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Last update: 2013-06-20

DN290: My Face is in Space – Tom Jobbins

2013-06-20 :: MarBelle

A truly mixed media piece of filmmaking comprising stop motion animation, stills and NASA archive footage, Tom Jobbins’ My Face is in Space explores the idea of thinking you’re big but ultimately realising you’re small. We talk to Tom about technique driven animation and how he approached conveying themes on the duality of mankind’s brilliance and insignificance.…

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DN289: Paralyze – Anders Malmberg

2013-06-13 :: MarBelle

In Paralyze, the first music video to come from Jannis Noya Makrigiannis’ musical project Choir of Young Believers, Danish director Anders Malmberg entrances with painterly compositions, beckoning dolly moves and transcendent shots. He joins us this week to discuss creating work imbued with a sculptural feeling through his formalistic approach to filmmaking.…

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DN288: Woody – Stuart Bowen

2013-06-06 :: MarBelle

Narrowly escaping a career as a wedding video editor with his creative, self-initiated fake trailers, Australian filmmaker Stuart Bowen took the bold choice to dive into stop motion animation feet first for his debut short Woody. Stuart takes us through his steep learning curve and reveals how the cost of printer ink can ultimate effect the aesthetic of your film for the better.…

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DN287: I Love Your Work – Jonathan Harris

2013-05-30 :: MarBelle

Inspired by the structure of porn teaser clips, Jonathan Harris' latest project I Love Your Work, sees him create an interactive documentary which profiles the lives of nine women who make lesbian porn. Jonathan joins us to discuss the internet's role as a planetary meta-organism and his experiments in monetising digital art through artificial scarcity. …

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DN286: The Hungry Corpse – Gergely Wootsch & James Pout

2013-05-23 :: MarBelle

Created as part of the first round of films produced under the Collabor8te scheme, writer James Pout teamed up with Beakus director Gergely Wootsch for a short animation about accepting the comfort of friendship when it presents itself, The Hungry Corpse. The pair join us this week to discuss designing a bedraggled pigeon and successfully balancing their creative roles on the project.…

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DN285: Regarde-moi – Jaro Minne

2013-05-16 :: MarBelle

Jaro Minne tells us how improvisation brought him closer to his goal of creating work which is both tactile and natural on his dramatic short Regarde-moi.…

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DN284: A Picture of the Three of Us – Jared Varava

2013-05-09 :: MarBelle

When D.C. band These United States set out on their six week tour that would see them play 33 shows in 33 cities with 33 different lineups, they asked director Jared Varava to come along and document their herculean adventure…

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DN283: Possession – Ralf Schmerberg

2013-05-02 :: MarBelle

Ralf Schmerberg joins us to discuss working for pleasure and opening yourself up to possibilities of varied distribution avenues.…

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Answer a Few Questions & Help Make DN Great!

2013-05-01 :: MarBelle

We know that some of you have been with us since our earliest days, for which we're eternally grateful, but over the past 7 years you've all remained a deliciously elusive mystery to us at DN Towers. We're planning to make some big changes around here and need your help to make sure they're all for the better. So if you could lend us a few minutes of your time, we'd really appreciate it.…

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DN282: HENRI – Eli Sasich

2013-04-04 :: MarBelle

Eli Sasich’s ambitious short HENRI, about a derelict spaceship that becomes self-aware, employs an impressive mix of quarter-scale miniatures, in-camera effects, and computer animation. Eli joins us to discuss finding the perseverance to continue when it feels like your shoot is failing and using his split second reaction skills to create a fireball. It honestly [...]…

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HENRI – Eli Sasich

2013-04-03 :: MarBelle

HENRI (2013) Hundreds of years in the future, a derelict spacecraft, controlled and powered by a human brain, floats aimlessly in the outer reaches of space. HENRI, the name of the ship’s power system, is an acronym which stands for Hybrid Electronic / Neuron Responsive Intelligence, and was the first of Earth’s Neuro-Tech space exploration [...]…

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DN281: Feeder & Londoners – Joseph Ernst

2013-03-28 :: MarBelle

Not one to select projects due to their ease of execution, director Joseph Ernst hit the streets of London with a 100 year old hand cranked 35mm camera for documentary Londoners and even considered drilling a hole in his jaw to get the shot in experimental film Feeder. Joseph joins us to discuss finding projects [...]…

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Feeder & Londoners – Joseph Ernst

2013-03-27 :: MarBelle

Feeder (2009) A short film that will make you feel sick. Londoners (2012) Shot entirely on a 100 year old wooden hand-cranked 35mm camera, LONDONERS documents modern day London as you have never seen before. It shows the city as a community: a snapshot of contemporary history about what it is like to live in [...]…

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DN280: Cabbit – Soogie

2013-03-22 :: MarBelle

Hand drawn frame by frame in a cross hatch style with sharpies, Cabbit from Soogie is a delightful animated passion project, which attracted a global team of contributors over its four year production period. Soogie joins us to discuss the cathartic nature of creative work and how the act of collaboration can shift the tone [...]…

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Cabbit – Soogie

2013-03-21 :: MarBelle

Cabbit (2012) Cabbit is a charming little animal spirit whom spends its days tea-dancing with kindred spirits and exploring the wonders of the natural world. Cabbit and kin live in oblivion to the human world until one day it quite literally crosses paths with some humans and their reckless, rambling automobiles. Fortunately for Cabbit, it [...]…

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The Great Hip Hop Hoax – Jeanie Finlay

2013-03-11 :: MarBelle

The Great Hip Hop Hoax (2013) Californian hip-hop duo Silibil n’ Brains were going to be massive. What no-one knew was the pair were really students from Scotland, with fake American accents and made up identities. A film about truth, lies and the legacy of faking everything in the desperate pursuit of fame. The American [...]…

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DN279: The Great Hip Hop Hoax – Jeanie Finlay

2013-03-11 :: MarBelle

One of the few directors we’d trust to guide us through the web of lies at the centre of The Great Hip Hop Hoax documentary is our dearest of filmmaking friends Jeanie Finlay. Jeanie joined us for a pre-SXSW World Premiere chat about making her bromance gone wrong feature and how she went about documenting [...]…

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DN278: Grasp the Nettle – Dean Puckett

2013-02-28 :: MarBelle

For his latest feature documentary Grasp the Nettle, director Dean Puckett gave up his normal life to live with activists in the Kew Bridge echo village and democracy village on parliament square, documenting not only the lives of the residents but also the wider societal issues their various movements attempted to address. Dean joins us [...]…

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Grasp the Nettle – Dean Puckett

2013-02-27 :: MarBelle

Grasp the Nettle (2012) Grasp the Nettle follows the exploits of a ragtag band of land rights activists in London as they struggle against corporations, government, police – and themselves – in their efforts to create alternative communities outside the framework of consumer society.…

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DN277: Care – Amanda Boyle

2013-02-21 :: MarBelle

Amanda Boyle’s temporally shifted love story Skirt was amongst our favourite work of the 2012. She joins us today to discuss new film Care, a short about a middle aged district nurse who having fallen out of her own life, becomes increasing involved in the lives of two very different women. There were lots of [...]…

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Care – Amanda Boyle

2013-02-20 :: MarBelle

Care (2012) Middle class and middle aged, district nurse Natalie has become trapped in an existence of meaningless routine until she’s drawn into the lives of two very different women – Elsie, an elderly lady nearing the end of her life and Sammy, the young girl next door, who seemingly has everything to live for.   As [...]…

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DN276: This is Vanity – Oliver Goodrum

2013-02-15 :: MarBelle

We’ve been keen to get director Oliver Goodrum on DN ever since his dark music video Consequence of the Kill landed online to much applause. We’re glad we waited however as now we get to talk to him about This is Vanity, the first film in a possible trilogy of shorts which depict the tragic events that take place on a housing estate through the different perspectives of those involved.…

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This is Vanity – Oliver Goodrum

2013-02-15 :: MarBelle

This is Vanity (2012) This Is Vanity tells the story of a tiring mother who struggles to protect both herself and her teenage disabled daughter from the continual attacks of local adolescents. Repeatedly rebuffed and frustrated by the authorities, she ultimately turns to a far greater power than can be found on her failing human [...]…

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DN275: Online Now – Jake Ross

2013-02-07 :: MarBelle

Online Now from Pocket Jakes, the creative partnership of directors Jake Dolgy and Jake Ross, depicts a journey into the world of social interaction. Jake Ross joins us to discuss how the pair coalesced the technological now into a filmic time capsule. I found that what I was really attracted to was that I could [...]…

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Online Now – Pocket Jakes

2013-02-06 :: MarBelle

Online Now (2012) Journey into the world of contemporary online social interaction.…

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DN274: After Porn Ends – Bryce Wagoner

2013-01-31 :: MarBelle

There have been numerous films which look in to the porn industry and the lives of the performers who make their living there, but very few have stuck around to see what becomes of those who move onto pastures new. Bryce Wagoner’s feature documentary After Porn Ends answers the question of what next for porn [...]…

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After Porn Ends – Bryce Wagoner

2013-01-31 :: MarBelle

After Porn Ends (2010) After Porn Ends, is a documentary that not only examines the lives and careers of some of the biggest names in the history of the adult entertainment industry; but what happens to them after they leave the business and try to live the average lives that millions of others enjoy.…

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DN273: Drained – Nick Peterson & Jon Heder

2013-01-24 :: MarBelle

Writer/director Nick Peterson and producer Jon Heder join us this week with their experimental, pixilation based short Drained, which allegorically depicts how a man’s outside vice destroys the woman who loves him. We discuss shooting blind under rapid fire strobe lighting and why white makeup is the bane of speedy filmmaking. I wanted Drained to [...]…

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Drained – Nick Peterson

2013-01-23 :: MarBelle

Drained (2012) Told with animation and live-action, Drained tells the story of how a man’s addictions can destroy the woman he loves.…

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DN272: GLOW – Brett Whitcomb & Bradford Thomason

