I wasn't thinking about directing when I first saw it. I was just a jobbing actor. But it allowed me to recognise that films that are very simply done are just as compelling as "spectacular" films. That was good because it meant that when I started directing, I knew I could make a film that didn't rely on huge budgets and stars. A film about people is just as compelling as a film about an alien spaceship crash-landing in Texas. … [Read more...] about Dexter Fletcher: the film that changed my life
This week also brings the return of Common as Muck (Wednesday), a drama serial which has gone from being mistaken for Carry On Up the Bins to getting compared with Boys from the Black Stuff. Burke loves the show and praises binman-turned-writer William Ivory for presenting the working-class life without a hint of political correctness. 'Fuck that,' she says. 'I think that's a waste of time. Show people for what they are.' She plays Sharon, who this series starts her own hairdressing practice with one of the ex-binmen. Last season, her part was smaller but still memorable, especially if you saw the knee trembler when she hijacked Neil Dudgeon's Ken mid-bin-round. The sex was about the roughest TV offers. But, as Burke says: 'If they want rough, then I get the phone call.' … [Read more...] about Meet the romantic lead in the new Merchant- Ivory film. (Just kidding)
How could such a pioneer fade into obscurity? Film-maker Pamela B Green finds out in her new documentary Be Natural (which takes its title from a sign to actors Guy-Blaché had hanging in her studio). Inevitably, the answer has much to do with her gender. Being a woman was no impediment to Guy-Blaché’s career in France, but things got worse when she went to the US. But it is as much to do with how film history has been written by men. While her male counterparts were canonised, Guy-Blaché’s work was forgotten, neglected, even attributed to the men. … [Read more...] about Why was pioneering director Alice Guy-Blaché erased from film-making history?
I Saw the Light One of a number of music biopics landing during festival season (Ethan Hawke is Chet Baker in Born to Be Blue and Don Cheadle plays Miles Davis in Miles Ahead), this is likely to be the most traditional of the three, in terms of structure. Tom Hiddleston plays Hank Williams as he becomes one of country music’s biggest stars before his untimely death at the age of 29. … [Read more...] about Toronto film festival 2015: 15 key films to watch out for
“[I] can assure you all that it represents almost every race and section of society that was so fundamental to one of the most important civil rights movements in living history,” he wrote. “Marsha P Johnson is a major part of the movie, and although first hand accounts of who threw the first brick in the riots vary wildly, it is a fictional black transvestite character played by the very talented @vlad_alexis [actor Vladimir Alexis] who pulls out the first brick in the riot scenes.” … [Read more...] about Stonewall sparks boycott row after claims film ‘whitewashes’ gay struggle