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Profile: Kevin Macdonald

27 Nov 2014

Acclaimed director discusses his new British submarine thriller Black Sea starring Jude Law

Background: Born in Glasgow, director Kevin Macdonald is the grandson of British filmmaker Emeric Pressburger and the brother of Trainspotting producer Andrew Macdonald. His filmography includes both acclaimed documentaries (One Day In September…

Interview: Anthony Naples

3 Mar 2015

Up and coming producer Naples discusses beginnings, inspirations and his Glasgow connection

Miami-born, New York-based and possessing a long association with the city of Glasgow, Proibito Records boss and brand new album artist (his debut Body Pill just came out on Text) is back this weekend as a guest of Numbers. The youthful producer tells…

Because I’m Shappi: clap along as Shappi Khorsandi heads on tour

12 Mar 2015

The comedian reflects on the 'haphazard zigzag' towards her dreams in her new show

Following up shows such as Asylum Speaker and The Distracted Activist, the Tehran-born Shappi Khorsandi has been doing the comedy thing for the best part of 20 years. Dubbed by the New Statesman (the mag rather than that awful Tory played by the late…

Amazing Bubble Man casts watery spell across the UK

10 Mar 2015

Louis Pearl talks about his career as a ‘Bubbleologist’

As a parent, there are many memorable moments watching your children grow up – but for me, few will match standing onstage inside a giant bubble with a 2-year-old on my hip. I have Louis Pearl (aka The Amazing Bubble Man) to thank for that particular…

Alan Carr takes Yap, Yap, Yap on tour

23 Feb 2015

Chat show host likes to yap on stage as much as he does on telly

Following up Spexy Beast and Tooth Fairy, award-winning talk show guy Alan Carr is hopping on board the national touring bus for the first time in three years. Admitting that taking his stand-up shtick on the road ‘keeps me out of mischief’, this…

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GICF interview: Tommy Tiernan

20 Feb 2015

Caring little for the consensus, the Irish comedian continues to strive for stand-up excellence

A few years back Frankie Boyle announced that once a stand-up comedian reaches the age of 40, they should simply pack up their gags and wander off into some other vocation. The suggestion being that there’s a strict time limit on the usefulness of a…

Q&A: Josie Long

17 Feb 2015

Comedian takes a break from touring Cara Josephine to take our First & Last quiz

As she takes her latest slice of optimistic stand-up around the UK, including a stop at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, the comic talks ClickHole, the Cure and counting chairs.

Mark Thomas on his favourite films

27 Jan 2015

Ahead of his Glasgow run, the campaigner and comedian reveals all about his favourite comedy films

It depends what mood I am in: it could be The Blues Brothers. Belushi was at his prime and it has James Brown, Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker and Aretha Franklin in it. Put that with a car chase that is so ridiculous it’s stunning and the quotable lines…

Introducing manipulate, Scotland’s annual festival of visual theatre

26 Jan 2015

Gareth K Vile, manipulate’s critic in residence, tells us what 2015’s festival has to offer

Manipulate’s vision to raise the profile and appreciation of visual theatre within Scotland extends beyond the stage: for the third year, I am taking up the position of ‘critic in residence’, responsible for engaging in the wider discussion of the…

Q&A: Charlie Lyne on directing Beyond Clueless

16 Jan 2015

An homage to the glorious teen movies of the 90s

British film critic Charlie Lyne pays tribute to the teen movie, in particular its 1990s incarnation, with Beyond Clueless, an affectionate but determinedly anti-ironic appreciation. With reference to some 200 films, narration by actress and teen movie…

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Preview: Omid Djalili, Iranalamadingdong

12 Jan 2015

Making big points not on the Iranian-British star’s agenda these days

He’s been in the comedy-making business now for two decades, but that doesn’t mean that Omid Djalili can’t be immune to the charms of some celebrity cockney geezers. And who could not be wooed by the likes of Ray Winstone especially when he’s talking…

Private View: Good Press

12 Dec 2014

Rachael Cloughton speaks to Good Press founders, Matthew Walkerdine and Jessica Susan Higgins

Good Press was founded in 2011 to provide a platform for the most innovative and exciting independent art publishing. Alongside zines, prints, artists’ books and newspapers, the space also hosts ‘table-top’ exhibitions, showing the work of local and…

Profile: Noomi Rapace

5 Nov 2014

Swedish actress talks about working with James Gandolfini for her latest film The Drop

Born in Sweden, Rapace shot to international fame with her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011). She made her English language debut in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes sequel and subsequently played the lead in Ridley…

Five things you might not know about . . . Lee Mack

22 Oct 2014

Some lesser known facts about the TV funnyman ahead of his 2014 UK tour Hit The Road Mack

1 His real name is Lee McKillop, and school nickname was Curly, due to him apparently looking a lot like Corrie’s Curly Watts. 2 Among his jobs prior to comedy were picking apricots, mucking out Red Rum’s stable and being a Pontins Bluecoat. His…

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…

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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…

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…

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: 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…

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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…

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…

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…