2013-01-18 :: MarBelle

While UK kids were entertained on Saturday afternoons by aged overweight wrestlers, in the US wrestling was a much more glamorous affair thanks to GLOW and the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Director Brett Whitcomb and writer Bradford Thomason join us to discuss the role of the writer in documentary filmmaking and how tapping into the [...]…

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GLOW – Brett Whitcomb & Bradford Thomason

2013-01-17

GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (2012) GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling chronicles the rise and fall of the first ever all- female wrestling show through the stories of those who lived it. From the initial open-call auditions, to the grueling training with wrestling legend Mando Guerrero, to [...]…

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DN271: Paul – Adam Bizanski

2013-01-11 :: MarBelle

Israeli director Adam Bizanski’s live action puppet short Paul, tells the story of an alienated character searching for his stolen fish through the underbelly of Tel Aviv. Adam joins us for our first interview of 2013 to discuss how he and Paul went from lip-sync performances in his room, to a string of well regarded [...]…

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Paul – Adam Bizanski

2013-01-10 :: MarBelle

Paul (2011) Still in the aftermath of a tough break up, Paul’s life is slowly deteriorating. A mindless burglary of his rented apartment forces him to push through the underworld of Tel Aviv to investigate.…

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DN270: As I Am – Alan Spearman

2012-12-21 :: MarBelle

A combination of portraiture and vérité, mixed with a poetically impressionistic voice over, Alan Spearman’s As I Am is one of the most powerful documentary shorts we’ve featured here on DN. Alan joins us to discuss straddling the line between journalist and filmmaker and how Werner Herzog advice to ‘meet the glory’ has positively impacted [...]…

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As I Am – Alan Spearman

2012-12-20 :: MarBelle

As I Am (2012) Chris Dean’s heart stopped when he was two. He died but he came back. When Chris was five, his father was murdered, riddled by more than 20 bullets in a gang shootout. At age 18, Chris gained national attention when he introduced President Barack Obama at his high school graduation. Chris [...]…

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DN269: Brave New Old – Adam Wells

2012-12-13 :: MarBelle

Adam Wells’ animation Brave New Old breaks free from established narrative conventions by playing out its scenes within the confines of a rotating cube. Adam joins us to discuss his mechanical storytelling approach and how the cube head style of the short enabled a faster production process. The idea of making a 10 minute film [...]…

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Brave New Old – Adam Wells

2012-12-12 :: MarBelle

Brave New Old (2012) A character contemplates the nature and honesty of ideas.…

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DN268: Warm Earth, Which I’ve Been Told – Kurtis Hough

2012-12-09 :: MarBelle

Kurtis Hough’s approach to filmmaking may best be described as the ‘patient experimental cinema of nature’. He makes his third appearance on DN today with Warm Earth, Which I’ve Been Told and Cryosphere, a pair of films which both fall into that category whilst expanding the inventive creativity we’ve come to expect from Kurt’s work [...]…

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Warm Earth, Which I’ve Been Told – Kurtis Hough

2012-12-07 :: MarBelle

Warm Earth, Which I’ve Been Told (2012) A planetary eye on a passing day in the universe.…

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DN267: Payload – Stuart Willis

2012-12-05 :: MarBelle

Stuart Willis’ ridiculously ambitious graduation short Payload, sets relatable characters in a believable future to deliver a compelling story about hard choices and sacrifice. It’s a short which has garnered much praise online and an interview we’ve been looking forward to posting on DN. Stuart takes us through his methods of building an onscreen family [...]…

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Payload – Stuart Willis

2012-12-04 :: MarBelle

Payload (2011) A family of scavengers. A corrupt spaceport. A callous matriarch. A home in the shadow of a space elevator. After a brutal attack on his father, Simon Carter must sacrifice everything to save his family.…

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DN266: Clouds – Jonathan Minard & James George

2012-11-29 :: MarBelle

Jonathan Minard and James George’s infinite conversation Clouds is a computational documentary which explores the beauty of code through the new technique of volumetric video. Jonathan and James join us to discuss navigating the bleeding edge where filmmaking and technology meet. What’s been a very exciting thing about this project is actually realising & inventing [...]…

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Clouds – Jonathan Minard & James George

2012-11-28 :: MarBelle

Clouds: beta (2012) Clouds is a computational documentary featuring hackers and media artists in dialogue about code, culture and the future of visualization.…

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DN265: The Gift – Griff

2012-11-23 :: MarBelle

Griff’s melancholic short The Gift sees a childless couple’s life disrupted by an unexpected arrival. Griff joins us this week to discuss the aesthetic nature of electricity pylons and how he combined a great cast, improvisation and invisible effects shots to create an unnerving narrative. It was just purely reimagining the legend of a stork [...]…

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The Gift – Griff

2012-11-22 :: MarBelle

The Gift (2012) A tale of a troubled couple, visited by an ominous stork bearing both hope and tragedy. You can watch the full film below:…

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DN LFF2012: Father/Son – Bryan Reisberg

2012-11-16 :: MarBelle

Screening as part of the London Film Festival’s Blood is Thicker than Water shorts programme, Bryan Reisberg’s Father/Son portrays a disquieting family dynamic played out in the company of a visiting girlfriend. Closing our LFF interviews for the year Bryan and I talk about cutting away the narrative fat until all that remains is a [...]…

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LFF2012: Father/Son – Bryan Reisberg

2012-11-15 :: MarBelle

Father/Son (2012) Oliver brings his girlfriend on a hunting trip to meet his father.…

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DN LFF2012: Made in Ash – Iveta Grofová

2012-11-09 :: MarBelle

Initially conceived as a documentary, Iveta Grofová’s debut feature Made in Ash uses a mix of non-professional actors and locals to depict the harsh life altering decisions made by an Eastern Slovakia girl who travels to the West Bohemian town of AÅ¡ in the hope of building a better future for herself. We chat to [...]…

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DN LFF2012: Clip – Maja Miloš

2012-11-08 :: MarBelle

Inspired by online footage posted by teens of the bullying and sexual activity present in their everyday lives, Serbian director Maja MiloÅ¡’ debut feature Clip is a portrayal of teenage love blossoming within the harsh conditions of their environment. We discuss casting non-actors authentic to Clip’s subject matter and how Maja’s documentary background provided her [...]…

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DN LFF2012: Starlet – Sean Baker

2012-11-06 :: MarBelle

Sean Baker’s Starlet tells the story of a burgeoning friendship between a young woman and an elderly widow after a yard sale purchase brings them together. Sean joined us at the London Film Festival to discuss challenging audience preconceptions and explaining ‘reverse cowgirl’ to your star’s representation. The larger a film gets, the more cooks [...]…

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DN LFF2012: Flight of the Pompadour – Karan Kandhari

2012-11-04 :: MarBelle

The second instalment in A United Howl, Karan Kandhari’s trilogy of shorts about misfits, outsiders and loners, Flight of the Pompadour is a charming tale of a teen’s search for acceptance and the perfect hair. Karan and I got all dorky about film stocks and that all important rockabilly quiff at the London Film Festival. [...]…

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DN LFF2012: Short Stories – Mikhail Segal

2012-11-02 :: MarBelle

We spoke to Russian director Mikhail Segal’s at the London Film Festival about his second feature Short Stories; a collection of four narratives each playing out a different cinematic genre within the framing of a rejected manuscript which draws consecutive readers into its tales. There is one common idea, one common thread that I wanted [...]…

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DN LFF2012: Punk – Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

2012-10-30 :: MarBelle

Based on Boris Bergmann’s book Viens La Que Je Te Tue Ma Belle, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s feature Punk is a portrait of the animality of a teenager trying to establish his identity from the fringes of society. Jean-Stéphane joined us for a chat about the film and his desire to experiment with cinema on the edge [...]…

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DN LFF2012: Good Vibrations – Glenn Leyburn & Lisa Barros D’Sa

2012-10-29 :: MarBelle

Co-directors Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa’s second feature Good Vibrations tells the true life story of Terri Hooley Ulster’s Godfather of Punk, who provided a musical alternative to the fracturing violence of Northern Ireland’s Troubles. We caught up with Leyburn and Barros D’Sa at the London Film Festival to discuss how the pair captured [...]…

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DN LFF2012: Shoot Me! – Kate Hardie

2012-10-26 :: MarBelle

Actor, turned director Kate Hardie’s film Shoot Me screened as part of the Obsessive and Compulsive shorts programme at this year’s London Film Festival and explores issues of female self-image and ageing. In a brief respite from the hubbub of the festival we spoke to Kate about using comedy as an effective camouflage for issues [...]…

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DN LFF2012: Spike Island – Mat Whitecross

2012-10-24 :: MarBelle

Director Mat Whitecross held his cool in a special ‘speed round’ London Film Festival interview for his new feature Spike Island, which captures the infectious dedication of Stone Roses fans, risen to a fever pitch around that legendary gig. We discuss the importance of mixing lucky breaks with a determination to create on your own [...]…

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DN LFF2012: Le Grand Soir – Benoît Delépine

2012-10-23 :: MarBelle

Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern continue their filmmaking partnership by transforming two of France’s most famous actors into anti-establishment punks in their Cannes Special Jury Prize winning comedy Le Grand Soir. We caught up with Delépine at the London Film Festival to discuss the pair’s preference for low budget, small crew filmmaking and their development [...]…

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DN LFF2012: Kelly + Victor – Kieran Evans

2012-10-19 :: MarBelle

I’ve been a keen follower of the work of director Kieran Evans ever since the DV experimental documentary Finisterre he co-directed with Paul Kelly for Saint Etienne in 2003. I caught up with Kieran at the London Film Festival to discuss his move into features with his adaptation of Niall Griffiths’ Liverpool set novel Kelly [...]…

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DN LFF2012: Love Story – Florian Habicht

