

Profile: Jeff Nichols, director of Mud

16 Apr 2013

The writer-director is influenced by Terrence Malick, David Gordon Green and, on Mud, Mark Twain

Born 7 December, 1978, Arkansas Background After studying filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, writer-director Jeff Nichols announced his arrival with his 2007 low-budget debut Shotgun Stories, the story of a feud…

Things You Might Not Know About . . . Aisling Bea

19 Sep 2014

Some lesser known facts about the Irish comedian

1 Aisling Bea’s late grandfather Micheál O’Suilleabháin was a Gaelic novelist and poet, her grand-aunt Siobhán Ní Shúilleabháin is a prolific Gaelic writer and dramatist and her mother is a retired professional flat race jockey. 2 She studied French…

Profile: Kelly Reichardt, director of the Jesse Eisenberg-starring Night Moves

27 Aug 2014

The eco-activist drama also stars Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard

Name Kelly Reichardt Born 1964, Miami, Florida. Background Reichardt is one of the most celebrated directors working in indie cinema today, having directed Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy and Meek’s Cutoff. Her work has received nominations for both…

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Cinefiles: All you need to know about … Darren Aronofsky

18 Mar 2014

Some key facts about the director of Noah, Pi, Black Swan and The Wrestler

Aronofsky studied at Harvard and the American Film Institute. He was inspired to make low-budget films by Spike Lee’s debut She’s Gotta Have It, and Lee’s description of his own work as ‘guerrilla filmmaking’. His first short, Protozoa, was made in…

Profile: Jared Leto, star of Dallas Buyers Club

13 Jan 2014

The Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman plays a dying transgender AIDS patient

Born 1971, Louisiana, US Background After giving up his painting studies in Philadelphia, Leto moved to New York to study acting, and then to Los Angeles to pursue a music career, with acting on the side. He is now equally successful as the…

Profile: American comedian Bill Burr

21 Nov 2013

He's not the new Louis CK, he's a very naughty boy

Name: Bill Burr Born: 1968, Massachusetts, US Where do I know him from? If you’re a Breaking Bad fan, you may recognise him as Patrick Kuby, one of Saul Goodman’s associates – he first crops up in season four. Or perhaps, as a video game fanatic…

Interview: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel, directors of Leviathan

18 Nov 2013

'We wanted the sound to be as immersive and intense, as acoustically untamed as the image'

These two anthropologists and filmmakers won the Michael Powell Award for their bold documentary Leviathan at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival. Set on a trawler in the seas off the New England coast it’s a memorable immersion into the fishing…

5 things you might not know about Barry Humphries

18 Oct 2013

The Australian entertainer is taking Dame Edna Everage out on the road one last time

1 At the age of 79, Barry Humphries is finally bringing the live curtain down on Dame Edna Everage with his Eat Pray Laugh! tour. He’ll also be giving a final run-out to the sozzled Sir Les Patterson while that character’s brother, Gerard, an unsavoury…

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Profile: Cooly G, the Hyperdub DJ behind 'Love Dub'

16 Sep 2013

Cooly G appears at Glasgow's Different Drum alongside Lone

Name Cooly G Also known as Merrisa Campbell Occupation South London’s first lady of dubstep, one of Hyperdub’s crown jewels, the woman behind 2009’s breakthrough slow groove ‘Love Dub’ and it’s rough-edged twin ‘Narst’, as well as an unlikely but…

Profile: Baltasar Kormákur, director of The Deep

16 Jul 2013

Icelandic director on working between Iceland and Hollywood and the casting for 2 Guns

Born 1966, Reykjavik, Iceland Background
 An established theatre director, Kormákur’s international reputation began with early film hits 101 Reykjavik and Jar City. He successfully remade Oskar Jónasson's Reykjavik Rotterdam as seafaring feature…

Profile: Drums of Death

10 Jun 2013

The skull-faced producer has worked with Hot Chip and Peaches in between his solo output

Name: Drums of Death Occupation: Skull-faced, make-up caked master of spooky synths, gritty grime and acid techno. Born in Oban but now residing in London (via Glasgow) Drums of Death, has created a villainous alter ego for his electronic output, a…

Profile: Richard Linklater - director of Before Midnight

7 Jun 2013

As Before Midnight hits the screens, James Mottram profiles Richard Linklater

Bursting onto screens with 1990’s self-distributed Sundance hit Slacker, Linklater swiftly became as synonymous with the then-blossoming US indie scene as Soderbergh, Tarantino and fellow Austin-ite Robert Rodriguez. Establishing his cult credentials…

5 things you didn't know about Michael Douglas

6 Jun 2013

Some lesser known tidbits about the Behind the Candelabra star

The Behind the Candelabra star recently revealed he contracted throat cancer from cunnilingus. Here are a few other things you might not have known. 1 12 years before he won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street, he…

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Profile: Olivier Assayas, director of Something in the Air

17 May 2013

The writer-director specialises in period pieces that don't slide into nostalgia

Born 1955, Paris Background The son of a screenwriter father and a painter mother, Assayas worked as a critic for Cahiers du Cinéma, before making his directorial debut in 1986 with Disorder. A writer-director with an impressive ability to work…

Profile: Francois Ozon, director of In the House

8 Mar 2013

The former enfant terrible of French cinema on his dislike of writing and admiration for Hitchcock

Born 15 November, 1967, Paris Background On the basis of his early shorts See the Sea and A Summer’s Dress and his debut feature Sitcom, writer-director Francois Ozon was labelled in the late 1990s as an enfant terrible of French cinema. He has…

Central Station: Jamie Johnson

24 Jan 2013

The printmaker is the co-founder of Harvest Skate Co

Jamie Johnson is an experienced printmaker, bookmaker and a member of Edinburgh Printmakers. He is art director/co-founder of Harvest Skate Co, a new skateboard and apparel company which creates artist-designed skateboard decks, produces videos…

Profile: Ben Lewin, director of The Sessions

15 Jan 2013

The film is inspired by poet and journalist Mark O'Brien's experiences with a sex surrogate

Born Poland, 1946. Raised in Melbourne, Australia. Background In 1971 Lewin quit his job as a barrister to study filmmaking at the National Film and Television School in England. Lewin’s work to date includes Ally McBeal and the films Georgia and…

Five reasons to see the films of Alexander Mackendrick

20 Nov 2012

The director of Whisky Galore! and Sweet Smell of Success is the subject of a retrospective

It’s the centenary of the birth of the Scottish-American filmmaker who became one of Ealing studios’ greatest directors. Born in Boston, Massachusetts to Scottish immigrant parents, Mackendrick moved back to Glasgow with his grandfather when he was just…