2012-10-15 :: MarBelle

The London Film Festival is currently in full force for its 56th edition, which can only mean that DN has navigated the dangerous territory of the Filmmakers Afternoon Teas (hey some of those finger sandwiches have fierce corners!) to collect the choicest of interviews between mouth fulls of cake and slurps of tea. First up [...]…

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DN264: Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story – Jeff Broadway & Robert Bralver

2012-10-05 :: MarBelle

The collection of musicians known as Morphine held a special place in many fans and fellow muscians’ hearts as one of the most original, talented bands on the scene until the tragic death of lead singer and slide bass player Mark Sandman on July 3rd, 1999. Co-director Robert Bralver and producer Jeff Broadway join us [...]…

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Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story – Robert Bralver & David Ferino

2012-10-04 :: MarBelle

Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story (2011) Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story examines the life and work of Mark Sandman, deceased frontman of Boston “low rock” band Morphine.…

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DN263: Anton Corbijn Inside Out – Klaartje Quirijns

2012-09-28 :: MarBelle

Fans of music are likely to be very familiar with the iconic images and music videos of photographer, filmmaker and video artist Anton Corbijn. In her new feature documentary Anton Corbijn Inside Out, Dutch director Klaartje Quirijns takes us behind Corbijn’s images to reveal the man himself. Klaartje joins us to discuss the techniques she [...]…

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Anton Corbijn Inside Out: Klaartje Quirijns

2012-09-27 :: MarBelle

Anton Corbijn Inside Out (2012) An intimate and revelatory portrait of an influential artist, Anton Corbijn.…

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DN262: Baroque – Ruth Paxton

2012-09-20 :: MarBelle

Scottish director Ruth Paxton joins us with Baroque, her experimental interpretation of Italian actor Vittorio Gassman’s letter about beauty. We discuss the creative freedoms afforded by low budgets and short deadlines, and the importance of building strong working relationships which endure across multiple projects. What I know now is that what I do naturally is [...]…

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Baroque – Ruth Paxton

2012-09-19 :: MarBelle

Baroque (2011) A contemporary interpretation of the art of Baroque, inspired by the Italian painters of the period. Commissioned by Milan’s Festival Delle Lettere and based on a letter about beauty, by Italian actor Vittorio Gassman.…

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DN261: Ouroboros – karl&tynan

2012-09-13 :: MarBelle

If you want to make a splash for your new directing partnership, then putting out a film which seamlessly features 80 graduate fashion designs over an 8:30 minute creative narrative is probably one of the best ways to do it. Directors karl&tynan join us to discuss the technical and costume challenges of their perpetual walk [...]…

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Ouroboros – karl&tynan

2012-09-12 :: MarBelle

Ouroboros (2012) Ouroboros, the debut film from directors karl&tynan, showcases designs from each of the 80 2012 Ravensbourne Fashion Graduates.…

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DN260: Tungijuq – Felix & Paul

2012-09-07 :: MarBelle

Applying throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s instinctual and improvisational approach to creation within the bounds of filmmaking, directing duo Felix & Paul’s short Tungijuq is a metaphysical expression of the importance of seal hunting to the Inuit. They join us to discuss building a project which could shift direction as needed and why society’s moral norms [...]…

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Tungijuq – Felix & Paul

2012-09-06 :: MarBelle

Tungijuq (2009) A thought-provoking meditation on the seal-hunt and what it means to the traditional way of life for Inuit. You can watch the full version of Tungijuq here…

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DN259: Bolero – Dennis Brucks

2012-08-24 :: MarBelle

Dennis Brucks’ concept movie Bolero creatively plays out its harrowing tale over a dialogue free mix of extreme slow motion and flashback. Dennis joins us to discuss how early story and technical considerations helped him create a distinctive short which reflected his directorial voice. I tried to use the medium, I didn’t just wanna tell [...]…

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Bolero – Dennis Brucks

2012-08-23 :: MarBelle

Bolero (2012) A fractured account of a boy who breaks free from his miserable life after meeting a mysterious girl who lives in the wall.…

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DN258: Brothers – Larry Cohen

2012-08-17 :: MarBelle

Short film Brothers takes a humorous look at the modern difficulty of communication between family members. Director Larry Cohen joins us to discuss, keeping the role of technology realistic on screen and how he’s adapted the Kickstarter crowd funding model to enable his campaigns to offer ‘creative equity’ for project backers. We’re really trying to [...]…

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Brothers – Larry Cohen

2012-08-16 :: MarBelle

Brothers (2011) Two brothers embark on a road trip home for their grandmother’s funeral. But on a highway rest stop, David Stern finds out no one’s told his younger brother Andy they’re not headed home for Grandma Vern’s birthday anymore. Now David must confront his mother and bear the bad news to Andy, as only [...]…

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DN257: The Animals – Angeline Gragasin

2012-08-10 :: MarBelle

Angeline Gragasin joins us to discuss her surreal short The Animals, a film that plays with motifs of death and food to deliver a story which rewards those willing to submerge themselves in its world of doppelgängers and darkly comedic magical realism. In the end we’re trying to do something new with this & generate [...]…

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The Animals – Angeline Gragasin

2012-08-09 :: MarBelle

The Animals (2011) Maude is a monomaniacal young woman transported from her lonesome city life to the sensational wilderness. She adjusts to the chaos of the forest and her strange new neighbors, but a pair of mysterious twin girls taunt her to return home. As her old life and new life start to blend together, [...]…

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DN256: Bobby Yeah – Robert Morgan

2012-08-02 :: MarBelle

Robert Morgan’s BAFTA nominated stop motion animation Bobby Yeah is a strange but highly compelling film that defies simple explanation. Robert joins us to discuss building tension with the ‘temptation baseline’ and how his petty thug’s story wasn’t anymore evident to him than anyone else. People think I use different heads because they are projecting [...]…

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Bobby Yeah – Robert Morgan

2012-08-01 :: MarBelle

Bobby Yeah (2011) Bobby Yeah is a petty thug who lightens his miserable existence by brawling and stealing stuff. One day, he steals the favourite pet of some very dangerous individuals, and finds himself in deep trouble. He really should learn, but he just can’t help it.…

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DN255: My Neighbourhood – Julia Bacha

2012-07-25 :: MarBelle

This week we’re joined by director Julia Bacha whose latest film My Neighbourhood (co-directed with Rebekah Wingert-Jabi), continues her work at Just Vision to document and assist the nonviolent movement to end the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. We discuss the importance of capturing and maintaining media attention when it comes to effectively changing situations on the ground. [...]…

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My Neighbourhood – Julia Bacha & Rebekah Wingert

2012-07-24 :: MarBelle

My Neighbourhood (2012) Mohammed El Kurd is a Palestinian teenager growing up in the heart of East Jerusalem. When Mohammed’s family is forced to give up a part of their home to Israeli settlers, local residents begin peaceful protests and in a surprising turn, are quickly joined by scores of Israeli supporters. Mohammed comes of [...]…

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DN254: Tchoupitoulas – Bill & Turner Ross

2012-07-20 :: MarBelle

We were first introduced to directing brothers Bill and Turner Ross back in 2009 when we interviewed them for their documentary feature 45365. In their latest film Tchoupitoulas, we get to ride shotgun with the Ross Brothers as they guide us through an epic New Orleans night as experienced by three young brothers. Bill and [...]…

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Tchoupitoulas – Bill & Turner Ross

2012-07-19 :: MarBelle

Tchoupitoulas (2012) A documentary that follows three brothers as they discover the scenes of late-night New Orleans.…

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DN253: Painkiller – Mustapha Kseibati

2012-07-12 :: MarBelle

Director Mustapha Kseibati joins us this week to discuss his darkly comic, robbery gone wrong short Painkiller. We discuss the importance of mentorships and support networks for new filmmakers and bound over 80s TV. I’ve always tried. I think that’s what we all have to do, try & make the best out of the opportunities [...]…

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Painkiller – Mustapha Kseibati

2012-07-11 :: MarBelle

Painkiller (2011) Street-smart Dominic’s armed robbery of a convenience store goes wrong when he crosses paths with hard-working Jay, a taxi driver with nothing left to lose. Mutual contempt soon turns into a kind of understanding, but not without some pain along the way. *Warning: The language is definitely NSFW!…

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DN Special: 94 Elements

2012-07-06 :: MarBelle

The idea behind the project is really to go way beyond the sort of classical view of the periodic table which everyone remembers from the poster on the wall in their classroom at school Mike Paterson’s 94 Elements is a multi-year, world-wide project which aims to explore the pertinent questions of consumption, sustainability and environment [...]…

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DN252: Tumbleweed! – Jared Varava

2012-07-02 :: MarBelle

The humble tumbleweed may not seem like an obvious focus for a short, but Jared Varava’s non-tumbling protagonist proves to be the perfect vehicle for this tale of an outsider contently moving through life at their own pace. Jared joins us to discuss becoming persona non grata amongst the vfx community and share the secret [...]…

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Tumbleweed! – Jared Varava

2012-06-28 :: MarBelle

Tumbleweed! (2011) The true and historically accurate tale of one tumbleweed that did not tumble.…

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DN251: Emil & Friends – Michael Lawrence

2012-06-21 :: MarBelle

Director and photographer Michael Lawrence has built a fruitful collaboration with musician Emil Hewitt over several music promos and joins us today to discuss how his writing location informed the structure and content of his work, and the power of mutual beards when making casting decisions. OK sit down for 5 minutes & if you [...]…

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Emil & Friends – Michael Lawrence

2012-06-20 :: MarBelle

Emil & Friends: Crystal Ball & Rwa Bhineda (2011/12) Music promos for tracks Crystal Ball, Let Your Heart and Prescriptions from the album Lo & Behold. And through the power of Vimeo you can watch both Crystal Ball and Rwa Bhineda in full right here, right now:  …

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DN250 – Mr. Foley – D.A.D.D.Y.

2012-06-14 :: MarBelle

Irish filmmaking duo D.A.D.D.Y. put sound (and the lack of it) front and centre in their playful short Mr. Foley. Mike and Enda join us to discuss creativity inspired by an imposed limitation and why we may be referring to them as L.A.D.Y. in the future. We were trying to write a musical but that’s [...]…

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Mr. Foley – D.A.D.D.Y.

2012-06-13 :: MarBelle

Mr. Foley (2009) Mr. Foley wakes up in hospital to find his whole life is being soundtracked and sound effects added in front of his eyes. He starts to panic as he doesn’t know the score……

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DN249: Return to Sender – Denise Hauser

2012-06-08 :: MarBelle

It’s little over three years since director Denise Hauser joined us for an interview about her mixed-media short Copy City, so it’s a long overdue pleasure to welcome her back to DN for a discussion about her mail order boyfriend short Return to Sender. It’s kind of a bit like MacGyver style, you just work [...]…

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Return to Sender – Denise Hauser

2012-06-07 :: MarBelle

Return to Sender (2011) A female scientist lives a lonely and isolated life on the coast of Greenland studying ice crystals. She is looking for the perfect partner to keep her company under such harsh conditions. One day, she discovers a website which enables her to design her perfect match. She places an order and [...]…

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DN248: What You Need – Nickolas Duarte

2012-06-04 :: MarBelle

Director Nickolas Duarte joins us today with What You Need, his film about a boy out of step with the world around him. We discuss how the idea for a 15 second animated logo morphed into a four minute melancholic short and why the monkeyboy you see downtown may not just be in your head. [...]…

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What You Need – Nickolas Duarte

2012-06-03 :: MarBelle

What You Need (2011) A little boy who is half-monkey wanders through his benign life as both a hermit and an explorer. He cares little for school and his human classmates, oftentimes opting to pick on the homeless folks downtown. Unsure of his purpose, the little monkey-boy hangs on to misplaced frustrations like keepsakes in [...]…

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DN247: Tempest – Rob Curry & Anthony Fletcher

2012-05-31 :: MarBelle

In their experimental documentary Tempest, Rob Curry and Anthony Fletcher reimagine and repurpose Shakesphere’s play as a commentary on the lives of modern day South London youths. They join us this week to discuss pushing the format to another, challenging level and why not all inner-city documentaries need to be voyeuristic exposes aim at middle-class [...]…

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Tempest – Rob Curry & Anthony Fletcher

2012-05-30 :: MarBelle

Tempest (2012) Tempest is both a celebration of contemporary urban youth culture, and a 21st Century re-imagining of Shakespeare’s last great play. 17 young actors from South London struggle to put on a production. Their story unfolds alongside Prospero’s as The Oval is transformed into Shakespeare’s magical island and the outcast Duke conjures the spirits [...]…

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DN246: Sightseers – Ben Wheatley

2012-05-23 :: MarBelle

Every time director Ben Wheatley puts out a film it invariably makes its way onto my top ten list for that year (2009, 2011), so it’s pretty clear he’s a filmmaker whose work strikes a cord with me. Given that his third outing Sightseers, written by and staring Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, had its [...]…

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DN245: A Shadow of Blue – Carlos Lascano

2012-05-17 :: MarBelle

Ever since I (and 9 million+ others) saw Argentinean director Carlos Lascano’s A Short Love Story in Stop Motion I’ve been dying to get him onto DN for an interview. It may have taken four years, but Carlos finally made it on to discuss his newest piece A Shadow of Blue, a beautiful mix of [...]…

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A Shadow of Blue – Carlos Lascano

2012-05-16 :: MarBelle

A Shadow of Blue (2011) A touching story in which fantasy and reality merge to make dreams come true. How determining can reality be, and how can fantasy unleash an unexpected freedom? Can a fragile world of lights and shadows show us more than a silhouette drawn against the sunlight? I hear that if you [...]…

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DN237: A Morning Stroll – Grant Orchard

2012-03-15 :: MarBelle

Grant Orchard’s animation A Morning Stroll has been making quiet a splash across the festival circuit, picking up awards at both BAFTA and Sundance, along with an Oscar nomination. Grant joins us to discuss creating the film with Studio AKA down time and why Zombie Breakdance might be the hottest waste of time making its [...]…

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A Morning Stroll – Grant Orchard

2012-03-14 :: MarBelle

A Morning Stroll (2011) When a New Yorker walks past a chicken on his morning stroll, we’re left to wonder which one is the real city slicker……

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DN236: Solipsist – Andrew Huang

2012-03-05 :: MarBelle

Director Andrew Huang joined us in 2007 with his experimental short Doll Face. He’s back today with the online launch of his captivating art film Solipsist. We discuss meeting etiquette and drawing inspiration from a variety of sources, be they Buddhist sand paintings or fungal growths. I just wanted to make a project about the [...]…

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Solipsist – Andrew Huang

2012-03-05 :: MarBelle

Solipsist (2011) A three part psychedelic fantasy short film about otherworldly beings whose minds and bodies converge into one entity. Solipsist will be making its online premiere later today, along with our exclusive interview with director Andrew Huang; watch this space……

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DN235: Chalk – Martina Amati

2012-03-02 :: MarBelle

We’re joined this week by BAFTA winning director Martina Amati to discuss her recently BAFTA nominated short Chalk, set on the verge of puberty, within the confines of a gymnastic training camp. Martina discusses the disruption broken bones can cause to schedules and why she’s most comfortable working underwater with non-actors. Sometimes due to limitations [...]…

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Chalk – Martina Amati

2012-03-01 :: MarBelle

Chalk (2010) When a gymnast is selected for the National training camp she discovers something new about bodies, boys and friendship.…

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DN234: Elsewhere – Mathy & Fran

2012-02-24 :: MarBelle

I’m a big fan of the isolated lovers on the run story structure so was naturally drawn to London directing duo Mathy & Fran’s latest film Elsewhere. The pair joined me to discuss bringing parallel scripts together, and why you should be wary when location scouting in Summer for a late Winter shoot. We kinda [...]…

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Elsewhere – Mathy & Fran

2012-02-23 :: MarBelle

Elsewhere (2010) Two ‘lovers on the run’ head into the middle of nowhere, armed only with strange trinkets and a silver boombox. A journey of love, loss and destruction, all set to a mixtape cassette.…

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DN233: Girl Model – Ashley Sabin & David Redmon

2012-02-20 :: MarBelle

We last spoke to documentary director Ashley Sabin back in 2007 for Kamp Katrina, the feature doc she co-directed with David Redmon. She joins us again to discuss their new documentary, Girl Model and how access can shape the form of a project from the earliest stages. We really wanted viewers to experience it like [...]…

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Girl Model – Ashley Sabin & David Redmon

2012-02-20 :: MarBelle

Girl Model (2011) Told through the eyes of a 13-year-old Siberian girl and the American scout who discovered her, Girl Model follows a complex global supply chain of young girls sent abroad to seek their fortunes in the unregulated and often murky world of the modeling industry.…

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DN232: Destiny Lives Down the Road – Daneeta Loretta & Patrick Jackson

2012-02-10 :: MarBelle

For their post-Katrina, coming of age story Daneeta Loretta & Patrick Jackson drew from fact to create the powerful docudrama short Destiny Lives Down the Road. They join me to discuss utilising production techniques that maximise their crew of two, such as live locations and casting individuals as themselves to create authentic performances. The most [...]…

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Destiny Lives Down the Road – Daneeta Loretta & Patrick Jackson

2012-02-08 :: MarBelle

Destiny Lives Down the Road (2011) Living in a small town sucks for seventeen year old Destiny, especially after an environmental disaster. Deadbeat dad, mom drunk every night, her fantasy is to dance her way out of this hell hole and bring her sisters too. When she joins a dance school after a five year [...]…

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DN231: Any Day Now – Matt Jay

2012-02-03 :: MarBelle

Matt Jay’s short Any Day Now explores the life of a young woman as she attempts to navigate a new city and her role as ‘the other woman’. Matt joins us to discuss moving beyond a scandal to reveal the motivations of those involved and using the long take to convey a character’s state of [...]…

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Any Day Now – Matt Jay

2012-02-02 :: MarBelle

Any Day Now (2011) Twenty-three year old small town beauty Sam has just arrived in New York. Pulling her there, are hardly fleshed out hopes of a modeling career. Following her there, is a long standing relationship with a married politician, that may or may not have a place in the next phase of her [...]…

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DN230: Left Right – Tom Willems

2012-01-27 :: MarBelle

Most directors know that if they can concentrate on pulling great performances from their actors the battle’s half won, but it’s not quite that simple when your leads are a pair of hands. Director Tom Willems joins us this week to discuss how his short Left Right demanded he craft a new approach to filming [...]…

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Left Right – Tom Willems

2012-01-26 :: MarBelle

Left Right (2011) What if your left arm gets jealous of your right arm? The left arm of Boris is jealous of the right one. After 35 years of neglect, it decides to take matters into his own hand(s).…

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DN229: The Father – David Easteal

2012-01-20 :: MarBelle

Director David Easteal’s short The Father explores redemption and sacrifice after an unnamed dereliction of duty. David joins us to discuss capturing reality and how it’s possible for an audience to discover themes in a film its director was unaware of. I like something to seem real […] If I can capture that moment, that’s [...]…

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The Father – David Easteal

2012-01-19 :: MarBelle

The Father (2011) Haunted by his past, a man searches for forgiveness. Getting it however, may come at a cost.…

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DN228: Tower Block – Nikias Chryssos

2012-01-12 :: MarBelle

Nikias Chryssos’ short Tower Block is the exception to the rule of keeping shorts under the 20 minute mark. Running at nearly 40 minutes it’s an enthralling blend of social realism and flights of fancy, which tell the story of a young boy’s quest for a father figure in an environment severely lacking in suitable [...]…

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Tower Block – Nikias Chryssos

2012-01-11 :: MarBelle

Tower Block (2006) Daniel and his older brother Patrick live together in a tower block in Germany. Patrick forces Daniel to go around collecting money and plays sadistic games with him. Daniel escapes into fantasy worlds. As he suffers more and more from his brother’s tyranny, he believes to have found a friend in Bernd, [...]…

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DN227: The Monster of Nix – Rosto

2011-12-22 :: MarBelle

Dutch artist and filmmaker Rosto is well know for creating intriguing, dark themed work which spans multiple forms of media. His latest, The Monster of Nix, is an existential animated musical fairytale, suitable for kids from 10 to 100. Rosto joins us to discuss not pinning yourself down to a single creative area and how [...]…

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The Monster of Nix – Rosto

2011-12-21 :: MarBelle

The Monster of Nix (2011) Life is good in the idyllic fairy tale village of Nix… Until an all-devouring monster appears. Young Willy has to fight it. Alone……

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DN226: UMASAN – Matt Lambert

2011-12-16 :: MarBelle

We’ve followed the work of director Matt Lambert for a while here on DN, so were pleased when he debuted his filmic collaboration with fashion label UMASAN, which is undoubtedly his most ambitious short to date. Matt joined us to discuss punk rock filmmaking and traveling the globe to find the ideal place to create. [...]…

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UMASAN & Fuck Machines – Matt Lambert

2011-12-15 :: MarBelle

UMASAN (2011) A micro and macro transformative journey that explores the poetry and evolution of human form and movement for Berlin-based fashion label, Umasan. Fuck Machines (2010) We are nothing but fuck machines. – NSFW…

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DN225: Bummer Summer | TISFC – Zach Weintraub

2011-12-09 :: MarBelle

We’ve seen a fair amount of indie features this year, but a couple of our favourites came as a double bill comprising director Zach Weintraub’s Bummer Summer and The International Sign for Choking. Zach joins us this week to discuss the merits of getting back to your indie roots and why roller discos and selling [...]…

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Bummer Summer | TISFC – Zach Weintraub

2011-12-07 :: MarBelle

Bummer Summer (2010) Seventeen year-old Isaac tags along on an impromptu road trip with his older brother Ben and Ben’s ex-girlfriend Lila. The trip staggers along uncertainly as the trio’s delicate and ambiguous dynamic is made increasingly weaker by the brothers’ mutual feelings for Lila. The International Sign for Choking (2011) Ben is twenty-four years [...]…

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DN224: BEAT – Or Bar-El

2011-12-02 :: MarBelle

Music is a major component of any film but can spell life or death for an animated piece, so completely building your film around its soundtrack is a risky gamble. Or Bar-El’s first venture into 3D animation, BEAT is a gamble that pays off in spades. Or joins us to discuss the marriage of drums [...]…

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BEAT – Or Bar-El

2011-12-01 :: MarBelle

BEAT (2011) In a cubic world, where work is one repetitive slow tempo, one worker discovers inside them another form of expression.…

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DN223: Calvet – Dominic Allan

2011-11-25 :: MarBelle

Jean Marc Calvet has led an extraordinary, and at times, dark life, which made him a perfect subject for director Dominic Allan’s feature documentary Calvet. We caught up with Dominic to discuss trusting your inner barometer and creating films as part of the new paradigm. Calvet begins its UK cinema run this week with Dominic [...]…

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Calvet – Dominic Allan

2011-11-24 :: MarBelle

Calvet (2011) Via a terrifying trip to hell and back, Jean Marc Calvet was given a second chance at life, and now a successful artist on a quest for redemption, he embarks on an extraordinary journey to make peace with his past.…

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DN222: The Grasshopper – Håkon Larssen

2011-11-18 :: MarBelle

Adapted from a short story by Norwegian writer Kjell Askildsen, HÃ¥kon Larssen’s The Grasshopper (Gresshoppen) is the story of a couple out of love, in a relationship that may well be out of time, told through glances and the space between what is said. HÃ¥kon and spoke about losing producers to film institute advice and [...]…

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The Grasshopper – Håkon Larssen

2011-11-18 :: MarBelle

The Grasshopper (2010) The summer is on the wane and dark clouds form on the horizon for Jakob and Maria. On the surface, everything seems fine, but behind the facade the reality is different. When Maria’s younger sister Vera comes visiting, she awakens a desire in Jakob.…

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DN221: Littlerock – Mike Ott

2011-11-10 :: MarBelle

Director Mike Ott joins us this week to discuss his second feature Littlerock, a beautifully balanced fish out of water story, with the added complication of a language barrier. It’s just a scary thing to hand over your film to someone & trust that they’re gonna take care of it. Showlinks Littlerock Smaal Form Films [...]…

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Littlerock – Mike Ott

2011-11-09 :: MarBelle

Littlerock (2010) When her car breaks down on a site-seeing tour of California, a Japanese student winds up stranded in a small desert town. Exhilarated by a sudden sense of freedom, she extends her stay and finds friendship, romance, and what promises to be a new home. But as she pulls back the layers on this unlikely [...]…

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DN LFF2011: Superheroes – Michael Barnett

2011-10-31 :: MarBelle

Some are called, some are chosen but all attempt to work for the greater good of their communities. No it’s not the synopsis for Kick-Ass 2, but rather Michael Barnett’s feature documentary Superheroes which delves into the world of Real Life Superheros across North America. Michael joined us to discuss gaining access to this secretive [...]…

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DN LFF2011: Li and the Poet – Andrea Segre

2011-10-30 :: MarBelle

Andrea Segre’s debut feature Li and the Poet tells the story of Shun Li, a Chinese woman working off her debt to a better life in Italy and the forbidden friendship she forms with retired fisherman Bepi. Andrea joined us at the London Film Festival to discuss his move from documentary to fiction and using [...]…

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DN LFF2011: Natural Selection – Robbie Pickering

2011-10-28 :: MarBelle

Although I’ve been chasing Robbie Pickering for an interview since seeing his multi-award winning Natural Selection at SXSW, it was the London Film Festival that delivered Robbie for an extended chat, where we spoke about self belief not getting you on the basketball team and the many reasons you shouldn’t believe all the ‘rules’ about [...]…

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DN LFF2011: The Dish and the Spoon – Alison Bagnall

2011-10-27 :: MarBelle

Alison Bagnall’s The Dish and the Spoon features a woman betrayed, who takes a romantic English teen on her journey through blind rage. Alison and I discuss the creative benefits of forced limitations and why it’s fine to not have all the answers. I feel like movies are getting better & better because people are [...]…

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DN LFF2011: How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire – Daniel Edelstyn

2011-10-26 :: MarBelle

I’m pretty sure that Daniel Edelstyn is the only director I met at the London Film Festival this year who’s the rightful heir to a Russian vodka factory. We spoke about connecting with relatives from beyond the grave and working as a film outsider. I’m still trying to make the world better by using pictures. [...]…

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DN LFF2011: Shock Head Soul – Simon Pummell

2011-10-25 :: MarBelle

Based on the famous book Memoirs of My Nervous Illness from German judge Daniel Paul Schreber, Simon Pummell’s feature Shock Head Soul depicts Schreber’s ‘madness from the inside’ through the combined use of live action, expert interviews and animation. Simon and I discussed transmedia and blurring film disciplines into a cohesive whole over tea at [...]…

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DN213: Craig Murray

2011-08-12

I’ve been a fan of the triple filtered, experimental video work of Craig Murray for quite a while now so thought it was high time I invited him onto the show to discuss his love of the degraded image and why he is or isn’t a director. It’…

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Craig Murray

2011-08-11

Untitled – CONVERGE: Axe to Fall – OXBOW: Coalking – Making THE OCEAN projections One experiment, two music videos and a making of from the prolific talent that is Craig Murray. Warning: All of these films are NSFW in any shape or form.…

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DN212 – Absentia – Mike Flanagan

2011-07-22

Mike Flanagan’s missing persons, horror feature Absentia does away with cheap jump scares in favour of a character study on the tolls absence takes on those left behind, with some deftly executed ‘less is more’ frights to boot. Mike join…

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Absentia – Mike Flanagan

2011-07-22

Absentia (2011) Absentia tells the story of a woman and her sister who begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances. Tricia’s husband Daniel has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister Callie comes to live with her as the…

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DN211: Ten for Grandpa – Doug Karr

2011-07-14

How interesting is your grandfather? I’m willing to bet that no matter what he did in his younger years, it pales into insignificance when stacked up against director Doug Karr’s grandfather of mystery David Karr. Doug joins us to discuss aski…

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Ten for Grandpa – Doug Karr

2011-07-13

Ten for Grandpa (2008) One Man, Two Superpowers, Three Ex-wives, Four Autopsies. David Karr: husband, father, White House press reporter, film producer, powerful millionaire, defense contractor, corporate CEO… Soviet agent? A fast-paced look at the life o…

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DN210: Disco – Luke Snellin

2011-07-08

Luke Snellin’s second short, and first instalment in his ‘Britpop Trilogy’ Mixtape topped 2009′s Virgin Media Shorts and made a large splash online. Luke returns with the awkward teen love triangle short Disco, and joins us to disc…

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Disco – Luke Snellin

2011-07-07

Disco (2010) July. 1997. The height of summer. Oasis reach number one with D’you Know What I Mean. Tony Blair has moved his stuff in to Downing Street. Meanwhile Danny Graham is trying to tell a girl named Pippa that he likes her.…

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DN EIFF2011: Nokia Shorts

2011-06-30

Back in March Nokia continued their support of the short film format through the use of mobile phone cameras, with the launch of the Nokia Shorts competition. Filmmakers around the globe were challenged to create a two minute video pitching the short they…

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DN209: The Ghosts – Eddie O’Keefe

2011-06-24

Director Eddie O’Keefe crashes on to the show this week with his ‘Teenage Fever Dream’ short The Ghosts. We discuss the benefits of the production mixtape and the heavy influence music plays in his filmmaking. We went into The Ghosts try…

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The Ghosts – Eddie O’Keefe

2011-06-24

The Ghosts (2011) A sheltered teenage girl’s life is turned on it’s head when a mysterious gang of greasers swarm into her sleepy suburb and she falls in love with their tough, handsome leader Frank.…

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DN208: Island – Brek Taylor & Elizabeth Mitchell

2011-06-16

Most of the films we feature on DN arrive out of the blue as completed pieces, but there are a few directors who have been with us for long enough that we get to peak at their projects from the earliest stages of gestation and watch them grow into fully f…

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Island – Brek Taylor & Elizabeth Mitchell

2011-06-15

Island (2011) A psychological drama based on the acclaimed novel by Jane Rogers, Island is a haunting tale of yearning, retribution and redemption.…

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DN207: Train of Thought – Leo Bridle & Ben Thomas

2011-06-12

Leo Bridle and Ben Thoma’s graduation short Train of Thought is an impressive mix of cut-out live action, stop motion, paper craft, green screen, rotoscoping and sketched animation. Leo and Ben join us this week to discuss their multi-discipline, co…

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Train of Thought – Leo Bridle & Ben Thomas

2011-06-09

Train of Thought (2010) In a world made entirely out of paper, the wistful drawings in a man′s sketchbook are brought to life by the rhythm of a train journey….…

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DN206: WHAT IS UP? – Urban Screen

2011-06-02

Urban Screen is a collective of artists from diverse disciplines who combine their talents to develop large-scale, site specific projections on urban surfaces. I’m joined this week by Thorsten Bauer to discuss the creation of the soul room in their…

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WHAT IS UP? – Urban Screen

2011-06-01

WHAT IS UP? (2010) „WHAT IS UP?“ is an architectural projection on „de Pakkerij“ – a typical Dutch dwelling house in the city center of Enschede / Netherland. It was performed during the International Festival of Arts “Grenswerk” on the 25th of Sept…

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DN205: Animal Control – Kire Paputts

2011-05-26

I The hidden life of an Animal Services worker by day / taxidermist by night maybe the last place you’d expect to find a touching story of friendship found and lost, but it’s exactly here that director Kire Papputts set his gently affecting sh…

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Animal Control – Kire Paputts

2011-05-25

Animal Control (2010) Larry works for Animal Services. His job is picking up road kill along the highway; his hobby is taxidermy. Socially isolated, his home is a sanctuary and his only companions are the animals he’s stuffed. One night at work, Larry spo…

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DN204: Douglas Burgdorff

2011-05-19

Douglas Burgdorff makes films you can’t watch in front of your parents or at work, but their hypnotic, messed up beauty make them the guiltiest of morish viewing pleasures. I spoke to Doug about shaming the family name and asking strangers to follow…

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Douglas Burgdorff

2011-05-18

Mutant Sperm – Porch Casserole – Prick A selection of films from the warped, and highly creative mind of Douglas Burgdorff…

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DN203: Falling Overnight – Conrad Jackson

2011-05-13

Debut feature Falling Overnight takes us on a 24 hour ride through LA with Elliot and Chloe as they fall in love. Although the setup sounds ripe for mawkishness, director Conrad Jackson’s light hand never let’s this burgeoning romance fall int…

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Falling Overnight – Conrad Jackson

2011-05-11

Falling Overnight (2010) Falling Overnight tells the story of twenty-two year old Elliot Carson on the day before he has surgery to remove a brain tumor. Facing what could be his last night, Elliot’s path intersects with Chloe Webb, a beautiful young phot…

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DN202: After – Gabriel Tupinamba

2011-05-06

Since we last spoke to director Gabriel Tupinamba (DN94), he’s left England for his native Brazil, but has continued to create the distinct shorts that brought him to our attention in the first place. Gabriel’s new film After (Depois) is his a…

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After – Gabriel Tupinamba

2011-05-05

After (2010) The story of men who survived the end of the world – and of those who didn’t even know it was over.…

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DN201: Condemned – Oren Shai

2011-04-29

Director Oren Shai’s short Condemned pays masterful homage to ‘women in prison’ movies of the 1950′s, whilst mixing in alternative genre tropes to create a film that surpasses mere reflection. Oren joins us to discuss taking an aud…

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Condemned – Oren Shai

2011-04-28

Condemned (2011) DEPRAVED, INCORRIGIBLE, DEFEATED, THIS WOMAN IS… CONDEMNED!…

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DN200: Long Street – Revel Fox

2011-04-21

It’s one thing to shoot what you know, but bringing the darkest period of your family’s history to screen, with your wife and daughter reprising their roles, would be a step too far into the personal for many a filmmaker, but not so for direct…

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Long Street – Revel Fox

2011-04-21

Long Street (2009) An intimate portrait of the fragile relationship between Sia, a recovering drug addict and her mother Maria.…

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DN SXSW2011: Wrap Up

2011-04-11

With a few weeks’ perspective (and a whole lot of sleep) on our side after the intense 10 days that was SXSW 2011, I asked DN friend Andrew Johnson, host of MovieChatter, to join me for a wrap up session of the films that left a lasting impression.…

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DN199: Meet Monica Velour – Keith Bearden

2011-04-08

We’ve spoken to a lot of very talented shorts directors through the years and unfortunately, either through design or circumstance, very few of them make it to the ‘feature director’ phase of their careers, which makes me all the happier…

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Meet Monica Velour – Keith Bearden

2011-04-07

Meet Monica Velour (2010) When Tobe Hulbert sets off on a journey to track down his favorite adult star from the ‘80s, Monica Velour, he is confronted with a case of harsh reality.…

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DN SXSW2011: Bad Fever – Dustin Guy Defa

2011-04-05

Much of what I decided to see at SXSW came from the recommendations of others, so when Andrew Johnson of MovieChatter called me up to insist I join him and the director of one of his favourite South By films for dinner “Right Now!” I hoped it&…

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DN SXSW2011: Convento – Jarred Alterman

2011-04-04

Sitting somewhere between documentary and art piece, Convento looks at the work of Dutch kinetic artist Christiaan Zwanikken and the restored monastery in Portugal that provides both home and inspiration for the work of Christiaan and his family. Director…

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DN SXSW2011: Kill List – Ben Wheatley

2011-04-02

With his first feature Down Terrace, Ben Wheatley breathed new life into the hackneyed corpse of the British Gangster flick, so Kill List, his take on the horror movie, was always going to top my SXSW must see list. As it’s very possible I could bum…

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DN SXSW2011: Attenberg – Athina Rachel Tsangari

2011-03-31

Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg has been a critical favourite (see our review) since its premiere at the Venice Film Festival last year. I got to see Attenberg in Tsangari’s spiritual film home, SXSW (she’s a former Austinite & c…

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DN SXSW2011: Way of the Morris – Tim Plester

2011-03-29

Despite living a 50 minute train ride from my house, it took, two planes and the SXSW film festival for me to catch up with actor and director Tim Plester. Since we last spoke about his short English Language with English Subtitles, Tim’s been hard…

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DN SXSW2011: Green – Sophia Takal & Lawrence Michael Levine

2011-03-29

For her directorial debut feature Green, Sophia Takal explores the fraught ground of jealousy and insecurity, and the tricks a mind can play when consumed by both. I joined Sophia and producer/actor Lawrence Michael Levine at SXSW to discuss subverting ho…

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DN SXSW2011: Hit So Hard – David Ebersole & Todd Hughes

2011-03-28

Around the time of the band’s Celebrity Skin album, original Hole drummer Patty Schemel disappeared from the rocket ride of musical stardom and into a darker world of drug addicition and homelessness, from which she eventually emerged stronger, wise…

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DN SXSW2011: Dragonslayer – Tristan Patterson

2011-03-27

With its solid 10 track album structure, SXSW Best Documentary Feature & Best Cinematography winner Dragonslayer lets us vicariously live in the world of Fullerton skater Josh Sandoval – or ‘Screech’ to those who know him – as…

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DN SXSW2011 – Hesher – Spencer Susser

2011-03-25

Ever since I first saw the short I Love Sarah Jane back in ’08, I’ve been hounding director Spencer Susser for a DN interview. Luckily for all of us he was a little too busy working on his jump into features, and even better, that feature turn…

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DN SXSW2011 – Sound It Out – Jeanie Finlay

2011-03-24

It just wouldn’t be right if at least one of our SXSW interviews didn’t come from the musical raucousness that is Austin’s 6th Street and with her record store based documentary Sound it Out I could think of no better fit than our very o…

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DN SXSW2011: Charlie Casanova – Terry McMahon

2011-03-23

You could describe the titular character in Terry McMahon’s ultra low budget feature as a high flying, fast talking master of his own destiny; but if you neglected to add the words ‘utter deplorable bastard’ it wouldn’t be an accur…

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DN SXSW2011: Wuss – Clay Liford

2011-03-23

If you watch enough films it’s likely that you’ll arrive at a point where you can see most plots coming a mile off, which is why one of my favourite films of SXSW this year was Clay Liford’s dark comedy Wuss, which confounded my expectat…

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DN SXSW2011: Turkey Bowl – Kyle Smith

2011-03-22

Kyle Smith’s Turkey Bowl is a comedy about ten friends who come together for an annual game of touch football and engage in more verbal sparing than they do plays. I spent some time with Kyle discussing his approach to realtime narratives and how cr…

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DN SXSW2011 – PressPausePlay – David Dworsky & Victor Köhler

2011-03-20

Give the masses access to cheap creative tools and you wont have to wait long before they use them to express themselves in ways you never imagined, but does the democratisation of creativity lead to better culture or will great art become drowned in a se…

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DN SXSW2011: Caught Inside – Adam Blaiklock

2011-03-20

How does the idea of a surfing holiday in the Maldives with no one around for miles except for you and your small group of friends strike you? Yep, sounds lovely, that is unless you happen to be on the boating trip created by Australian director Adam Blai…

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DN SXSW2011 – Inside America – Barbara Eder

2011-03-16

Kicking off our SXSW 2011 interviews is director Barbara Eder, whose drama/documentary mixed feature Inside America looks at the lives of six high school students in the boarder town of Brownsville, Texas, whose daily struggles are far removed from the sh…

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DN198: Life Of Leopold – Victor Solomon

2011-03-04

If you thought the ever-present LOLcat meme was fuelled by an army of hapless cat owners you were wrong. I caught up with past DN guest Victor Solomon, to discuss his behind the scenes documentary Life Of Leopold, a look at Leopold Bonar the world’s premi…

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Life Of Leopold – Victor Solomon

2011-03-02

Life Of Leopold: Preamble (2010) A behind-the-scenes documentary about Leopold Bonar, the world’s premiere LOLcat. Watch all five parts of Life of Leopold at Funny or Die…

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DN197: Involuntary – Ruben Östlund

2011-02-24

Described as either a tragic comedy or comic tragedy, Ruben Östlund’s second dramatic feature Involuntary reveals how the individual often bows to the will of the group. Ruben joins us to discuss the merits of the long take and why the digital era i…

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Involuntary – Ruben Östlund

2011-02-23

Involuntary (2008) Involuntary is a series of stories exploring different perspectives on the power of a group over the individual. At once humorous and poignant, each situation raises questions about the value of the opinions of others.…

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DN Special: Confessions of a Dog – Gen Takahashi

2011-02-22

In preparation for a screening at the Glasgow Film Festival which kicked off last weekend and a DVD release from Third Window Films in March, Confessions of a Dog’s director Gen Takahashi joined me to discuss his epic drama of police corruption in Japan,…

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DN196: Thursday – Matthias Hoegg

2011-02-19

Animation director Matthias Hoegg joins us this week to discuss his BAFTA nominated, not so distant future short Thursday and the inspiration that’s there to be found in traditional American quilts. I didn’t really want to just be carried alon…

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Thursday – Matthias Hoegg

2011-02-17

Thursday (2010) An everyday love story set in the not so distant future sees blackbirds battling with technology, automatic palm readers and power cuts.…

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DN IFFR2011: Bleak Night – Yoon Sung Hyun

2011-02-16

Competing for the Tiger Awards at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Yoon Sung Hyun’s Bleak Night shows how petty squabbles amongst school friends can descend into life and death consequences when people aren’t prepared to lose face an…

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DN IFFR2011: The Journals of Musan – Park Jung-Bum

2011-02-15

Park Jung-Bum’s accomplished debut feature The Journals of Musan was awarded both the FIPRSECI Jury Award and a Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. I was lucky enough to grab some interview time with Park to discuss his depicti…

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DN195: LIN – Piers Thompson

2011-02-11

A man true to his word, director Piers Thompson returned to DN to discuss ‘the Bulgarian experience’ that was the filming of his BAFTA nominated (fingers crossed for Sunday) short film LIN. You kind of blur reality, truth and the narrative. Th…

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LIN – Piers Thompson

2011-02-10

LIN (2010) A woman arrives at a port town in an unknown country as dawn turns to day. Her recounted stories begin to contradict themselves as she travels across the landscape. She is searching for something, a shape or a structure, which we are not even s…

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DN194: The Thomas Beale Cipher – Andrew S Allen

2011-02-03

Some people are never satisfied. Yeah you may have co-founded the best short film website on the net but that’s not enough to contain your creativity. What you really want to do is push the boundaries of animation techniques in your new short and rack up…

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The Thomas Beale Cipher – Andrew S Allen

2011-02-02

The Thomas Beale Cipher (2010) Professor White, cryptographer extraordinaire, is on the trail of the notoriously uncrackable Thomas Beale cipher—a century-old riddle hiding the location of a fortune in gold that has tormented its pursuers since inception.…

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DN193: Partying Apart – Asaf Asulin

2011-01-28

In his short drama Partying Apart, director Asaf Asulin tackles the issues of loneliness, dreams and those fleeting moments of connection rarely seized in real life. Asaf joins us this week to discuss breaking away from expected Israeli storytelling, why…

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Partying Apart – Asaf Asulin

2011-01-27

Partying Apart (Misibot Ishiyot) (2011) During the last years of his twenties, troubled by the time slipping away, Asaf wakes up in the morning of Purim after dreaming about Galit, a girl he studied with in elementary school. He joins his friend at a cost…

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DN192 – Strange Powers – Kerthy Fix

2011-01-21

With their feature documentary Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields directors Gail O’Hara and Kerthy Fix paint a porttrait of musician Stephin Merritt and his band the Magnetic Fields. Co-director Kerthy Fix joins us to discuss th…

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DN191: Röyksopp – Senior – That Go

2011-01-15

Noel Paul & Stefan Moore, the combined force known as That Go, return to DN to catch up and discuss their lastest project, Senior, a short film created for Norwegian electronic band Röyksopp. We wanted to be open to the surprising discoveries that ha…

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Röyksopp: Senior – That Go

2011-01-13

Röyksopp: Senior (2010) Three girls out of place and out of time in a post apocalyptic world.…

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DeadChatter #10: Erik Gets Backup

2011-01-13

Not only did I get to guest host on the tastier than brains DeadChatter podcast, but I was also able to bring The Walking Dead zombie smack down to Andrew and Morgan too – Erik’s one of the good guys so I spared him: Let’s face it—Erik d…

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DN190: Eros – Tom Geraedts

2011-01-08

Tom Geraedts’ mixed media short Eros takes us into the mind’s eye of a blind man’s perception after a chance encounter with a beautiful girl. Tom joins us on the first episode of 2011 to discuss the challenges of representing the blind e…

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Eros – Tom Geraedts

2011-01-06

Eros (2009) Eros is about a young blind man who always struggled with his inability to imagine the world around him. He just couldn’t shape things like color and beauty in his mind. This all changes when he meets a curious girl, someone who will cha…

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DN189: The Dungeon Masters – Keven McAlester

2010-12-23

Director Keven McAlester joins us for the final show of the year to discuss his feature documentary The Dungeon Masters, a look at three individuals who devote their lives to Dungeons & Dragons. That’s the crux of why you would make a movie. In…

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The Dungeon Masters – Keven McAlester

2010-12-22

The Dungeon Masters (2008) An evil drow-elf is displaced by Hurricane Katrina. A sanitation worker lures friends into a Sphere of Annihilation. A failed super villain starts a cable access show involving ninjas, puppets, and a cooking segment. These are t…

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DN188: VOICES – Lee Kern

2010-12-17

Today’s show sees the welcome return of artist, writer, comedian and filmmaker Lee Kern. Long term DN subscribers will know that this is Lee’s third appearance on the show, in which we discuss; VOICES, Lee’s new ongoing animation project…

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VOICES – Lee Kern

2010-12-16

Voices (2010) Director Lee Kern returns to the familiar territory of the suburbs for a new series of animations populated by the somber and tender internal monologues of its fictional residents.…

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DN187: brilliantlove – Ashley Horner

2010-12-06

Regularly compared to Michael Winterbottom’s 9 Songs due to its depiction of sex, Ashley Horner’s second feature about a couple in all consuming love, brilliantlove has caused a stir with critics and viewers alike. Ashley joins us to discuss h…

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brilliantlove – Ashley Horner

2010-12-02

brilliantlove (2010) Over a long, hot summer, Manchester, a novice photographer, documents his love affair with his taxidermist girlfriend, Noon. Franny, a wealthy pornographer, discovers the wonderfully charged images and launches Manchester on an unsusp…

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DN UnderWire

2010-11-24

Underwire Film Festival had its launch last Thursday and I had the pleasure of being there. A festival that aims to showcase the raw cinematic talents of female filmmakers, it focuses particularly on women at the beginning of their filmmaking careers. Rec…

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DN186: PS Your Mystery Sender – Benjamin Wigley

2010-11-23

World renowned fashion designer Paul Smith has been receiving random objects through the post for the past 20 years from person(s) unknown. Long time DN friend Ben Wigley’s documentary PS Your Mystery Sender takes us on a tour of Smith’s colle…

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PS Your Mystery Sender – Benjamin Wigley

2010-11-18

PS Your Mystery Sender (2010) For the past 20 years Paul Smith the world renowned fashion designer from Nottingham has been receiving an avalanche of odd and quirky unwrapped objects which have had a remarkable effect on his life, and all have been sent f…

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DN185: Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then – Brent Green

2010-11-05

From the very beginning DN has been all about the work that we personally love and adore, so if I tell you this will be filmmaker, artist and creative genius Brent Green’s third appearance on the podcast, it should give you an idea of just how highl…

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Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then – Brent Green

2010-11-03

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then (2010) The true story of a man who built a house to heal his wife.…

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DN LFF2010: Special Treatment – Jeanne Labrune

2010-10-29

Alice (Isabelle Huppert) is a luxury prostitute in her fortys, our main protagonist throughout the film, she’s intelligent, strong and getting fed up with her job. Xavier (Bouli Lanners) is in a similar situation; middle aged, intelligent and fed up of hi…

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DN LFF2010 – Leap Year – Michael Rowe

2010-10-29

Leap Year follows the month of February with freelance jounrnist, Laura. Shot within the four walls of her apartment, she observes her neighbours and eats canned food whilst lying to her mother on the phone about the life she’s living in the city. Some ni…

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DN LFF2010: Malavoglia – Pasquale Scimeca

2010-10-28

Based on the famous novel by Giovanni Verga, Malavoglia is a film about a family of fisherman that live in a house known as ‘The Medlars House’ and have a boat named ‘Providence’. A poor but hardworking family, they are clearly gra…

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DN LFF2010: Lemmy – Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski

2010-10-27

I feel silly trying to write an introduction to a documentary film named “Lemmy,” I hope when you hear the title you instinctively think of the legendary Motorhead bassist and frontman, if you do, you’re along the right lines. Greg Olliver and Wes Orshosh…

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DN LFF2010: What I Love The Most – Delfina Castagnino

2010-10-27

The first feature from Delfina Castagnino, What I Love The Most is a simple understated film about two friends who lack the ability to console each other. Pilar lives with in Argentine Patagonia, her father has recently passed leaving her behind a windmil…

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DN LFF2010: Copacabana – Marc Fitoussi

2010-10-26

Copacabana is the story of Babou (Isabelle Huppert), an individual, a mother who can shrug off jobs, friends, responsibilities, almost anything in the quest for fun and spontaneity. When her only daughter is too embarrassed by her behaviour to invite her…

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DN LFF2010: Hunting and Sons – Sander Burger

2010-10-25

Hunting and Sons is the second feature from Sander Burger, focused on a couple who appear to be living an ordinary life the film is full of questions of what takes us over the edge. After returning to Amsterdam to take over his late father’s shop, Taco me…

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DN LFF2010: Autumn – Aamir Bashir

2010-10-25

Rafiq’s brother has been missing for several months now. With no idea of his whereabouts or location from the authorities that took him and several thousand other young men, the family are struggling to cope. Autumn is set in Kashmir around the anticipat…

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DN LFF2010: Elisa K – Judith Colell & Jordi Cadena

2010-10-24

At eleven, everything in Elisa’s life will lose its innocence. One day whilst her father is asleep and her brother is on a swing outside, her father’s friend will rape her, as she cries he tells her if she stops he’ll give her a silver bracelet. It’s fro…

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DN LFF2010: Sensation – Tom Hall

2010-10-23

Set in rural Ireland, Sensation is the story of 26 year old sheep farmer Donnal Duggan who we meet on the morning of his father’s death. An outsider in society, Donnal’s spent most of his life without a mother figure, looking after the farm and his disab…

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DN LFF2010: The Tillman Story – Amir Bar-Lev

2010-10-22

Pat Tillman was an American football player who turned down a multi-million dollar contract in the NFL to fight for the US army in the war on terrorism. Seen as an inspiration to his country, when he was killed on duty in April 2004 the government turned…

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DN LFF2010: Cold Weather – Aaron Katz

2010-10-21

Doug is a college drop out who returns home to a rainy Portland to live with his sister, Gail. Much more responsible than him, she’s bemused by Doug’s sleeping until noon whilst spending his time reading detective novels and eventually convin…

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DN LFF2010: I am Kalam – Nila Madhab Panda

2010-10-20

Chotu is a young boy born in to poverty. His mother sends him to work with at his Uncle Bhati’s cafe where he watches and becomes inspired by a speech from India’s President Kalam. Captivated by hearing that he can change his own destiny with…

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DN LFF2010: Blue Valentine – Derek Cianfrance

2010-10-17

Blue Valentine tells the story of a young couple as they’re approaching the end of their relationship whilst cutting seamlessly from past to present. The past, shot hand held on Super 16mm shows us the beginning of Dean and Cindy’s relationsh…

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DN184: The Adults in the Room – Andy Blubaugh

2010-10-16

Included in Filmmaker Magazine’s 2007 25 New Faces of Independent Film list, director Andy Blubaugh has made a name for himself with a personalised documentary filmmaking style. He joins us to discuss his debut feature, and probably most personal a…

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The Adults in the Room – Andy Blubaugh

2010-10-15

The Adults in the Room – Andy Blubaugh (2010) A hybrid documentary film that explores director Andy Blubaugh’s relationship during his teen years with a man twice his age while examining the man he has become in the years since through the pr…

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DN183: Prostitutes of God – Sarah Harris

2010-10-05

VBS sent reporter, journalist and first time filmmaker Sarah Harris to Southern India to document the religion based prostitution of the Devadasi or ‘Servant’s of God’ in the documentary Prostitutes of God. Sarah joins us to discuss the challenges of mak…

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Prostitutes of God – Sarah Harris

2010-10-04

Prostitutes of God (2010) In Prostitutes of God, VBS travels deep into the remote villages and towns of Southern India to uncover an ancient system of religious sex slavery dating back to the 6th century. Although the practice was made illegal more than…

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DN182: 15 Before the 3rd – Jamie Winterstern

2010-09-17

Two characters, in conflict, in a room is a tried and true formula of low budget filmmaking but in his short 15 Before the 3rd, Jamie Winterstern subverts that standard to raise the steaks and give us something all the more tense than the norm. Jamie joi…

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15 Before the 3rd – Jamie Winterstern

2010-09-15

15 Before the 3rd (2007) 15 minutes before the 3rd period – a coach calls upon his rookie.…

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DN181: Shall I? – Igor Drozdov

2010-09-09

Igor Drozdov’s insightful documentary Shall I? may focus on the current economic plight of his homeland Lithuania, but with the world currently facing a global financial crisis, it is truly a film of universal themes. This is more than a film about…

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Shall I? – Igor Drozdov

2010-09-08

Shall I? (2010) Where is your home? Seems like a simple question, but the answer is not always that obvious, each individual comes from somewhere, goes places, and sooner or later he has to make a decision – where to stay?…

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DN180: Horses – Liz Mermin

2010-09-04

Penguins aside, it’s rare to see a documentary that solely focuses on the experiences of non-human protagonists. In her feature Horses, Liz Mermin spent a year documenting the lives of three Irish racehorses, with the potential to be stars of the N…

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DN214: Bots High – Joey Daoud

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After discovering the world of battle bots was alive and well in Miami high schools, director Joey Daoud was inspired to create Bots High, a documentary exploring the lives of the teenagers behind the fighting machines. Joey joins us to discuss diving hea…

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Bots High (2010) Following the adventures of three high school robotics teams battling for first place at the national robotics competition in Miami, Florida, Bot High is a no-holds-barred fight to the death with robot carnage everywhere you look.…

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DN215: It’s Natural To Be Afraid – Justin Doherty

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So, almost 5 years ago the Directors Notes’ podcast was born and back then no one had heard of us so finding guests was a bit more challenging than it is today. Luckily for us all, director Justin Doherty had a great short and was willing to give us…

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It’s Natural To Be Afraid – Justin Doherty

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It’s Natural To Be Afraid (2010) Mya is coming into the country. Sam is coming out of mourning. Ryan is coming into adulthood. Are any of them where they want to be?…

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DN216: DOS – Stathis Athanasiou

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This week not only did I get to talk to returning DN guest Stathis Athanasiou (DN036 & DN100) about his debut feature DOS, but we hit a DN double hat-trick with Stathis becoming the third director to make his third appearance on the podcast. We also …

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DOS – Stathis Athanasiou

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DOS – A Love Story in Reverse (2011) Athens & Barcelona, two cities, two love stories, two languages, two realities, two couples that will never meet, two years anniversary… or is it all one?…

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DN217: Third Star – Hattie Dalton

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I’ve been a fan of director Hattie Dalton’s darkly comedic work since her first short The Banker walked away with the BAFTA Film Award in 2005, so grabbed the opportunity for an interview about her feature film debut Third Star. Hattie joined …

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Third Star (2010) Four best friends, all at the end of their twenties, set off on an ill-advised camping trip to West Wales. With no other skills for the outdoor life, except making tea, the journey will test their strength, their friendship, and their be…

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DN218: Undying Love – Omar Hauksson

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I was skeptical I’d ever come across another zombie short worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as the classic I Love Sarah Jane, that was until I got a sneak peak at Omar Hauksson’s Undying Love. Omar joined me to discuss the Icelandic fi…

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Undying Love (2011) What lengths does a man go to hold on to love.…

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DN219: Breakfast | Screwed Up – Kris Hofmann

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I’ve been a fan of animator Kris Hofmann’s stop motion work since seeing her true lives of the animals we eat piece Breakfast a couple years ago. Her new piece Screwed Up is a charming film about not knowing a good thing until it’s gone,…

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Breakfast | Screwed Up – Kris Hofmann

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Breakfast (2009) Often, we present our children with toys and books that tell joyful tales of animals living in peace on farms, surrounded by fields and forests. When a child’s room is left empty an ordinary tape player and a well used puzzle come to li…

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DN220 – Kristoffer Borgli

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We only discovered the work of director Kristoffer Borgli last year but instantly became lifelong fans of his style of filmmaking. Kristoffer joins us to discuss his career to date and why octopus faced kids are unlikely to appear in his ad work. I’…

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Kristoffer Borgli (2009-2011) A selection of Films from Kristoffer Borgli…

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DN LFF2011: The Waves – Alberto Morais

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In his debut feature The Waves (Las Olas), director Alberto Morais explores the conversations we have with history and ourselves through his lead character Miguel’s (Carlos Alvarez) journey into his past. We spoke to Alberto at the London Film Festi…

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DN LFF2011: Amador – Fernando León de Aranoa

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In the fifth feature from Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa, a woman must reconcile dignity with personal necessity after forging a difficult friendship with the elderly, bedridden Amador. We caught up with Fernando at the London Film Festival to …

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DN LFF2011: Without – Mark Jackson

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Named as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, director Mark Jackson has crafted a perfectly balanced portrait of a young woman balancing on the edge of sanity, whilst drowning in the depths of grief in his feature debut With…

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DN LFF2011 – The Black Power Mixtape 1967 – 1975 – Göran Hugo Olsson

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After discovering a cache of nearly 85 hours of pristine 16mm film shot by Swedish news reporters documenting the evolution of the Black Power Movement in the black community, director Göran Hugo Olsson brought together contemporary commentators and musi…

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DN LFF2011: Darwin – Nick Brandestini

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In the first of our London Film Festival interviews we sit down with director Nick Brandestini to discuss his feature documentary Darwin; a look at an isolated community of 35 residents who live at end of a weathered road in Death Valley, California. When…

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DN LFF2011: The Somnambulists – Richard Jobson

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Angered by the way he and the rest of us allowed the UK to sleepwalk into the Iraq war, Richard Jobson’s The Somnambulists is a departure for the director which explores the lost lives of 15 service men and women in stark visual style. We discuss co…

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